Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Eveready Diner Brewster


Teresa and I were headed back from Danbury the other day, trying to decide where to eat, when we saw a sign announcing the opening of the new Eveready Diner in Brewster. Having seen the Eveready Diner featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network, we decided to give it a try.

The diner is off exit 19 on Route 84, next to Kohl’s. When the Food Network features a restaurant, get ready for a long wait but it was only about twenty-five minutes and they have wireless internet so we passed the time using the i-pod touch so the wait passed quickly.

Inside the diner has a nice look to it but it seems a bit cramped, like they tried to shrink a large diner to fit into a smaller space, this was a small problem for us as we were seated next to the cashier and the people trying to pay got a bit closer than we wanted. The line backed up a bit since the credit card machine was down. This can be chalked up to being a new place and we had cash anyway, so it wasn’t a problem when we went to pay.

The menu had a lot of interesting things on it and was a bit different from the traditional diner fare. I’m sure they had plenty of house specialties to sample, but I have a theory about sampling restaurants to get a good basis of comparison; I order the same thing at similar restaurants. In Italian restaurants I order the veal Sorrentino or the Saltimbocca, at a diner I order a Rueben. A word of advice to any diner that can’t make a good Rueben; close your doors.

Well, this Rueben was the one of the best I’ve ever had. For a busy place, the service was good and the food came out fast and hot. The corned beef was tender and tasty, the marble rye bread was lightly toasted, and the French fries were crispy and hot. Teresa ordered the Trattoria Chicken, which was also good. Overall, a very good meal at a very reasonable price. I think the whole tab came to about twenty-three dollars including tax and tip.

My advice, give the Eveready Diner in Brewster a try. I think you’ll be quite pleased. We are going to try the one up in Hyde Park in the near future and I’ll give you the lowdown when we do.

10 comments:

  1. I haven't been there in awhile but the one in Hyde Park used to have great coffee (which is surprising) & pretty good BLT's too.

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  2. Diners can have either great coffee, or terrible coffee. I'll remember to try it when I go up there. Isn't it interesting how a simple BLT or a club sandwich can make us happy?

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  3. I'd be interested in your review of the Hyde Park location,as we ate there a year and a half ago, and it was just AWFUL! Nothing like what was portrayed on "Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives", and we were so disappointed. Since we live in Brewster, when we saw the sign go up that the Eveready had acquired the defunct Sonoma Cafe, we were disappointed, and for the first few weeks after it opened, we stayed away. We kept watch on the place each time we visited the shopping center, and noted the increasingly full parking lot around the diner. We decided to give it a try. We have now been there five or six times, and it has been FABULOUS every time we have tried it. We are incredibly picky, and the only negative comment we can make is that we don't believe the burger weighed as much as the menu claims. Everything has been well-prepared, arrived timely, and we have had excellent servers every time. Its food quality exceeds all diners in the lower Hudson Valley, and we feel it equals or exceeds the diners on Long Island, where there are many discriminating patrons and much competition from other diners. Every dessert we have tried has been excellent, too. I read two negative reviews on UrbanSpoon.com; one person complained the dishes/implements were dirty, and the other said their waitress was rude. We're finding them difficult to believe, but I guess it could have happened. I hope they keep up the qulaity, because Brewster really needs some good restaurants.

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  4. We almost went there the other day when we were in Poughkeepsie, but it was too early to eat yet and I didn't to hang around waiting to get hungry. we'll get up there soon I hope.

    Yes, Brewster does need more restaurants. We go to Danbury about once a month and are tired of everything on the way home, except for Rosy Tomorrows, but the menu there is limited.

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  5. Does anyone know the history of the diner?

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  6. I tried to look it up yesterday, but there isn't much out there. Any readers have some info?

    Chris

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  7. Elaine,

    We went to the Hyde Park location and I agree, it was awful. Check out the review here.

    Chris

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  8. The Eveready in Brewster is delicious. My favorite meal is the Jose Tajos chicken sandwich, which comes with a chicken sandwich, and loaded nachos. My favorite dessert was the death by chocolate. :)

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  9. Sounds good. I have to lose some weight, so I'll have to take a pass on the desert, but that sandwich sounds good. Thanks for commenting.

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