Midwest Time-Warp Trips
Diners: A shared feeling
It's hard to say what makes a diner a diner. Some serve breakfast all day--some don't. Some make a great patty melt, others a great meat loaf and still others, a perfect coconut cream pie. Some play up their retro cred with oldies on the radio and album covers on the walls.
Others don't try at all. They just keep the neon sign working for 70 years and make the same chicken noodle soup as always, so regulars know exactly what to expect.
Every diner has its own personality, but what they share is a feeling. A sense when you walk in that the food will be good, hot and familiar; that the waitress will refill your coffee; and that no one will mind if you order a milk shake with your dinner. In fact, they might get upset if you don't.
Click to the next slide for four recommended Midwest diners.