Blue Benn Diner

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We have seen the Blue Benn referred to as a “gourmet diner”; but Roadfood die-hards need not worry. This is not the sort of reborn streamliner in which an ambitious chef recasts the image as a retro-chic eatery serving New American cuisine. An original Silk City diner manufactured in the 1940s and planted on its current site along Route 7 in 1949, the Blue Benn remains a true-blue hash house.

Yes, you can eat all sorts of interesting (and very good) dishes that are not expected fare in a stereotypical diner, from Syrian roll-ups to vegetarian enchiladas. But the traditional diner food is what we like: pot roast, turkey dinner, meat loaf and mashed potatoes. And, of course, breakfast, which is served all day.

The Blue Benn seems always overpopulated with customers; and its walls are plastered with a virtual confetti of hundreds of signs listing arcane and modern specials from creamed chipped beef on toast to soya sausage. The commotion is presided over by a team of waitresses whose dexterous repartee cheers on customers to greet the day. It’s hypnotic to watch the coffee-pot-armed professionals maneuver the confines behind the counter and among the short line of wooden booths of the creaky old monitor-roof diner.

And oh, what a joy it is to ease a fork into a steamy slice of corn bread French toast or a stack of crunchberry pancakes with turkey hash on the side. And don’t tell anyone, but we love to greet the sun with Blue Benn Indian pudding, a primordial cornmeal and molasses samp that is, technically speaking, dessert … but makes a salubrious morning cereal when served warm and dolloped with cream instead of ice cream.

While the counter is a classic, music-lovers might want to choose a jukebox-outfitted booth where the song selection ranges from country classics (Patsy Cline) to the theme from Sesame Street.

What to Eat
Blue Benn Diner, Pancakes
Pancakes
Must-Try
Crunch berry pancakes with real berries packing fruit flavor
Blue Benn Diner, Donut
Donut
Must-Try
A substantial donut, as Vermonters prefer.
Blue Benn Diner, French Toast
French Toast
Must-Try
Corn bread French toast
Blue Benn Diner, Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash
Must-Try
Crisp corned beef hash
Blue Benn Diner, Indian Pudding
Indian Pudding
Indian pudding usually is dessert. Why not for breakfast?
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday7am - 4pm
Monday6am - 5pm
Tuesday6am - 5pm
Wednesday6am - 6pm
Thursday6am - 7pm
Friday6am - 7pm
Saturday6am - 4pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No

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