Buddy’s Diner For classic summertime fare, hot off the griddle


As the carefree days of summer slowly descend into the cool, back-to-school days of autumn, New Englanders hold on with all their might to the sights, sounds ~ and tastes of their favorite season of the year. The best way to preserve that summer feeling is to sink your teeth into the ultimate of summer foods, the hotdog or hamburger, seared on a hot grill. The tantalizing aroma, the sizzling sound and the enticing sight of those tasty emblems of Americana just make people happy.

Making people happy is what makes Stephen Waldeck, the owner of Buddy’s Diner in Johnston, the happiest of all. For the past thirty years, Stephen Waldeck has brought happiness to literally hundreds of customers by serving them such classic “carnival” foods as those famous hotdogs, hamburgers, steak and sausage & pepper sandwiches.

Over all these years, Stephen Waldeck has covered the whole gamut of food service, from fine dining to the kind of fare he is serving now every day at Buddy’s Diner, his colorful booth on Atwood Avenue. Whether he is preparing a meal at a swanky club on the east side of Providence or passing a delighted customer a platter of onion rings through the window of his booth, he is most at home when bringing joy to others through his food.

Waldeck’s “Buddy’s Diner” is located on the corner of Atwood Avenue and Simmonsville Avenue, this booth is part of a whole fleet of other Waldeck-owned booths that locals might recognize from various fairs and locations throughout the state.

This booth, with is cheerful exterior and American flags billowing in the breeze, is famous for its Sausage and Onion sandwiches (a crusty roll piled high with fresh veggies and Italian sausage) cooked right in front of you. The Buffalo chicken wings, seasoned fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings & mozzarella sticks are crowd-pleasers as well, second only to the delicately fried chicken fingers or Philly cheesesteak, pastrami/corned beef and pastrami/cheese sandwiches. There is even a “Veggie Burger” on the menu! Watch for the soon-to-be-included addition to the list of offerings here, the ever-popular New York weiners! Everything here is fresh and cooked-to-order! This is all you could want to satisfy those summertime cravings.

While Buddy’s Diner is a stationary booth, Stephen Waldeck’s trucks can be seen across the region, especially at fairs and special events. Fans of the food served here can also sign up for birthday parties and catered events ~ there is even an option for pizza ~ perfect for any occasion that will leave your guests talking for days.

Come visit Buddy’s Diner, located on Atwood Avenue across the street from Jimmy’s Service Center on the corner of Simmonsville Ave. The booth is open every day, seven days a week from 11:00am until 5:00pm. Buddy’s Diner is open ~ no matter the weather. Credit cards are accepted.


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