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What'll It Be Hun? I Ain't Got All Day

Posted by Jim Botticelli  September 6, 2013 04:28 PM

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Waitresses ignore two patrons in Durgin Park in 1974.

"We hadn't been there in years and were surprised to find the old "testy" wait staff had been replaced by "nice" people," wrote Ron recently on a review for Trip Advisor. The food is still  old school Boston good: Yankee Pot Roast, Poor Man's Roast Beef, Coffee Jello, Shepard's Pie , comfort food sought by locals and tourists. And being that it is right in the North Market at Quincy Market with two means of egress, it's not likely to go away anytime soon and it's been there one heckuva long time to begin with.

Durgin Park has been a landmark since 1827 and there's hardly a man or woman alive who remembers that famous day or year. They seat communally, up to 12 at a table and they don't separate by social stature. One day you could be driving Miss Daisy crazy by chewing with your mouth open and not even know who she was. Or an Untouchable could be inadvertently desectrating your new date with terrible posture. But that's Democracy Durgin-Style.
"How does a Durgin waitress handle a hungry man? The Man Handler!" .. Michael Anderson Photo

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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