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New England Dining Reviews>>> Miss Mendon Diner, MA

The Miss Mendon Diner Offers a Classic Dining Car Experience in an Unusual Location

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Miss Mendon Diner photo, Mendon MA
Article and photo by Eric H.

The huge Imperial Cars auto dealership in the tiny town of Mendon, Mass., offers a vast variety of cars with one model you thought you would never see: an authentic dining car.

Driving to the back of the lot past sales people and rows and rows of cars, you'll come across the charming Miss Mendon Diner. A classic Worcester Dining Car built in 1950, the Miss Mendon Diner has graced many different locations through the years -- including, most recently, Newport, Vt. -- but seems to have finally found a secure home amidst the virtual city of cars for sale at Imperial.

The location seems out-of-place for such an American institution best known as a standalone on our American highways, byways and downtowns. Aside from the unusual location, a professional kitchen in the back and an add-on dining room, the Miss Mendon Diner retains its innate roadside charm. And that initial uneasiness of perhaps being approached by a car salesman will subside once you see the welcoming neon "Miss Mendon Diner" sign and "Booth Service" graphic on the outside and the chrome, booths, counters and salt-of-the-earth service on the inside. Completely restored to its orgininal splendor and spotlessly clean, the Miss Mendon Diner brings a bit of nostalgia into the 21st century without compromising its diner car traditions.

The food offers true diner authenticity, too, with familiar breakfast, lunch and dinner items like pancakes, Belgium waffles, club sandwiches, homemade soups, meatloaf, beef stew, chicken pot pie, chicken fried steak burgers, hot dogs, shakes, floats, ice cream sundaes, and homemade pies. Serving breakfast all day,  we had on our first visit for dinner, delicious Belgium waffles, chocolate chip pancakes, a meatloaf plate with fresh carrots and real mashed potatoes.

It's always nice to dine at a place with unique character, excellent food, and the coffee and conversation flowing about the place. In a dining world of familiar chains, the chance to go back in time and enjoy a homecooked meal at a place that treats you like family is always heartwarming. We'll be back soon to this fantastic, little diner in a very unlikely location.

Miss Mendon Diner
16 Uxbridge Rd.  (Route 16)
Mendon,  MA 01756
Tel. 508-634-3000
508-473-4784 (Fax)

Monday - Sunday
6:00am to 10pm

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