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Read It and Eat: Erin K. McCormick's 'Classic Diners of Vermont'


Published February 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated February 28, 2019 at 5:41 p.m.

Classic Diners of Vermont by Erin K. McCormick - COURTESY OF ERIN K. MCCORMICK
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  • Classic Diners of Vermont by Erin K. McCormick

An open-faced hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and a vegetable; steak and eggs with home fries and toast; a maple creemee; a chili burger; blueberry pancakes; a BLT with chips and a pickle. What do all these meals have in common? You can eat them at a Vermont diner, according to the 2018 book Classic Diners of Vermont (American Palate/The History Press) by Erin K. McCormick. In addition to diner food, the book explores the design, ambience and culture of the state's diners. A section on "diner lingo" discloses that "axle grease" is diner code for butter, "black and blue" refers to rare meat, and "50-50" is a coffee with half-and-half.

In Burlington, McCormick writes about Henry's Diner on Bank Street, which arrived in Vermont by train and opened in 1925. Its original structure was a "vintage, barrel-roofed Jerry O'Mahony diner," the author writes. In a later renovation, it was "disguised as a Spanish-style building." Hamburgers were on the menu then and now.

McCormick, who lives in Colchester, will present a book talk on Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. at Phoenix Books Burlington.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Diner Dialogue"

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