Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Travels with Brownie: Breakfast at Rolly's Diner in Lewiston, Maine

Memorial Day Pancake Special Close Up

Whenever our schedule affords us a trip up to Maine, we try to make it to Lewiston to visit my great aunt. Aunt Alberta is ninety-one and sharp as a tack with a wicked sense of humor. She knows all the great haunts in Lewiston and Auburn for good traditional New England (and French Canadian) food. One of her favorite places to grab a bite is Rolly's Diner. It's just the sort of locals only joints that you dream of stumbling on when you're on the road...

Rolly's (pronounced r-AHL-ies) is just over the river in Auburn, Maine. The outside of the building isn't flashy. It's the sort of place where you walk in and sit where you want. Nothing on the menu is over ten bucks with most dishes ringing it under $6.95 (the $9.50 price point is saved for a lobster sub).

Blueberry Crepes from Rolly's Diner

Crepes are made to order from scratch and are a popular option (my aunt seems to always order them). They are good, but as someone who learned crepe making from my mom who in turn learned from Aunt Alberta (who learned from her French Canadian mother!), I know I can make a mean crepe myself if the mood strikes.

Big Breakfast from Rolly's Diner

What I can't make or find pretty much anywhere is creton (crey-toh-n) a French Canadian spiced ground pork/pork fat spread somewhat akin to pâté. You eat it spread on toast and while it's not a featured dish on the menu you can get a "side" of it for a dollar (it's in the little plastic cup above).

Memorial Day Pancake Special from Rolly's

This past weekend, I went with the Memorial Day Pancake Special, three buttery, super fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream. It came with my choice of bacon, ham or sausage (pork sausage patties, all the way!) for only $5.95. In New York the same breakfast would have been easily twice that. Great breakfast, good down to earth folks, totally worth the trip.

Rolly's Diner
87 Mill Street
Auburn, ME 04210
(207) 753-0171
Sunday: 7:00AM-12:00PM


AllThingsYummy said...

Wow that all looks delicious.

Brownie said...

@All Things Yummy: It totally was. I love a good diner breakfast!

the [sugar] apothecary said...

$5.95?! Get out of here. Definitely would have been shelling out at least $15 for the fancy berries and all in NY!

Brownie said...

the [sugar] apothecary: I know! And the pancakes were so fluffy and goooood.

Virginia said...

I retired and moved to Maine two years ago. Everything is less expensive. There is an amazing food community up here. Not only the good, old-fashioned-breakfast places but some small places with excellent cuisine that would impress NYC food critics. People take growing and selling good produce very seriously. I love this place! I've started a small business selling antique (but usable) copper cookware I collected in Europe for years, all hand made by coppersmiths long ago. I want to start a blog on antique copper cookware. If you're interested in seeing some of it, take a look at my site (www.4and20kitchenantiques.com) and let me know what you think. Ginger