Our Story

It only takes one visit to our classic diner to understand why folks in Kernville always put Cheryl's Diner high on their list of favorite local eateries. Our food is fresh, our staff is friendly, and our prices are just right. We serve up a wide selection of made-from-scratch, home and country-style dishes, from chicken fried steak and sandwiches to eggs, biscuits, and hot coffee. The only thing we're prouder of than the dishes we serve, is the support we get each day from our community. We welcome guests with a smile and treat them to a home-cooked meal just like Grandma used to make.

Here's our Story....

When my husband, Lanny Borthick, & I moved to the valley 50 years ago, I'd never had a job outside the home, much less owned a business.  My mom (Nelda) had lived in the valley for several years, so we just decided to settle here and raise our kids.  I don't believe we'd been here two weeks, when mom asked me to help her out waitressing at Mt. Mesa Restaurant.  What started as a part-time job 50 years ago became full-time 36 years ago with the opening of my own restaurant Cheryl's Diner in Kernville.  

Lanny started constructing the restaurant in August of 1984.  Our opening day was Jan 27th, 1985.  Our deal was, I wouldn't tell him how to build it, & he wouldn't tell me how to run it.  So far, that's worked out pretty well, even with all the refurbishing over the years.  

In 36 years, there have been many people in my employ, but I cannot say enough great things about the folks who are working for me now, some who started with me the very day I opened the doors.

We try our best to please or satisfy each of your requests, whether on the menu, or something special that you're craving. For instance, we serve only fresh roasted turkey for all our turkey entrees. Our shrimp is hand battered to your order, just like the chicken fried steak, both a real treat! Our Friday night beer battered fish is all you can eat and we think its the best around. 

During the summer season, you 'll see some children of my employees, along with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren  working to earn money for school clothes, church camps, motorcycle parts, computers, or college.

So at Cheryl's Diner we truly are a family restaurant. We want our customers to be part of that family too! When you're thinking about that next meal out & you want to have a fun pleasant experience.....why not choose Cheryl's Diner in Kernville.

Open 7 days a week.  

Now serving beer and wine!