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.
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?
What’s your favorite diner in the 207?