On the recommendation of one of M's co-workers, we took a day trip to Bennington, Vermont on one of the coldest days of the year. Our destination: Blue Benn Diner.
When we pulled up to the front, I realized that I had eaten here with friends about 6 years ago, and remembered it being pretty good.
The two stained glass panels in the front were awesome.
It was a shame we had to enjoy them while waiting for a table on their enclosed front entryway. That wasn't heated. On the coldest day of the year.
Luckily, the wait for a booth ended up being less than 10 minutes, and soon enough we were seated. Though it was still pretty cold inside because of the drafty nature of vintage diner cars.
Each booth has an authentic jukebox, which we loved.
M ordered his go-to: eggs benedict. His homefries were undercooked, to the point where he said a few bites had the texture of biting into an apple. And they were bland and unseasoned. He also thought something was off with the hollandaise sauce, that it was a bit too eggy.
We ordered "cinnamon swirl" french toast, and were a bit disappointed when this showed up. It looked like they had taken some Pepperidge Farm cinnamon raisin bread, egged it, and threw it on the grill. I guess we were expecting something more. However, they did offer us REAL Vermont maple syrup, a little cream pitcher full for the small up charge of $1, which we thought was much more reasonable than most local diners charge for the real thing.
The interior reminded us a lot of our beloved Miss Albany Diner, which I guess is why we expected more of this place. We were expecting the same caliber of a more gourmet breakfast, and were presented with just "diner diner" food.
After our disappointing breakfast, we decided to drive around a little bit. We went up to a giant Revolutionary War monument, but because it was so cold outside, we didn't really take much time to enjoy the town like we could have. We'll be back Bennington, but maybe not until June or July!