In November, Eater released their list of America's 38 Essential Restaurants. To the dismay of New England foodies, only one spot from our region made the cut. The honor went to a humble breakfast spot in Biddeford, Maine known as the Palace Diner.
Eater's national restaurant critic, Bill Addison had this to say about the popular breakfast spot:
“Eating here haunts me: I can’t find better light, lemony, buttery pancakes, or a more precisely engineered egg sandwich, and theirs is the only tuna melt I ever hunger after.”
Located inside Maine's oldest dining car and featuring a 15-seat counter, the quaint spot parlayed its newfound fame into a guest spot at State Park in Cambridge.
On Saturday, Jan. 5, the Americana-themed restaurant will feature some of the diner's newly-famous dishes, including French toast, deluxe breakfast sandwiches, and Palace potatoes.
Reservations filled up quickly, but State Park has vowed to hold limited space for walk-ins. Boston.com recommends arriving before the restaurant opens at 10:00 AM to ensure you get the chance to sample the Palace Diner's goods.
If you miss out on the Palace's limited Cambridge engagement, consider a roadtrip to Biddeford. From what we hear, the French toast alone is worth the drive!
In his rave review, Addison sings the praises of Biddeford as well as the diner.
"Location plays a charming role: Sleepy but quickly burgeoning Biddeford, Maine (also home to Rabelais, one of the country’s finest food-focused booksellers), sits about 20 miles south of Portland. It’s all worth the trek."