The 1950s in America saw the end of a world war, the reemergence of car culture, and phenomenon of the greasy spoon diner. For my family, a road trip was not complete without a trip to a diner, and some of my fondest memories have been over burgers and onion rings the size of my head. This past weekend my friends and I decided to take a trip to the Mystic Diner and Restaurant, located in Groton, CT, for some much needed comfort food.

I began the meal with the New England clam Chowder; a steaming hot, chunky bowl of cream, potatoes, celery, and clams. When living in the northeast, I eat clams and fresh seafood whenever possible. I am still on my quest to find the best New England Clam Chowder, and this place comes close.

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My friend Shannon decided to eat Breakfast for Dinner, and said it was the best decision she made all night. Unanimously, the four other girls at the table experienced their own stomachs growling. After one bite, I could taste the buttermilk in the incredibly fluffy pancakes. Eating breakfast is not just reserved for the morning anymore.

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My pesto chicken panini was not your typical diner fare, as the bread is made in the area. The fresh mozzarella cheese really set the sandwich apart from others I have had at other diners.

Saving the best for last, the milkshakes at Mystic Diner and Restaurant, were the best part of the whole meal. Save room in your stomach for one of these huge milkshakes. Ask for whipped cream atop the “Death by Chocolate” or “Shamrock” milkshake. If you’ve dreamt about drinking from the chocolate fountain in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, be sure to definitely try this milkshake.

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Americans as a whole yearn for the past. Times were simpler, food was shared, and eating greasy foods was not looked down upon. Mystic Diner is recommended for those looking for diner food with an edge, but also a good time with the entertaining staff that make everyone feel welcome. Hospitality served just the way I like it!