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Favorite diner foods?

Any really good "diner" recipes? ie superlative/"special" tuna salad, cole slaw etc?

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  1. Here is my recipe for cole slaw, a variation of one found in the National Grange cookbook. I make a large batch every week for the local ham and bean supper and have received many compliments except from my sister who thinks it's too sweet. Generally I use two heads of cabbage unless it's a really large, dense head, and three carrots. It's usually made after lunch, refrigerated and served when the supper begins at 4:30pm. The pickle juice is the "secret ingredient".

    Coleslaw dressing
    1 C store brand mayonnaise
    1/3 C sugar
    1/2 white vinegar
    1 T celery seed
    1 tsp salt
    1/4 dill pickle juice

    1. Grilled american cheese on seeded rye. I never do it at home, I don't know why, but in diners it's always perfect.

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      1. re: Covert Ops

        Completely agree with you on the grilled cheese. Even though it takes three ingredients I can never duplicate it at home.

      2. I'm a big fan of corned beef on rye (not toasted) with Russian dressing and coleslaw. Give me a side of fries and a half sour pickle and I'm happy.

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          Hashed Browns

          Chopped Liver

          Egg Cream

          1. The only diner I frequent in Toronto is the Vespa, a 12-stool lunch counter at Bathurst and Dupont. And the only thing I have there is the "Hollywood" sandwich - a variant on a club, but made with their chunky chicken salad instead of turkey. Served with their vinegar coleslaw, it's a sloppy, two-handed delight.