As requested, here are some thoughts after a successful visit to Sparky's Diner at 241 Main St. in Northampton. Thanks to caughtstars for helping me find it in the first place!
I went in search of diner breakfast, and it's not really a breakfast place. We had fried-egg sandwiches, which is the only egg dish offered among a small selection of oatmeal and I've forgotten now what else. Arriving in a paper basket, the sandwich was a bun with a free-range fried egg as well as the additional white cheddar and tomato I'd opted for from the list of extras. The sandwich was phenomenal. The egg was perfectly cooked, and between the egg and the cheese, just the right amount of salty and proteiny goodness. My sweetie had black coffee and pronounced it excellent - I'm not a coffee drinker so I can't testify, but he is pretty picky about his coffee.
The place is cheap, and astoundingly so when you consider that the meat is all organic and free-range, as is the dairy. $3 or $3.50 for a hot dog or a hamburger with various fixings, around that for an organic milkshake, and the fried-egg sanwich is only $2.50, although the extras are 75 cents apiece. The decor is minimal - not diner funky but rather industrial. Red plastic chairs and black formica tables in a cement room with exposed grill and metallic hood.
We also had an order of fries, which were good although not fat enough and soft enough for my taste. But my companion again found them excellent, so they were a very good execution of a type of fries that just doesn't happen to be my preference.
I'm curious to know if anyone else has tried out this relatively new place. Let me know what you think!