A diner's oversized booths and oversized pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-sized props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of breakfast and lunch fare at Miss Worcester Diner, open Monday–Friday from 5 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m.–2 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
The vintage diner car's heaping portions of traditional American comfort food earned praise from a recent episode of TLC's American Eats. Owner Kim Kniskern fills the narrow eatery with the sweet aroma of her specialty french toast ($4.95), along with a menu full of morning-time eats that celebrate the moon's inability to steal the earth's bacon. Egg and toast platters draw inspiration from different cultures, such as the American breakfast, which pairs grilled sirloin tips with the ovoid classics ($7.95), and the Polynesian breakfast, which arrives bearing a sizzling helping of fried spam ($5.95). Savory lunch options are also available to sate noon-time cravings.
Originally built in 1948, the diner car is adorned with Red Sox pennants, posters, and photos, and its happily feasting inhabitants peer out beneath bright blue awnings. In 2003, the eatery earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, which provides a gratis coating of sepia-tinted paint.
- Simone and owner Kim Kniskern brainstorm the inventive breakfast menu, which includes ethnic variations of eggs, home fries, and toast such as American (with steak tips), Polish (with kielbasa), and Polynesian (with fried Spam). – Patricia Harris and David Lyon, The Boston Globe
- The service was prompt and very friendly, the food was DELICIOUS (we tried the western omelette, french toast, chocolate chip pancakes among others) and the setting is simply the best. – RTRACY, TripAdvisor