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Pancakes, Bacon & Eggs at the Deluxe Town Diner


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Pancakes, Bacon & Eggs at the Deluxe Town Diner

BC | Jun 22, 2004 01:19 PM

I've driven by this place so many times and I finally
had some free time to pop in and give it a try. I've
been curious for a while about it since I see its
name come up pretty regularly as being one the the
better places in the Boston area for breakfast.

Unfortunately, my short review is that it's average
and grossly overpriced.

The place looks and feels authentic when you walk in,
but there were tip offs that it wasn't: waitress
service at the counter(?) and no genuine pancake/
bacon/eggs special. (Without exception, all the
serious breakfast joints have bacon/egg specials with
at least pancakes and french toast.) They had this
Colossal Special for $12 that was both way too
expensive and had all sorts of things I had no
interest in. All I wanted was pancakes, bacon and

Since none of the combos matched up well, I ended up
ordering a short stack of pancakes with a sides of
eggs and bacon, plus an ice coffee. The pancakes were
made with good batter and were browned correctly, but
they were too large (plate sized) and a little too
thick -- the typical problem with most of the local
independent eateries in this area. All of the very
best pancakes I've ever had have been thinish and
no more than about 8" in diameter, and a "stack"
meant a stack of them -- 3 or more -- and not just
two thick pancakes. I drove to Alaska one time and
got use to loading up on big breakfasts in the
morning. I used "Let's Go USA" guide for choosing
likely breakfast joints and did rather well by it,
although the absolutely best pancakes I ever had came
at this random Denny's in the midwest.

Continuing on with the "Deluxe" breakfast... The
eggs were OK but it's hard to mess eggs up. The
bacon was actually meaty and thick, but a little
overdone. The ice coffee was OK. The final tab,
though, was $11.03!!! That's way, way too much money
for that kind of meal. So far, only twice in the past
10 years have I had pancakes at a local independent
eatery that were better than a chain's: Pinardi's in
JP, which is gone now, and this little Spanish place
up the street from me a few years ago, but that was
a fluke -- the pancakes sucked on all subsequent
visits. While the Deluxe Diner's pancakes do lie in
the upper ranks of the independents, that's not
saying much -- I've had better pancakes in recent
weeks at both the IHOP on Soldier's Field Rd. and at
the Denny's in Bedford, and for far less money.

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