Best New England DINER
- food GIANT Feb 2, 2004 10:43 PM
Looking for the real deal -- Diners that serve a great breakfast and even meatloaf for dinner !
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.
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
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.