Gotta love Martha’s in Ellsworth


Red vinyl, Formica, and chrome. Super-friendly waitresses. Really good home cookin’.

Martha’s Diner delivers big time. I stopped by for lunch today, and the place was packed. No surprise, since almost everything on the menu is less than $6 (if you want that 8 oz sirloin steak with one egg, toast and home fries, it’ll cost a whopping $10), and, according to the menu: “Everything is homemade and fresh daily.”

Another plus: Breakfast is served all day (FYI: that day ends at 2 on weekdays, at 1 on weekends–and it’s closed Mondays). Plenty of classics: chipped beef on toast, corned beef hash, homemade quiche—including crab, even eggs Benie and an intriguing banana split waffle (okay, maybe not).

Not easy to find, unless you know where to look. It’s on Route 3, in the Shaw’s/Reny’s plaza, but in the strip mall that’s perpendicular to the main plaza; kind of behind the chamber of commerce building.

Good food. Cheap. No credit cards.