The West Shore Diner's repurposed trailer seems to have rolled right out of the mid-20th century. Behind its blue-and-red paint job, guests chew on comfort food at the counter—everything from eggs and bacon to roast turkey. Breakfast is a popular time to stop by, and the friendly servers pour the first refillable cups of coffee at 5 a.m.
A simple, homey sign and no-frills brick façade welcome visitors to the laid-back environs of The Hampstead Diner, where laminated menus elicit stomach rumbles with a seemingly endless supply of homemade eats. At breakfast, peppers, potatoes, onions, and eggs sink into skillets and scrambles, and plates of belgian waffles crowned with cutlets of fried chicken forge a delicious truce betwixt the worlds of sweet and savory. Diners perched upon wooden park benches happily chow down on morning or midday meals, which include Reuben sandwiches, chili-topped dogs, and freshly ground, hand-pattied burgers.
Martha and Mary's is open seven days a week, serving up savory breakfast eats and lunch and dinner plates for any untimely hunger attack. Early birds can indulge in the breakfast pizza, a growing cult creation of freshly baked pizza crust crowned with premium toppings that run the gamut from home fries to scrambled eggs ($8.99 and up for a 14-inch large). Lunch and dinnertime hunger havers can indulge in a wide array of creative fare such as crab-adillas, a crab-infused quesadilla ($8.99), or pretzel-melt combo meals, which layer turkey, ham, bacon, and melted pepper jack on a pretzel roll with a helpful thirst quencher and choice of side ($7.99).
Within a neon interior reminiscent of a 1950s diner scene, Boulevard Diner's menu packs in an extensive collection of nostalgic noshes alongside tasty international munchies. Dinner items such as homemade meatloaf ($11.95) or a 16-ounce broiled new york strip steak ($20.95), both accompanied by potatoes and veggies, make for a meal more American than working an unpaid internship. Midday hunger twinges dissipate into happy thoughts with a greek burger's 7-ounce beef patty, feta cheese, onion, and tomato ($6.75+), and the Neptune sub ($9.35) cradles a bed full of succulent fried shrimp snuggled up to a blanket of coleslaw and cocktail sauce. Offering large portions for every edible item, Boulevard Diner also beefs up its comestible cornucopia with savory seafood, Mediterranean, and deep-fried fare.
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