What Should Pensacola Eat? – Wayne’s Family Diner

By William Kristoph

Located just off I-10’s Exit 7 in Pensacola is the chrome and neon Wayne’s Family Diner. It’s an island of local food in a sea of chain restaurants and hotels. Wayne’s is always good for breakfast, but my wife and I decided to give it a shot for dinner. We weren’t disappointed.

The Philly Cheesesteak Dinner

Philly Cheesesteak Plate with Fried Okra and French Fries at Wayne's Family Diner

The Philly Cheesesteak Dinner Plate with Fried Okra, French Fries and Texas Toast at Wayne’s Family Diner.

Wayne’s does an interesting spin on a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich for dinner. They serve it without a roll, Texas Toast on the side and two side dishes. I went with Fried Okra and crinkle cut French Fries. The dish was very good diner food. The Okra was hot and lightly breaded. Neither the fries nor the okra were greasy which was an unexpected pleasure. The lack of bun for the Philly Cheesesteak was awesome and allowed me to make a combo of the fries and cheesesteak that was a salty and cheesy mess of goodness. The Texas Toast is standard, slathered in butter. To me, it’s not a necessary addition.

Vanilla Milkshake and Banana Split

Wayne's Family Diner - Banana Split

A banana split at Wayne’s Family Diner. Sometimes you can’t beat a classic way to end a meal.


For dessert I went with a vanilla milkshake and my wife went with a banana split. The milkshake was standard. I’d skip it next time and go with a sundae like my wife did because that was absolutely tasty. The ice cream was smooth and light and the split made for a nice way to end the meal.

Overall, Wayne’s Family Diner is worth a look at any time of day if you want to skip the fast food and have something that’s Pensacola local. I rated Wayne’s Family Diner “I like it” on Urbanspoon.
Wayne's Family Diner on Urbanspoon

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