Not that you probably care, but my favorite kind of food is diner food. Its menu is simple and reminds me of home. Its comforting and filling and has no words that I can't pronounce. It is, at its heart, food for people that just want something good to eat and a place to sit down and talk with friends over a cup of coffee. So is the case with the Miss Portland Diner located on Marginal Way in Portland. Miss Portland is just what you imagine when you think of a Diner, it is one of the originals built by the Worcester Lunch Car Company, that made a bunch of them back in the late forties and Fifties. They have added on to the back of the car to provide for more seating over the years but the rest of the car is the original classic.
We arrived on a rainy morning for a late breakfast and both seating areas were full. We were seated within about ten minutes and were placed in the front booth area which was part of the original building so I loved it. Nostalgia aside, we looked over the menu. Nothing fancy here, just the basics. I decided for my breakfast I would have my go to breakfast dish, Corned Beef Hash with scrambled eggs and a side of toasted Rye bread . Simone decided to go with French Toast and a side of Bacon. While Simone sipped her coffee the kitchen cooked our meal. It only took about ten minutes and our food arrived.
My Hash was cooked perfectly, Homemade and nicely browned and crispy on the outside and still moist on the inside. It was different then some other hash I have had, as it had cabbage in it. This gave a great and unique flavor and also a little crunch and I loved every bite of it. This was definitely in the top 3 of my favorite hashes. The eggs were not bad, but were also not exactly scrambled. They were basically poured on the grill and then chopped up and put on the plate. They also needed lots of salt and pepper. The Rye bread was buttery toasty goodness. Although I wish the portion had been a bit bigger ( I so wanted more hash) the meal was very good.
Simone's French Toast was also very good. Hand hipped in a cinnamon egg batter and griddled to perfection served with melted butter on top and a side of syrup (you have your choice of the fake or real stuff for a small added cost). The bacon was cooked perfectly crispy and Simone was happy ( this is hard to do as my wife is very picky and always tells me when the bacon is "jiggly"). Overall this was very good diner food for an average price in a great nostalgic atmosphere, but I do wish the portions had been a bit larger. Miss Portland gets 3.5 stars.