US Guide to Classic Diners

Once upon a time the American roadside was a weary and hungry traveler's friend, boasting more diners than fast food enthusiasts could sink their teeth into.

Today, many of these classic roadside treasures have nearly all disappeared, but lucky for those still living in the past, a few special remain.

Whether it's to sample some of our great country's tastiest (and fattiest) burgers, or simply to experience days of times gone by, the Classic American Diner is without a doubt quintessential to the all-American and RV rental experience.

Miss America Diner



Regarded as "the old fashioned diner with home style cooking", Miss America Diner is a delightful, historical and streamline diner that was inspired by the "lunch wagon" and railroad diner cars.

The meals here are enormous, in fact you may end up having to take half of it home in a doggy bag.

Where: 322 W Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Lat/ Long: 40.7130386, -74.0900376

Phone: (201) 333-5468

Wright's Dairy Rite



Acquiring a good reputation for its unique style, Wright's Dairy Rite offers a HUGE menu, on which funnily enough the sandwiches cost more than the Super Burger.

Finish it off with some delicious homemade ice-cream and revel in a tradition that is 50 years in the making.

Where: 346 Greenville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401-4641

Lat/ Long: 38.145255, -79.0698649

Phone: (540) 886-0435

Market Diner



With a specialty of waffle fries, Market Diner is without a doubt Manhattan's most reputable and tasty diners.

Other notable menu items include the Monte Cristo, the Chicago Burger, the Oriental Wrap and the New Orleans Salad.

Where: 572 11th Ave, (between 43rd St & 44th St), New York, NY 10036

Lat/ Long: 40.761555, -73.997364

Phone: (212) 244-2888

Boulevard Diner



Just looking at the menu at Boulevard Diner will make your mouth water. In fact, everything about this establishment is worthy of praise.

The restaurant itself is bright, vibrant and flamboyant, and the friendly staff are sure to make your meal all that more enjoyable.

Where: 3446 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA 30092

Lat/ Long: 33.953461, -84.242845

Phone: (770) 441-9933

Rae's Diner


If you are after a cracker breakfast, head down to Rae's Diner where you will find an impressive selection of pancakes, biscuits, cinnamon rolls and omelets. The old fashioned charm is sure to have you coming back for more.

Where: 2901 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Lat/ Long: 34.0248895, -118.4594715

Phone: (310) 828-7937

The Egg Platter Diner



Bring your appetite along to the Egg Platter Diner where you will find fantastic value for money at all hours of the night.

Open from 10pm ‘til 3pm, you won't be able to get dinner here, but a midnight snack may be right on the cards.


Where: 159 Crooks Ave, Paterson, NJ 07503

Lat/ Long: 40.8901089, -74.1525572

Phone: (973) 684-3291

Latif's Diner



Offering the "best breakfast in the valley", Latif's Diner has seen the likes of Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Jewel and President Bush dine here.

Offering good food and a great atmosphere, Latif's is one you won't want to miss.

Where: 111 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, CA 95380-4533

Lat/ Long: 37.4948101, -120.8463262

Phone: (209) 634-5351

Ben's Chili Bowl



Famous for their chili dogs, chili half-smokes, and bowls or beef or veggie chili, Ben's Chili Bowl is easily the best place in America to eat this particular cuisine. Open from 6am ‘til 2am, Ben will satisfy you chili cravings at almost any time of the day.

Where: 1213 U Street Northwest, Washington D.C., DC 20009

Lat/ Long: 38.9171646, -77.0287518

Phone: (202) 667-0909

Village Diner



This vintage 1920's diner reflects the era when diners were closely modeled after railroad dining cars, with chrome exteriors and curved walls.

As New York's first diner to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Village Diner will take you on a journey back through time, while filling you up with delicious food along the way.

Where: 7550 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571

Lat/ Long: 41.996697, -73.874137

Phone: (845) 758-6232

White Mana Diner



Named after the biblical food, manna, the White Mana Diner may not serve its namesake up, but it does dish out around 3000 burgers a week!

Considered a local landmark, this diner is very traditional in both décor and menu and is a must while in Jersey City.

Where: 470 Tonnele Avenue, US Route 1 and Manhattan Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07300.

Lat/ Long: 40.80247, -73.958688

Phone: (201) 963-1441

Mickey's Diner



Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Mickey's Diner is a National Historic Landmark and has been used in films such as The Mighty Ducks and Jingle All The Way.

Boasting "malts so thick you could eat them with a fork and hamburgers so juicy you can use a spoon", a meal here is sure to leave you rolling out the door.

