One of my favorite shows on TV is Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”. What I like most about the show is it goes to regular, mom and pop places that serve great food in an unpretentious way. Just by chance, I haven’t had an opportunity to check out any places featured on the show until recently while I was home in Massachusetts during Thanksgiving vacation.
“Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” visited the Maine Diner in Wells, Maine in a recent episode. The old-fashioned diner is just about an hour drive north from my parent’s house in eastern Mass.
It wasn’t too busy when we got there. The staff make you feel like your a regular. If I had to guess, the crowd was a mixture of locals and weekend tourists from New Hampshire and Massachusetts like ourselves. I got a kick out of their slogan that was printed on the building, “Remember the Maine”, a homage to the battle cry during the Spanish-American War
The food was excellent. I ordered waffles with a side order of bacon and homefries. It’s hard to screw up waffles, but it’s very easy to screw up bacon. I judge a breakfast place on how well they cook bacon. Maine Diner cooked the bacon perfect, not too crispy and not too chewy.
I took a few pictures. The building itself is not visually striking but it does have a down home, nostaligic quality to it. It seemed appropriate to to make a black and white version of a photo I took of the front of the building:
This photo of the roadside sign reminds me of pictures of the old Route 66:
It was a nice crisp winter day. I didn’t have to do much retouching to the photos afterwards.