Today’s topic is diners! Everyone has a different idea of the quintessential diner, depending on where you’re from. For me, I think back to childhood on Long Island, which has tons of diners: neon lights, big tall menus with at least six pages, circular tables with booth seating that my siblings and I would fight over, and huge plates of yummy, fried food.
Did anyone else feel super special when you got to sit at the counter?
Now that I live up in the Hudson Valley, I’ve made a point to find where to get the best things “from home”: wherever I am, really, I need to know where to find the best pizza (sadly, I’ve given up on garlic knots- LI/NYC is best for those), the best bagels, and the best diners.
There are some standard neon diners here, such as the Eveready, in Hyde Park, NY. This is the place to go for milkshakes and big satisfying breakfasts. Behold:
Across the river, in Red Hook, is an adorable place, aptly named the Historic Village Diner. It’s sort of the opposite of the Eveready in that the neon is minimal– and it’s quaint. When you look at the Eveready, you certainly don’t think historic, you think glitzy. And that’s okay! It’s their schtick and it works. But the Historic Village Diner is cozy and country and they, too, have a killer breakfast:
Here in Kingston, we have several diner options, both in Midtown and Uptown, as well as in neighboring Ulster. Our favorite remains the same as when we first moved here last summer: the Broadway Lights Diner (I know, the website’s not fantastic, but the food makes up for it, okay?). Rare to find up here in the boonies: they’re open 24 hours! Next time I have a craving for cheese fries at 3 AM, I know where to go
And for a non-breakfast shot, here’s a small Greek salad I got for lunch:
Do you have a favorite diner? What’s your favorite thing to order at a diner? Do you have a neighborhood place you can go to and order “the usual”?
Just for fun, here’s Andy and I in a well-placed diner mirror last spring:
That’s it for now, kids! Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to reading your diner comments and stories below
- Crazy how many cookbooks devoted to diner recipes there are!
- Roadside Online: Locate diners and other roadside Americana all on one site
- Comprehensive list of Diner Lingo, i,e. “chicks on a raft” = eggs on toast