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Shawmut Diner

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by hellotmf on March 20, 2006

The Shawmut Diner has been a cornerstone of New Bedford, serving great meals to customers for over 50 years. The 1950s style diner was built by the Jerry O’Mahony Company in Elizabeth, New Jersey and has been at 943 Shawmut Avenue since February of 1954. Phil and Celeste Paleologos have owned and operated the diner for the past 20 years and it has become a local icon.

In addition to serving a wide range of hearty meals, including local cuisine such as seafood, and my personal favorite the linguica omlette, the diner has also served as a backdrop for television commercials, shows, and the recent movie 2003 movie Passionada, a romantic comedy about three generations of Portuguese women in the fishing community of New Bedford. The diner was also home to Phil’s nationally syndicated radio show "American Breakfast", which has since stopped syndication in recent years.

The diner is located on Shawmut Avenue in the west end of the city rather than the local historic downtown district of New Bedford. Because of its far proximity from the more tourist trodden area, you are more likely to find locals than tourists at the Shawmut Diner. The diner is especially popular on late Sunday morning. On weekdays you can usually spot tables of jovial New Bedford High Seniors skipping early morning classes in lieu of breakfast and coffee. No matter when you go the diner it will be packed with patrons, old and young.

Directions: The diner is off the Hathaway Rd. exit on Rt. 140 in New Bedford, the second to last exit before 140 ends at Buttonwood Park. Rt. 140 can be accessed from 195 which in turn can be accessed from 95.

When to go: The diner is packed on Sunday mornings with the after church crowd, and the hung-over UMASS Dartmouth crowd, so bring your patience. Otherwise there is always a steady stream of customers at the diner. There really isn’t a bad time to go.

Cost: You can get a good meal for two people for about $12.00.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shawmut Diner
943 Shawmut Ave.
New Bedford, Massachusetts
(508) 993-3073

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