- 120 S Main St, Rutland, VT, 05701
- (802) 775-9901
(Published in 7 Nights 2004-05)
The original diner is gone, but the waitresses still dish it out at the Midway on Route 7 in Rutland. "Debbie" hollers good-naturedly across the dining room to a cop who's come in for a late lunch: "There's laws against people like you." He smiles, a regular. You get the feeling everybody knows each other at this all-purpose eatery with a view of the road and a Mobil Mart. At the Midway, you can fill up on breakfast anytime — not just pancakes and French toast, but bagels and lox or eggs benedict. They serve New England boiled dinner on Thursdays, prime rib on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Once upon a time, the Midway was open 24 hours a day. Now it stops serving most nights at 8 p.m. Diner diehards may miss the old place, but they can still take in the pictures on the walls of the storied mobile restaurant, which was sold to a collector in Pennsylvania. The new "improved" interior hasn't compromised the skin-on fish 'n' chips or any of the other selections of honest comfort food, though. In a town that doesn't pretend to be glamorous, diners will always take functional over funky. And maybe a piece of that strawberry-rhubarb pie.