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Looking for the real deal -- Diners that serve a great breakfast and even meatloaf for dinner !



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  1. We like Moodys and Miss Portland in Maine.
    but check out www.dinercity.com
    They list most of the old time diners around the country.

    1. I am biased, as this is my hometown diner. And I will admit, this is not the cleanest and most hygenic place to eat. However, if you want a diner where you can eat the gamut from fried eggs and homefries to meatloaf, pot roast and lobster, AND pay a ridiculously low price for it, I vote for the Farmington Diner in Farmington, Maine.
      I've also enjoyed Moody's, Henry's Diner in Burlington, VT, and the Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI.

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      1. re: johnnym

        I ate at Farmington diner once....there was a sign on the wall (amongst 80 other signs) that said "we have the freshest chicken anywhere!"
        Then we looked out the window and saw three chickens running across the road. Escaping I guess?

        1. re: johnnym

          Farmington Diner is certainly cheap, but cottage cheese in the cream pitcher and the overall state of "cleanliness"? are deterrents.

        2. I love:
          Mac's in Worcester
          Miss Bellow's Falls, Vt.
          Delaney's, Chester? Vt.

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          1. re: mike

            I've had some really good Italian at Mac's. Not a "classic" diner (no stainless steel, it's room to cook, though), so if diner atmosphere is important - it's not here.

            That said, Mac's is good food.

            1. re: Slotkins

              Mac's Diner is not a typical Diner BUT..

              Mac's Diner, 185 Shrewsbury st. Worcester, MA: 508 868 7508
              In appearance, it looks like a diner, but bigger. But the food is NOT typical diner food. And its a BYOB, something you can't really find in Worcester. The food is not fancy, but tasty and filling. Portions are huge. We had to bring half of our dish home in a doggy bag. Originally Mac's Diner turned out no-nonsense red sauce Italian food. Meatballs, sausage, and good bread. Now they have added freshly prepared pasta dishes.
              My wife ordered 'Chicken Bon Femme,' sauteed chicken tenders that were lightly breaded, tossed with mushrooms, marinated artichokes, black olives, parmesan cheese, and garlic, tossed with spaghetti. The dish was tasty but a little dry, and would have benefited from more liquid in the sauce.
              My dish was disappointing, called a mixed grille( pork, beef, chicken, and sausage) served with pasta on the side.
              Grilling is definitely their weakness. All the meats arrived overcooked and tough. If they started with thicker cuts of meat, maybe this might not have happened, and the other strange thing... the sirloin, only 1/2 inch thick, tasted sweet. Was it marinated in a teriyaki sauce? but why? On a saturday evening the crowd was heavily family-oriented with the boisterous sound of children enjoying their night out. A Good place to take a crowd without spending too much money. But don't expect much in the way of decor, this is a bare-bones type of place. We spent $36 for two, and enjoyed our own bottle of red wine. Tiaotse

          2. These come to mind immediately:

            1 - Shawmut Diner in New Bedford, Mass. Owner Phil Paleologos does a nationally broadcast radio show live from there each morning. As a child, I revelled in their meatloaf and red jello.

            2 - A close second in New Bedford is Angelos Orchid Diner, with the best stuffed quohogs I've ever tasted. YUM!

            3 - Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI. History, charm and great food.

            1. Miss Lyndonville in Lyndonville, VT. Not in a diner car though, if that's your criteria!!

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              1. re: BM

                Actually, the original part of the diner WAS a car. Sit at the counter and you can see the original outline.
                Regardless, the Miss Lyndonville gets my vote too. It may be the best diner in the world.

                1. re: Steve

                  It is VERY good, and has been consistently excellent for at least the last 25 years.