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Favorite diner foods?

fauchon Nov 7, 2006 09:37 PM

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

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    dfrostnh RE: fauchon Nov 8, 2006 10:24 AM

    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. Covert Ops RE: fauchon Nov 8, 2006 02:48 PM

      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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        ESNY RE: Covert Ops Nov 15, 2006 01:43 PM

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

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        SarahEats RE: fauchon Nov 8, 2006 03:07 PM

        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.

        1. ipsedixit RE: fauchon Nov 8, 2006 07:22 PM

          Biscuits and Gravy

          Hashed Browns

          Chopped Liver

          Egg Cream

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            KevinB RE: fauchon Nov 14, 2006 02:53 AM

            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.

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              RiJaAr RE: fauchon Nov 14, 2006 03:02 AM

              chicken club sandwich on rye

              1. Will Owen RE: fauchon Nov 14, 2006 06:45 AM

                My favorite phrase to spot on a menu: "Breakfast served anytime." And that's what I want from a diner - eggs over easy, hash browns, sausage/bacon/corned beef hash/fried fish/scrapple/whatever...biscuits if they're good ones, sourdough toast out here in California, grits where they're good, potatoes fried with onions and peppers ditto ditto. A chicken-fried steak with gravy can be a lovely thing, as can biscuits and gravy, though you have to be careful as I was once served watery brown steak gravy over yeast rolls, the memory of which still gives me the willies.

                And I suppose we have to say that if their coffee's no good, then you just have to move on.

                1. coll RE: fauchon Nov 14, 2006 12:08 PM

                  Chocolate Egg Cream, made with U Bet syrup, milk and spritz of seltzer.

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                    Hapa Dude RE: fauchon Nov 14, 2006 10:21 PM

                    My favorite diner foods are chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and sometimes meatloaf. And don't forget a few drops of Tabasco on top!

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                      amyvc RE: fauchon Nov 14, 2006 10:32 PM

                      Besides breakfast food - where I do I start with favorites there? - ooey gooey grilled cheese on white bread or challah with lots of butter on the bread and french fries. Extra ketchup for dipping all around

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                        cooknKate RE: fauchon Nov 15, 2006 12:55 PM

                        The ubiquitous open face hot beef sandwich is something I have a hard time refusing in a diner. White bread, tender beef, fluffy mashed potatoes all covered with rich, thick hot gravy. I could drop my face on it and just die from delight!

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                          beevod RE: fauchon Nov 15, 2006 01:51 PM

                          corned beef hash, scrambled eggs and home fries. Bless NYC's Greek diners

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                            andlulu RE: fauchon Nov 15, 2006 02:46 PM

                            Biscuit & Gravy
                            Pulled pork sandwich.

                            1. gini RE: fauchon Nov 15, 2006 02:56 PM

                              French Fries
                              Grilled Cheese

                              1. Dommy RE: fauchon Nov 15, 2006 05:30 PM

                                Hashbrowns, Eggs and Sausage for breakfast

                                Patty Melt on Rye for lunch

                                Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes for Dinner! :)


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                                  jennsch RE: fauchon Nov 16, 2006 02:21 AM

                                  fries with cheese and gravy -- known as Special Fries at Jerry's Charcoal Pit in Teaneck, NJ

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                                    piccola RE: jennsch Nov 17, 2006 12:45 AM

                                    Or poutine in Canada, though it has to be with fresh cheese curds and "hot chicken" gravy.

                                  2. SauceSupreme RE: fauchon Nov 16, 2006 02:24 AM

                                    Club sandwich with fries.

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