8/20/2012 10:23:00 AM

Destination Diners: 9 Classic Spots From Around the U.S.

Mickey's Diner Car; Image via Flickr/kkmarais
Whether you're on the road or just plain hungry at 3 AM, diners have been a American mainstay for decades. As the story goes, the first diner came to be in 1872 after a man named Walter Scott started selling food from a horse-pulled wagon. The wagon was similar to the boxcar-style diners that became popular in the 1930s. The first company to really cash in on the diner business was the Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company, which produced over 2,000 diners from 1917 to 1952.

Nowadays, diners come in all shapes and sizes: train-car style, retrofitted or just simple concrete blocks that act as a roadside oasis in the middle of the night. No matter what your diner looks like, the basic principles are the same: cheap, satisfying food and bottomless coffee served 24 hours a day. What’s your favorite diner? Let us know in the comments.

7 comments :

  1. The Highland Park Diner in Rochester, New York )(corner South Goodman/South Clinton Avenues in the Swillburg neighborhood) is a true classic aluminum diner with good food including pies and breakfasts. Across the street is The Cinema, the oldest movie theater in Rochester, which shows double feature movies for $5. You can end the night with coffee and dessert at a local coffee shop, maybe with music, and spend maybe $25. per person for the whole evening.

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  2. I enjoy these round-up articles. However, could you please spring for the extra money needed to hire writers who can spell? Or, at the very least, editors who can edit writers who can't spell? That collage near the Denver Diner must be a new art installation that draws quite a college crowd!

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  3. Ouch! I enjoy the round-up articles as well, and I volunteer to help either write the articles or edit them:)

    Some great-looking diners on this article-- I love these kitschy roadside 24 hour a day places, they are just really cool for roadtrips. I really want to check out Mr. D's on Route 66, which is on my bucket list.

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  4. One to consider when on Long Island: Premier Diner in Commack; amazing food and giant portions

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  5. And since when are eggs vegan? If it's a vegan diner, there shouldn't be any eggs in sight. Oh and I agree about the spelling, I'm not sure I've ever read one of these lists and not seen several typos.

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  6. Du-par's in Los Angeles is an epic classic as well... Open 24 hours, a full bakery where they make amazing pies, and they even bake their own hamburger buns! The waitresses wear awesome old school diner dresses and hair caps or whatever they're called... Cute! I think they still have a few stores around California and in downtown Vegas, too. They're known for their award winning pancakes, and boy... are they amazing!!!!!

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  7. I've been to the Penrose. Food is excellent, service is as well. Also, now that the Eagles will be starting up again, for those who eat there before tailgating, you might get lucky and run into a coach or player at the register upon leaving.

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