Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

My husband likes breakfast, no matter what time of day it is!  The Miss Portland Diner at 140 Marginal
Way in Portland, Maine serves breakfast all day. 

“There is nothin’ finer than a Worcester Diner” was the slogan of the Worcester Lunch Car Company (WLCC), which specialized in small, handcrafted diners with porcelain exteriors and hardwood interiors. Worcester diners were often adorned with marble countertops, hardwood booths, and stainless steel panels shaped into starburst patterns and were well-known for their level of craftsmanship. Today you would be hard-pressed to find a finer example than the 1949 Miss Portland Diner – WLCC No. 818.  (This is a quote directly from the Miss Portland Diner homepage.)

Opened in 1949, The Diner has been relocated twice, most recently in 2007 when it was fully restored to it's original  look.  It actually made a cameo appearance in Mel Gibson's movie, the Man Without a Face in 1993,

An annex has been added at the back to handle the overflow, as the place is generally jammed at meal times.  We chose that time in mid-afternoon between the lunch crowd and dinner rush to have a lesisurely lunch.

We sat in the annex, and with Santa looking on, enjoyed a pleasant repast. 

Hubby, went for a breakfast plate with a ham, pepper, onion, and cheese omelet, homefries, and toast.  It definitely lived up to his expectations,  The omelet was stuffed with chunks of ham and veggies, and the homefries were nicely browned..

I was more of a mind to have lunch.  I started with a small salad with lots of purple onion, mixed greens, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, and ranch dressing.

The salad was accompanied by a fresh, crusty roll and real butter.

For my entree, the chicken pot pie hit the spot.  The crust was the best part of the pie--it was buttery, sweet and irresistable!

Hubby chose a slice of luscious coconut cream pie for dessert....yes, he tells me you can have dessert with breakfast.  As you can see, it contained plenty of coconut and was topped with real whipped cream.

I chose the lemon coconut cake.  It was light and fluffy with a nice white frosting topped with more coconut.  It turned out to be an excellent choice, even though I don't usually go for cake.  The lemon-coconut combination was what intrigued me, and this, too, did not disappoint.  The service was friendly, and  it was obvious the diner has many regular customers,from the banter between the waitresses and the diners.


Janice said...

Major yummmmm!

tsonodablog said...

I'm so jealous. You have so many interesting restaurants and buildings where you live. And the food ALL looks yummy. That Lemon Coconut Cake made my mouth water.

Thanks for sharing. I wish you could share for reals! LOL


Mary at Deep South Dish said...

(had to fix my smiley face :)

I love diners - especially those kind. Oh my goodness! I was all over the breakfast, but then you showed me that roll, that pot pie, coconut pie and cake! Lawd have MERCY!! Da-yum, y'all sure know how to eat up thata way!! :)

Happy holidays!!

Brian Miller said...

oh yeah i am with your hubby...breakfast any time of day....and his looks nice...mmmm

Coffee Slut said...

Everything looks so delicious! Next time I'm up that way I'll have to go there!

jules said...

I think you have inspired me to make a pot pie for dinner tonight. (Maybe.) Or at least go buy a frozen coconut pie!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Omg....suddenly my breakfast of Cheerios sucks! I love Diner breakfast any time of day! Have a wonderful Sunday and Merry Christmas!

sheila said...

What a spectacular diner and some yummy looking food!

Kitty Moore said...

The chicken pie looks yummy! x

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: You just need to jump on a plane!

Coffee: It was pretty good.

Jules: at least get the coconut pie!

FKNAFrau: You, too!

Kristina P. said...

I never eat breakfast, unless it's in a restaurant. I love breakfast food, but don't like to cook it.

That looks heavenly!

Jen said...

Looks delicious!! To top it off......anything lemony or/and coconut!!Good choice you two.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Any diner open since 1949 HAS to be GREAT!!! When I lived back East, I actually apartment hunted around my favorite diner :-)

Your meal looks fantastic and the coconut pie-- I wonder if Santa could bring me one of those.

Merry Christmas and Happy SIMC, jj

Betsy at Zen-Mama said...

Looks like a great restaurant! I love the old diners. All the pics are great...Esp. the coconut cream pie. Have a happy holiday!

rosaria said...

Living the good life, eh! I'm now starving, still two hours to dinner here, and leftovers waiting in the fridge.

Come to think of it, I don't want anything but the cakes, both of them, cause I can't decide at this point.
Thanks for the eye candy.

Unknown Mami said...

I'm not big on breakfast, but the pot pie, pie, and cake look unbelievably good.

Pat said...

My mouth actually watered while reading this post! Ha ha! Both meals looked delish!

Eva Gallant said...

Sheila: It was pretty good.

Kitty: As I said, the best part was the crust!

Jen: We enjoyed it.

Betty: It is a spectacular old diner.

Pastor Sharon said...

We have one of these in my town! It's called The Diner! I didn't know there was like a whole chain of these.

Marla said...

Oh my goodness......what a neat place!

Carrie Lynne said...

Heart attack on a plate!