Feeling Moody? America’s best diners are in Maine

A-1 diner

Food and Wine magazine doesn’t usually go this lowbrow, last time we checked you couldn’t score a grand crux at A1 Diner in Gardiner, but who cares. It’s another best-of list and this time Maine diners have crashed the party.

A1, Becky’s in Portland and Moody’s in Waldoboro are three of 23 spots that “represent a panoramic view of today’s American diner,” the mag declared this week. With their iconic neon, bottomless cups and 24/7 service, we can’t argue with that.

Becky’s gets a shout out forblueberry pancakes, chowder and build-your-own club sandwiches.” With its location on the harbor and “bib-worthy double lobster dinners” it’s the most proletarian port ‘o call in the Old Port. Also your best bet to meet a real Maine lobby man.


A1 gets props for “high culinary aspirations” served in a 1946-vintage Worcester Lunch Car. Fried avocados, not ho-hum hash, kicks average road fuel to the curb.

The grandaddy (or is it a grande dame?) of them all is marvelous Moody’s on Route 1. The “standard-bearer for New England’s unfussy working-class cuisine,” surely deserves to be on this and every diner list. Can 80 years of family ownership be wrong?

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Photo by Lydia King

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Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.