This year, enjoy your fall foliage drive with a side of fries or a short stack of blueberry pancakes and a side of corned beef hash. A wealth of classic diners enhances Northern New England’s leaf-peeping appeal. The leading regional diner builder, Massachusetts-based Worcester Lunch Car Company, set the style for urban diners with its porcelain-on-steel panel exteriors, old-style sign typography, and extensive use of wood-trimmed interiors. During its 1906–1961 run, Worcester constructed 651 diners, and other makers in New England and the Northeast contributed scores more. A large number of those lunch wagons landed in Northern New England, and because New Englanders hate to throw anything away, many iconic diners remain in business.
Better yet, their griddles sizzle where the foliage blazes. Small-town diners offer good, honest food at fair prices, which is why they’re filled with local folk. Chat with your neighbor on the next stool over. You might get a tip on a secret foliage road.