Respond to Review of Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave
by mark m braunstein
Review: I give them much credit for advertising the word VEGETARIAN in their name's subtitle, and for that they deserve a dozen thank you's. Thus being lured into the place, I give them credit for an entire column on the menu labeled vegan, not merely vegetarian, and for that they deserve a hundred thank you's. So far, so good, until you find that the menu offers conventional white and greasy American diner fare. An exception is the hummus platter, with its accompanying pita bread of whole wheat. The previous owner was a vegetarian, but the present owner is not, so you must be VERY vigilant. That whole wheat pita on one occasion was warmed on a grill that cooked meat and so absorbed its smell, if not its grease. The waitress defensively denied the possibility, impugning my olfactory nerves, until she smelled the pita too. Beware also the uninformed and incompetent high school student waitresses who work evenings and weekends, and who neglect to inform you of any vegan specials, unless you ask them. While I do not go out of my way to eat here, I do stop here late night (open every night until 11pm) after a long haul from NYC on i-95, as it is just off the easy off/on exit. Do check out it's interesting website, but be patient, it takes a long time to download.