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S&W Country Diner?

Will Owen | | Jun 24, 2008 02:05 PM

I've seen only passing mention of this place, as in "Double Dutch is next door to...", and I'm wondering what it's done or didn't do to deserve such dismissal. My experience is limited, so far, to my lunch yesterday, but the environment, the general attitude of the staff, and most especially the quality of the food has me looking forward to several more trips there.

A sign on the door advises one to sign in on the sheet just inside, and then to wait outside, but as I was by myself and there was plenty of room at the counter I was invited to sit right down. After that, the hard part was to swim through the vast reaches of a truly mouth-watering menu and pick just ONE meal out of the swarm of possibilities. I was strongly tempted to continue my Patty Melt Smackdown research, but decided that a somewhat lesser violation of dietary restraint was called for, so I got breakfast instead: homemade corned-beef hash, two eggs, sourdough toast and sliced tomato. Iced tea to drink. All good, really good, though I found the CB hash to be rather overseasoned and its inclusion of shredded carrot rather strange, though not objectionable (canned hash is offered at a dollar less). The three women doing the serving were busier than I can remember ever being, but remained calm and adequately friendly through it all; the two guys in the kitchen were throwing food out the serving window at a similarly frantic rate while staying similarly nonchalant. Very nice, for a brisk lunch, and I think it'd be just as nice with a companion and a table in the small dining room. My tab came to right at $11, which I found quite reasonable.

The cash-only policy might cause some of us plastic-wielding moderns to declare this place Off My Map, but seeing as how yer Basic ATM Unit of $20 will cover about as much food as any normal human needs at one meal, and there's a BofA ATM (my brand) right across the street, I can't imagine that'll ever be a deterrent for me.

So - anyone else got a story about this joint?

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