Over the years the Double TT diner been a half dozen different eateries (always a diner), and sometimes it’s been good and others not so good or clean. It changed names around the holidays to the 202 Family Diner.
I was an infrequent visitor during it’s decades+ run as the Double TT because the food was always average at best and the service could be spotty.
On a quiet Friday evening I stopped in to try out the new place. After perusing the gigantic menu i settled on the crab cakes and was told “excellent choice” by my pleasant waitress. After choosing applesauce and a baked potato as my vegetables, I was offered salad or soup. I selected the vegetable soup and was again told “excellent choice”.
The soup came first. I’m going out on a limb here: it was the best vegetable soup I have ever had. It was homemade and full of freshly chopped oversized vegetables: carrot, celery, corn, okra, tomato to name a few. It was full of flavor and light and the veggies were tender and delicious.
The crab cakes came out not long after I finished my soup. I am a realist. A $13.95 plate of crab cakes in a diner should be better than Mrs. Paul’s but not as good as Red Lobster or a higher end restaurant. These were right on target.
They were home made, but an approximate equal amount of filler and crab. Tasty and well fried without being greasy. They were served with both cocktail and tarter sauce and both sauces were flavorful as well.
The baked potato was very well prepared and served with ample sides of butter and sour cream. The applesauce was canned, but fresh (I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve ordered applesauce in a restaurant and gotten spoiling applesauce served to me).
I would return and try something else next time, if only to get more vegetable soup and to try something else on the giant menu.
I was prepared to be disappointed and was pleasantly surprised to be satisfied and a little impressed.