Walking into Daddypops Tumble Inn Diner is like taking a trip on a train to yesteryear. As soon as you see this place you’ll understand why.
The diner, a Worcester Lunch Car (or Wu-stah Lunch Cah), dates back to 1941. Named for Worcester, Massachusetts – where the Worcester Lunch Car and Carriage Manufacturing Company was based – this particular lunch car was one of less than 1,000 diners produced from 1906 to 1957. In fact, if you look closely you’ll actually see the Worcester Diner number for Daddypops which is #778. Pretty cool.
I quickly noticed walking up that on the outside of the building, it states, “Booth Service.” I wasn’t really sure what that meant so Daddypops owner, Debbie, clued me in on a little history. Back in the day, Claremont was a Mill district filled with lots of hardworking blue collar mill workers. When World War II hit, like the rest of America, many of Claremont’s workers were sent to war leaving women to join the workforce…ya’ know, Rosie the Riveter. Well, what I didn’t know was that even though Rosie the Riveter was a hard worker, when it came to eating out she had to eat and sit like a lady which meant she could not sit on stools. So, in 1941, the 1927 stool-only Old Mahony dining car was replaced with the women-friendly Wu-stah with booth service.
And the nostalgia doesn’t stop with the stools. From the original stained glass windows, wooden and tiled floors to their blue retro refrigerators, Daddypops is just a fun place to see and be seen. Just like the decor, Debbie and her staff are warm and inviting. Thank you to Minette for your hospitality!
Now, the food. Like many of the places I’ve visited, Daddypops offers a pretty straightforward breakfast – omelets, pancakes, eggs over easy – but there was something that caught my eye so I thought I’d give it a try.
It was the Eggs Bullseye. I’ve seen this made before, but I’ve never eaten it…and I’m not sure why. It is one of the most convenient breakfasts around. Simply grab a piece of white bread, hollow out the center, fry it up on the grill, add an over easy egg, flip it and you’re done. Now, instead of having to make your toast separately, you’ve got it all right there. Paired with their home fries that are nice and crispy on the outside and tender in the middle, add a few slices of thick cut bacon and you have a quick, easy breakfast – perfect for traveling or for a Tuesday morning. 🙂
I had to get on the road to pretty quickly after breakfast so I wasn’t able to take time to discover Claremont. Again, another wonderful place I must visit again.
But if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Claremont, New Hampshire or near there (I stayed in Sunapee and loved it!), please check out Daddypops Tumble Inn Diner. They are located at 1 Main Street in Claremont. You can also visit them on Facebook. Enjoy!