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“There is nothin’ finer than a  Worcester Diner” was the slogan of the Worcester Lunch Car Company (WLCC), which specialized in small, handcrafted diners with porcelain exteriors and hardwood interiors.

Worcester diners were often adorned with marble countertops, hardwood booths, and stainless steel panels shaped into starburst patterns and were well-known for their level of craftsmanship.   Today you would be hard-pressed to find a finer example than the 1949 Miss Portland Diner – WLCC No. 818.

Miss Portland was originally located on Forest Avenue and was moved from there in 1964 – to make room for the new Federal Building – to 49 Marginal Way where she served breakfast and lunch to a mostly local crowd.

Known for her special ambiance, Miss Portland made a cameo appearance in Mel Gibson’s movie Man without a Face in August 1993.   In 2004 the City of Portland accepted the diner car as a donation to ensure her proper restoration.

Miss Portland was purchased in 2007 by Tom Manning, a Portland native who left Maine over 35 years ago for a career in publishing in New York City and who came back to his hometown to preserve this piece of local history.  Tom worked with the City’s historic preservation department to ensure that his vision of a revived Miss Portland met with their approval and her doors opened to welcome the residents and visitors of Bayside in October 2008.

207.210.6673

Sun-Wed: 7am – 3pm
Thurs-Sat: 7am – 8pm

“There is nothin’ finer than a  Worcester Diner” was the slogan of the Worcester Lunch Car Company (WLCC), which specialized in small, handcrafted diners with porcelain exteriors and hardwood interiors.

Worcester diners were often adorned with marble countertops, hardwood booths, and stainless steel panels shaped into starburst patterns and were well-known for their level of craftsmanship.   Today you would be hard-pressed to find a finer example than the 1949 Miss Portland Diner – WLCC No. 818.

Miss Portland was originally located on Forest Avenue and was moved from there in 1964 – to make room for the new Federal Building – to 49 Marginal Way where she served breakfast and lunch to a mostly local crowd.

Known for her special ambiance, Miss Portland made a cameo appearance in Mel Gibson’s movie Man without a Face in August 1993.   In 2004 the City of Portland accepted the diner car as a donation to ensure her proper restoration.

Miss Portland was purchased in 2007 by Tom Manning, a Portland native who left Maine over 35 years ago for a career in publishing in New York City and who came back to his hometown to preserve this piece of local history.  Tom worked with the City’s historic preservation department to ensure that his vision of a revived Miss Portland met with their approval and her doors opened to welcome the residents and visitors of Bayside in October 2008.

TODAY’S SPECIAL

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Breakfast

Served with homefries and your choice of white, wheat, marble rye, Italian toast or English muffin. Substitute Egg Beaters or egg whites add 1.00

  • Two Eggs Breakfast* any style 5.00 // with bacon, pork sausage, ham or Canadian bacon 7.00
  • Two Scrambled Eggs with Cheese* 6.00 // with bacon, pork sausage or ham pieces 7.00

SIGNATURE OMELETS OR SCRAMBLES (three eggs)

  • Spinach, Mushroom & Swiss* 9.50
  • Western* ham, grilled onions, green peppers, cheddar 9.75
  • Planet Fitness* egg whites, spinach, tomato, mushrooms 9.75
  • Greek* spinach, tomato, grilled onions, feta 9.75
  • East End* chicken apple sausage, grilled onions, cheddar 9.95
  • Thai* chicken apple sausage, mushrooms, spinach, sriracha 9.95
  • Shamrock* our signature corned beef hash, grilled onions, cheddar 10.25
  • Meat Lover’s* ham, bacon, sausage, cheddar 10.25
  • Acadian* spicy Andouille sausage, green pepper, grilled onions, cheddar and Sriracha 10.50

