Parthenon Diner (Branford)
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.
Parthenon Diner Atmosphere: B
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.
Parthenon Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was good, and I have no complaints. It was stereotypical diner coffee and slightly burnt.
Parthenon Diner Food: B
There are plenty of options on the Parthenon Diner menu. 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.
A few of the Parthenon Diner menu items that caught my eye:
- short ribs
- greek food
- short stack of pancakes served with home fries
- healthy choices like cottage cheese and egg whites
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 typical diners. It tasted as if it had been frozen and recooked. It wasn’t bad though, and I would order it again.
Parthenon Diner Service: C
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 smelled very strongly of cigarettes. From what I can gather based on timing, she went on a smoke break a couple of times.
Parthenon Diner Cost: $
For my salad and coffee, the coast was $15. I can see why the Parthenon Diner is known for great prices.
Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Parthenon Diner:
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?