Finally followed the trail of Chowhound recs to the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown for breakfast yesterday. Phwoah! Unbelievable corned beef hash, maybe the best I've ever had, certainly the best I've had in Greater Boston in many a moon. Basically a big portion of excellent, very salty corned beef studded with a chunk or two of carrot and potato.
Also fabulous were the johnnycakes. These are of the thick, polenta-ish variety, as opposed to the thin, holey variety I remember from my personal Temple of Johnnycakes, the Commons Lunch in Little Compton, RI (which burned down this past spring -- waaah!). Despite my belief that the thin version is more authentic, these were perfectly delicious, crunchy on the outside, plenty of fresh-corn taste on the inside from the use of stone-ground, whole corn meal. Johnnycake purists insist on cornmeal from Kenyon's Grist Mill in West Kingston, RI. I wonder if anyone knows where DTD gets theirs?
Friendly, efficient service, lots of circa-1947 atmosphere, excellent filter coffee, and a bird's-eye view from our counter seats of some terrific griddle work: we feel we must return soon to try some of those amazing-looking pancakes. Thanks for the pointer on this one, 'hounds!