Parkway Diner

Worth driving from anywhere!

When we sought suggestions of good places to eat in Northern Vermont, we got a beaut from Alice Levitt, who was then senior food writer at Seven Days newspaper in Burlington. Alice recommended the Parkway Diner for “the only old-fashioned, traditional diner food in the state that I wholeheartedly endorse.” In particular she praised the hot turkey sandwich, saying it is “as good as it gets.”

Being fans of excellent hot turkey sandwiches, it didn’t take Jane and me long to find the mid 20th century Worcester Lunch Car Company Diner, where we secured seats in a handsome leather-and-mahogany booth and ordered one. We were soon ooing and ahhing over what truly is an ideal diner-style hot turkey sandwich. By diner-style, I mean that you would not mistake this magnificent plate of food for home cooking. It isn’t homey at all; it is in some way better than that: a masterful mix of succulent dark and tender white meat freshly carved from the bird, shreds and slices intertwined, glazed with gravy and perched atop absorbent white bread, accompanied by chunky mashed potatoes and sweet cole slaw. Only in a diner would you find a plate of food so perfect. Only in a GREAT diner.

Alice also recommended an item called the VT burger. This too is a benchmark. A juicy round of hand-pattied beef, medium rare as ordered, shares space on a high-quality brioche bun with melted sharp cheddar cheese, smokehouse bacon, thin slices of Granny Smith apple (oh, the crunch!), red onion, sliced tomato, and lettuce. It is a challenge to unhinge one’s jaws enough to get all those strata in a single bite, and oh, what a magnificent combination of tastes and textures they make!

The Parkway is a primeval counter-and-booth dining car including tiny-tile floor, curved roofline, worn Formica counters, silver-chrome everywhere, and even a staff of quick, no-nonsense waitresses. And yet, as evidence that everything here is a cut above standard hash house chow, a moveable letter sign above the counter next to the roster of daily specials lists the local farms and creameries from which the kitchen gets its first-rate provender.

What to Eat
Parkway Diner, Hot Turkey Sandwich
Hot Turkey Sandwich
Is this the best hot turkey sandwich anywhere?
Parkway Diner, VT Burger
VT Burger
The VT Burger: a tour de force that tops a thick, hand-pattied burger with a melting layer of sharp Cabot cheddar cheese, substantial strips of Vermont smokehouse bacon, thin slices of crisp Granny Smith apple, lettuce, tomato, and red onion, all in a fine brioche bun.
Seasoned Potatoes
Black Bean Burger
Apple Cider Pound Cake French Toast
Raspberry Pancakes
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 2pm
Monday6am - 3pm
Tuesday6am - 3pm
Wednesday6am - 3pm
Thursday6am - 3pm
Friday6am - 3pm
Saturday6am - 3pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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