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« on: March 30, 2011, 07:16:30 AM »

Trying something here.  Hopefully it takes off.

I was complaining about a lack of diners.  I know they're still out there, you just need to hunt them down.  So I thought I'd start a thread to list the diners that we think are great.  Past or Present.

Only rule is it has to be a stand alone diner.  Not a restaurant.  Not a chain.

What makes it a diner?  A booth.  If it only has tables it ain't a diner.  A sign that say Please wait to be seated on one side and Please Seat Yourself on the other.  A burger platter or combo on the meny.  No burger platter, no diner.  And a glass fronted refer unit with Pie in it.  No one better then this forum understands the importance of Pie.

So let 'em fly.  Let's see if we can create a list of places to stop in and have real food (But please... do not call it comfort food. Don't even get me started on that stupid name).

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 07:33:28 AM »

It's called the Starview Diner now and I have no idea if it's any good.  I'm hoping someone will tell me.

30 years ago it was Loupe's Somerdale Diner.  It was where I learned what a diner was and what it should ever be.  I'm depressed as hell that it's not owned by the Loupe family any more but I hope that it's as good.

It had three stand outs for me:

The burger platter.  I have moved and travelled and thanks to the Somerdale Diner I always try a burger platter.  Some day I'll find one that lives up.  This one had the grilled buns.  Butter 'em (Maybe grease... Don't know, don't care), slap 'em on the grill and pull them off just as on spot turns that dark brown color.  Drop a 1/4 pound patty on the bottom that has philly style american chees melted so it's just down enough to map the texture of the ground beef through it.  Place the top half with the rabbit food next to it.  Don't close it up because then you can't open it ride (Cheese is the superglue of food) and add the HEINZ ketchup (If you prefer Hunt's please don't ask to ride with me).  Then the fries.  mmmmm.

The milk shake.  Perfect.  Straw drinkable, but you need to work for it.  When you find a girl who can drink one fast, she's a keeper.  And you can order a black and white and they know what you mean!

Desert.  Now I'm gonna get in trouble here.  Yes they had great pie.  I loved their Cherry Pie.  Tart, but not puckering tart.  Cherryful.  Not gloppy.  Yum.  But their real killer desert was rice pudding.  It was soooo good that I used it as my last ditch effort to avoid moving to PA.  "Dad!  We won't be able to get real rice pudding any more!".  The Loupes felt so bad for me that they gave my mom their recipe.  Seriously.  They cared that much about their customers.

I hope the starview kept their menu and recipes.  One of these days I'll ride down and check it out.

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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 07:38:37 AM »

This one retired from Wilkes Barre(?) Pa...24 hour breakfast, full bar makes it in Miami.


http://eleventhstreetdiner.com/
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011, 08:13:50 AM »

The one back home is called Julies but have not been there for a while.  Gives me a good excuse to go check it out to see if is still recommendable.

My standard....  In my old hometown, place out of biz now, called Bull Run.  Lunch counter, booths, could have filmed Mels Diner there.  Food was greasy, good, cheap, and the truckers loved it too.  Plastic seats in the booths and GREAT pie!
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2011, 08:27:11 AM »

The last diner I remember was in Summerton, SC and is still there but, has moved up the food chain to a restaurant,They still have diner food but have expanded the menu and now have tables.The food is excellent and is still family owned.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2011, 08:38:54 AM »

Easier to find for breakfast than lunch.  Tallys Grill and Old Town Cafe at home are better for breakfast just ok for lunch.
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2011, 08:59:40 AM »

My parents owned a diner.  I grew up in the business.  It was a real authentic diner too.  It was all wide open in the front with a long counter to watch the cooking action.  There were at least 20 swivel stools that had jukebox consoles right on the counter.  Most everything was cooked on the flattop but there was a deepfryer for fries.  Beyond the flattop was the window the cook placed the prepared plates for the waitresses in the dining room.  There were 2 warming lights there.  From the counter you could see the large kitchen in the back where Ruth, Ida, and Dorothy made the most amazing pies.  They also made the daily specials that went in to the steam table.  Items like roast turkey and stuffing, meatloaf, stuffed shells......

My 1st job was walking there after school in 6th grade and peeling potatoes.  They came by the truckload on pallets in 50lb bags.  I'd do 3-4 bags on Tuesdays and Thursdays and as many as 10 bags on Sundays.  All the french fries were cut by a hand press that dropped them directly into a 35 gal garbage can.  They were sprinkled with an antioxidant and rinsed with a hose to keep them from turning brown.  By the time I was 13, I graduated to busboy.  I never got a raise from my $1/hr.  I think I was getting something like $10/week.  My Dad paid me from his pocket and I'd blow it on candy and firecrackers.

My parents split up in 1981 and it was sold.  It's now a Burger King.  I wish I had some pictures to post.  All of the waitresses looked and dressed just like Flo.  Good memories.  Thanks for starting this JC.
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My Ride 2:1966 Road Queen Dori all original parts with some removed for better performance. "Screamin' Malinda"
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2011, 09:32:14 AM »

When my professional life turned to hell (we merged) a year and half ago, I ended up back in Wilkes Barre at one of our new offices for a few days on a project.  The last time I'd been there was in the 80s when I managed a ComputerLand Training Center in Wilkes Barre.  I was looking forward to eating at the old diner, but it was gone.

It's the one you're refering to Mike.

