14 American Diners You Can’t Miss On Your Next Road Trip

Authenticity — and greasy spoons — never get old. These dining destinations are all about what tastes right, just like a good ol’ cup of Maxwell House coffee.

1. Al Mac’s Diner - Fall River, MA

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This “four star food at a one star price” spot, as their motto goes, has been serving up comfort foods for more than 100 years.

2. Strawn’s Eat Shop - Shreveport, LA

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Open since 1944, this well-known eat shop is famous for its ambrosial strawberry pies. In 2011, it was named Shreveport’s #1 Most Iconic Restaurant.

3. Tom’s Restaurant - New York, NY

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Tom’s Restaurant is where it’s at. Hearty and affordable meals are served up in this family-owned Morningside Heights landmark since the 1940s. Also: Suzanne Vega wrote a song about it.

4. Corvette Diner Bar & Gril - San Diego, CA

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If you’re traveling with the family, this 1950s throwback diner is the way to go. Their signature dishes are, of course, burgers, including the “Rory,” a “guaranteed to please” creation containing peanut butter (and allegedly loved by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself).

5. Goody Goody Diner - St. Louis, MO

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Friendly and cozy, this old-fashioned diner offers epic breakfasts, their specialty being chicken and waffles.

6. Sid’s Diner - El Reno, OK

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Featured in national television, their fried onion burger (an Oklahoma tradition) has been making waves for years.

7. Mickey’s Diner - St. Paul, MN

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Peculiarly retro, Mickey’s Diner is a staple of St. Paul. What’s more impressive than their national fame? Their scrumptious, greasy, mouth-watering breakfast food. They are legit.

8. Tops Diner - East Newark, NJ

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What’s good here? More like what isn’t! This is one of the best diners in NEW JERSEY, which says a lot. Top service and burgers, for sure.

9. Harry’s Coffee Shop - La Jolla, CA

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Yup. Another Cali joint. This Brooklyn-inspired restaurant is all about classic American meals and camaraderie, so it’s no surprise that they have remained a local and tourist destination for over half a century.

10. Silver Skillet - Atlanta, GA

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An uplifting place in the South, Silver Skillet has been featured in too many TV shows and magazines to count. Best item on the menu? Their scrumptious homemade lemon ice-box pie.

11. Moody’s Diner - Waldoboro, ME

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Blueberry pie, walnut pie, strawberry shortcake, chocolate cream pie… this diner is temptation galore. Moody’s has been around for over eight decades and featured in several publications.

12. The Majestic Diner - Atlanta, GA

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The name does kind of says it all. This place serves up straight deliciousness 24/7 (yup, they are open all day and night). Incredible vanilla milkshakes at 5 a.m.? UH, YES please.

13. Avalon Diner - Houston, TX

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Simple, good, and always packed. This spot keeps it classy with their “Texas” pecan pie and chicken fried steak.

14. It’s Tops Coffee Shop - San Francisco, CA

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From stuffed waffles to flapjacks, this super-nostalgic joint’s menu is as extensive as its history. Open since 1935, it’s been consistently voted “Best of San Francisco.”

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