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Dots Back Inn Restaurant Review: You’ve got to like a place with a menu that quotes Disraeli and Wimpy. That’s Dots Back Inn for you. And while that menu entices (like the WW II pin-up girls on the walls) with its robust burgers, buxom burritos and square meals (including New York strip), it’s the many specials scrawled on the dry erase board over the bar that angle for your affection, with chicken piccata and herb-crusted rainbow trout among them perhaps, and vegetables such as braised fennel and ratatouille. For brunch, try the kielbasa omelet or homemade spanakopita on house salad. The chef gruffly yelling at the waitress, amidst the cacophony of customer conversations, when orders are up makes better drama than anything on the TVs. Lines may form on weekends, and even weeknights, for one of the wooden booths or tables, even the bar, at this locals’ hangout and homage to a waitress named Dot, who dreamt of her own restaurant back in the 1940s; hence all the vintage photos. The one of FDR might make you think New Deal, while the reasonable prices for amply good food make you think fair deal. The bar generously pours happy hour --- make that good neighbor hour --- from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.