Lots of things make a travelers’ heart palpitate. For many of us it’s a great diner. One you discovered when you just wanted a cup of decent coffee and something with egg but with one thrilling glance realize you can have a Bloody Mary and artisan bacon to boot. One that makes you wonder why your hometown can’t be cool enough to have a diner like that and causes you to consider taking out your life’s savings to start one (a frighteningly strong urge after a couple of Bloody Mary’s – I’m not saying I had a couple…). Sadly, discovering them doesn’t happen all that often. Oh they’re out there but passers-through seldom have such luck.
Near the University of Virginia we stumbled upon just such a diner. A tiny place on the corner of West Main, heads bobbing at the bottom of the windows were the only indicator of life (we beat the crowds).
With a front window full of LPs, blues music coming from the turntable, a tiny dining area with carefully tucked tables, a bar area with nostalgic barstools, the gleaming chrome topped by black leather, fun little touches of moons and ambiance strategically placed, my mind was only on one thing – coffee. Okay, two things – coffee and bacon.
A bottomless cup of coffee served in weighty blue speckleware, just like all coffee should be served.
My brain sated with the coffee I thought I’d better see what they had to go with bacon.
- Apple Omelette with sausage, blue cheese and granny smith apple slices
- Mediterranean Omelette – spinach, feta cheese, tomato, red pepper, and capers
- Huevos Bluemoonos
- Blue Moon Monte Cristo with french toasted Surryano ham, turkey and swiss on sourdough
- French Toast with cinnamon swirl bread and house vanilla-ginger syrup
- Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly
With great pain I chose and ordered the Mediterranean omelette with the side of artisan bacon, then opted to extend the torture and began to check out the rest of the menu. For dinner, how about starting with Portobella Mushrooms stuffed with local organic andouille polenta topped with sweet jalepeno relish followed by Chicken Pot Pie with organic chicken, carrots, celery, onion, peas, and corn served in a dutch oven topped with puff pastry?
Look! I never said this was your everyday diner!
For dessert, how ’bout a Grills-With, a grilled Krispy Kreme glazed donut with Vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup? Or an ice cream sandwich with black raspberry ice cream on an oatmeal cranberry cookie or “Elvis” banana ice cream with chocolate dipped peanut butter cookie?
The barstools give an indicator of how cool this place is. First, there are barstools, a very important component of diners, secondly, the floor is a retro black and white check, not so much a requirement, but very cool.
There are no food shots. Why you ask? Because by the time my food was served, I was way beyond photography. Here however, is the exterior of the place. I had my wits back by the time we left.