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Diners - Love ‘em or Hate ‘em?

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I like them.

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  1. in the Northeast-Love them...anywhere else in the US they are called Denny's...

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    1. re: ctmom

      Hahahahahaha - that's so true. Well, sort of. I lived in Boston and you can't find a decent diner up there. They seem to be much more of a New York thing. I love NY diners and visit them frequently. Of course, is there anything worse than a BAD diner?

      1. re: Krissywats

        I agree, New York diners are awesome. There are a bunch in lower Manhattan where I'm from, but there are some goo d true old-fashioned ones in the outer reaches of NYC (Howard Beach area, etc).

        Diner food is thought of as "low-class" grub, and I'm sure when it's bad, it's BAD.

        1. re: Krissywats

          There are a couple of decent diners in the Cambridge area. Then again, when hung over and NEEDING eggs, there is no such thing as a bad diner.

          1. re: jacinthe

            Where in Cambridge, out of curiosity? I remember S&S but that was so crowded and not open late. To me a diner is open 24/7 - but that's a NYC thing. I love Boston/Cambridge but that used to drive me nuts that I couldn't get a tuna melt at 2am. For Such a hip town they really do roll up the sidewalks at midnight.

            1. re: krissywats

              Where I grew up in St. Louis there were lots and lots of 24 hour diners. The real thing, usually near some industrial/factory zone where shift workers would get off in the middle of the night and eat--and hard-core alcoholics would go when the bars closed down. I can't say if they are all still around. Most had terrible food and even worse coffee and still worse "service without a smile"--but some had legendary jukeboxes that were untouched by time.

              By comparison, to me, diners in Manhattan always seemed too carefully constructed in their hip-unhipness...

              1. re: krissywats

                Oh yes, the lack of available dining early in the mornings *kills me. When desperate, I turn to a McDonald's open 24-hrs in Somerville, although it has a limited menu.

                I don't know the names of the diners, unfortunately.. there's one on Mass Ave just outside Harvard Square (in the direction of Central Square), and then there's one on Western (in Allston, just over the river on the way to the Stop and Shop, just past the B-school) - I think it's called the Breakfast Club, or something cute like that?

                1. re: jacinthe

                  There's the Rosebud in Davis, and there's another on Broadway in Somerville, in Teele. The Rosebud is charming, but the food is second-rate. The other is unexceptional in all ways. There are great diners in New England, but most of them are outside of the cities.

            2. re: Krissywats

              The BEST Diners are in Jersey... and I HATE those theme diners in the malls like Johnny Rockets.

          2. Down south, they're called "cafe's", or Waffle House.
            I like them, too.

            1. Like 'em.

              1. Love 'em, in all shapes, sizes, creeds and colors--from O'Rourke's traincar and steamed cheeseburgers to the local Greek Palace that's all tarted up in mirrors, chrome and pastel vinyl and has a 25 page menu. Where would we be without them?

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                1. re: neighbor

                  Love, love, love O'Rourke's.....

                  1. re: Rachel M.

                    I went to college in Middletown and O'Rourke's was about the only indulgence that suited a college budget. And it was great. When I was spending a semester in Europe my junior year, I travelled around Germany at the same time that an exhibit of photographs of American diners was being advertised heavily on billboards. What diner did they choose as the prime example of Americana but O'Rourke's? It made me so happy to see huge pictures of my favorite diner everywhere I went.

                    1. re: curiousbaker

                      The problem was it didn't really suit college student hours... I rarely woke up on time to get there, but didn't stay out late enough to get there when it first opened! I went to the NESCAC men's swim meet in February basically so I could go to O'Rourke's (well, and see my cousins competing).

                2. Love em - even if the food is lousy I'll get a cup of coffee and people watch.

                  I used to do long road trips with my friend's family -they are strickly a 3 meal a day bunch. A three day trip could have been done in one but they sure stopped at some interesting diners.