|The famous diner, Miss Worcester,
is a historical car built by the Worcester Lunch Car Company
that still operates today.
Worcester’s diners would have a few tales to tell. The Worcester Lunch Car
Company paved the way for the trend by producing hundreds of diner
cars in the early 1900s, many of which still operate as restaurants
today. The city has enough of them to make up a marathon tour, but
planning a day trip around one or two allows you time to soak up the
scene and enjoy the cuisine.
One of the city’s most famous Worcester
Lunch Car diners, Miss Worcester on Southbridge Street, is a classic
car featuring a counter with stools and booths across the narrow aisle.
Serving hungry patrons since 1948, the eatery is famous for the Crunchy
French Toast, which is bread dipped in Honey Bunches of Oats cereal and
Over on Shrewsbury Street, three diners
sit a stone’s throw from each other: the Parkway, the Boulevard and
Mac’s. The Parkway’s exterior has been remodeled, but the interior
remains intact. The Boulevard Diner, open 24 hours a day, claims the wee
hours of the morning as its busiest. Regulars flock there for the
Italian food. A few blocks down is family-owned Mac’s Diner, where customers
return again and again for the ever-changing lunch specials and the
But that’s not all of them. The Kenmore Diner
is located under a highway overpass, near Worcester’s memorial for the
six firefighters lost in the Cold Storage blaze in 1999. Nearby,
there’s the Corner Lunch Diner, where the Apple Danish French Toast is
top notch. In this city, it’s tempting to eat the most important meal of
the day several times a day.
A must-eat destination for every food
feeds your body and your mind with some of the country’s best diner
food and history.
AAA Horizons vol. 40. No.4. 2010