Yeah, I know diner food isn’t exactly ethnic food (Greek?), but diners are uniquely New Jersey and deserve a category all their own.
Books have been written about Jersey diner history and culture. For me, a great diner is equal parts looks, atmosphere, and food. From the outside, a diner should make you say, “Cool, look at that diner.” Lots of chrome and neon. Inside, I need booths and a counter with stools. Big plus for working jukeboxes. The best diners are open 24 hours. Service is fast. Coffee should hit the table before you’re settled in your seat.
Diner food is rarely spectacular – how could it be with all those items on the menu? – but it needs to be solid and satisfying. Club sandwiches, grilled cheese with bacon, and disco fries. Breakfast served all day of course.
Don’t see your favorite diner? Share yours. I’ll add the most popular to the list, and to the map.