BUILD YOUR OWN starting at 5.50

  • Cheese: American, cheddar, Swiss, feta or pepperjack cheese 1.50 each
  • Veggies: green peppers, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, grilled onion, broccoli or asparagus 1.25 each
  • Meat: bacon, pork sausage or ham 1.50 each chicken apple or Andouille sausage 3.25 each
  • Steak & Eggs* 8oz marinated teres major, 2 eggs, roasted tomato and homefries 11.95
  • Signature Corned Beef Hash* two eggs, toast 10.25
  • Sausage Gravy Biscuit* butter-grilled Southern biscuit, two eggs, creamy house-made sausage gravy and homefries 9.50
  • Animal Homies homefries, cheddar, bacon, salsa, green onion 6.95

EGGS BENEDICT
served (until 3pm) with house-made Hollandaise and homefries

  • Classic Benedict* with Canadian bacon 9.25
  • Florentine Benedict* with tomato & spinach 9.50
  • Irish Benedict* with corned beef hash 10.25
  • Steak Benedict* with roasted tomatoes 10.25
  • Breakfast Sandwich* egg & American cheese on a grilled English muffin 4.50 // add bacon, ham, Canadian bacon, or sausage 1.50
  • Breakfast Burrito* homefries, spinach, scrambled eggs, Sriracha, pepperjack 8.75 // add meat 1.00
FROM THE GRIDDLE
served with 100% Maine maple syrup

  • French Toast hand-cut cinnamon swirl 6.75
  • Buttermilk Pancakes single 3.75 / double 5.75 // with Maine blueberries or chocolate chips 4.25/6.75
  • Fruit & Cereal Bowl changing selection of fresh fruits 8.75 // yogurt and granola add 2.00
  • Wild Maine Blueberry Parfait Stoneyfield vanilla yogurt, Grandy’s Oats organic granola 6.95
  • Caramelized Red Ruby Grapefruit with Turbinado sugar 4.95
  • Hot Oatmeal organic Maine oatmeal cooked to order 4.50 // add Maine blueberries, raisins or banana 1.25
  • Cereal with milk 2.50
  • Granola with milk 4.00 // add Maine blueberries, raisins or banana 1.25
  • Fresh-baked Muffins check with your server for today’s variety 2.50

EGGS, OMELETS & SCRAMBLES

Served with homefries and your choice of white, wheat, marble rye, Italian toast or English muffin. Substitute Egg Beaters or egg whites add 1.00

  • Two Eggs Breakfast* any style 5.00 // with bacon, pork sausage, ham or Canadian bacon 7.00
  • Two Scrambled Eggs with Cheese* 6.00 // with bacon, pork sausage or ham pieces 7.00

SIGNATURE OMELETS OR SCRAMBLES (three eggs)

  • Spinach, Mushroom & Swiss* 9.50
  • Western* ham, grilled onions, green peppers, cheddar 9.75
  • Planet Fitness* egg whites, spinach, tomato, mushrooms 9.75
  • Greek* spinach, tomato, grilled onions, feta 9.75
  • East End* chicken apple sausage, grilled onions, cheddar 9.95
  • Thai* chicken apple sausage, mushrooms, spinach, sriracha 9.95
  • Shamrock* our signature corned beef hash, grilled onions, cheddar 10.25
  • Meat Lover’s* ham, bacon, sausage, cheddar 10.25
  • Acadian* spicy Andouille sausage, green pepper, grilled onions, cheddar and Sriracha 10.50

BUILD YOUR OWN starting at 5.50

  • Cheese: American, cheddar, Swiss, feta or pepperjack cheese 1.50 each
  • Veggies: green peppers, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, grilled onion, broccoli or asparagus 1.25 each
  • Meat: bacon, pork sausage or ham 1.50 each chicken apple or Andouille sausage 3.25 each
  • Steak & Eggs* 8oz marinated teres major, 2 eggs, roasted tomato and homefries 11.95
  • Signature Corned Beef Hash* two eggs, toast 10.25
  • Sausage Gravy Biscuit* butter-grilled Southern biscuit, two eggs, creamy house-made sausage gravy and homefries 9.50
  • Animal Homies homefries, cheddar, bacon, salsa, green onion 6.95

