Moody’s Diner – A Family Classic
Oh the pies! Okay, let me back up a bit here. There is this diner up in Waldaboro, Maine right on Route One at the bottom of a wicked (popular Maine adverb for “very”) steep hill. Moody’s Diner, a family establishment since 1927, has been a part of my life since I was a child. It holds a lot of childhood memories and I only found out recently that it goes back even further than that.
Honestly, there really isn’t anything specifically spectacular about this diner. The foods okay (depends on what you get). The services is equally okay (depends on who you get). Okay, the pies are AMAZING diner pies that are just like grandma made (hopefully your grandma made good pies) and even though they give you the recipe in their Moody’s Diner cookbook, those ladies must have left something out because the crust is to die for!
But really, what makes Moody’s Diner so great is the atmosphere. It seriously, and I mean it, has not changed for the last 30-plus years. The booths are the same, the menu is pretty much the same (with meatloaf on the same night its always been…Tuesdays if you’re wondering) and the stools up at the counter are the same. Oh yeah, the counter is too. They did remodel the bathrooms as I remember them being on the other side of the building and they do have a more updated cash register. Other than that, everything is the same. It’s like you step back in time going to this diner, as you should in any hometown diner that still cranks out its pies and coffee to the regulars.
As kids, we ate at Moody’s about once a year. It was the treat that went along with the Maine craft show that our parents did as one of the shows of many that formed their livelihood. The shows we did were spread out all over New England. When it came time for the show in Maine, they tried to tie in a family vacation, one of the stops being Moody’s. I don’t know why, but as a kid, the only thing I would get from their menu was their amazing meatloaf. With their diner mashed potatoes on the side.
The family trips to Maine became fewer and fewer as we all got older and took on new things but Moody’s was always talked about. My husband and I have been a few times and love the place but my sister hadn’t been since our last family vacation to Maine…when she was probably around nine or so. She came up for a visit and we decided to surprise her with dinner at Moody’s. She said the same thing as she walked in the door – it hasn’t changed a bit!
While we were slurping our frappes (what they call their super thick milk shakes) and waiting on the grub, she asked if we knew that mom and dad actually made their decision to move to Maine right in this diner way back in the 70’s. Our own decision to move to Maine was discussed at Moody’s while on vacation a year or so ago and we made the move just as my parents did all those years ago (after living in Maine for over 12 years they moved back to Vermont to be closer to family). I didn’t realize Moody’s had that much significance but I sure am happy it is a part of our lives.