to anyone in New England (and south through New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania) and an immediate image comes to mind. A diner is a prefabricated building brought to the site in whole or in sections. The most revered of these were built by Worcester, Silk City, Sterling, Kullman, O’Mahoney, Paramount, and Mountain View. There will be an abundance of stainless steel installed to make the
But today we visit a “real” diner. “A landmark to Hillsville (VA) since
“The O’Mahoney Company specialized in pre-fabricated restaurants.
At breakfast, the owner and short order cook is stationed behind the counter where he prepares eggs on a flattop that has two round
“A real dining room has been added (twice) in the back, as has a side kitchen for preparing baked, cooked and assembled luncheon specials” (Larry Bly at roanoke.com)
We had breakfasted at the Hillsville Diner on our 2008 visit to the
But did the reality of the hot cakes live up to his memory? Were they as good as described here by bigdaddy at mrbreakfast.com? “I drive to Hillsville to eat breakfast at the diner because of the pancakes. You have to understand that I want my pancakes the way I had them as a child growing up on the farm. I am not interested in all different fillings for my pancakes, nor am I interested in all kinds of toppings. For breakfast I want good, old fashioned pancakes with butter and maple syrup. At the Hillsville Diner it is as though I was back in grandma's kitchen and anxiously waiting on my pancakes and bacon. Three cheers for the pancakes at the Hillsville Diner!!”
Well, yes they were. In fact, as Chuck was busy swirling a bite of hot cake through a pool of syrup, a gentleman came from the back dining room. “I have eaten pancakes in diners all over New England,” he said to the owner, “and I have never had any as good as these.” At this point, Chuck replies (with a mouth full of hot cake), “I'll second that.”
I am going to split the rating. I would give Chuck’s 4.0 Addies after subtracting a point for calling hash browns home fries. Mine would get 2.0 Addies based on the country ham alone.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.