Diners and road trips go hand in hand. They’re known as places where anyone can get a good homestyle breakfast or lunch for a reasonable price. And that’s true for the Public House Diner at Quechee Gorge Village. There you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and a traditional breakfast of eggs and bacon or a burger for lunch, but with a key difference—this is diner fare with a slight gourmet twist.
Owners Andrew Schain and Scott Bacon opened the diner last September on the second anniversary of the opening of their other restaurant, The Public House. The two locations are almost next door to each other on Route 4, but each has its own distinct style—pub versus diner.
The diner, housed in a classic 1947 Worcester Lunch Car, serves classic diner favorites such as corned beef hash, buttermilk pancakes, French toast, omelets, tuna melts, burgers, and grilled cheese. But several of these dishes get a somewhat gourmet twist. For example, you can order Portobello Mushroom Hash, Maine Smoked-Salmon Eggs Benedict, or a Mediterranean Omelette. Perhaps you’d like a Big Bad Bill’s Breakfast Sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheddar, and your choice of meat or the Quechee Gorge Breakfast Burrito filled with eggs, bacon, peppers, onion, and cheddar, then topped with house-made green chili and sour cream.
For lunch, you can swap a regular burger for a black bean veggie burger, or try the Green Mountain Presser, with pork belly, pulled pork, Cabot cheddar, onions, and peppers on a Portuguese muffin.
The diner now offers a frequent diner card—buy 8 meals and get one free. They also serve $5 mimosas on Sundays and blue-plate specials every day. You can pay them a visit every day from 7 am to 3 pm except Tuesdays. Check out their full menu on their website, www.publichousediner.com or on Facebook.