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Straight Talk on Becky's in Portland

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Straight Talk on Becky's in Portland

Keefer Lucas | Apr 2, 2006 04:35 PM

Based upon some of the recent recommendations, and past comments on Becky's Diner on Commercial Street in Portland, I wanted to dedicate a posting on the restaurant to clarify some issues about what Becky's IS and what it ISN'T. I have breakfast a Becky's about once every two weeks - it’s walking distance from my condo.

Becky's is a great place for an inexpensive breakfast or lunch on the outskirts of Portland's Old Port. It’s an authentic kind of place where you will likely eat your breakfast with fisherman in the booth to one side of you and partners from a local lawfirm at another. It’s a rather unpretentious place and in that regard it is fun and something of an institution. If you are visiting from out of town and want to say that you rubbed elbows with the locals, than Becky's is for you.

All that being said - there is nothing particularly good or bad to say about the cuisine at Becky's. If you are from away, rest assured that you have a Becky's like establishment in your own hometown, perhaps substituting local contractors for fisherman. Becky's cooks up as good a blueberry pancake as you will find in any standard-issue Worcester-style diner. Their BLT on toast consists of Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato, with mayo if you like. It's neither good, nor bad. It's food without attitude or pretense.

If you have ridden in off the high plains, with only a tenspot and change to finance breakfast for two, then by all means Becky's is the place to go. If you are in town for a romantic weekend and want a memorable brunch, I'd hightail it to Mim's, which is on the same street, but in the midst of the Old Port. If you are in town for a three day weekend I'd recommend Mim's, Bintliff's, and Becky's - in that order.

To reiterate, this posting topic isn't intended to be a slam on Becky's, just something of an honest evaluation of what it is. If you are on a coastal tour of popular diners, then Becky's is a MUST STOP. If you are looking for a hidden culinary surprise, there are much better choices.

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