I am very out of the loop, and I don't get to dine out and around nearly as much as I'd like to. I know that the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown is a well-trafficked chowhound favorite, and I'm sure that my experience there today can add little that is original or noteworthy to its already-substantial collection of praise.
So I really just wanted to thank all of you who have posted on the Deluxe in the past, for your wonderful recommendations and generally excellent taste. What a great, friendly place this is, and what delicious food. I mean, the pancakes -- batter made with buttermilk and sour cream, served with real, warm maple syrup in abundance -- are certainly the best I have ever had. They were soft, and light, and large but not, you know, ludicrously so. And moist, too, really tasted as if they had just finished cooking (which they had; I was sitting at the counter which overlooks the griddle...really a fantastic view, all sorts of action with spatulas and egg-battered things and thickly cut breakfast meats and so forth...and watched my blueberry pancakes turn all just-brown on the hot surface, then get scooped up onto my plate). And I thought the batter-y taste would be strange, but, man, I got used to it quickly! Gosh, they were just so good. And the syrup came in a tin with a nice little spout, so I could aim the syrup-flow with great accuracy. (wow...even the syrup pouring was enjoyable...I'm such a geek...)
I got to eat a bite or two of a buddy's western omelet, and that was also great stuff. And I saw a whole lot of plates parading past me and they all looked good too, fresh and well composed. The coffee, which the waitress refilled frequently for me, was great and very hot.
Boy. I can't wait to go back. And I'm now terribly eager to try all those other kinds of pancakes - the sweet potato, the plain old potato, even those buckwheat ones - tho' it'll probably be hard to keep from ordering anything but the buttermilk.