Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Michael Stern
For decades, Phillips Diner was known for donuts and chicken pies. Back in 2006, it was bought by Dotty Sperry, who for a while called her place Dottie’s Diner @ Phillips as an homage to the old regime.
“I knew I had to keep the best of the old place,” she told us early on, “But I wanted to add my personality, too.” The chicken pie is an excellent example. Old-fashioned farm house chicken pie is still available: a small savory crust loaded with nothing but warm, moist chicken meat. Dottie’s newer version, which includes gravy, peas and carrots, is an option. The gravy has changed from the old-style white cream to a darker sauce with spicy zest. Accompanying mashed potatoes are the genuine article; they and cranberry sauce have been supplemented on the plate with a sprig of al dente broccoli and a few thin, buttery slices of cooked squash.
Phillip’s legendary donuts remain among our favorites. There is nothing outrageous or spectacular about them. In a world of culinary extremism, those looking for kicks might find them boring. But to us, they are perfect. Classic. The Platonic Ideal of donuts. Cinnamon donuts are creamy inside with a wickedly crunchy exterior; chocolate donuts come loaded with vast amounts of the glossy dark glaze that so perfectly complements the cake within.
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|