It’s 1:00 in New Jersey…

A.M.?  P.M.?

Actually, it doesn’t matter. Want a cheeseburger at 5:30 in the morning? Waffles for lunch?  A Taylor ham, egg and cheese sandwich for dinner? Well then, you’re in the right place.

I’ve heard that outside Jersey the diners don’t stay open all night. The rumor is that in other regions of the country you must order breakfast at breakfast time, lunch around noon, and dinner in the evening.  I don’t quite understand those restrictions, as I’ve lived my life in a state where all items listed in extensive menu are available at any hour of the day or night. I’ve read that the Garden State boasts more diners than anywhere else in the nation, many of them gleaming vintage stainless-steel classics with glass blocks, porcelain enamel and neon signs.

Soup of the day, daily specials, and all the while pastries rotate enticingly in a display case by the counter. The food is great and the price is right. It’s just one more thing I love about New Jersey.

So, whether you’re in Jersey, Oklahoma, Maine,  Texas or anywhere else, what’s your favorite diner, and why?  Do the diners stay open all night in New Mexico? Do they serve breakfast at midnight in Ohio?

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One response to “It’s 1:00 in New Jersey…

  1. Love the Bendix, though I don’t think I ever went inside.

    Around here, the only good classic diner is Mickey’s Diner in St Paul, kitty-corner from the Fitzgerald Theater, where “A Prairie Home Companion” broadcasts. In fact, it had a prominent role near the end of the PHC movie.

    Ironically, Mickey’s was built in and shipped to St Paul from Elizabeth, NJ, back in the ’30s. And yes, it’s open 24 hours!

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