This place was on my radar after reading about it in the Sterns' Road Food and reading a rave review from the New York Times. It promised an old fashioned soda fountain, excellent burgers and breads & pies freshly baked. Unfortunately, the shine is off. I ordered a root beer float that featured root beer with no fizz and undistinguished ice cream. The "fresh cut fries" were dark brown and wrinkled - not the best fate for good potatoes. My onion rings were greasy and some were limp, to boot....somebody is not paying attention to the fryer....and there were only a few tables at this point. The hamburger was pretty good with a nice slice of tomato and onion but tired lettuce and a house made bun that was already sogged out before I took one bite. They were totally out of pies - for a Friday lunch. The Road Food book is now 8 years old so apparently, time has not been kind to the Chatter Box Cafe. The floors were noticeably dirty and the bathrooms less than pristine - a sign of lack of attention to detail? If the food had been good I could overlook a dirty floor but ...... While I was googling ChatterBox Cafe for details on what to order I came across a 2003(?) ad for the sale of this business. Don't know if the business ever got sold? Anyways, I was disappointed that the Chatterbox Cafe that I read about doesn't seem to live here anymore.