We learned this week not to judge a shabby breakfast joint by the standard menu. The specials board can take a mediocre experience to a surprisingly delightful adventure for our taste-buds. Mason Depot Diner is one of those places.

Our visit to the old train station occurred on a dreary Monday morning. We had attempted to eat there once before but failed to bring the required form of payment: cash. They do not accept debit or credit cards at this diner.  We walked in to the station filled with old train memorabilia mixed with taxidermy and Easter decor. As we browsed the menu, we felt a bit underwhelmed. It had standard breakfast fare; eggs, toast, bacon, pancakes but nothing really interesting or exciting.  The coffee left a bit to be desired and the Easter Egg tablecloth was sticky. We both sighed a bit and were deciding between bacon or sausage when the waitress reminded us to check out the specials board above the kitchen, which we had missed on our way in.

The Daily Specials

Hallelujah. The specials board displays the items that all breakfast lovers dream of. He ordered a scramble served in a homemade sourdough bread bowl. A breakfast bread bowl! The bowl was stuffed with eggs, cheese, peppers and onions, sausage gravy on top, and the cutout of the bread bowl is toasted and served on the side. The word delicious is not enough to do this dish justice.  It immediately erased any doubts we had about the diner.  This dish alone is worth a visit, hopefully it’s on special often!

I ordered the Hippie Hash (pictured above), thinking it would be standard hash browns and veggies with eggs on top. It actually consisted of fried potatoes with gyro meat, feta, kalamata olives, broccoli, green peppers and was covered in tzatziki sauce and served with two eggs cooked your way. Breakfast with olives and tzatziki? I was skeptical at first, but it turned out to be absolutely delicious.  Mason Depot Diner pleasantly surprised us. We will skip the standard menu if we visit here again and instead order straight from the white board.