America is the land of plenty, and actually, has a much greater food scene than people may realize. There are so many wonderful places to eat here, and you should try to experience as many of them as possible. If you are looking for the perfect breakfast, you have to make sure you visit that classic American establishment – the diner! Diners are ingrained in the cultural fabric of our great nation, and they provide weary travelers with a source of much-needed sustenance.
There’s a good chance you will have visited a diner at some point, and, even if you haven’t, there are diners all over the US that you need to try out. It’s important to sample the best local cuisine and to enjoy a memorable and satisfying meal. So, we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite diners in the United States. Here is our top 5 to help get you started in choosing the next place you want to visit.
S&D Polish Deli, Pittsburgh
This grocery store-cum-diner-cum-deli is one of our favorite spots in Pittsburgh. Leftover from the Polish influence of the 1800’s, this is one of the best places in the city to find delicious and tasty food, inspired by Europe. Local cheese, sauerkraut, and succulent pierogies are just a few of the culinary delights that await you here. This is the perfect place to head to the morning after if you’re feeling a little the worse for wear. Polish cuisine is always great, and S&D’s has the perfect combination of friendly service, great food, and more bang for your buck.
Dime Store, Detroit
The Midwest is often acclaimed for its delicious food, and Detroit remains a personal favorite in this sense. This quirky and unique restaurant is one of the finest diners in the country and the perfect place to come if you want some food that’s a little more original than your basic diner fare. Dishes like the Korean-style duck bop hash are a delight, and really need to be sampled as soon as possible.It’s a small and inviting establishment, with a fun menu, and a really nice atmosphere – ideal for those visiting Detroit.
O’Rourke’s Diner, Middletown
This place is the perfect establishment for students attending Wesleyan University in Middletown. The diner is perfectly kitted out, with a menu that accommodates even the most hungover of students! First opened in 1941, O’Rourke’s became something of an institution in Middletown, before it was destroyed by a fire in 2006. After renovating and reopening, the place has attracted even more popularity. Their Irish-infused dishes are hearty, tasty, and will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Tom’s Restaurant, New York City
Tom’s is one of the best restaurants in NYC, period! One of our favorite diners, this is one of the most popular establishments among locals in The Big Apple, and for good reason. The food they offer here is simply sensational, and, dishes like the turkey omelet and the Silver Dollar pancakes are simply sublime. The staff are incredibly friendly, and the ambiance is fantastic – be sure to get here early, so you’re not disappointed.
Tops Diner, East Newark
New Jersey is often viewed as being the diner capital of the United States, and, in many ways, you are spoilt for choice here. But, Tops is one of the diners that stands out from the others in the crowd. This legendary diner has been satisfying hungry customers since 1972 and is popular all across the state. The menu is massive, and there is certainly something here to appeal to everyone!
This is a selection of the five diners we feel qualify as the best in the US. There are, of course, many more diners to choose from, but, if you’re ever in these areas, you need to make sure you pay a visit to these memorable and friendly establishments. It will change the way you do breakfast, forever!