By Matt Burns
Nostalgia meets modern conveniences at the Hometown Diner in Rindge, NH. This diner is the real deal, a 1940’s gem that traveled all the way from Ottawa, Ohio, to Rindge, New Hampshire (NH) to serve people traveling on NH Routes 119 and 202.
The diner is completely restored, and features a good amount of seating; with your choice of a bar stool at the counter, or one of 6 wooden booths. What makes this restaurant unique is that every booth has its own jukebox should you want to play some Bobby Darin or Everly Brothers. I had a blast just flipping through the music, trying to figure out how to work the thing.
The atmosphere is pleasant, and has just enough nostalgia without being over the top. There are no Marilyn Monroe posters, or toy cars hanging from the ceiling, but there is classic “decor.” To me this is a fully modern restaurant in a classic wrapper because all the equipment inside is newer, equipped with flat screen TVs at the end of the diner.
The menu is traditional when it comes to breakfast: pancakes, waffles, omelets, hash browns, and breakfast sandwiches. I did not have a chance to try the breakfast, I opted to try a dessert item as part of the lunch menu, having arrived there shortly before closing (2 p.m.)
Not wanting to cause a fuss and have them whip up a three course meal, I ordered the “Hometown Sweeties”; fried dough with cinnamon, sugar, and in my case the optional vanilla ice cream. The fried dough was rich in flavor and served in a generous portion, though a little hard compared to traditional soft fried dough. This difference didn’t make the fried dough worse, it was more of an adjustment. The vanilla ice cream helped to soften the fried dough, and was very creamy, and full of flavor: all in all, the two complimented each other very well.
It was busy when I entered the restaurant, but the waitress was prompt, and came right over and took our orders. It took some time for the fried dough to be made however, due to having to make a new batch because it was so popular throughout the day. In the end it was worth the wait for a tasty treat, and I would go back to the Hometown Diner again.
1421 Route 119, Rindge, NH 03461
5:30 a.m.- 2 p.m every day
Breakfast and Lunch
This article was edited from its original version printed November 6, 2013.