Amazing Food & Top Notch Service
Posted on Apr 28 2015 – 8:38am by heystamford
I’m a little embarrassed.
You see, every time I go into the Elm Street Diner, the service, the food, and the attention to detail has been over the top! John and Stella often spoil my kids by giving them quarters (straight from their cash register) for the toy machines, doughnuts to snack on while we wait for our meal, (it’s known that I will snack on those amazing donuts during any time of day) and even offer homemade desserts made fresh by their mother earlier that day. Boy, writing for a blog sure does have it’s perks, doesn’t it?!
Well, I realized soon that running the award winning Hey Stamford had nothing to do with the level of attentiveness. It’s clear by watching this brother & sister team manage their business, that this is how they treat every single costumer. You may be in a diner, but you are getting 5 star treatment and pretty amazing quality food from people who really care.
That level of service is imperative to the business of the Elm Street Diner and is driven in part by the work ethic of their father, Evangelos Moshos. The elder Moshos opened the Elm Street Diner in 1987 after many years of working in the business. His hard work and focus on the customer helped make the diner a favorite amongst the Cove & Shippan area families over the last 30 years. John and Stella both credit their own work ethic to having been brought up in the business. John actually recalls a time where he was cleaning ashtrays, bussing tables, and vacuuming the floors in his early teens. At the time it seemed miniscule, but he now recognizes the impact it has had on his career.
At its core, the Elm Street diner is just that, a diner. A family friendly, neighborhood joint offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The portions are filling, the coffee is hot, and the specials are creative and delicious. Knowing fully well of the competing facets of the Stamford dining scene, the family strives to serve top quality food. The standard menu is fantastic in itself, but Elm Street Diner differentiates itself from a run-of-the-mill diner by offering homemade menu items & new, ever changing specials.
The standard breakfast menu is massive in itself, but the Brunch items like the banana glazed walnut caramel waffle, the white chocolate cranberry pancakes or the Nutella banana stuffed french toast will have you drooling before you step into the restaurant (just see the pics on their Instagram page!). You’ve likely seen the homemade doughnut Sundays I’ve shared pics of along the way for dessert, it does not disappoint! That’s just the ‘delectable” part. There are pages of lunch & dinner items, with plenty of sandwiches, pastas, beef, chicken, and vegetarian dishes to choose from. You’ll want to order the seafood specials here (they are fresh and available frequently). The homemade (yes, actually homemade by the matriarch of the family, typically that day!) Greek dishes are aplenty. We can’t stop talking about the homemade Galaktoboureko (Greek custard) we sampled during our last visit. Delicious!
John gains his inspiration for the days’ specials simply by just keeping his eyes open. Maybe it’s something he flipped through in a food magazine or saw on TV. He’ll tear-sheet it and save it for the right moment. He has a binder full of ideas and recipes that were either a success or wants replicated in the future. He loves to see people’s reactions as they try new menu items.
As for what’s next? John says he wants to continue to focus on the quality food and service they’ve been offering for the last 30+ years while taking the diner to the next level by attracting the newer generation. With their natural ability to make you feel right at home, I have a feeling they won’t have a problem with that at all.