On the way home from Rhode Island last month, we decided to stop at the Parthenon Diner in Branford, CT. It was an easy stop less than half a mile from the highway, so it made sense. After eating out all weekend, we wanted something easy, simple, and light. I didn’t do much of any research and saw the Parthenon Diner was right off the highway.
When we arrived, we saw it was reviewed as one of the top diners in CT. The atmosphere is big with plenty of space. There is nothing out of the ordinary, but it does have plenty of room, so you never feel as though you’re sitting on top of anyone.
The coffee was good, and I have no complaints. It was definitely stereotypical diner coffee and slightly burnt.
There are plenty of options at the Parthenon Diner. One thing, I appreciated was the number of specials. When you eat out for several days in a row, saving money at restaurants seems like a bigger deal. I ordered the beet and goat cheese salad with steak off of the specials menu. There were plenty of beets and goat cheese, but it could have used a few more greens. The steak was that of normal diners. It tasted as if it had been frozen and recooked. It wasn’t bad though, and I would order it again.
Our waitress took a while to come to our table, and we quickly realized it was because she was on her smoke break. She was friendly but definitely smelled very strongly of cigarettes. From what I can gather based on timing, she went on a smoke break a couple of times.
For my salad and coffee, the coast was $15.
I liked the Parthenon Diner and would go back. It’s an easy stop right off of 95.
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Questions for you:
Do you ever order off of the specials menu?
Do you like beets?