EGGS BENEDICT
served (until 3pm) with house-made Hollandaise and homefries

  • Classic Benedict* with Canadian bacon 9.25
  • Florentine Benedict* with tomato & spinach 9.50
  • Irish Benedict* with corned beef hash 10.25
  • Steak Benedict* with roasted tomatoes 10.25
  • Breakfast Sandwich* egg & American cheese on a grilled English muffin 4.50 // add bacon, ham, Canadian bacon, or sausage 1.50
  • Breakfast Burrito* homefries, spinach, scrambled eggs, Sriracha, pepperjack 8.75 // add meat 1.00

FROM THE GRIDDLE
served with 100% Maine maple syrup

  • French Toast hand-cut cinnamon swirl 6.75
  • Buttermilk Pancakes single 3.75 / double 5.75 // with Maine blueberries or chocolate chips 4.25/6.75
  • Fruit & Cereal Bowl changing selection of fresh fruits 8.75 // yogurt and granola add 2.00
  • Wild Maine Blueberry Parfait Stoneyfield vanilla yogurt, Grandy’s Oats organic granola 6.95
  • Caramelized Red Ruby Grapefruit with Turbinado sugar 4.95
  • Hot Oatmeal organic Maine oatmeal cooked to order 4.50 // add Maine blueberries, raisins or banana 1.25
  • Cereal with milk 2.50
  • Granola with milk 4.00 // add Maine blueberries, raisins or banana 1.25
  • Fresh-baked Muffins check with your server for today’s variety 2.50

Salads & Sandwiches

Our dressings are made in-house:
Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese, Thousand Island, Honey Mustard, Caesar & Orange Honey Vinaigrette.

  • House-made Soup of the Day 4.75 cup // 5.75 bowl
  • House-made Clam Chowder 5.00 cup // 6.00 bowl
  • Soup & Half Sandwich cup of soup with tuna salad 8.50 //with cranberry walnut chicken salad 9.25

  • Garden Salad mixed greens, cucumber, carrot, tomato, Kalamata olives 5.00
  • Tuna Salad atop a garden salad 8.50
  • Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad atop a garden salad 9.00
  • Caesar Salad romaine, Parmesan cheese, croutons 6.00 // add grilled chicken 3.95
  • Chef’s Salad mixed greens, hard boiled egg, Swiss, veggies, house-roasted turkey, bacon, dressing 10.25
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges tossed with feta, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, cilantro and balsamic vinaigrette 8.25
  • Grilled Chicken Salad mixed greens, dried cranberries, Mandarin oranges, walnuts, feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, balsamic vinagrette 10.50
  • Steak Salad* mixed greens, avacado, grapes, goat cheese topped with grilled, marinated steak and a poached egg with house-made orange honey vinaigrette 11.95

Served on choice of white, wheat, marble rye or as suggested. Served with house-made potato chips, coleslaw and pickle. Add small garden salad 3.25 Add hand-cut fries 1.00 sweet potato shoestring fries 1.95 onion rings 2.75

  • BLT applewood smoked bacon, romaine, tomato, mayo 8.00
  • House-roasted Turkey romaine, tomato, mayo 9.00
  • Turkey BLT with applewood smoked bacon 10.50
  • Turkey Rachel with melted Swiss, cole slaw and thousand island on marble rye 9.75
  • Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad with romaine 9.00
  • Egg Salad Sandwich with romaine 5.25
  • Grilled Cheese with American and cheddar 5.75 // with tomato 6.25 // with bacon or ham 7.50
  • Grilled Chicken Breast with romaine, tomato, mayo on a brioche bun 8.95
  • Tuna Salad with romaine 7.95
  • Tuna Melt with cheddar 8.95
  • Haddock Sandwich fried haddock, romaine, tomato, tartar sauce on a brioche bun 9.25
  • Downeast Reuben fried haddock, cole slaw, Swiss, and thousand island dressing, open-faced on marble rye 9.50
  • Classic Reuben thinly-sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss, and thousand island on marble rye 9.50
  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap fried chicken, house-made hot sauce, spring mix, blue cheese dressing 9.50
  • Warm Turkey Wrap with sweet potatoes, spinach, pepperjack, and cranberry salsa 10.50
  • Warm Sweet Potato Wrap roasted sweet potatoes, pepperjack, spinach, balsamic onions 8.95
  • Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap romaine, parmesan, croutons and Ceasar dressing 9.50

