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“Great during the week, better on the weekend”
Review of Modern Diner

Modern Diner
Ranked #2 of 158 Restaurants in Pawtucket
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Diner, Delicatessen
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great during the week, better on the weekend”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

This diner is a fun experience being in an originally diner car. During the week they have the standard diner menu with a few treats to be found. On the weekend though the standard menu is available, but most people partake in the numerous gourmet breakfasts. You definitely want to go early or be prepared for a wait. Also on the weekend they open a secondary room that was built onto the back of the diner car.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
new york
Level 6 Contributor
1,097 reviews
657 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Historic diner looks like train car two seconds from 95 brunch food”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Yes it is cash only. Yes it closes by 2 pm. Yes lines form at 9 am. It also should offer egg whites and ot just eggbeater s. I had passed it many times and wanted to try it. I m just not such a big fan of overstuffed savory or sweet omelet s or trench toast. Fresh fruit cup very good. I think you go once unless you are a local and need to take out. Of town guests. The Providence Pawtucket region has surprisingly good food options in part because of the local culinary school this also is less than ten minutes from Brown. Thayer becomes Hope becomes East just over the Pawtucket line from E Providence.

  • Visited October 2013
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Marietta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“DON'T LET THE OUTSIDE APPEARANCE FOOL YOU...”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

If you are not a native here and drive up, you may ask yourself if you really want to eat here. Don't let the appearance fool you. Inside it is a truly "antique diner": small, crowded, with the typical old appearing kitchen behind the counter. In reality, the food is great, the staff is efficient, the prices are reasonable and your choices of a variety of breakfast choices are wide and flavorable. We had 2 different omelets - each one was large, flavorable and fully stuffed with what it was supposed to have. We could not ask for more. If ther is any drawback (although minor) is that they only take cash. No plastic.

  • Visited September 2013
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Get a counter seat - no waiting!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

This was one of the best diner meals I've ever had. Many or most diners serve fairly ordinary food, plain toast, not particularly creative dishes, etc, but this place - in addition to looking REALLY COOL - had some extraordinary food! Whoever's working the kitchen in there has a flair for spices, food combinations, and the flavors of several cultures that really works! French Toast stuffed with mascarpone and topped with berries! Cranberry-pecan pancakes with a warm orange glaze! Come ON!!!!! I had grilled polenta topped with a chorizo & peppers mix and then two eggs on top of that. I'm still thinking about it. I may never forget it! Yum-ola!!! One telltale in diner food is the home fries, and at the Modern, they were perfect - not too brown, not too salty, not too soft, not too large and not too small. Excellent. Big tip - don't stand in that long line out the door waiting for a table. Just go check the counter. Chances are, there will be seats there that you can just plop down into, no wait.

  • Visited August 2013
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at sea
Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Breakfast at the Modern”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

A nostalgic trip back into time when you have breakfast at the Modern. The specials are all posted on the wall in a tiny corridor where you wait to be seated. The wait wasn't long. Choose seating in the actual dining car instead of the newer Depot addition. It seems more authentic. On the National Register of Historic Places, this little no-nonsense diner is all about friendly service and tasty, albeit not always healthy, food.

  • Visited August 2013
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