In the heart of bustling Watervliet, NY lies a small diner that’s been around for centuries. Or maybe just decades. Clearly I haven’t done my research. Bob’s Diner is a 24-hour place with friendly, attentive waitresses and repeat clientele. The parking lot is typically close to full on a Sunday morning, but you rarely have to wait more than 5 minutes, if at all, to get a table.
There are both booths and tables with regular chairs, both of which are pretty comfortable. There are 7 counter seats right by the register as you walk in, and if you want to donate a quarter to one of those fund jars, you can have a piece of candy.
Despite it being after noon, we threw caution to the wind and bucked tradition by ordering breakfast. I got a mushroom omelet with American cheese, and Matt ordered the Hash Hound, a smorgasbord of greasy diner goodness that “feels like I ate a horse, can you not take a picture of me right now.” The speed of food delivery was great and we’re rating the food a 3 out of 5. Though the food is average, Bob’s Diner had been one of our go-to places before we began this new Sunday brunch tradition a couple months ago. The coffee, unfortunately, is not that good and requires as much sugar or Splenda as you can handle in one cup of coffee–we’re rating it a 2 out of 5. The water is average, we’re rating it a 3 out of 5. Throw some lemon in it and that would bring it to a 4.
The dinerness rating of Bob’s Diner is a 4 out of 5, as it looks like a converted trailer on the inside and is right next to the train tracks in Watervliet. The mock wainscoting does a nice job of making it look nicer on the interior, and the faux tin ceiling adds a certain level of vintage class that you don’t get anywhere else. The desserts look like they’re baked on premise, though they’re displayed in a lackluster case behind the counter that isn’t as attractive as it could be. I’d still order that pie if I had the room though. Maybe some day when we run out of diners, we’ll go back and just try all the desserts.
Overall, Bob’s Diner is average but it’s got that small-town charm that keeps regulars coming back. It’s got the advantage of being open 24 hours with breakfast available any time.