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“BLue Ben Dissappointed US!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Benn Diner

Blue Benn Diner
Ranked #2 of 75 Restaurants in Bennington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Southport, CT
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“BLue Ben Dissappointed US!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2009

We stopped in for a quick lunch, and found that this classic diner has become over rated! The counter tops were worn badly, large basket of wet utensils were directly on the lunch counter, and the service was erratic and inefficient.

The diner looks like it's become a bastion of radicalism with stern women waiters who were impatient with us. The counter stools are impossibly uncomfortable, and for some reason, "specials" are simply white papers with plastic protection sheets hung haphazardly across the old steel ceiling edge. It looks chaotic!

I had a BLT, the bread was terribly dry, seemed stale, two refried pieces of thin bacon, and I had to ask for extra mayo. The chips were soggy, and the diet soda had an odd taste. Hubby had a grinder which he said was ok, but sandwich was not worth the price. I literally couldn't wait to get out of there! Bathroom was a bit funky, too, which is usually a reflection of kitchen conditions. Yikes!

We won't be back! It's a shame this Bennington landmark has hit a slump!

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Texas
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“We ate here 3 times in one week!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2009

We stayed about 30 miles away from Bennington, but found a way to be there for mealtimes 3 times during our vacation. The food is delicious. The menu has many traditional favorites, a respectable number of vegetarian entrees, and to-die-for homemade pies, donuts the size of a small plate, and muffins. My favorite meal was my cornbread french toast. My sister loved the apple omelet. Many creative menu items. We were impressed that they served homemade raspberry preserves with toast. Even the salad dressings are homemade. The service is very good, and the prices are very reasonable. We found it to have charming atmosphere--but face it, it is an old dining car. It is a small place with only 6 booths and about 15 counter spaces. There was usually a tiny wait--no more than 10-20 minutes during peak times. Very good local eatery that would always be my first choice if I lived in the area.

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Thank gigimac
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newport, vermont
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“We loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2009

We aren't fancy folks and travel very simply so we always look for the local diner to have a quick meal- some folks eat to live and some live to eat- we just eat to live but we had such a great little meal at Blue Benn's that we might just switch to the living to eat group. Don't miss it if you are in Bennington- it's little but it's so worth it.

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midwest
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“My favorite diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2009

We never miss this place when we're in town. Great food, a lot of character and friendly waitstaff. Love all the food we've tried. Try one of the lemon raspberry poppyseed muffins...so good!!

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Thank AngelinaBallerina17
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Burlington, Canada
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“A must do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2009

A visit to the diner is a must when visiting bennington. This was our first trip here. We loved it. The premises alone is a reason to visit. Once you step in, you feel as if you are back in the 40-50's. The food was great, I had the turkey hash and my wife the berry pancakes. The portions are large. We got there around 745am on a Sunday and had to wait 10 minutes for a booth, we heard waits are much longer as the day progresses.

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1 Thank agac
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