Saturday, January 9, 2010

Eveready Diner, Hyde Park NY

We've been to the Eveready Diner in Brewster a few times and we've always been pleased, so when we were in Poughkeepsie we decided to head north on Rt. 9 to visit the original location, the one featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. We wanted to see if it was up to the hype from the show, and as good as it's Brewster cousin. Our opinion, in one word, disappointing.

It started when we went in and a couple who got there after us were seated before us. We were seated right after and a young man came and told us he'd be our waiter and that he'd give us a few minutes. Next thing a young lady appears with our water and said she'll be our waitress. Okay, Rebecca was the best part of the visit. She was attentive and friendly and did a great job. Too bad the food wasn't up to snuff.

I ordered a bacon cheeseburger, medium well. Price was $9.45 which I think is steep for a diner burger, even if it is a half-pound. I ordered it medium well (in a regular restaurant I get medium, but in diners I get medium well because I'm not as sure of the quality of the beef) and it arrived closer to well. The fries were soggy, like they were cooked a while before and sat under a heat lamp. My wife had a Trattoria chicken sandwich. The chicken was dry and tough and the pesto sauce was bland.

I wonder if success can be a ruination of a good restaurant. When a place is new they're hungry for business and they care. When they're successful, they lose the edge and don't try as hard.

Bottom line, if you're driving through Hyde Park and you're hungry, stop by, even though there are better places in the area. But don't go out of your way to get there. Seriously, it isn't anyway near the hype that's built up around it.

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