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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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