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I'm not sure if this is where a restaurant review would go, but a moderator is welcome to move it if it's in the wrong place.  Thanks!!!

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I ate at the Yankee Clipper at 397 Main Street in Beacon NY with my mother yesterday and wanted to comment, since the manager said I was welcome to. 


Jerry, our waiter, was pleasant and helpful. We appreciated that and most of the salad was fresh with a good homemade house dressing (you can't really blame them for hard, pale pink tomatoes out of season).

 

That is where the positive review ended.  Everything cooked that arrived at the table was inedible.  The split pea soup was too salty, even with the croutons to try to mask some of it.  The chicken noodle soup was supposed to have been homemade, but I am at a loss for how anything resembling a chicken spent *ANY* time near it.  The broth was flavorless, colorless except for a generous helping of bright yellow grease and PAINFULLY salty.  There were a few small pieces of chicken, but mostly the bowl was full of mushy noodles.  

 

The main courses were roasted chicken and corned beef and cabbage.  My mother poked at her chicken and declared that it was the worst chicken that she'd eaten since her ex-mother in law cooked chicken for her.  I've had my grandmother's roasted chicken and declined her offer to taste it to see if it was exactly the same.  My mother just kept repeating to herself that she had no idea how they managed to make the dark meat so dry.  Needless to say, after giving up on the inedible thigh, she didn't attempt to choke down the breast.

 

The sliced corned beef was somewhat flavorless, though I wouldn't have returned it just for that.  The whole carrot was surprisingly well cooked because I would have imagined that it was all made in the same pot but the cabbage and potatoes were SO badly overcooked.  The potato was soggy and mushy, something i might have overlooked if the rest of the meal was edible, but the cabbage was the offensively, inexcusably overcooked.  It wasn't just tender, it was MUSHY.  If I speared leaves with my fork, they fell apart and had to be scooped up from underneath.  Teeth were definitely not required for this meal.

 

Worst of all was the manager's attitude.  When I brought it back and said that I couldn't eat it because it was all overcooked, she told me that it was hot they ALWAYS make their vegetables and that it how it's SUPPOSED to be cooked.  Frankly, I'd have been willing to chalk it up to a bad day and given them another try... but if she's going to insist that it will always be inedible, they've just lost a customer.  Since they're walking distance from both my sister's house AND the office where I'll be working, it would have been a steady customer.

 

The icing on the cake was when she said to go ahead and tell people what I thought.  Thank you, I *WILL*.  
Final word, if you want to overpay for inedible food and an arrogant attitude from the manager, go for it. Just try to get Jerry as your waiter.  At least you'll have good service.

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Comment by Katie Mouse on July 20, 2011 at 9:54pm
If your going to compare the Yankee Clipper, 84 Diner & the Alexis. The Yankee Clipper by far is the better diner.The other 2 diners food is not so good.The Yankee Clipper has the best staff, everyone that works there including the owners always make you feel at home. Very warm feeling diner. Oh and by the way Diner food in my opinion gets a bad rap. Most diners today have a huge choice of different foods to pick from. Hopefully pleasing everyones tastes. Where else can you go and eat breakfast at 10 pm, or dinner at 9 am. Diners have come along way from what they use to be in the past.
Comment by NeedleOfJustice on July 8, 2011 at 4:23pm
I recommend trying the 84 Diner.  In my opinion, the food there is fabulous, if you are in the mood for a diner.
Comment by Beacontessa on July 2, 2011 at 6:43am
People usually eat in a diner because they want large amounts of food and wish to pay less than restaurant prices.Diner food should stop at coffee and pancakes at best. The quality of the Beacon Diner is just what you would expect of any diner...poor quality food void of any nutritional quality. Hey,folks,you live in the Hudson Valley where organic farms and fresh produce are abundant. Why not support your local farmer and eat in great places like Home Spun or Beacon Market to name a few. Try the new great bread bakery in town All You Knead and make your own breakfast.
Comment by Gregory H Strong on June 29, 2011 at 12:29pm
The Yankee Clipper is my favorite Diner in the entire world!  I've been eating there since before Paul Newman made it famous. The owners, waitstaff, and kitchen staff are all very nice.  I don't know if I've ever had a poor experience there.  Admittedly, I usually only eat dinner there.  That said, I go for the soup, the salad, and typically eat off the Dinner Specials menu.  Do they occasionally miss the mark?  Yes, but not by far.  See you there Friday night!
Comment by Justin Riccobono on June 28, 2011 at 5:44am

Bud,

 

I agree these are three good diners in our area.  I prefer to spend my money locally here in Beacon, it helps generate tax revenue for our city and helps support our local businesses. 

Comment by Bud Siegel on June 27, 2011 at 7:38pm
A better conversation might be to compare diner food-- I84 vs Clipper vs Alexis. My vote goes to Alexis.
Comment by Justin Riccobono on June 27, 2011 at 10:39am

For Diner food, Yankee Clipper is one of the best Diners in the Hudson Valley.  I would like to offer a word to the wise though...  I grew up in an Italian Houshold the son of a CIA Chef and there are a number of things you learn: One is when eating at a diner, know what to order:   All Breakfast items, Burgers/Fries, Salads and most typical sandwhiches will be your best bets.  Also Greek dishes and deserts are always great.  Diners are not ment to be gourmet restaurants and they serve a good purpose at a good price point. 

Things I  would not look to order:

Vegetables -  they are typically from the can at Diners and over buttered and salted.  Soups are very salty, one safe bet would be a chicken noodle soup, but that may be the extent. 

no Seafood or main entrees with the exception of the meatloaf and the Chicken Parm which I have had there, both very good. 

Now some Diners may excell in some of the areas I typically stay away from, but I would need to get a good recommendation on a specific dish.  I hope this helps. 

 

Comment by JoAnne Meyer on June 27, 2011 at 10:11am
Waving Willie you seem to only have negative things to say, first of all, if you have so much to say and are such an expert why don't you use your real name??  Second, you seem to forget that these are tough times for everyone and there needs to be understanding, no one has perfect everything everyday! (not even you!)  Have you even been to the diner to judge?  I've been there many times and the service and food are great!  We all need to have a comraderie, especially since these are tough times.  Maybe since you know so much you can give advice on how to run a successful business, if you are such an expert let's see it!
Comment by Patrick Manning on June 27, 2011 at 7:15am
The food is always good for diner food and the service is consistently fantastic.
Comment by Tara on June 26, 2011 at 9:51pm

I have always had really good meals there and I think I have pretty good taste. It's a diner and has diner food. I think all the waitstaff are awesome and they have always been so kind to our kids. This post is a shock to me but then again, every business can't be 100% all the time. Oh well.

 

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