Elmo’s Diner in Durham, North Carolina

Glowing like a bright yellow duckling in North Carolina’s Old West Durham, Elmo’s Diner serves up hearty Southern fare with more than a few surprises. Upon entering the eatery, customers are confronted by a wall of rainbow colored ducks, peering cheerfully from their post on a wall.  is happy-hued gallery contains the contributions that Elmo’s kiddie diners have made to the décor. Once youngsters are seated, they are invited to color a drawing of the diner’s mascot, Elmo the Duck. Several of the entries are quite creative, including a golden version of Elmo depicted as a shiny, waddling cyborg named 3L-MO—a galactic, mechanical drake inspired by the renowned Star Wars robot, C-3PO.