Falmouth is a pretty popular spot on Cape Cod, with its beautiful beaches, attractive downtown area, scenic bike path, and easy access to nearby Woods Hole, where there are clam shacks, gift shops, and a heavily-used ferry that goes to Martha's Vineyard. Yet it is perhaps this last point that makes the areas east of the Falmouth Center (heading toward Mashpee) a bit less heavily traveled, as many folks who go through Falmouth on their way to Woods Hole and/or the Vineyard never even get to see the downtown shopping area of Falmouth, let alone anything beyond the center via Route 28. A shame, as there are some interesting spots heading eastward after the Woods Hole turnoff, including a classic old-fashioned diner called Betsy's that has been around for good amount of time but is still a bit of a secret.
Betsy's Diner is relatively easy to miss, as it is set back from the road a bit, residing in a low L-shaped structure that includes counter seating and a pastry display in the front entrance area. To the left is a dining room that extends back a ways and has a number of tables, while to the right are some more tables and booths. A neon sign, jukebox, and tiled floor all give the dining area of Betsy's a distinct fifties feel, as does the colorful chairs (including turquoise, of course) and mismatched tables with aluminum legs.
Comfort food is the name of the game at Betsy's Diner; breakfast includes such familiar items as a delicious house-made corned beef hash, tasty scali bread, a variety of omelets, freshly-made muffins, pancakes, and waffles (the waffles are only available for a few hours each day), with a few different breakfast plates offered for those who would like to have several items at one sitting. Lunch features delicious homemade soups (including a hearty vegetable), appetizers such as quahogs (outstanding, with a slight kick in the heat department), overstuffed sandwiches (the turkey club features meat that isn't processed), griddled dishes (including a huge hot dog that can be ordered with a heaping helping of chili), and more substantial entrees (meat loaf, pork chops, fried seafood, etc.). For dessert, diners can choose from a variety of items, including homemade cakes and pies.
Though Cape Cod has countless clam shacks and ice cream stands, there really aren't that many classic diners along or near the main roads through the Cape (Routes 6A, 6, and 28). Betsy's Diner is indeed one of the few that we can think of, and it is certainly a good one. Folks who are heading to the Vineyard or doing a day trip to the western part of the Cape may want to consider Betsy's, especially during the summer, when the fish shacks in Woods Hole can get completely jammed and the dining spots around the Bourne Bridge north of Falmouth can get pretty busy as well.
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