Our dressings are made in-house:
Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese, Thousand Island, Honey Mustard, Caesar & Orange Honey Vinaigrette.

  • House-made Soup of the Day 4.75 cup // 5.75 bowl
  • House-made Clam Chowder 5.00 cup // 6.00 bowl
  • Soup & Half Sandwich cup of soup with tuna salad 8.50 //with cranberry walnut chicken salad 9.25
  • Garden Salad mixed greens, cucumber, carrot, tomato, Kalamata olives 5.00
  • Tuna Salad atop a garden salad 8.50
  • Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad atop a garden salad 9.00
  • Caesar Salad romaine, Parmesan cheese, croutons 6.00 // add grilled chicken 3.95
  • Chef’s Salad mixed greens, hard boiled egg, Swiss, veggies, house-roasted turkey, bacon, dressing 10.25
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges tossed with feta, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, cilantro and balsamic vinaigrette 8.25
  • Grilled Chicken Salad mixed greens, dried cranberries, Mandarin oranges, walnuts, feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, balsamic vinagrette 10.50
  • Steak Salad* mixed greens, avacado, grapes, goat cheese topped with grilled, marinated steak and a poached egg with house-made orange honey vinaigrette 11.95

Served on choice of white, wheat, marble rye or as suggested. Served with house-made potato chips, coleslaw and pickle. Add small garden salad 3.25 Add hand-cut fries 1.00 sweet potato shoestring fries 1.95 onion rings 2.75

  • BLT applewood smoked bacon, romaine, tomato, mayo 8.00
  • House-roasted Turkey romaine, tomato, mayo 9.00
  • Turkey BLT with applewood smoked bacon 10.50
  • Turkey Rachel with melted Swiss, cole slaw and thousand island on marble rye 9.75
  • Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad with romaine 9.00
  • Egg Salad Sandwich with romaine 5.25
  • Grilled Cheese with American and cheddar 5.75 // with tomato 6.25 // with bacon or ham 7.50
  • Grilled Chicken Breast with romaine, tomato, mayo on a brioche bun 8.95
  • Tuna Salad with romaine 7.95
  • Tuna Melt with cheddar 8.95
  • Haddock Sandwich fried haddock, romaine, tomato, tartar sauce on a brioche bun 9.25
  • Downeast Reuben fried haddock, cole slaw, Swiss, and thousand island dressing, open-faced on marble rye 9.50
  • Classic Reuben thinly-sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss, and thousand island on marble rye 9.50
  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap fried chicken, house-made hot sauce, spring mix, blue cheese dressing 9.50
  • Warm Turkey Wrap with sweet potatoes, spinach, pepperjack, and cranberry salsa 10.50
  • Warm Sweet Potato Wrap roasted sweet potatoes, pepperjack, spinach, balsamic onions 8.95
  • Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap romaine, parmesan, croutons and Ceasar dressing 9.50

BURGERS, DOGS & BASKETS

Burgers & Dogs

Burgers served on a grilled brioche bun with romaine and tomato, house-made potato chips, coleslaw and pickle.

