Eats: Railway Cafe Staking A Claim In Winsted, CT

WINSTED, CT – Pictures posted by “friends” on social media have been teasing the Railway Cafe for several months, but it wasn’t until last week that the opportunity for a breakfast visit presented itself. The eatery opened back in April in a centuries-old brick building at 580 Main St. following a four-year run in Canaan that ended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents an appearance that is both cozy and trendy.

With the leaves changing colors and Halloween approaching, the current decoration scheme emphasizes pumpkins and mums, making for a welcoming environment. So, too, do the staffers, who greeted me promptly upon arrival and provided service that was swift and courteous.

Being in the need of coffee and protein, I ordered a bottomless cup and a skillet bowl dubbed The Conductor (at $10). It starts with a base of shredded hash brown potatoes and layers applewood bacon, sausage, melted cheddar and eggs (scrambled in this case) on top, with toast on the side. The combination was tasty and filling.

There’s also the Simple Sally skillet bowl ($8) without the meat and the Green Caboose ($9 and also lacking meat) with spinach and pepper jack cheese.

The Conductor skillet bowl

Breakfast sandwiches are also on the menu as well as Belgian waffles and pastries.

For lunch, choice range from salads to wraps and sandwiches, including grilled cheese, egg salad and a “loaded” BLT. There’s also a Railway Chicken Salad with dried cranberries, celery and walnuts. Soup is also on the menu.

In addition to two rooms for dining, the Railway Cafe also has separate ice cream bar.

The seating areas are much more spacious than they appear on the outside and tables are spread well apart, which should ease the concerns of anyone with lingering worries about the coronavirus. That the place is immaculate and tastefully decorated only adds to the experience of eating there.

The Railway Cafe certainly made a good first impression and it’s guaranteed that return visits will happen soon.

The Railway Cafe is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Fall hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Hours for the ice cream parlor are from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he received a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

One comment

  1. Thank you for making The Railway Cafe one of your pit stops in Winsted/Winchester this fall and every season!