Coincidence? Maybe. Serendipity? I like to think so.
As an active member of the Twitter community, I have a wide ranging group of people I follow on a regular basis. One such Tweeter is Bexmith, who in many ways seems to be a kindred spirit. Recently, her love of travel and food somehow conjoined our fates and brought to my attention the website Roadfood.com. The site is essentially a directory of, and community for, the best roadside eateries in the United States.
One of my favorite topics is food, and specifically unique eateries. And as I began writing this post, I wondered what exactly I’d write about them. I tend to be a jack of all trades, master of none, so I know a little bit about a lot of things. Diners, however, I know well. It’s hard to argue against New Jersey being one of the diner capitals of America (if not the world), and having lived there for more than five years, I was privy to some amazing home-cooked fast food. From the Tom Sawyer Diner in Paramus (which sadly burned down a few years ago. *edit: they’ve rebuilt it! see the link below), to the Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory in Jersey City, I’ve tasted some of the best — and worst — diner food in America. I wouldn’t call myself a connoisseur, but more of an enthusiastic fan. Either way, I love diner food.
What follows is a list of some of the best diners, drive-ins, delis, and small eateries where I can recall having a meal. It’s by no means exhaustive (and mostly centers around the east coast), but man, that food is good.
- Frankie’s Hot Dogs – Waterbury, CT
- Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe – Waterbury, CT
- White Manna – Hackensack, NJ
- Tom Sawyer Diner – Paramus, NJ
- The Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory – Jersey City, NJ
- Carnegie Deli – New York, NY
- Bridgewater Diner – Bridgewater, NJ
- In-N-Out Burger (a chain, I know, but so very, very good) – locations throughout the Western United States
Keep an eye out for future posts profiling some of these amazing eateries. And if you’re in the neighborhood, make sure you stop by. You won’t regret it.