It really was nothing special here in PA, not bad but not worth writing about.  But I guess down there it's become something more.  I know from the pics I've seen of it, it was completely redone on the inside.  If I ever get to Miami again, I'd love to eat there.  Just to see it.

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My Ride 2:1966 Road Queen Dori all original parts with some removed for better performance. "Screamin' Malinda"
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2011, 09:35:30 AM »

My parents owned a diner.  I grew up in the business.  It was a real authentic diner too.  It was all wide open in the front with a long counter to watch the cooking action.  There were at least 20 swivel stools that had jukebox consoles right on the counter.  Most everything was cooked on the flattop but there was a deepfryer for fries.  Beyond the flattop was the window the cook placed the prepared plates for the waitresses in the dining room.  There were 2 warming lights there.  From the counter you could see the large kitchen in the back where Ruth, Ida, and Dorothy made the most amazing pies.  They also made the daily specials that went in to the steam table.  Items like roast turkey and stuffing, meatloaf, stuffed shells......

My 1st job was walking there after school in 6th grade and peeling potatoes.  They came by the truckload on pallets in 50lb bags.  I'd do 3-4 bags on Tuesdays and Thursdays and as many as 10 bags on Sundays.  All the french fries were cut by a hand press that dropped them directly into a 35 gal garbage can.  They were sprinkled with an antioxidant and rinsed with a hose to keep them from turning brown.  By the time I was 13, I graduated to busboy.  I never got a raise from my $1/hr.  I think I was getting something like $10/week.  My Dad paid me from his pocket and I'd blow it on candy and firecrackers.

My parents split up in 1981 and it was sold.  It's now a Burger King.  I wish I had some pictures to post.  All of the waitresses looked and dressed just like Flo.  Good memories.  Thanks for starting this JC.
Wow... This is like finding out one of your friends is the son of a rock star.  A real honest to goodness diner owner's kid.  No wonder you're such a good chef.  It's in your blood!  What a shame it's a Burger King.  Even if it wouldn't be in your family any more, it would be nice if it was still a diner.

Ride Safe,
JC
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2011, 12:21:07 PM »

I'm a diner snob. It ain't a diner if it ain't one of those old pleated stainless steel interior railroad looking car affairs. Everything else is just a Mom and Pop place. Coupple of real diners in Maine. The Miss Portland and the Miss Brunswick - for some reason they're all Miss something or other. Both are laid out as Jim decribes his folks place and the food is greasy and great.

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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2011, 12:53:09 PM »

Anybody watch the show called Diners, Drive Ins, & Dives?  Have eaten in some of the ones they have shown.  Usually they are good & original.

A little off topic but sort of close - several riding friends have asked me to take them on a BBQ riding tour of Texas.  Just happens that some of the best BBQ joints in the state are also on some of the best riding roads in the Hill Country.  Not sure when it will happen but hope to get to it in the next year or 3.

To me it's not a REAL BBQ joint unless there is a galvanized horse trough or something similar iced down with long neck beer and/or sodas.  Where I live, in the Buggy Jungle, there is no such thing...
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2011, 01:04:08 PM »

We are lucky to have McCray's..he has been slingin porcine delights out of a trailer on 45th street and I95 for years, always great..sticky nasty picnic tables and diesel fumes...

The family is going to open a sit down with air conditionin an everyting, prolly have rest rooms too, sure will be good...

Southern southern bbq..collards n black eyed peas with corn bread cooked by ethnic folks.
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2011, 01:07:36 PM »

When I'm riding with friends I ALWAYS look for a little hole in the wall diner where the locals go, in towns so small they barely have a reason for a speed zone.  I'm never disappointed.  It's always a little diner with a worn out floor, and a slamming screen door.  There's a place around the corner from me called Jonie's Chat and Chew.  Counter holds 4 or so.  5 more tables for guests.  It's all one room and you have to get your own coffee.  Jonie works the grill and takes the orders from behind the counter.  It's exactly the kind of place I look for when out riding.

On the way to York I found one about an hour north of town.  Had an unforgetable egg sandwich with hotsauce.  On the way back from BB's a couple summers ago I found one in a tiny village between Albany and Syracuse just north of the Catskills.  When I came out admiring my full belly, the morning chill, and the warming sun an Amish buggy went by.

The last time I saw Bakrds we met at a tiny diner he likes to go to 45 minutes south of Rochester and we spent the whole day riding around the Finger Lakes.  The food always seems to taste better when you get there on a bike.

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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2011, 03:45:39 PM »

Another NYC staple-DINERS! Mostly all owned by Greeks and are pretty much everywhere. Still some SS jobs around too. The new thing is bringing back them retro style places in Manhattan. Usually yuppie puke holes or trendy theme places, but some are pretty good. But there's no shortage of them here if ya like diners. Personally, I pretty much only use em for breakfast.

Speaking of breakfast, one thing we ain't got here-WAFFLE HOUSE!!! I love them joints! And pretty much no grits here almost anywhere either! But you can get almost ANY kinda food here if ya know where to go. You can pretty much get most ANYTHING you'll find throughout the world, food or otherwise, in NYC! Wink

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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2011, 03:55:37 PM »

Waffle House!  The best diner chain - greasy, cheap, good bfast, always tell ya hi when you walk in.

In general the Greeks run a lot of the best indie restaurants left - my opinion.  From diners to good spots can think of quite a few in FL.
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