390 Commercial Street
On the hunt for breakfast:
Four ways we knew this was going to be a great place to eat.
1. Just the word “diner” in the name. Generally, this means a lack of pretension despite crowds. Often breakfast is served all day or at least extended hours. If there is a display of fresh-baked pies when I enter, I am their newest fan.
2. Speaking of crowds, I have never been by this place when there was not a line wrapped around the front and side, all clutching buzzers and looking hungry.
3. They have been serving up food for 30 years now. That says a lot. It’s easy to fool people with something shiny and new, but 30 years???
4. Even though this is an older cottage-looking building, along a wharf in an area that prides itself on historic charm, they have a nice wooden ramp tucked to the side of the building. They are accessible! Even a designated placard parking spot! Thoughtful because if someone has been dining here for 30 years, odds are good that a ramp might be handy for them or someone they know. You don’t need to rely on wheels to have a ramp make things easier.
But enough about that, how is the food and service? They earn high marks for each. We had a lobster benedict plate; a huge combination plate with bacon, sausage, eggs, toast, potatoes, AND chocolate chip pancakes; and a pastrami omelet stuffed full of black pastrami, onions, mushrooms, and melty swiss cheese. Everything was perfect. The service was fast and yet warm and friendly in a diner sort of way. Picture your server arriving with multiple mugs of coffee in their hands, spoons dunked in each one. Yep, that kind of a welcoming place.
They have a large counter in the center, with booths around the perimeter. I was able to transfer into a booth, so it gave me more options. If you need to stay in your wheelchair, the far side of the diner has more aisle space to accommodate, but it may mean waiting a bit longer for one of those tables when they are full and busy.
There are two uni-sex bathrooms, both seem like they would fit a manual wheelchair, but the closest one seemed a bit larger. I had no trouble in either.
Parking is going to be a real challenge during peak hours. They do have a small strip on the side with a placard space, and a few street spots directly in front, but at popular times most of the parking will be further along the street at meters. The sidewalks in the area were in fairly good repair with curb cuts at each corner.