Uncle Andy's, 170 Ocean Street

Trip Start May 2004
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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Okay! This place is pretty cool. Their logo, painted boldly in big script on the back wall of the half of the diner we are led into, is "Where the Elite Meet to Eat!" Of course, the crowd is a wide mix of demographics, so one can conclude that it is a very democratic elite. Clean and bright. Reasonably responsive wait staff, all young highschoolers, it looks like. There is a small tremor of unease when our waitress neglects to refill our coffee cup AT ALL until we ask her when she drops off our check. Good heavens! Perhaps she is not a coffee drinker?

This is a new incarnation of Uncle Andy's. Back in the late 80s I visited it when it was a marvelous bakery, stuffed to bursting with delights and doughnuts. The new owners seem to be doing a bang-up job of it -- there are eggs sunnyside-up painted on the bright blue counter trim! Cool!! The diner is on a street that is quiet, looking sort of like an old-time Main Street, a hop away from SoPo's minimalls just over the bridge from Portland.

There is an assortment of nostalgic black and white photos on the walls of one half of the diner, and on the side we're on there are original paintings and photographs for sale from a few artists, focusing on Maine-related subject matter.

MICHELLE orders: a 3-Cheese Scramble (with broccoli added) & 7-Grain Toast, plus hot green tea, which turns out to be a very yummy Tazo Ginger Green selection. The Scramble is beautifully presented, and completely scrumptious. I'm impressed with the availability of seven-grain toast and Tazo tea. The homefries that come with the plate are good, red-skinned potatoes, cut chunky. Not a lot of grease, plenty of flavor in everything I got!

TRISTAN orders: Blueberry Belgian Malted Waffles & Veggie homefries, plus coffee. The waffles come with the blueberries sprinkled over them. Delicious! The veggie homefries are red potatoes mixed with olives (?! that's a new one), onions, tomatoes, broccoli, and spinach. They would be much better if there wasn't so much grease dripping all over them. The coffee, however, is surprisingly good, especially for diner coffee! HOORAY!!!
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casablancaco
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Diners in Maine
Hello, Michelle,
You have touched upon a subject that is very dear to me...DINERS. I am surprised that you have yet to visit some of the real gems in Maine.

Starting in the south is the Maine Diner in Wells on Route 1. I have visited over 100 diners and this is still my favorite.

In Waterboro there is a newly built diner called the 'Blast from the Past'. We have eaten there 2-3 times and had good meals.

There is the Palace Diner in Biddeford which is counter service only. It is the only surviving Pollard diner in existence.

The Miss Portland now sadly sits on blocks in a parking lot on Pearl Street. I was never a big fan but it is still a nice physical diner that I hope will be restored to its former glory.

I am not a fan of Becky's on the waterfront. Both times that I ate there the food, service and cleanliness were well below what I have come to expect from other places.

Moody's on Route 1 in Waldoboro is classic homemade diner with some of the best pies around.

The A-1 in Gardiner is a diner on stilts! The menu is more modern but very good.

Someday I will chronicle the diners in Massachesetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.

Rick

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