Diner Days Department

Diner Days has remained one of the most popular departments in American Road. Readers look to it to tell them where to find that great Yankee pot roast on their vacations; writers love to write for it because it gives them an excuse to indulge in a second slice of strawberry-laden cheesecake.  Diner Days installments showcase the shining, prefabricated diners of New England, of course, but the department also visits vintage mom-and-pop eateries of every shape and size across the country. The only rule? Featured restaurants must serve up good food that has passed the test of time.

Schmucker’s in Toledo, Ohio

Jillian Gurney Volume 9 #4 (Winter 2011)

At first glance, Schmucker’s Restaurant of Toledo doesn’t appear to harbor any connection to space. But take a closer look and links become clear: Everything about Schmucker’s is out of[…]

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Band Nox Diner in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lynn Miller Volume 9 #3 (Autumn 2011)

Classic, compact, and colorful, the Band Box Diner stands out among the historic brownstone buildings in the Minneapolis neighborhood of Elliot Park. Colorful…not just because the building’s candy-striped exterior catches[…]

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Roadside Diner in Wall, New Jersey

Peter Genovese Volume 9 #1 (Spring 2011)

The Roadside Diner in Wall, New Jersey, is one of the most beautiful diners in the state, with distinctive res railroad-car-style roof, yellow awnings and trim, and immaculate Silk City[…]

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Tom’s Restaurant in New York, New York

Robert Klara Volume 9 #2 (Summer 2011)

If you’ve ever caught an episode of Seinfeld, you’ve probably noticed the outside shot of Monk’s Café, the neighborhood eatery where Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer go to nosh. What[…]

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Barbara Fritchie in Frederick, Maryland

Mark A. Vernarelli Volume 8 #4 (Winter 2010)

In 1910 confectioner Ammon E. Cramer registered Barbara Fritchie Chocolates with the US Patent Office and began manufacturing candy in downtown Frederick. His sweet shoppe prospered, and in 1960 the[…]

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