As the lazy, hazy days of summer are slowly descending into the cool, busy 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 summertime 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 prepared right in front of you. The Buffalo chicken wings, fries, onion rings & mozzarella sticks are crowd-pleasers as well, second only to the delicately fried chicken fingers or Philly cheesesteak and pastrami/corned beef sandwiches.
As fall tries to break free of summer-like temperatures, watch for more seasonal offerings to the menu here, from the ever-popular New York weiners to autumnal soups and chowder, hearty chili, paninis, sausage with rabe and more PIZZA. There are also popular favorites such as clam cakes, lobster rolls and Stuffies! Everything here is fresh and cooked-to-order! This is all you could want to satisfy those cravings for the carefree days of summer.
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 ~ the perfect way to take a typical celebration from ordinary to extra-ordinary!
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 with extended hours beginning shortly. Credit cards are accepted.