In a classic diner car circa 1946, the famed A1 Diner is one of Maine's essential dining destination. The top-notch breakfast menu offers orange pecan waffles, steak and eggs, apple cinnamon pancakes, and banana almond French toast. For lunch or dinner, try your luck with the specials board which features everything from blue cheese meatloaf and scallop BLTs to spanikopita and pulled pork tacos.
From the restaurant:
"The A1 Diner in Gardiner, Maine's most unique restaurant, is a
Worcester diner built in 1946 and in continuous operation since then.
The A1 Diner is an essential stop on any trip to Maine. Whether you're
visiting the Belgrade Lakes region, skiing at Sugarloaf, or headed
downeast to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, the A1 Diner is on the
way. The A1 offers a dining experience unmatched in Maine. Traditional
diner fare, vegetarian and gourmet dishes, fine wine, and incredible
desserts make the A1 a dining adventure."
"Chefs at The
A-1 are serious about their food, serving unusually delicious fare three
meals a day. Baked beans, corned beef hash, biscuits, and mashed
potatoes are homemade. Standards like meat loaf and fried chicken are
there on the menu, but so are more upscale items like Creole Beans and
Rice, Salmon with Pesto, and Eggplant Saffron Custard Gratin."
— Maine Food and Lifestyle