Mouth-Watering Cap City Diner Meatloaf Recipe

If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food recipe to add to your weekly meal rotation, look no further than Cap City Diner Meatloaf. This iconic dish from the famed Columbus, Ohio diner has been a classic for decades and is now available for you to make in the comfort of your own kitchen.

As a culinary explorer, I cannot recommend this dish enough. The combination of ground pork and beef, fresh herbs, and rich barbecue sauce creates an unbeatable flavor that is hearty and satisfying. Whether you’re cooking for your family or entertaining guests, this recipe will be sure to impress.

But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself and see why this meatloaf recipe has become a favorite among diners in Columbus and beyond. With easy-to-find ingredients and simple preparation steps, you’ll be able to enjoy a taste of Cap City Diner right in your own home. So let’s get started making the best meatloaf ever!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cap City Diner Meatloaf
Cap City Diner Meatloaf

Looking for a hearty meal that combines the savory goodness of ground beef and pork with fresh herbs and vegetables that your taste buds will love? Look no further than Cap City Diner Meatloaf Recipe! This recipe has everything you are looking for in a meatloaf – it is flavorful, moist, and comes packed with all the right ingredients that make it so easy to fall in love with.

One of the best things about this meatloaf recipe is how it incorporates a mix of ground pork and beef. The ground beef gives the dish richness and robust flavor, while the pork delivers the tender meatloaf texture everyone loves. Together with fresh sage, thyme, and parsley, as well as garlic and diced shiitake mushrooms, you get a symphony of flavors in every bite.

But wait until you taste the homemade barbecue sauce! This sweet and tangy sauce envelops the dish perfectly, elevating each bite to new heights of deliciousness. Best of all, you can customize the sauce to your preferences—more sweet, more tangy or even spicier!

This recipe also serves as an excellent base to explore other variations. Feel free to modify the recipe by replacing beef with ground turkey or chicken. Alternatively, go vegetarian by substituting tofu for meats. Top your meatloaf with buttered onions or wrap it in crispy bacon. The possibilities are endless!

In summary, if you’re in search of comfort food that combines simplicity and sophistication into one iconic dish,the Cap City Diner Meatloaf Recipe is guaranteed to hit that mark. Perfectly seasoned and cooked just right – this recipe was carefully crafted by our team over at Cameron Mitchell Restaurant Group in Columbus Ohio – known for bringing dining experiences fit for kings! Give it a try today and experience why it’s one of our best-sellers!

Ingredient List

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 oz. ground pork
  • Optional: 4 oz. ground veal
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons diced white onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Note: This recipe by Cap City Diner, a fine diner bar in Columbus, Ohio, is a meatloaf recipe unlike any other. The addition of mushrooms, cream, and Worcestershire sauce elevates the traditional meatloaf into a savory masterpiece. The shiitake mushrooms, aromatic garlic and herbs make for an irresistible combination that will surely have your guests coming back for seconds!

The Recipe How-To

Let’s dive in now and see how we can make this famous Cap City Diner Meatloaf with step by step instruction.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef (90% lean)
  • 4 ounces ground pork
  • Optional 10 ounces ground veal
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons diced white onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 slices white bread, soaked in 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Barbecue sauce for basting

Note: You can go for either beef-only or a mix of different type of meat, but the combination of beef-pork-veal is highly recommended as it yields the best result.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)

Before starting to combine the ingredients, preheat your oven to ensure it is ready when you are done mixing everything together.

Step 2: Saute Mushrooms and Onions

In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once it’s heated up, sauté 2 cups of sliced shiitake mushrooms and diced white onions, adding in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, until they start to brown.

Step 3: Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture

In a large bowl, combine 1 lb. ground beef, 4 ounces ground pork, 10 ounces ground veal (optional), the soaked bread mixture from step one above, your sautéed mushroom and onion mixture from step two above and all chopped herbs according to recipe.

Mix everything together until fully incorporated;

Step 4: Shape the Meatloaf

Once the meatloaf mix is done, place it into a greased loaf pan or shape it into a freeform loaf on a baking sheet. If you prefer individual servings, you can use muffin tins.

Make sure to pat the mixture down firmly into your pan or shape so that it’s compacted nicely into place.

