After much anticipation, the Edgartown Diner (previously known as the Main Street Diner) re-opened on Tuesday, March 15. Partners Ralston Francis and Mavis Hutchinson were both on duty that morning, greeting guests as they made their way in and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
I was delightfully surprised to be served a cup of Chilmark Coffee — it’s always a pleasure to see Island businesses collaborating. It was the perfect way to kick off breakfast, but I was hungry, so I browsed the menu and my eyes narrowed down to the Southern Benny ($11.99). “Oh Lord Almighty,” I thought. “Please let these breakfast calories disappear as quickly as I’m about to ingest them.” The Southern Benny is Chef Francis’ creation: slightly sweet cornbread topped with spiced fried chicken, poached egg, and hollandaise, served with a side of homefries. My food-loving heart was fluttering with delight. As I cut into the poached egg, the runny yolk mixed with the fried chicken, acting like its own sauce. There are other stellar breakfast items too, such as the Breakfast Burrito ($10.99), Fried Chicken and Waffle ($11.99), or the Breakfast Pizza ($12.99). Breakfast is served until 2:30 pm.
Edgartown Diner also offers lunch and dinner service and it’s not to be missed. Classic sandwiches (served with fries) such as a Philly Cheese Steak ($12.49), Hot Pastrami ($11.49), or a Lobster Roll are available for lunch. Stop in for dinner starting in April and you’ll get to enjoy Chef Francis’s creative entrees, which I can’t wait to taste. In the meantime, I’ll be scheduling meetings at the Edgartown Diner all week long; productive breakfast meetings always start with a local coffee and a Southern Benny, right?