Yes, we missed last week, the flu hit us hard! We are back to exploring New England Diners this weekend, though.
Since we had a funeral this morning in North Kingston, RI, so we were happy to hit one of our diners on the way home. We stopped at the Jigger’s Hill Diner and Restaurant in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. After a brief wait, we were seated in a quaint diner environment. We all ordered breakfast, I chose the Raspberry Creme French Toast, and it tasted remarkably like the raspberry turnovers with hard sauce we used to make many years ago for a dessert. Even I couldn’t finish the entire serving. The food was delicious, and the timing was perfect as the diner closes in two days for renovations!
Well, it was an all around lousy day for a daytrip. With torrential rains and Lydia sporting a fever, we headed to Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI. While the neighborhood is not terribly inviting, the food was outstanding. The girls all thought it was 10 out of 10!! Well worth the rainy drive!
Our weekend was a little disrupted by work schedules, so we headed up to the Agawam Diner, in Rowley, MA in the late afternoon. The timing did not allow for any additional day trips or hikes (except for a very quick drive through downtown Newburyport). The diner was charming and classic, the waitress absolutely wonderful and the food was superb. We all got cheeseburgers, fries and then topped it off with their famous pies. In our case, we chose chocolate cream pie and lemon meringue pie. Since we very rarely ever eat pie, this was such a treat! Week three into our diner excursions and we are already hard-pressed to name one better than the next (or better than the previous).
This week the diner we chose was the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, NH. It is rich in history as many presidential candidates have eaten here while campaigning, so we were grateful to come outside of the political season. The Diner, or “Dinah” is clearly very popular, as there was a line (albeit short) the whole time we were there. Lydia ordered the “Queen Dinah” breakfast, which was served on two plates. The food was absolutely delicious, perfect and fresh and generous. The girls preferred the atmosphere of Miss Flo’s last week, but honestly the food here was better, and perhaps if we had visited at 3pm instead of 11am it might have been quieter!
As usual, we looked for a short hike or activity, and found the nearby Dorr’s Pond Park. A short 1 mile hike felt much longer as the first 1/3 mile was a complete sheet of ice. Pretty nevertheless, and I’m sure it is even prettier in any month other than January!
Ok, there is a reason we do not do Daytrips in the in the winter up here in New England. Usually there is snow, often a lot of snow. And mud. And the skies are often very grey. And the trees are barren and the grass is brown. So we will take the next few months and we decided to digress! Instead of weekly Daytrips of the area, we will visit new diners of New England each weekend, and the towns that host them. We found a few “Best Diners of New England” posts and will visit as many as we can!
So, this weekend we went to Miss Florence’s Diner in Florence, MA. We chose this diner because my dad grew up in Florence, and the diner has been there since he was 8 or 9 years old. The food was very good, and the prices even better. We managed to drive to the top of Mount Tom before we ate, and swung through Look Park after we ate, where I spent many childhood visits with my Grandparents in Northampton. It was a chilly 11 degrees out, so we were not very inspired to take many outdoor photos!