Step 5: Baste with Barbecue Sauce

Brush barbecue sauce all over the top of the meatloaf.

Step 6: Bake It!

Place your prepared meatloaf into the preheated oven and bake for about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes until cooked throughtout.

Step 7: Let Rest Before Serving

Take out from oven and let rest for about ten minutes before slicing and serving with garlic mashed potatoes or onion rings.

That’s all! Your homemade meatloaf ala Cap City Diner is now ready for your perfect date night dinner at home.

Substitutions and Variations

As a culinary explorer, I know that sometimes we want to personalize the taste of our dishes. Here are some easy substitutions and variations for the Cap City Diner Meatloaf recipe that you can try out.

For a healthier option, you can swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or chicken. This will make the meatloaf leaner and lower in fat content. You can also add more vegetables like spinach, zucchini or shredded carrots to boost the nutritional value of your dish.

If you are looking for a spicy kick or a flavor boost, you can experiment with different kinds of barbecue sauce or add hot sauce, cumin or smoked paprika to your mix. These will add depth and complexity to your meatloaf.

For vegetarians, you can make a meatless version by using lentils or mushrooms instead of meat. If you want more flexibility with the texture of your “meat,” crumbled tofu or tempeh could make a great substitute.

Additionally, you can customize the toppings and sides according to your preference. For example, if you want a sweeter taste, you could add brown sugar or corn syrup to your barbecue sauce. You can also swap out mashed potatoes for sweet potato mash or give buttermilk chive mashed potatoes a try for a tangy twist.

The possibilities are endless! Don’t be afraid to get creative with the Cap City Diner Meatloaf recipe and make it your own.

Serving and Pairing

Now that you’ve cooked up some delicious Cap City Diner Meatloaf, it’s time to dig in and enjoy! This flavorful meatloaf pairs perfectly with creamy mashed potatoes or crispy onion rings. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try topping your meatloaf with a generous drizzle of tangy barbecue sauce for an extra boost of flavor.

For a complete diner experience, serve your homemade meatloaf with a side of buttermilk chive mashed potatoes and a refreshing glass of cold beer. The creamy potatoes add a touch of richness to the dish while the beer helps to balance out the flavors.

If you’re looking for a more upscale dining experience, pair your meatloaf with a bold red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. These wines are rich and complex, offering a perfect complement to the hearty flavors of the meatloaf.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your Cap City Diner Meatloaf, one thing is certain: this timeless classic will never go out of style. So go ahead and indulge in this mouthwatering dish- you won’t regret it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

The Cap City Diner Meatloaf recipe is one that can be made ahead of time, perfect for those who want to save time in the kitchen. Once it has been prepared and cooked, the meatloaf can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat the meatloaf, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Slice the meatloaf into desired portions and place them on an oven-safe dish. Brush some barbecue sauce over the top of each slice and cover it with aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.

The meatloaf can also be frozen for later use. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to three months. To reheat from frozen, first defrost the meatloaf in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat according to the above instructions.

When storing leftovers, make sure not to leave them out at room temperature for too long as this can lead to bacterial growth. It is best to refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours of cooking.

The Cap City Diner Meatloaf can also be enjoyed as leftovers in different ways. Make yourself a classic meatloaf sandwich using thick slices of bread, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. Or serve it alongside some crispy onion rings and buttermilk chive mashed potatoes for a hearty meal.

With these storage and reheating tips, you can enjoy this delicious homemade meatloaf any time you want without sacrificing its flavor and quality.

Tips for Perfect Results

When it comes to making meatloaf, there are some simple tricks that can take the dish from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are some tips for perfect results with the Cap City Diner Meatloaf Recipe:

First, make sure to thoroughly mix the ingredients together. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and really work the mixture until everything is well combined. This will ensure that every bite has a consistent flavor and texture.

When adding the shiitake mushrooms and diced onions, it’s important to sauté them first to bring out their flavors. Heat up a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the vegetables until they’re softened and lightly browned.

Next, when forming the meatloaf, shape it into a loaf that is wider than it is tall. This will help with even cooking and prevent any dry spots in the middle of the loaf.

Another key tip is to use a mixture of ground beef and ground pork for maximum flavor and juiciness. If you want to add even more depth to the recipe, consider using ground veal for 10% of the meat mixture.

