Blue Benn Diner

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We have seen the Blue Benn referred to as a “gourmet diner”; but Roadfood devotees need not worry. This definitely 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. Continue reading

We have seen the Blue Benn referred to as a “gourmet diner”; but Roadfood devotees need not worry. This definitely 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.

Dishes to try
Blue Benn Diner, Pancakes
Pancakes
Must-Try
Crunch berry pancakes, ready to eat! It was mid-January, but those berries packed powerful fruit flavor.
Blue Benn Diner, Donut
Donut
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A substantial donut, as Vermonters prefer. Krispy Kreme has yet to open a branch in the Green Mountain State.
Blue Benn Diner, French Toast
French Toast
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A more-than-ample serving of corn bread French toast
Blue Benn Diner, Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash
Must-Try
Blue Benn Diner's crispy corned beef hash can be ordered as your main breakfast dish or a smaller portion on the side.
Blue Benn Diner, Indian Pudding
Indian Pudding
Traditionally Indian pudding is served as dessert. We like it for breakfast, too. That's a scoop of ice cream on top, melting fast in the hot grain.
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Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes