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Modern Diner Named in Top Five Diner Dishes in America

Tuesday, December 01, 2015



The Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants show has named the Modern Diner as creating one of the top five diner dishes in the U.S. 

In this episode of Top 5, the Modern’s Custard French Toast is highlighted as a specialty. “For next-level breakfast indulgence, try the Custard French Toast at this historical diner. Slabs of Texas toast are dipped in an egg mixture laced with sweet and savory spices. Once fried, they’re dressed up with decadent finishes that include rum-spiked custard, raspberry syrup and candied pecans,” writes Food Network of the dish.

The Modern Diner has been serving since 1941 where it was delivered to 13 Dexter Street in Pawtucket. The diner was manufactured in 1940 by the John B. Judkins Company of Merrimac, Massachusetts, which manufactured Sterling Streamline diners from 1939-1942. The Modern is one of only two known surviving Sterling Streamline diners still in operation. The other known surviving diner, the Salem Diner, is located in Salem, Massachusetts.

In 1978, the Modern became the first diner ever entered on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1986, the Modern was relocated to avoid demolition to its current location of 364 East Ave in Pawtucket where it has been ever since. At the time, the Modern, along with the land it is now located on, were both owned by the City. Owner Nick Demou and his dad submitted and won the bid for both the diner and the land.

Nick Demou said in a release that the dish was born out of an accident stating that fifteen years ago he made too much vanilla pudding, so he thinned it down and served it as custard on French toast made from thick-cut Texas toast. It also includes a topping of fresh strawberries, blueberries and sliced kiwi. Food Network is apparently as impressed as the local community because they saw fit to rate it number one on their list of top the top five diner dishes in America.

The Food Network Show is hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson and recently aired their show on November 30th.


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