I like diners.

@jerzgirl (8030)
Gloucester City, New Jersey
April 18, 2012 9:38pm CST
Diners are among the most popular eating destinations in New Jersey (as well as around Philadelphia). From breakfast to dinner to homemade desserts and handmade shakes, diners offer a variety of choices unmatched by any specialty restaurant. They even offer night owls sustenance during cram sessions, after late nights out on the town, when the shift is done or after the bar closes. Diners are a commercialized "Mom's kitchen". There aren't quite as many round the clock diners as there used to be, but nostalgia is causing new ones to pop up where they weren't before. And, they are being styled in a glitzier version of the original. Shiny steel exteriors and neon lights harken back to their origins, but many have added bars and dance floors to steer the former bar crowds their way. Have you ever been to a traditional diner? Or maybe one of the newer ones? Or do you rely on places like "Denny's" for round-the-clock feeding opportunities? What kinds of places are there where you live?
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@GardenGerty (102534)
• United States
19 Apr 12
I have been to one with hubby, in one of his former haunts. I cannot tell you where for sure, but I know it was back east and I took pictures, I am pretty sure. I just do not know where the pictures are. I have seen them in some recent television shows as well.
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@jerzgirl (8030)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
19 Apr 12
If you can ever remember where, let me know. I'm curious.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Apr 12
hi jerzgirl in some of the smaller Southern Cal,ifornis cities you can find nostalgic diners and they are the real thing too.there 'are some who have the decor of the eighties when car hops were the going thing. chrome legged chairs and tables art deco always with a big old jukebox too.Ruby's was one of them.but they are so well liked there's always a waiting time to get a seat.
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@jerzgirl (8030)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
19 Apr 12
I know that other areas of the country are picking up on them, but I'm never sure where or how authentic they might be. I like them for the variety of foods they offer. But, there are some that are better than others.
• India
19 Apr 12
Hello friend, I also like to eat dinner very much. I am a vegeterian. I love to eat my veg dinner. Have a nice day.
• India
19 Apr 12
i am too a vegeterian....best dinner place is at my dinner table with my best cook my mom....
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
30 Apr 12
Gee, I don't remember seeing any diners in NJ when I've been up there. There was Charlie Brown's, but I'd consider that more of a chain. I guess when I need a middle of the night eating joint I go to IHoP, because the Denny's in Austin are SO BAD! Finding old fashioned "diners" around here is hard. Almost everything has a theme of some sort, even a "diner" theme! Threadgill's is a music/diner sort of place, because the guy who ran the original Threadgill's was a musician.
@AmbiePam (50098)
• United States
23 Apr 12
I love diners! They are my very favorite place to eat for breakfast. Most of the diners I've ever been to have been because of my dad. He has a way of finding these out of the way places that are cozy, homey, and have awesome food. There is this one place called Sunny Side Up. I love their omelettes. On the rare occasion we get a chance to meet for breakfast, just us, we go there. And then this other diner on the other side of town called Sheila's, has the best chicken fried steak. Oh my word it's good. I would love to own a diner.
• Philippines
19 Apr 12
We only have few diners here in our country, the Philippines. Although Filipinos are foodies by nature, I think we are more focused on restaurants and food markets as compare to the usual diners. The whole concept of diners is not really popular here yet. Although it has been introduced for a while now, only few have grasped and appreciated its existence. There's this one diner located at one of the provinces here in our country. It's a well known diner and naturally, branching out is a big possibility. Apparently, when they did branched out here in Manila, it did not really do well, hence they closed it down in no time. I wish there would be more diners here though.
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
19 Apr 12
I love diners too! I haven't been to one in ages and you're right - they are getting harder and harder to find, I mean the real diners, the ones that were open 24/7. Denny's is ok, but it's not really a real "diner". Whenever you feel like comfort food a diner is the answer. They always have the best pies, and if you want pot roast or roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy then they are also the best! Ok, I am sleepy and now reading about diners is making my stomach grumble! I need to get to sleep before I have to go get dressed and find me an open diner! Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!