In a BLT Rut? Try One of These Classic Diner Dishes.

Anchor Grill's Double Decker
Anchor Grill’s Goetta Double Decker

Photograph by Anna Knott

GOETTA, LETTUCE, AND TOMATO DOUBLE-DECKER
Anchor Grill
You gotta love a classic with a twist. While the BLT always inspires nostalgia (it’s my dad’s signature dish), subbing goetta for bacon takes this sandwich to “meal of the day” level. Literally. It’s hard for me to summon much of an appetite after consuming one of these. 438 Pike St., Covington, (859) 431-9498


THE KETCHUP-SMOTHERED MEATLOAF DINNER
Sis’s On Monmouth

Nothing says “stick to your ribs” quite like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Fortunately, Sis’s doesn’t mess around with a timid little smear of tomato product atop the meat. They full-on smother that loaf with plenty of Heinz. 837 Monmouth St., Newport, (859) 431-3157, sisonmonmouth.com


DOLMATHAKIA DINNER
Sebastian’s
Unless you’ve actually sat down and hand-rolled a pan of stuffed grape leaves, you’re probably not aware that this dish is a genuine labor of love. Sue Sebastian, wife of the omnipresent Alex, makes these exquisitely briny dolmathakia herself. They’ll ruin you for the flabby-flavored prefab ones forever. 5209 Glenway Ave., Westwood, (513) 471-2100, sebastiansgyros.com


OPEN FACE TURKEY DINNER
Stephens’ Old Village Restaurant
Slice after slice of lean turkey breast is piled onto white sandwich bread before being smothered in savory turkey gravy. Expect tryptophan levels to spike almost immediately. Drive home with every window down in an effort to stay awake. 3323 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, (513) 661-6840, stephensoldvillage.com


VEGETARIAN MATZO BALL SOUP
Marx Hot Bagels
Marx is keeping it kosher, which is why you won’t find any poultry amongst the matzo here. Large pieces of tender, bias-cut carrot, celery, and onion mingle with a baby fist-sized matzo ball that’s just dense enough to sink to the bottom. While the soup itself is filling, we also appreciate the crunchability of their complementary bagel chips. 9701 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 891-5542, marxhotbagels.com

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