Horse-powered trains, the precursor to steam engines and monorails, were the first to feature both lunch cars and outhouse cars that doubled as sleeper cars for lowly magicians. Hop aboard and fill up inside a legendary lunch car with today’s deal: for $5, you get $10 worth of fresh American fare and drinks at The Liberty Elm Diner, which was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. This local hangout is open until 3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch six days a week (closed Monday) at its Elmwood location near Roger Williams Park Zoo.
Liberty Elm’s menu unites breakfast and lunch options in culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Breakfast boasts a crowd of breakfast crowd-pleasers, including coffee ($1.85), fresh-baked muffins ($1.95), scones ($2.50), omelettes made with local cage-free eggs ($8.95), stacks of buttermilk pancakes ($6 for three or $4.50 for two), and unlimited bacon aromas (free). The Liberty Elm serves lunch classics such as burgers ($6.75–$9.95), salads ($3.75–$6.95), and a house-roasted turkey-breast sandwich ($6.95), among others. Multiple vegetarian options are also offered, including roasted tofu veggie, a concoction of spiced tofu w/ roasted sweet potato, grilled onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms ($6.75), and the marshmallowy, peanut-buttery grilled fluffer nutter sandwich ($3.50, add $0.50 for banana).
The Liberty Elm Diner occupies an authentic 1947 Worchester Locomotive lunch car and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but narrowly missed a spot on the Best Places to Solve Mysteries list compiled by the Boxcar Children. The interior features works of local art and live music, and radiates an overwhelming gravitational pull for vacant stomachs and asteroids. With an emphasis on the neighboring community and local agriculture, The Liberty Elm also donates 1% of all profits to planting Dutch-Elm Liberty trees, unlike the greedy Johnny Appleseed, who used all of his profits on exotic pets.
The Liberty Elm Diner has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives:
The Providence Journal, the Providence Phoenix, and Burt’s Food Blog reviewed the restaurant. More than 40 Yelpers give it a four-star average. More than 1,500 Facebookers like it and 87% of Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant. > * The atmosphere here is casual and not rushed. The place has oodles of personality. – Gail Ciampa, Providence Journal > * Thought and care has been taken in assembling a menu sprinkled with items that will prompt an “Oooh — look what they’ve got!” — if not by you, then by somebody at a nearby table. – Bill Rodriguez, Providence Phoenix