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Somebody's Mom: Mount Kisco Coach Diner

Breakfast/lunch at the Mount Kisco Coach Diner.

During the past holidays, my good friend Regina, who lives in Mahopac, and I—a New Rochelle resident—met halfway at the for breakfast to celebrate her birthday. 

At 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, the diner was half full. I arrived first and went to get us a table. I asked the hostess if I could have a booth on the right side, this way I could see Regina walk in. 

The hostess completely ignored my request and asked me to sit on the left side of the diner. I didn’t budge and again requested to sit at an empty booth on the right side. 

Unwillingly, she brought me to where I wanted but not without making a comment under her breath. I thought to myself this was not a good start.  When Regina arrived she experienced the same standoffish behavior from the woman as well. Regina had told her she was joining a friend, but the hostess said there was nobody here for a party of two. The hostess was neither friendly nor helpful to Regina when she asked to look around for me.

That said, the coffee was very good and our waiter, Wuilmer Lopez, who lives in Mt. Kisco, was very sharp and on the ball. He got my crazy order down exactly right the first time. Besides the fact that he came by to check on us, when Regina and I requested something, he brought it immediately to our table. He was a top-notch waiter, and in the future I will try to get his section. 

Regina felt like having lunch, so she ordered a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. I had an asparagus, Swiss cheese and onion omelet, with home fries and multigrain toast on the side. 

Pancakes—a short stack—was also ordered. 

First off, they use real butter pats and maple syrup—my favorites. The omelet was perfectly cooked the way I requested, which was well done. The fresh asparagus was cut into bite-size pieces in the omelet which was impressive because sometimes vegetables in omelets are often too big. The multigrain bread was very solid and good. 

But the real treat that day was the pancakes. The color of the pancakes was dark yellow inside. There was a slight taste of corn meal in the pancakes, which made them very light, enhancing the flavor. We both only had a quarter of one of the two very large pancakes and since they were so good, so I brought the rest home to my husband.  

The food was very good and I was surprised to learn that Regina spends every other year at the Mount Kisco Coach Diner to celebrate Thanksgiving with a few members of her family. She said that she has been doing that for years and has always enjoyed it.

Our breakfast/lunch cost $31.84 without tip, for two, which I consider an average price!   

By the way, the ladies restrooms were very clean and had a festive plant on the counter as a nice holiday touch. On our way out, while paying the bill to the hostess who helped both us on the way in, a male customer came in and she was the sweetest person to him. 

Regina and I both said at the same time, we know why she wasn’t nice to us: We are women!

Mt. Kisco Coach Diner 
252 E Main St. 
Mount Kisco
914-666-5676

Mariann Raftery, creator of Somebody's Mom blog, cooks up comfort food recipes for families here at home, as well as sending homemade cookie care packages to our American soldiers overseas. Somebody's Mom Cooking videos at  http://www.youtube.com, search "Thesomebodysmom".

Rena February 25, 2012 at 08:14 PM
The diner has very good food and service. As for the hostess I know who you are referring to. She's not that pleasant and never smiles.
Lia K February 25, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Just ate there last night. Been going there for over 45 years. My elderly mom eats there at least once a week and everyone, EVERYONE is very nice to her. I have never experienced anyone with this attitude and am quite surprised to read this. Hope SHE does and makes sure she doesnt act this way again. Food is always good and service too.
Mariann Raftery February 26, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I am very happy that you have had such a positive experience at the diner. I try to be a more positive than negative person , but sometimes, I just have to tell it like it is and exactly the way it happened. My overall experience was a good one.
Lisa Steinberg February 26, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Agree completely, the hostess is often very unpleasant to customers. We had asked the waiter to split the check and he told us the hostess would do it. After yelling at the people in front of us paying, she mumbled under her breath and gave us a bad attitude when we asked her to split it. The food is always very good, but it is also the most expensive diner I've ever seen in my life
Mariann Raftery February 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Lisa, The first impression when going into a diner or any establishment is the person who greets you, the hostess. If I am not treated nicely, why would I return? Just yesterday, I went to lunch with a friend and the hostess brought us to a tiny table in the middle of a row of tables. Clearly, there were free tables, same size, in the corners of the row, I pointed and asked can we sit there. The hostess with a smile, said, "Sure". This was not a big deal and shouldn't be, as it was at the Mt. Kisco diner. A diner and especially a hostess should treat their paying CUSTOMERS with respect, after all isn't the saying, "The customer is always right". After reading these comments, I am sorry to see how many people had a similar experience.
Sachare Communications February 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I have been to the Mount Kisco Diner many many times and have always found the hostess and staff warm and friendly. I think the food is good, also. Never have I seen anyone treated badly. In fact they are always extremely accommodating to women as far as I can see (I meet friends there all the time).
Mariann Raftery February 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Lori, I am sure you may be a very familiar customer and treated as such. But from my friend's and my own experience and from the above comments, maybe each person is treated differently. I just want to state again, that I had a great waiter, and overall a good experience.

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