21 American Diners You Should Eat At Before You Die

As American as apple pie and baseball.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best diner they’ve ever eaten at. Here are their recommendations:

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1. Miss Worcester Diner

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Where: 300 Southbridge St., Worcester, Massachusetts
FYI: Miss Woo, as it’s affectionally known, is on the National Register of Historic Places, having been built in 1948.

Submitted by Katherine

2. Original Market Diner

Where: 4434 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas
FYI: The diner, which opened in 1954, closed during the ’80s but was reopened by its original owners in 1989. Pictured above is the Nutella banana bread French toast.

Submitted by Catherine

3. Marietta Diner

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Where: 306 Cobb Pkwy. S., Marietta, Georgia
FYI: The neon-adorned restaurant serves the usual diner fare, but save room for dessert: Their cakes are to die for.

Submitted by Aaron Miller, Facebook

4. Tops Diner

Where: 500 Passaic Ave., Harrison, New Jersey
FYI: In a state jam-packed with diners, Tops was recently named the most famous restaurant in Jersey.

Submitted by Dee

5. The Arcade Restaurant

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Where: 540 S. Main St., Memphis
FYI: Elvis was a regular here back in the day, so it makes sense that you can order one of his favorite meals: a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Submitted by Samantha

6. Slim Goodies Diner

Where: 3322 Magazine St., New Orleans
FYI: Known for their epic Slammers, Slim Goodies has been serving up creole goodness for nearly 12 years.

Submitted by cfavrot

7. Ruth’s Diner

Where: 4160 Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City
FYI: Ruth’s has been around since 1930, making it the second-oldest restaurant in Utah.

Submitted by Elizabeth

8. Harry’s Coffee Shop

Where: 7545 Girard Ave., La Jolla, California
FYI: This West Coast favorite, which has been around since 1960, was actually inspired by Brooklyn diners.

Submitted by Micaela

9. Mickey’s Dining Car

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Where: 36 W. 7th St., St. Paul, Minnesota
FYI: Mickey’s, which has been open for nearly 80 years, is open 24/7/365.

Submitted by Michelle Regna

10. Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

Where: Eight locations along the Jersey Shore
FYI: For over 50 years, families have been coming back to Uncle Bill’s while vacationing along the Shore.

Submitted by Sarah Page, Facebook

11. Moody’s Diner

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Where: 1885 Atlantic Highway, Waldoboro, Maine
FYI: Moody’s, which has been in the same family since its founding in 1927, serves up a variety of seafood platters, in addition to more typical diner fare.

Submitted by Will

12. The Camellia Grill

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Where: 626 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans
FYI: A New Orleans staple since 1946, the diner is known for its chocolate pecan pie and its massive omelets.

Submitted by TNMel49

13. Hamburg Inn No. 2

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Where: 214 N. Linn St., Iowa City, Iowa
FYI: What looks like a low-key diner is actually a frequent stumping ground for politicians. In fact, during presidential election years, it even hosts a coffee bean poll.

Submitted by Danielle

14. MaryAnn’s Diner

Where: 29 E. Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire
FYI: MaryAnn’s has it all: omelets, sandwiches, burgers, and, of course, jukeboxes.

Submitted by Julia

15. Roundabout Diner & Lounge

Where: Portsmouth Traffic Circle, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
FYI: Roundabout, which serves up omelets, burgers, and everything in between, has been called the best diner in New Hampshire.

Submitted by Alexa

16. Shorty’s Lunch

Where: 34 W. Chestnut St., Washington, Pennsylvania
FYI: The local landmark, around since 1930, has two local favorites: the chili dog and the gravy-covered fries.

Submitted by Erica

17. The Metro Diner

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Where: 1534 3rd St. North, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
FYI: Chicken and waffles with Louisiana Hot Sauce syrup and a fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich are just two of the unique options found at The Metro Diner. Their famous vortex burger is pictured above.

Submitted by Julie

18. Golden Harvest

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Where: 1625 Turner St., Lansing, Michigan
FYI: With terrific breakfast options, fun games, and music blasting in the background, what’s not to love about this one-of-a-kind diner? People have been known to wait outside in zero-degree weather to get in.

Submitted by Kenny

19. Phoenicia Diner

Where: 5681 NY-28, Phoenicia, New York
FYI: Setting it apart from other greasy spoons, Phoenicia Diner sources its ingredients locally and serves craft beer. Plus, they make delicious bourbon milkshakes!

Submitted by Denah

20. Russell’s

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Where: 30 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, California
FYI: This Old Town Pasadena staple has been serving up fresh food for over 80 years now.

Submitted by Maya

21. Mayberry Cafe

Where: 78 W. Main St., Danville, Indiana
FYI: As you might guess, Mayberry Cafe is Andy Griffith-themed, and on Sundays, they serve Aunt Bee’s famous fried chicken dinner.

Submitted by Lilly

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