by Bonnie Corwin
It’s not just another American Diner! Ludy’s Sweet Cherries Diner, a family-owned five-star diner, has carved out a special place at 8236 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland. Desi Guijarro, his wife Ludy and two sons, Mike and Rudy, decided to purchase this existing diner about 13 years ago.
When I asked Carlos, the manager, what the favorite dish of the diner was, he said, “Pretty much everything. All the meals are homemade, oven baked, and if needed, finished on the grill. You want to order turkey? It is baked in the oven.” Desi is the main chef, usually putting in 60-70 hours per week.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike, his son. Mike cooks some of the time and waits tables other times. Mike indicated that although he’s worked with other businesses, he is staying where he’s at. Rudy, the youngest waits tables. Ludy doesn’t work every day, but she is easy to speak with and makes herself available to chat with customers. This is a close knit family and they work well together.
It is the perfect place to bring the family crew, but you might want to come early for breakfast. And if you cannot find the omelet you want, you can create your own out of a plethora of ingredients.
This is a five-star diner, but that doesn’t mean you have to dress up. Casual dress is fine. You can also pick up your favorite breakfast, lunch or dinner and take out. There is plenty of parking and if you want to ride your bicycle there is a rack close by. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..