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EG's Mystery Diner

Dining out in EG with the Mystery Diner

We are so fortunate to have such a huge variety of restaurants in the 16 square miles that is East Greenwich. Casual, sophisticated, ethnic, trendy, basic, national chains —we’ve got them all!  EG’s own Mystery Diner is planning to try them all and let you know how they measure up to her standards.  If your restaurant is within our 16 miles, Mystery Diner will be visiting soon. 

Mystery Diner is not a food critic but she is a person who loves to eat out.  She enjoys tasty food well-prepared, polite service, a pleasant atmosphere and overall cleanliness.

Mystery Diner promises an honest unbiased opinion of all her dining experiences. Let’s see which restaurants will please her.

We begin in alphabetical order, at a 40-year-old East Greenwich institution:

The Beacon Diner

 2939 South County Trail

ATMOSPHERE: You just have to love the quaintness of this diner both inside and out. From the kitchy lighthouse on the roof to the tiny little juke boxes at each booth (would be really awesome if they actually worked), this place exudes old diner charm and makes you want to order up some coffee and pie. The charm has even been noticed by movie moguls because Beacon Diner has been featured in TWO movies: Hard Luck in 2006 and 27 Dresses in 2008. Customers can choose to eat at the long low inviting counter or in a comfortably worn-out booth alongside the authentic knotty pine walls. It’s just a little like the time warp of visiting Grandma’s house (in a good way!). It’s a comfortable place to relax. Cars always fill the parking lot here so that is a sign they are doing something right.

FOOD: All the right selections for a hearty diner breakfast or lunch are on offer. American chop suey, chicken noodle soup, homemade muffins or rice pudding anyone? Mystery Diner chose blueberry pancakes, a house specialty. Her partner is an omelette lover who tries to eat healthy so he had a veggie omelette with no cheese. We also shared a cup of oatmeal. The pancakes were the huge plate-sized variety, chockful of blueberries. The omelette was a pleasing steamy generous mound of tasty seasonal veggies. Home fries were a bit on the bland side. We especially enjoyed the old-fashioned oatmeal — a generous portion of creamy comfort food cooked just right. Hot strong coffee kept appearing in our cups and we left full and happy.

SERVICE: Pleasant friendly waitresses quickly took care of our every need. Within 10 minutes, we were sipping hot coffee and eating oatmeal.

CLEANLINESS: Even though the overall décor is a bit tired and shabby, cleanliness is not a problem. Floors and eating areas are well-scrubbed and bathrooms are squeaky clean.

 

Atmosphere

Down home comfortable

Food

Casual home cooking

Service

Attentive and friendly

Price

Very affordable

Would Mystery Diner eat here again?

You betcha!

Alicarn December 04, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Keep going south on Rte 2 and you will find Snoopy's Diner in NK, where the jukeboxes at each table still work!
Leo December 05, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Have always enjoyed the Beacon. Good family prices and you feel at home.
ELM December 06, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Sounds like an interesting series. Look forward to the next review/
Kristin Malinowski Gonzalez December 06, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Nice review. Keep them coming!

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