Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far to this thread. Every single recommendation looks good. Today we had to be in Newton, so we took a short detour on the way home and stopped at Victoria Diner. What a fun time we had. Good food, hilarious staff and friendly diners. They filled us in on their Saturday night BBQ which may not be happening this week on account of the fair, recommended the fair itself and Chatterbox as well.
DH ordered the open faced turkey special which came with mashed and a salad, he ordered an additional side of onion rings as well. I ordered the chili cheddar burger special, I had a cup of Manhattan clam chowder with mine, the chowder was good and had a nice kick, no need to add tabasco. It was such a nice change to have a simple solid good meal out without pretense.
I did not try the turkey but DH commented that it was good, the fresh turkey being the best part. Every component of my meal was very good together they were even better and made for one perfect lunch., Chili alone is worth going back for very beefy, not particularly spicy but complex enough to keep it interesting, great texture no need for sour cream or cheese, cheddar burger 4-6 oz hand formed patty cooked to requested temp , coleslaw I think I detected a trace of horseradish excellent, pickles really good sours with a nice crunch, great hand cut fries. I had ordered the chili on the side, as I always do but ended up putting it on the burger, this bean less chili was made to be eaten on a burger or hot dog. We will definitely be eating here again when in the area.
Smoker in the parking lot
Front of diner
The creamy Italian dressing was commercial, but of a good quality. The iceberg salad was fresh and refreshing, very good tomatoes, carrots shredded in house, good quality green pepper and cucumber.
Manhattan clam chowder
Was eyeballing this half of a rare roast beef on a roll ... the roast beef is made in house
Hot open turkey
completely unnecessary but delicious onion rings
chili cheddar burger