Cheese choices: American, cheddar, pepperjack, Swiss, blue cheese

Add-ons: small garden salad 3.25 // hand-cut fries 1.00 // sweet potato shoestring fries 1.95 // onion rings 2.75

  • 1/2 lb. Certified Angus Beef Burger* // 8.95 Cheeseburger*  // 9.75 Bacon
  • Cheeseburger* 10.75
  • Patty Melt* hamburger served on marble rye with Swiss and grilled onions 9.75
  • Bunless Burger* served on a small garden salad 8.75
  • 1/4 lb. All-Beef Hot Dog with fixings 6.25 // with cheese 7.25
Baskets

  • Chicken Tenders with fries 8.50 // Buffalo or Honey BBQ 9.00 (with choice of sauce: honey mustard, ranch or blue cheese)
  • Housemade Fried Pickles Morse’s sour mustard pickles, cajun tartar sauce 6.50
  • Mozzarella Sticks six (6) with marinara sauce 6.25
  • Hand-cut Fries 4.50
  • Sweet Potato or Carrot & Parsnip Fries 5.25
  • Onion Rings 5.75

Burgers & Dogs

Burgers served on a grilled brioche bun with romaine and tomato, house-made potato chips, coleslaw and pickle.

Cheese choices: American, cheddar, pepperjack, Swiss, blue cheese

Add-ons: small garden salad 3.25 // hand-cut fries 1.00 // sweet potato shoestring fries 1.95 // onion rings 2.75

  • 1/2 lb. Certified Angus Beef Burger* // 8.95 Cheeseburger*  // 9.75 Bacon
  • Cheeseburger* 10.75
  • Patty Melt* hamburger served on marble rye with Swiss and grilled onions 9.75
  • Bunless Burger* served on a small garden salad 8.75
  • 1/4 lb. All-Beef Hot Dog with fixings 6.25 // with cheese 7.25

Baskets

  • Chicken Tenders with fries 8.50 // Buffalo or Honey BBQ 9.00 (with choice of sauce: honey mustard, ranch or blue cheese)
  • Housemade Fried Pickles Morse’s sour mustard pickles, cajun tartar sauce 6.50
  • Mozzarella Sticks six (6) with marinara sauce 6.25
  • Hand-cut Fries 4.50
  • Sweet Potato or Carrot & Parsnip Fries 5.25
  • Onion Rings 5.75

COMFORT FOOD & SEAFOOD

Add a small garden salad 3.25

  • Baked Macaroni & Cheese cavatappi pasta smothered with a house-made five-cheese blend and topped with crumbled Ritz crackers 8.95
  • Chicken Pot Pie house-made with white meat chicken and vegetables and a puff pastery top 11.25
  • House-Roasted Turkey Dinner* with stuffing, mashed potato, vegetable, cranberry sauce, pan gravy 12.25
  • Meatloaf Dinner* BBQ honey-glazed with mashed potato, vegetable, pan gravy 11.25
  • Pot Roast Dinner* with mashed potato, vegetable, pan gravy 11.25
  • Steak Dinner* 8oz. marinated teres major with mashed potato, vegetable and roasted tomato 12.95

Seafood Items

  • Fish & Chips fried haddock, hand-cut fries, house-made cole slaw and tarter sauce 9.25/13.25
  • Fresh Atlantic Scallops fried, hand-cut fries, house-made cole slaw and tarter sauce 13.95/16.95

Add a small garden salad 3.25

  • Baked Macaroni & Cheese cavatappi pasta smothered with a house-made five-cheese blend and topped with crumbled Ritz crackers 8.95
  • Chicken Pot Pie house-made with white meat chicken and vegetables and a puff pastery top 11.25
  • House-Roasted Turkey Dinner* with stuffing, mashed potato, vegetable, cranberry sauce, pan gravy 12.25
  • Meatloaf Dinner* BBQ honey-glazed with mashed potato, vegetable, pan gravy 11.25
  • Pot Roast Dinner* with mashed potato, vegetable, pan gravy 11.25
  • Steak Dinner* 8oz. marinated teres major with mashed potato, vegetable and roasted tomato 12.95