Where: 36 W. 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Lat/ Long: 44.947411, -93.0982311

Phone: (651) 222-5633

Gilley's Diner



Gilley's is the longest surviving diner in town and is where those who appreciate the night scene in town usually end their night.

This old wagon is all about days gone by, with a cheap menu offering a range of deep fried goodness and a daytime atmosphere perfect for families.

Where: 175 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Lat/ Long: 43.0770558, -70.7594074

Phone: (603) 431-6343

West Taghkanic Diner



Enjoy breakfast all day long at the West Taghkanic Diner; a historic diner that has been operating for over half a century.

This classic diner has managed to remain in tact and very original, including its landmark neon Indian chief.


Where: Route 82, Taconic Pkwy, Ancram, NY 12502

Lat/ Long: 42.050313, -73.507276

Phone: (518) 851-7117

Lori's Diner



Lori welcomes you to a San Francisco tradition and the chance to travel back in time to the good old days.

Experience the neon lights, flashy architecture and Rock'n'Roll of the fabulous 50's, with hamburgers, French fries, malts and ice-cream sodas added bonuses.

Where: 336 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Lat/ Long: 37.7868557, -122.4096142

Phone: (415) 677-9999

Arnold's Country Kitchen



Awarded 5 out of 5 grease stains of approval, Arnold's Country Kitchen is home to the best meat and three in Nashville, accompanied with great hospitality and service.

Boasting several meats per day, the rare roast beef is a particular favorite and is hand carved by Arnold himself.

Where:p 605 8TH Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Lat/ Long: 36.151409, -86.779584

Phone: (615) 256-4455

Breitbach's Country Dining



Regarded as Iowa's oldest bar and restaurant, Breitbach's Country Dining is completely family-run, with all meals home-cooked with love.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a visit here is sure to leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.

Where: 563 Baltown Rd, Dubuque, IA 52001

Lat/ Long: 42.639223, -90.86903

Phone: (563) 552-2220

Mustache Bill's Diner



Boasting a hometown, warm atmosphere, Mustache Bill's Diner offers great food for ideal prices. =

The star of the menu is without a doubt the Cyclops; a delicious one-eyed breakfast monster with two eggs in the middle of two delicious hearty pancakes.

Where: W 8th St AT Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006

Lat/ Long: 39.7577806, -74.1066246

Phone: (609) 494-0155

Ed Debevic's Diner



The whole idea of Ed Debevic's Diner is to see how much waiters can insult the customers and still get a tip.

While this may not be some people's cup of tea, it works for those who are sick of sugary sweet waiters who always seem so fake. The food isn't so bad either.

Where: 640 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Lat/ Long: 41.8936334, -87.6341402

Phone: (312) 664-1707

Fog City Diner



Taking a step up from the classic American diner, Fog City Diner offers a "club car" which overlooks the city's palm-lined Embarcadero, allowing visitors to party the night away.

The food here is top notch and will remind you of a fancy restaurant more than a diner.

Where: 1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111-1104

Lat/ Long: 37.803484, -122.401831

Phone: (415) 982-2000

Papermoon Diner



The biggest draw card of the Papermoon Diner is its décor! Mobiles made out of pez dispensers, toys glued to the wall and oddly placed mannequins make an experience here interesting to say the least. The food is pretty great too and they boast a mean omelet.

Where: 227 West 29th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

Lat/ Long: 39.3224101, -76.6213365

Phone: (410) 889-4444

Airmont Diner



This Greek diner offers fantastic food like Chicken souvlaki, gyro's, moussaka, burgers, steak and seafood.

The breakfast menu is also pretty impressive.

Where: 210 Route 59, Suffern, NY 10901

Lat/ Long: 41.1128185, -74.1380458

Phone: (845) 368-0020

Eagle Diner



Open 24/7 all year round, Eagle Diner is a family restaurant that boasts an impressive menu and even better prices.

Most dinners include a huge salad bar, with homemade soups and breads, adding to the homey feel of the establishment.

Where: 6522 Lower York Rd, New Hope

Lat/ Long: 40.3593151, -74.9768506

Phone: (215) 862-5575

Blue Benn Diner




For the real diner experience in Vermont , you can't go past the Blue Benn Diner. Located in an original 1945 Silk City diner car, this diner offers great sized meals and friendly service all throughout the day.

Where: 318 North St, Bennington, VT 05201

Lat/ Long: 42.885246, -73.197784

Phone: (802) 442-5140