1795 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield
Comfort food and a chrome diner. It's a combination that immediately delights. Given the popularity of Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" you can usually depend on a solid menu of grill favorites. Makris delivers, with a twist.
VIBE: Makris is situated on the busy Berlin Turnpike, but you can't miss it. The little dinner is house in a Jerry O'Mahoney diner that's been there since 1951. It's under new ownership and the menu offers typical diner fare for breakfast and lunch. There's ample parking around back and on the two Sunday mornings we were there business was steady. Booths have a juke box selection, 25 cents per tune. There's a long counter and plenty of booths, but you may have to wait a bit. Turnover is quick.
O'Mahoney diners, based in Elizabeth, N.H., were fabricated in a factory and deliver on site. The originals had rounded corners, ceramic floors and Bakelite ceilings and model names "Monarch" and "Victory." They are long and narrow and there were about 2,000 of them made.
The wait staff at Makris is extremely friendly and well versed on the menu and specials. On our visits we saw many patrons who struck up lively conversations with the waitresses. It seems like the kind of place where it wouldn't' take long to become a regular.
FOOD: There's an Eastern European vibe to the menu. We ordered potato pancakes, the Makris version of latkes. They were crisp on the outside, fluffy in the inside and served with sides of apple sauce and sour cream. We also tried the house made corned beef hash with peppers and onions. It was expertly prepared with no signs of grease. The best we've ever had.
A big breakfast of there eggs over easy came with buttermilk pancakes, two sausages, two strips of bacon and toast.
The coffee is a house blend in dark, regular and decaf and each pot has freshly ground beans, suppled by J. René Coffee Roasters. You can buy a pound to take home for $9.50.
Daily lunch specials often include a piece of pie. We saw blueberry, apple and pumpkin on our visit. House made soups are daily specials. Other specials include pierogies and stuffed cabbage.
THE BILL: We paid $7.95 for the potato pancakes, $4.50 for the corned beef hash and $8.25 for the "Bg Breakfast 2." Coffee is $1.95 for a bottomless cup. Lunch specials included a Patty melt for $7.95, a Tuna Salad Sandwtch with soup for $8.95 and a Hunter Stew with Mashed Potatoes for 9.95.
DETAILS: Open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take out available. Major credit cards accepted.
VERDICT: Comfortable, fast and delicious.