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Al Mac's Diner in Fall River, Massachusetts, Epitomizes the Classic
New England Diner
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I love a good old-fashioned diner, so much that I recently
followed my dreams of writing a book,
The Best Diners
in New England that covers 50 of the top diners in the six-state
region. New England is, after all, the birthplace of the diner,
and many, to this day, have upheld their great reputations. As
hard-working small businesses -- the best kind of businesses in our
great country -- their stories deserve to be told.
What makes a great diner? For starters, excellent comfort foods served
in big portions, good value for the money, salt-of-the earth service,
and all the classic diner bells and whistles like chrome, neon,
jukeboxes, booths, counter and stools. They hold onto small town values
-- even if located in a big city -- by bringing together a faithful and
engaged community looking for a local meeting place to converse over a
cup of coffee and, say, some bacon and eggs.
Al Mac's Diner, a beautiful
1953 stainless steel silver and green
DeRaffele-style diner in Fall River, Massachusetts, ranks as one of my
all-time favorite diners in New England. They simply get it -- that is,
meeting all those critical elements that make a diner a local landmark.
Validation: Al Mac's has been around in one form or another since 1910
(starting in a six-horse drawn wagon)!
The real key to a great diner, however, is creating homemade food that
tastes like something like "grandma" would make. Al Mac's taps into
that tasty tradition with staples like buttermilk pancakes, traditional
French toast, chicken noodle soup, real mashed potatoes, grilled
cheese, meatloaf dinner, chicken Parmesan, and an open-faced
fresh turkey sandwich with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce on white
bread. Phenomenal! From what I have seen at Al Mac's, locals also
seem to love ordering diner staples like omelets, muffins, burgers and
patty melts, dogs, BLTs, fish and chips, club sandwiches, corned
beef reubens, sirloin steak, whole bellied clams, New England clam
chowder and classic sundaes.
I particularly love the sandwiches and soups -- in this case, a tuna
melt on marble rye with some of the best seasoned fries I have ever
tasted, and an amazing cheddar broccoli soup nicely presented...
What an amazing feeling dining on homemade foods at the counter or one
of the booths in this fabulous piece of living history with the huge
neon sign out front (looks beautiful at night!). Listed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1999, Al Mac's Diner might look ancient
focus on old school comfort foods, but they also have a solid foot in
the 21st century as they tap into, whenever possible, locally-sourced
food. Additionally, drinks help enhance the meals -- from
kids-of-all-ages favorites like root beer floats, Shirley Temples and
milkshakes to adult beverages in the form of beer, wine and cocktails.
Al Mac's is fully justified to call its selections "Four star food
one star price," and the Diner as "Justly Famous Since 1910." Every
town and city should have an Al Mac's Diner but since they don't, I
look forward to making the 45-minute trip to Al Mac's Diner in the
south coast of Massachusetts for some classic diner
food. What a wonderful slice of Americana!
Al Mac's is located at 135 President Ave., Fall River MA. Tel. (508) 567-5727.
Be sure to
check out the Al Mac's Diner web site for more
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