Diners are a part of road trip folklore and are entrenched in American culture. For more than a century, they have been serving up comfort food to weary travellers and loyal regulars alike.
You get to experience some of the most unique and authentic eateries while road tripping across the US. They provide so much more than a delicious meal, friendly waitresses and a place to unwind and refuel for the journey ahead.
Diners often end up being microcosms that portray an authentic American way of life and offer visitors a great opportunity to experience true Americana through their taste buds.
So the next time you need a break from the road to refuel, touch base with loved ones back home, check the latest sports betting NZ action, or whatever the case may be- make sure to visit one of the iconic diners below if you happen to be in the area.
Franks Diner – Kenosha, Wisconsin
This lunch-car diner is pretty much a local institution in the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin. The diner was owned by the same family from 1926 to 2001 but little has changed despite new ownership and the legacy of Franks’ safely lives on to this day.
If you’re lucky enough to land a counter stool during the breakfast rush, do yourself a favour and order the French Toast Cinnamon Rolls or Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes. Eat like a local and order their legendary Garbage Plate if you’re up for a super-size challenge.
This famous menu item comprises of hash browns, five eggs, peppers, onions, a selection of meats and toast.
Diner Grill – Chicago, Illinois
You won’t find any frills (or tables for that matter) at this classic 24-hour diner- just one long counter serving up delicious breakfast specialities and tasty burgers at breakneck pace. Built from an old railcar, this eatery oozes with authentic American diner charm.
A popular menu item is known as the Slinger and you best come prepared with a healthy appetite in order to finish this one.
This signature dish contains a humungous mountain of burger patties, hash browns, fried eggs, cheese and grilled onions. Covered in chilli and served with a generous side of toast, you’ll probably need a nap, a hug and maybe some antacid after you finish this meal.
Blue Benn – Bennington, Vermont
This is as an authentic diner experience as you can get. Located in the exact same spot where it first opened in Bennington, Vermont in 1948, Blue Benn is an old-fashioned diner.
Here you’ll find cosy booths, jukeboxes and bright blue-trimmed stools. Enjoy their homemade donuts or select any one of their classic diner items from their menu.
Brent’s Drugs – Jackson, Mississippi
Opened in 1946, Brent’s Drugs first began as a pharmacy/ soda fountain. While you won’t be able to get your prescription filled if you visit Brent’s today (the pharmacy has long since been closed), you can get a healthy dose of old-school diner charm.
The décor is classically retro with a teal and white colour palette that screams soda fountain chic. While you’re there, you should definitely order the French Toast Sandwich which is a local favourite.