Best lunch ever

April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today we had to drive about an hour northwest to Maine’s capital, Augusta, for a rally at the State House against L.D. 309, our nit wit governor’s latest attempt to squash workers’ rights in Maine. After a good event, we were hungry and far from home. Robert suggested we drop by the A1 Diner in Gardiner for lunch. What a great idea that turned out to be. This is a beautifully maintained classic 1946 diner built by the Worcester Diner Co. in Worcester, MA (car number 790 if you must know). The menu is lengthy, with plenty of classic diner fare and several interesting specials. Today they had fish tacos that looked fabulous going by. But Robert and I both just had to have the hamburger. It’s made of local Oaklands Farm beef with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese, and served with fries. The burger was juicy and delicious. We ordered a side of baked beans from Maine’s own B&M Beans. And for dessert, we had the blueberry slump a la mode. What is a slump, you ask? Well, it’s like a cobbler but with more biscuit-y goodness. It was truly divine, and I could have eaten two. We will be back.

Check out the details. That is a pink marble counter top over beautiful blue ceramic tiles.

I’m not sure what the ceiling tiles are made of, but they were a lovely shade of blue. And there was tons of wood paneling and trim throughout. And did I mention the service was stellar?

The diner car is sitting on these steel support beams to lift it up to street level so it’s sort of hovering next to the bridge. Neat.

All in all, a nice afternoon.






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