Restaurant: Oh Boy! Diner

Americans always had a love affair with diners. Since the late 1800’s these railroad-car-shaped restaurants served the workingman quick and tasty meals. The growth of suburbs and fast food in the 1950’s threatened the diner’s existence, but the need for a hot meal and homespun charm never ended.

Fast forward to the 21st century on Gold Star Highway (Rt. 184 across from Wal-Mart and Hilton Garden Inn) in Groton, where area diners can enjoy a taste of nostalgia and the great tasting food of the Oh Boy! Diner.

The large menu is stocked with classic diner fare, from a full turkey dinner to pot roast, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, pork chops, and more.

Along with classic dinners, the menu has a large variety of salads, soups, deli and club sandwiches, burgers, fabulous desserts and more. If you don’t see something on the voluminous menu, look again. And you can’t leave without tasting the homemade potato chips. Beer and wine are served to accompany your dinner from noon until 10 pm.

But it is not the food alone that brings people back to the Oh Boy! Diner. Much thought went into the design. Tables are spaced adequately for a restaurant of its size. A mirrored tile ceiling reflects the cool retro blue and orange vinyl seats and stainless steel trimmed Formica tabletops. Brightly colored lighting and wall posters add to the enjoyment.

For late sleepers, breakfast is served all day. And what a breakfast it is. Items range from the standard two eggs with the usual bacon, to specials to suit every taste, a variety of pancakes, waffles, and French toast, and a build-your-own omelette. Senior discounts are available everyday and they offer a 15% early bird discount from 4 -6pm!

Oh Boy! Diner also has curbside pick up. Simply call ahead (860.448.1000), place your order, and then park in one of the special parking spaces where an Oh Boy! server will deliver food to you in your car.

So, for a wonderful meal in a nostalgic setting, visit the Oh Boy! Diner at 143 Gold Star Highway (Rt. 184) in Groton.

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