Sweet Peach Diner in Belmont tastes truly Southern

At her Sweet Peach Diner, Ellen Carter hopes to serve food like her mother made in North Carolina. From the top: veggie garden omelet; chicken and waffle; and  Southern pulled pork Benedict on a buttermilk biscuit.
At her Sweet Peach Diner, Ellen Carter hopes to serve food like her mother made in North Carolina. From the top: veggie garden omelet; chicken and waffle; and Southern pulled pork Benedict on a buttermilk biscuit.Credit: PHOTOS BY EVAN MCGLINN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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The Sweet Peach Diner in Belmont is owner Ellen Carter’s valentine to her home state of North Carolina.

The room has a beach kitchen feel, borrowed from childhood days spent on the Carolina coastline. From the L-shaped front dining area to the cozy back room, the walls are sky blue with white wainscoting and paintings of boats, buoys, and dunes.

“It’s Southern and it reminds me of home but I didn’t want to take away from the fact that we’re in Massachusetts,” says Carter, 27, a Wilmington, N.C., native who moved to the Bay State about three years ago.

The menu still has a strong Southern accent. Most dishes are pulled from her mother’s and grandmother’s cooking.

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