For the perfect finishing touch, brush on a generous layer of barbecue sauce during the last 10 minutes of baking. This will create a sweet and sticky glaze that will keep everyone coming back for seconds.

Finally, be sure to let the meatloaf rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing into it. This will allow all of the juices to redistribute throughout each slice, resulting in a tender meatloaf that’s bursting with flavor.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a truly delicious Cap City Diner Meatloaf that will have everyone asking for your secret recipe.


Now that you are fully equipped with the recipe, substitutions, and variations, let’s tackle some frequently asked questions. Making meatloaf is tricky and many questions may arise as you go through the process. Don’t worry; I have answered a few common ones to help you achieve a tender and delicious Cap City Diner Meatloaf.

What is the secret to tender meatloaf?

When preparing a meatloaf, it’s important to choose meat with a higher fat percentage. This will ensure that the meatloaf is moist and tender. Using leaner cuts of meat may result in a dry and grainy texture. For an all-beef meatloaf, select a cut with at least 15 percent fat. If you opt for a leaner beef or turkey, consider adding some ground pork or veal to the mix for better texture and moisture.

Why do some people put milk in meatloaf?

When making meatloaf, milk serves the purpose of hydrating the bread crumbs, which are a crucial ingredient to maintaining the desired amount of moisture in the meatloaf. In the event that milk is not available or cannot be used, there are substitutes such as beef or chicken stock, water, or non-dairy milk alternatives that can be used instead.

What is Costco meatloaf made of?

Today’s recipe we will be making is a classic Costco meatloaf using ground beef as the star ingredient, along with other pantry staples such as milk, tomato concentrate, butter, whole eggs, flour, onion, distilled vinegar, canola oil, corn syrup, garlic, toasted wheat crumbs, spices, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. By combining all these ingredients, we’ll be able to make a truly delicious meatloaf that is perfect for a hearty family meal.

What is the sauce on meatloaf made of?

When it comes to making a delicious sauce for meatloaf, I highly recommend combining ketchup with brown sugar, garlic and onion powder, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a touch of vinegar. The result is an irresistible flavor that perfectly complements the savory taste of the meatloaf. Trust me, your taste buds won’t be able to resist this mouthwatering sauce.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Cap City Diner Meatloaf Recipe is a delicious dish that’s easy to master and customize according to your liking. With its juicy and tender texture, rich flavor, and mouthwatering aroma, it’s no surprise why it’s a crowd-pleaser at Cap City Fine Diner & Bar, one of Cameron Mitchell’s notable restaurants in Columbus, Ohio.

By following the step-by-step guide I’ve provided above and using quality ingredients such as fresh herbs, ground pork, beef, and shiitake mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, and heavy cream, you can whip up a homemade meatloaf that rivals any fine dining experience.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try. Whether as a dinner centerpiece, meatloaf sandwich or even leftover for breakfast with onion rings to pair. Enjoy the comfort of this classic dish while indulging in the goodness of Cap City Diner Meatloaf Recipe.

Cap City Diner Meatloaf

Cap City Diner Meatloaf Recipe

This is the meatloaf recipe from Cap City Fine Diner, a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant in Columbus, OH. This recipe was originally posted in the Columbus Dispatch. The recipe for the barbecue sauce that goes with this can be found in Recipe #140992.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 293.1 kcal



  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons diced white onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 ounces ground veal (optional)
  • 10 ounces ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (any will do, but Cap City Barbecue Sauce is recommended)


  • Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In skillet, saute mushrooms and onions in olive oil until tender. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine meats, egg, bread crumbs, herbs, garlic, and cream. Mix well.
  • Add mushroom and onions. Add 2 TB of barbecue sauce. Add remaining ingredients; mix thoroughly.
  • Place mixture in a loaf pan, pushing down firmly to pack meat into place. Cover with foil. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • (Optional) Remove foil; cover meatloaf with desired amount of barbecue sauce. Cook uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes. Serve with barbecue sauce.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 134gCalories: 293.1kcalCarbohydrates: 9.6gProtein: 18.8gFat: 19.4gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 89.2mgSodium: 468.9mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1.8g
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