Back to Providence. This time to the Wayland Square Diner at 208 Wayland Ave. This is the tale of two diners. The first story opens with a cup of coffee, as all good stories should, and we find that this story is a mystery. “Why,” we ask, “Is this coffee so weak and so tepid?” It’s a mystery! Then the story turns tragic with the arrival of poorly cooked homefries which need flavor, any flavor. What a tragedy! But there’s another story, one of redemption and triumph! Eggs Benedict! Ah! Something worth writing about! This changed the narrative for the positive but left us confused and dissatisfied and wondering why this was such an uneven experience. We may never know as we have each decided not to revisit the diner. I give the Wayland Square Diner 2 1/2 cups.
Oh, and Ray, remember the stop sign? Enough said.
The most memorable, and somewhat heart stopping, was Mike twice trying to make left turns from the right lane, and both times changing his mind. I think he was trying to liven up the morning. First and foremost about this place is that it was not as bad as Jimmy’s in Taunton. With that out of the way, Mike and I have consistently used two primary criteria for reviewing our breakfast places, coffee and home fries. Well Wayland Went Wanting ( always wanted a little alliteration in these reviews ). Coffee was tepid, and weak. No cup of coffee should allow you to see the spoon at the bottom of the cup, a bad start. Last week, at Mackie’s we both agreed that the home fries were over cooked, the chef here at Wayland Diner must have gone to the same cooking school because these home fries were just as soft and had almost no flavor even after adding salt. My main dish, on the other hand, was great. I had a Southwest Omelet, including avocado, well prepped onions, and black beans. It was topped with a dollop of refried beans, salsa, and sour cream. I really enjoyed that part of the meal. Wayland gets 2 ¾ cups.