During the past holidays, my good friend Regina, who lives in Mahopac, and I—a New Rochelle resident—met halfway at the for breakfast to celebrate her birthday.
At 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, the diner was half full. I arrived first and went to get us a table. I asked the hostess if I could have a booth on the right side, this way I could see Regina walk in.
The hostess completely ignored my request and asked me to sit on the left side of the diner. I didn’t budge and again requested to sit at an empty booth on the right side.
Unwillingly, she brought me to where I wanted but not without making a comment under her breath. I thought to myself this was not a good start. When Regina arrived she experienced the same standoffish behavior from the woman as well. Regina had told her she was joining a friend, but the hostess said there was nobody here for a party of two. The hostess was neither friendly nor helpful to Regina when she asked to look around for me.
That said, the coffee was very good and our waiter, Wuilmer Lopez, who lives in Mt. Kisco, was very sharp and on the ball. He got my crazy order down exactly right the first time. Besides the fact that he came by to check on us, when Regina and I requested something, he brought it immediately to our table. He was a top-notch waiter, and in the future I will try to get his section.
Regina felt like having lunch, so she ordered a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. I had an asparagus, Swiss cheese and onion omelet, with home fries and multigrain toast on the side.
Pancakes—a short stack—was also ordered.
First off, they use real butter pats and maple syrup—my favorites. The omelet was perfectly cooked the way I requested, which was well done. The fresh asparagus was cut into bite-size pieces in the omelet which was impressive because sometimes vegetables in omelets are often too big. The multigrain bread was very solid and good.
But the real treat that day was the pancakes. The color of the pancakes was dark yellow inside. There was a slight taste of corn meal in the pancakes, which made them very light, enhancing the flavor. We both only had a quarter of one of the two very large pancakes and since they were so good, so I brought the rest home to my husband.
The food was very good and I was surprised to learn that Regina spends every other year at the Mount Kisco Coach Diner to celebrate Thanksgiving with a few members of her family. She said that she has been doing that for years and has always enjoyed it.
Our breakfast/lunch cost $31.84 without tip, for two, which I consider an average price!
By the way, the ladies restrooms were very clean and had a festive plant on the counter as a nice holiday touch. On our way out, while paying the bill to the hostess who helped both us on the way in, a male customer came in and she was the sweetest person to him.
Regina and I both said at the same time, we know why she wasn’t nice to us: We are women!
Mt. Kisco Coach Diner
252 E Main St.
Mariann Raftery, creator of Somebody's Mom blog, cooks up comfort food recipes for families here at home, as well as sending homemade cookie care packages to our American soldiers overseas. Somebody's Mom Cooking videos at http://www.youtube.com, search "Thesomebodysmom".