56 Diner (Branford, CT)
After the Sea Legs 10 Miler, I decided to check out a diner right on the way home. The 56 Diner in Banford, CT, is right off 95 so an easy stop.
The 56 Diner in Banford resembles an old Friendlys, and that’s because it was.
The inside has a full-length bar. There are plenty of booths and tables.
One thing we found interesting was the menu placement. Some of the ads were upside down!
The coffee was good, but there was nothing or unique.
The 56 Diner has most diner options. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Omelettes served with home fries and toast, to egg salad to wraps, to pork chops, and dinner options. They also have an ice cream bar too, complete with banana splits. There are a few healthy choices as well. I decided to order the pork chops and upgrade my regular salad to a greek salad.
The Greek Salad was good. It was a nice size, and I appreciated the fresh ingredients. It came with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and grape leaves.
The pork chops, however, were another story. They were thin and tasted as though they were reheated. I was disappointed because pork chops are usually one of my favorite meals. The mashed potatoes appeared as though they were squeezed out of a tube.
Was my meal terrible? No. It was okay, but I wouldn’t order it again.
It took a while for the host to sit us. Once he did, it took a while to take our orders and for the food to come out. He was friendly, but it was a lot longer than you would think.
For my coffee, pork chops, and salad, it was $20.
Overall Thoughts of the 56 Diner/Would I Come Back?
The 56 Diner is ok. It’s not my favorite in the area, but it’s a good stop, especially if you are staying in one of the hotels nearby and don’t want fast food.
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Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?
Have you ever been to a Friendly’s? This is the second diner I’ve been to that was an old Friendlys.