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real american diners

evelynhill Jun 22, 2009 09:15 AM

Visiting from Scotland next week. Starting in LA and driving up to San Franciso over a few days. I want to visit a real old fashioned american diner like the ones you see in films - desperate to extend my knowledge of diner food beyond a stack of pancakes and coffee!! any recommendations on Highway 1?

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    zompus RE: evelynhill Jun 22, 2009 01:25 PM

    If you pass through San Luis Obispo, you could try Margie's Diner. I used to go to college there and it was pretty popular. http://www.margiesdiner.com/

    Not 100% sure of your route, but Highway 1 does go right through San Luis Obispo.

    1. Sampaguita RE: evelynhill Jun 22, 2009 02:25 PM

      Go across the bay from San Francisco into Berkeley and squeeze yourself into a booth at Bette's Oceanview Diner...or sit at the counter. (On weekends, there is a wait, so go early or if possible, go on a weekday.)

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        LisaSD RE: evelynhill Jun 25, 2009 03:31 AM

        And be sure to order Bette's pancakes! The Best!

        1. SteveTimko RE: evelynhill Jun 25, 2009 12:21 PM

          Mel's Diner is a chain of old-fashioned diners that isn't a bad approximation.
          Maybe check out Sears Fine Food (the restaurant, not the store) in San Francisco, too. More for the style than the food.
          Not a diner per se, although it does have a counter, but Hoover's Beef Palace in Templeton, Calif., on Highway 101 just south of Paso Robles, is a good example of diner food served in agricultural areas.

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            melly RE: evelynhill Jun 28, 2009 10:15 PM

            Too bad you won't be on the East Coast. New Jersey has some great old real american diners.

            1. PolarBear RE: evelynhill Jun 29, 2009 07:45 AM

              Fred's Grill. 1698 Main St., Morro Bay, CA, 93442. (805) 771-9811

              formerly a Margie's diner, taken over by the employess, here's my April 19 post:


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