'diners' on Serious Eats

Kenosha, Wisconsin: The Garbage Plate at Franks Diner

Franks Diner has always been a bit of a local sensation. When the prefab railcar-style establishment was pulled into Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1926 by a team of horses, townsfolk lined the streets to watch. These days it's emerged into the national spotlight, with appearances on Guy Fieri's shows and Nightline and now ... on the pages of Serious Eats! More

Hotcakes from Pamela's in Pittsburgh, PA

Hotcakes were always synonymous with pancakes for me, but that was until I tried hotcakes from Pamela's, a cash-only breakfast-and-lunch diner with six locations in the Pittsburgh area. They are completely their own thing, somewhere between a crepe and pancake, with all the good qualities of each—slightly spongy and buttery to boot, with that brown lacey pancake design on the surface. But the best part of all are the crispy edges. More

M. Wells Diner in Long Island City: Beyond Dressed-Up Diner Food?

It's not often that a diner in Queens attracts city-wide media attention—but M. Wells, recently opened in a somewhat barren stretch of Long Island City, is no ordinary diner. Opened by husband-and-wife partners Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis—the former, of hot-ticket Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, the latter, a Queens native—the diner has already been written up by outlets from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal. And after enthusiastic early reports, we had to check it out. More

American City Diner: Washington, DC

I've actually been pretty disappointed by diners lately. In my home state of Pennsylvania and nearby New Jersey, the streets are practically lined with historical diners, but these days most of them (with the exception of a few gems, mostly way out in the country) are serving something along the lines of cafeteria food. So thanks to American City Diner for restoring my faith that outstanding diner food is still out there. More

Green Eggs and Ham (And a Side of Kitsch) at The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH

Every city has its local institutions—and small New England cities tend to be particularly devoted to their own. But hometown pride only partly explains the wild popularity of The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There’s the décor: the bright red walls of this kitsched-out eatery are a veritable gallery of mid-century Americana, with plastic sculptures of Dick and Jane perched over the open kitchen, “Enjoy Life With Miller!” signs, and KFC-brand shades on the hanging lights. There’s the late-night schedule: open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, but 24 hours all weekend, never shutting its doors from Friday morning through Sunday night. And then there’s the food. The Friendly Toast serves the most eclectic array... More

Happy Birthday, Route 66

Photograph from lauromaia on Flickr The “Mother Road”—or what’s left of it—turns 82 today. Which reminds me, serious eater robincat asked in Talk about serious eating options along the historic highway. There are only a handful of replies so far. Come on, people! There's gotta be more great food along this route. Get your kicks on in Talk.... More

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