Seafood Items

  • Fish & Chips fried haddock, hand-cut fries, house-made cole slaw and tarter sauce 9.25/13.25
  • Fresh Atlantic Scallops fried, hand-cut fries, house-made cole slaw and tarter sauce 13.95/16.95

DESSERTS & SODA FOUNTAIN FAVORITES

  • Apple Crisp with whipped cream 5.00
  • Assorted Pies with whipped cream 5.25
  • Cakes Whoopie Pie or Lemon Coconut 5.50 // add a scoop of ice cream 1.50
Ice Cream chocolate, vanilla, coffee or monthly selection 

  • One/Two/Three Scoops 2.75/4.00/5.00
  • Sauces: Chocolate or Caramel .75
  • Toppings: Oreos, nuts, whipped cream or sprinkles .75
  • Two Scoop Sundae with one sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry 5.00
  • Milkshake 5.25
  • Malted Milkshake 5.25
  • Ice Cream Soda, Root Beer Float, Creamsicle 4.75
  • Apple Crisp with whipped cream 5.00
  • Assorted Pies with whipped cream 5.25
  • Cakes Whoopie Pie or Lemon Coconut 5.50 // add a scoop of ice cream 1.50

Ice Cream chocolate, vanilla, coffee or monthly selection

  • One/Two/Three Scoops 2.75/4.00/5.00
  • Sauces: Chocolate or Caramel .75
  • Toppings: Oreos, nuts, whipped cream or sprinkles .75
  • Two Scoop Sundae with one sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry 5.00
  • Milkshake 5.25
  • Malted Milkshake 5.25
  • Ice Cream Soda, Root Beer Float, Creamsicle 4.75

PRESS & REVIEWS

    review rating 5  I ate there when I was a teenager when lived in Portland. I enjoyed it then. And I enjoy it now. The food is excellent and the prices are great. At times they are busy and you may have to wait a while to get served however the wait is worth it.

    thumb Vernon Dyer
    3/08/2018

    review rating 5  Since 1949 this diner has served the greater Portland area. The building itself if a classic old diner with an attached modern-ish addition for extra seating. The staff is very nice and helpful, the coffee was good too. One thing that really stood out in the meal was the pancakes. These were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had and they took this place from a 4 to a 5 rating for me.

    thumb Mike
    4/09/2018

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DIRECTIONS

The Miss Portland Diner is located at 140 Marginal Way, between Forest Avenue and Franklin Street.

From the north:  Exit I-295 at exit 7 for U.S. 1 Alternate/Franklin St.  Make right at second light onto Marginal Way. The Miss Portland Diner is .2 miles on right side of the street.

From the south:  Exit I-295 at exit 7 for U.S. 1 Alternate/Franklin St.  Make a right at bottom of ramp and another right at the first traffic light onto Marginal Way.  The Miss Portland Diner is .2 miles on right side of the street.

Directions

The Miss Portland Diner is located at 140 Marginal Way, between Forest Avenue and Franklin Street.

From the north:  Exit I-295 at exit 7 for U.S. 1 Alternate/Franklin St.  Make right at second light onto Marginal Way. The Miss Portland Diner is .2 miles on right side of the street.

From the south:  Exit I-295 at exit 7 for U.S. 1 Alternate/Franklin St.  Make a right at bottom of ramp and another right at the first traffic light onto Marginal Way.  The Miss Portland Diner is .2 miles on right side of the street.

Miss Portland Diner

140 Marginal Way, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207.210.6673
Fax: 207.210.6674

Hours

Sun-Wed: 7am – 3pm
Thurs-Sat: 7am – 8pm





Miss Portland Diner

140 Marginal Way, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207.210.6673
Fax: 207.210.6674

Hours

Sun-Wed: 7am – 3pm
Thurs-Sat: 7am – 8pm