Diners in Vermont/New Hampshire
We'll be driving from NYC to Dartmouth in a few weeks and I would love to stop by a couple of traditional American diners on the way. Are there any in the area that you would recommend? We don't mind driving out of our way to get there either! Many thanks.
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The Chelsea Royal Diner is a few miles west of I-91 in Brattleboro, VT. Definitely worth checking out...
I also hear that the Miss Bellows Diner in Bellows Falls, VT, is a good option, but I haven't been there yet.
And Skip's Roadside Diner on Route 2 in Gill, MA (a few miles east of I-91) is a great little place that serves Polish food from a trailer.
Check out the Tumble Inn Diner in Claremont, NH, which is 10 minutes from 91 and has standard diner fare. The Heritage Diner in Charlestown, NH is about 5 minutes from 91 is also good (www.charlestownheritage.com) & has some interesting things on the menu. They are both original Worcester Diners. The Tumble Inn is free standing, while the Heritage is attached to a building. I've been to both and would recommend either. The Miss Bellows Falls in Bellows Falls, VT was good the last time I went there, but that was years ago (http://www.missbellowsfallsdiner.com/). Finally there is the Royal Diner in Springfield, VT, which is about 5 minutes from 91. They have new owners & I haven't been there yet since the change.
The best diner for food along your route is the Blue Benn in Bennington hands down. The Chelsea Royal is not bad, the Windsor (Vt) diner is not bad (and is a beutiful '40s Worcester). The Miss Bellows Falls, the Four Aces in Lebanon NH, Daddypops Tumble Inn , the Farmers Diner in Queechee are all architecturally significant diners, but the food isn't allways to great. The country girl in Chester, the diner in downtown keene, the diner in Springfield would be lower priorities for me.
I've been to all of the diners mentioned above and can wholeheartedly recommend the Chelsea Royal and the Windsor diner. All others were great as far as the Worcester diner thing goes, but the food is average.
Blue Benn - really gone downhill recently. Daddypops overcooked my omelette until it was rubbery. Miss Bellows Falls, cute, but average short order fare.
Skip's isn't a diner, if I'm thinking of the same place. Its more like a stand kind of thing, unless its changed.
The Springfield diner was a favorite but haven't been to it since it re-opened.
Well I guess the Blue Benn diner is still downhill! My husband and I ate there for the first time last weekend. I figure any diner worth its salt has to do good breakfasts, so that's what we had. I ordered eggs benedict and the eggs were overcooked - I really hate hard poached eggs! I would give the hollandaise sauce a 3 on a 1-10 scale, plus it didn't really look like hollandaise. My husband had a BLT and it was so wet
and sloppy that he could hardly hold it. The bacon seemed crisp enough; maybe the wetness was from the many tomatoes that were piled on the sandwich. If I had noticed in time, I would have suggested he deconstruct his sandwich and put it back together! All in all we were underimpressed with the Blue Benn diner!