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Jan 14, 2009 09:07 AM

your favorite diner foods

classic diner foods meatloaf (blueplate special), mac n' cheese, chicken-fried AND country-fried steak
WHEN PREPARED RIGHT are true classics and are so yummy
what are some of your favs.
the country or chicken fried steaks are mine

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  1. Classic Jersey diner:

    Happy Waitress
    Cheese burger deluxe
    Waffles w/strawberries and whipped cream

    Always coffee and gravy on the side w/ fries

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      1. re: Morganna

        Open face grilled cheese, bacon, and tomato

        1. re: viperlush

          Hmmm why does that make the waitress happy? ;D

        2. re: Morganna

          It varies from diner to diner. I've also seen a tuna melt described as a happy waitress.

      2. mine is diner-specific. The hippie hash from the fleetwood in ann arbor michigan. Big bunch of veggies (broccoli, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, mushrooms) cooked on the griddle and served with hash browns. A true delight.

        At random diners, I'll generally stick to breakfast all day. i do like a good biscuits and sausage gravy too, but you have to know where to order it generally.

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        1. re: charlesbois

          The Fleetwood, now there's a flashback. I remember in the 80's seeing on their chalkboard the phrase "It's not an adventure, it's just a job."

          1. re: charlesbois

            i actually prefer the hippie hash from abe's coney island in neighbouring ypsilanti. theirs has tomatoes, peppers, onions, feta, and mushrooms (i think this is accurate..) oh god, at three in the morning after a night of drinking....

            that was a few years ago, though.

          2. Open face turkey sandwich with turkey gravy!
            Pancakes and scrambled eggs with fried potatoes.
            Omelets with mushrooms.

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              1. re: TampaAurora

                I agree with the open face turkey sandwich with gravy and mashed potatoes. But, I don't get it at diners, I make it at home. One of my favorite things to eat.

              2. as viperlush said, it's gotta be a classic Jersey diner:

                - extra-crispy/well-done home fries with plenty of pepper
                - cheese fries with gravy
                - and though i can no longer eat them, a tuna melt on toasted rye with Swiss.

                oh man, now i'm craving diner food!

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                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Yes! the melt sandwich on rye w/ Swiss, but I prefer the patty melt! If you're gonna be bad, you might as well do it right. :) A burger w/ sauteed onions, swiss & rye grilled 'til gooey. Mmmm. I also like chicken salad melts too.

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    The patty melt was the first thing that came to mind! True diner food. For some reason I don't think of CFS as a diner type food, but then again I don't remember it being served at the old time diners back in the 60's, 70's, up north. And around here it is served everywhere so . . . I remember the hamburger steak with a pat of cheese melted on top, Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes, meat loaf, breakfast served anytime and pie!

                    1. re: danhole

                      Salisbury Steak? I LOVE Salisbury steak w/ mashed potatoes and brown gravy! In fact, my sister and I were just reminiscing about Salisbury steak we used to have at a diner back home in PA. I've been craving it now for a couple of days. The last time I had a craving for it, here is the recipe I used:

                      Salisbury Steak w/ Mushroom Gravy

                      1.5 lbs lean gr. beef
                      1/2 onion, chopped
                      1/4 cup bread crumbs
                      8 ozs sliced mushrooms
                      1 Tbl Worcestshire
                      1 Tbl. horseradish
                      1-10oz. can beef broth
                      1 egg, beaten
                      2 tsp. cornstarch
                      2 Tbl. water
                      1/4 tsp blk pepper

                      Combine beef, pepper, egg, bread crumbs, horseradish, onion and worcestshire in a bowl. Once combined, form into 6 patties. Brown in non-stick skillet over med-high heat for 5 mins per side. Drain off fat & add broth & mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat & cover & simmer, 10 mins. Remove patties and keep warm. Combine water and cornstarch & add to pan. Bring to boil and cook until gravy thickens.

                      1. re: danhole

                        Forgot to mention that the diner we frequented back home had CFS, but it was the only place I knew of to get it in the area.

                        1. re: lynnlato

                          Since I grew up around Indiana/Illinois, and then moved to Texas in 1970 my diner memories are mainly from up north. Salisbury steak was a biggy and thanks for the recipe. Another favorite in Indiana was a breaded thin veal chop, no gravy. mashed potatoes with gravy, and green beans. I have never had a veal chop like that ever again. It was not a schnitzel, I don't think, but man was it good. And the pies!

                          Down here in Tx chicken and dumplings is a diner favorite, as well as smothered pork chops and collard greens.

                        2. re: danhole

                          Back in the day, I would always order the ground round patty at the Howard Johnson's in the suburbs of Trenton. And I would order it medium rare. Yum. Tasted like a steak to me, flavorful, and of course tender! No gravy wanted or needed. The sides were just background noise. Oh and a milkshake or ice cream soda. Howard Johnson's had a Good soda fountain. Not sure if HoJo counts as a diner. Soon after I discovered the joys of breakfast before bed and after hitting the bars at the many diners in the surrounding area. Scrambled eggs, home fries, rye toast and ham or sausage. MMmmmmm.

                          1. re: givemecarbs

                            Shut up! I completely forgot about the ground round - wow, you have really taken me back in time w/ that. LOL

                            1. re: lynnlato

                              They also had a barbecued beef dish that I can still taste 25 years later. Yummy. Of course having dinner at HoJo's was just an excuse to order ice cream for desert!

                    2. Breakfast plates including corned beef hash or ham steak, with eggs, hash browns and coffee. Agree with the hot turkey sandwiches mentioned earlier. Also meat loaf, chicken fried steak, roast beef or roast pork with mashed potatoes and gravy. All great comfort meals.