Polka Dot (White River Junction, VT)

It’s a White River Junction institution. We all drive by it. I’ve eaten there several times. I even have a t-shirt of it (from the Main Street Museum). But, somehow, I hadn’t yet reviewed it.

I’m talking about the Polka Dot, which has been located on Main Street by the railroad tracks for a long time (I’m not sure when the Polka Dot name showed up, but the location has been an eatery of one sort or another since the 19th century). Sure, WRJ doesn’t have the train traffic it used to, and several other businesses have come and gone, but the Polka Dot has stayed on (even through the fire that demolished the rest of the block a few years ago).


Polka Dot Lunch
Originally uploaded by kaszeta.

Overall, I like the Polka Dot. While it’s a bit tired and worn, the staff is friendly, the food decent and afforable, and it’s a nice part of White River Junction history.

Pros:
1. They still have tripe on the menu. Sure, I don’t really like tripe, but you have to respect tradition.
2. It’s affordable.
3. Like any good diner, it attracts a wide variety of customers

Cons:
1. They have to like you for you to get free coffee refills. So be nice.
2. The unfortunate breakfast cutoff at 11am. I like my pancakes at noon…

One Response

  1. Wherewolfe 08 Sep 2009 at 20:39 #

    Eating at the Polka Dot is part of the White River Junction experience, and should not be missed!

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