If you go to the Chelsea Royal Diner, go hungry! Their menu is so extensive, you'll want to try one of everything! We went on a Saturday night, and though it was crowded, we did not have to wait to be seated. Service was fast and friendly. We ordered Buffalo Wings for an appetizer. They came quickly and were tasty, but were pretty run of the mill. For meals, we both ordered macaroni and cheese, which was the best either of us had EVER tasted. (Secret: The waitress told me they make it with Cabot (local Vermont cheese) MILD cheddar). It was so creamy and rich. Though it was also VERY filling, I managed to finish the whole thing and have room (sort of!) for dessert. My friend had the Indian Pudding. It was her first time trying Indian Pudding and she did not care for it, but I think that was just her taste and no reflection on their pudding. I had the Maple Walnut pie and I wish I had taken some home with me. A rich, sweet pie, similar to pecan, but with a maple flavor and walnuts on top. Very rich, but very very good. I sure wish I lived closer to this fabulous restaurant!!
"Breakfast in Vermont means pancakes, here covered with powdered sugar. Make sure you pay the extra charge for real maple syrup!"
"Soft inside with a crunchy exterior, this is excellent corned beef hash!"
"The baked beans are a very hearty side dish and are loaded with bits of bacon. "
"Even though there is a newer dining room and a counter, the choice seats are in the old original dining car."
"Behind the 1938 Worcester Dining Car is a larger restaurant added later. Despite the expanded seating, the Chelsea Royal Diner is usually crowded with both locals and travelers along Route 9."