Seems an odd choice for a self-professed food snob’s first choice for a family fave? Ah, but you don’t get diners, then, my friend. There are crap diners, of course, but a good diner is a gift to a town. We have just such a gift, perched on Rt. 40, across from the Sad Mall. Okay, it’s not a vegetarian’s paradise, I’ll grant you that– vegans are SOL, for sure–but what we CAN eat, we enjoy enormously. Breakfast is the best meal, as with any self-respecting diner. Perfectly cooked eggs (scrambled are never powdered), seriously fluffy pancakes, and home fries fried extra hard if you ask (and we do). As for dinner? There aren’t a lot of choices–although breakfast is always on the menu, and a good omelette is a treat any time– but the spanakoptia is fantastic. It comes with a wee greek salad and rice and is always way more than I can eat. Greek-owned diners are often the best, and the greek food at a greek-owned diner is a good bet. A tip for your carnivore friends–I hear the gyros are terrific, too. My son often gets the veggie burger. It’s a standard vegetable-type, not the meat-analog type, dry if you don’t eat it with all the fixin’s. But the french fries are delish and help distract you from the so-so-ness of the burger. Ultimate diner test? Pie. Mountain View passes with flying colors. I wake up at night craving their cheesecake and the coconut cream pie is everything you could ask. My husband takes each kid out for a meal, one-one-one, every weekend. At least one kid always chooses Mountain View. When we have out-of-town guests, as often as not, we end up here. It’s cosy, the food is good, and the price is right. And leave room for dessert.
Family Favorites: Mountain View Diner7 07 2008