If the TV show “Cheers” had been about a small town New England diner rather than a Boston bar, Leo’s Luncheonette would have been the set.
Located in a residential area on the north end of Cole Avenue about seven blocks from Williamstown’s main drag of Route 2, Leo’s Luncheonette is a time portal back to the 1950s – and that’s a compliment. Don’t let the unpretentious, bare bones décor put you off; it’s part of the place’s charm. The waitress/cook Donna engaged us in rapid-fire conversation from the moment we walked in, and when a few of her regular customers who have been eating there literally for decades later moseyed up to the counter, we soon knew “all the news fit to print” about Williamstown and the lives of some of its residents. I guess I should say something about the food. It was a solid, filling, down to earth breakfast. My wife and I both ordered the excellent, no-nonsense blueberry pancakes with crisp strips of bacon and continuous coffee refills. All for $11.50 total! No pretentious fru-fru Starbucks coffee abominations, just a solid cuppa Joe to get the morning off on the right foot.
Leo’ Luncheonette…where everybody knows your name, even if like us you’re just tourists passing through.
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