Thursday, February 14, 2013
An Old Place in a New Place
It reopened last week in the old Family Diner on Admiral Place (on a different alignment of Route 66 further from downtown) between Harvard and Yale. Since I always thought that the old Blue Dome had the best breakfasts around, I decided to head for the new location this morning. The old chef/owner Brian Prewitt is still there, but there weren't any customers when I walked in at 7:30. Since it had already been open for an hour, I was not feeling optimistic. The old location was so perfect and the building space was so charming that I knew it would be hard to duplicate that atmosphere anywhere else. I was right. The Family Diner building is nothing to get excited about. The best I can say is that its a "typical" diner. . . lots of faux leather booths and some stainless tables for larger groups. It's bright and clean and very diner-like, but really has no ambience.
The same waitress was there, although she didn't remember me because I hadn't been to the other Blue Dome for well over a year. For some reason which I'm willing to concede may have been concocted only in my own head, the food just didn't measure up to that at the old place. I had a mushroom and onion omelet, their famous homemade sourdough wheat toast, and a fruit cup. It was all good, and yet not as good as I remember it. I didn't have their breakfast specialty, the steel-cut oatmeal with lots of additives like raisins and nuts, but I can only imagine that it is still delicious. The sourdough bread was still fine, but seemed a little tougher than before. I do appreciate that they don't slather it with butter, or worse yet margarine, before serving it. Instead, there are pats of real butter on the table for the customer's use. The fruit cup had a nice mixture of melons, pineapple and grapes. The omelet was just ordinary and slightly overdone. My breakfast cost $8 and change.
I'll go back, of course, but just less enthusiastically than before. They serve breakfast all day and lunch until 3 p.m. and since they've always had some unique fresh foods for those meals, I'll also go back to try that fare again soon. I still have great expectations for the midday meal.