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“Under new management, and not for the better”
Review of Happy Day Diner - CLOSED

Happy Day Diner
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed April 20, 2012

This used to be a Double T Diner, but now it has a big sign showing the new name: Happy Day Diner.

I was hoping it would be a change for the better, but--incredibly--it's actually worse. Honestly, during the entire meal I was thinking about that TV show, Restaurant Impossible. This is the Before scene, when Chef Robert Irvine orders one of everything, and it's truly horrible.

In our case, we ordered a Reuben, with fries. The "meat" in the Reuben was leathery and stringy. Really, if you found a package of that old dried out stuff in the back of your refrigerator at home, you wouldn't DREAM of serving it to your family. The fries were astonishingly tasteless--like they came from a package of frozen generic-brand fries from the Safeway ... that had been left out for a week too long.

We also ordered a specialty--the Chicken Chesapeake. Supposedly crab on top of chicken breast, with potatoes and broccoli on the side. The broccoli was *SO* frozen that when I took a bite, they GUSHED WATER into my mouth. But the lowlight of the meal was the chicken thing. It comes as a big baked mound--looks like it's been under the over broiler to give the mayonnaise some color. The top of the mound turns out to be some mayonnaise concoction glop that had a crab-kind of taste in it somewhere. The chicken that served as the "base" of the mound was in the form of an overcooked--beyond rubber--slab.

The service was actually quite friendly and personable. But the food would send Chef Robert screaming.

We, uh, won't be back. Well not until Chef Robert works his magic.

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Thank 4allisons
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

I went here early one morning with some friends and the food upset my stomach. I should have expected it, as I've had bad experiences with Double T in the past.....

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Reviewed March 4, 2012

This diner provides good food at a good price. It's roomy and has great, fast service. Huge menu.

Thank HappyTraveler1202
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Great food, great taste and good portions. I have visited most of the Double T Diners...... espefcially love the one in Annapolis.

Thank Clinton W
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

Lots and lots of food to eat, for a very small price, food is Greek and excellent, you always need a box to take home food with.

Thank Brandy2010BelAir
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