Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diner Patrons



Today's picture features the interior of the White Crystal Diner, which we showed the outside of yesterday. This picture has all the elements that I remember from these old diners . . . hand written menu on the wall, countertop and stools, big coffee makers and the like. I bet they served home made pie as well. Yes, it is sad that these places have pretty much been displaced by McDonald's and Burger Kings.

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  1. Indeed, it is a sad change. Leisurely sipping one's coffee while reading the paper or making small talk with other patrons ...

    Now replaced by speed lines and "number menus", order and get out of there as fast as you can ...

    Morning coffee is not just hot water and caffeine. There's a ritual to it too.

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  2. I remember those places; we used to have several here in town. The food might not have been gourmet quality, but it was nourishing, filling and best of all, inexpensive. They might cut corners with the instant mashed potatoes, but made up for it with their delicious fresh-baked pies.

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  3. There is still an independent diner in Baltimore - the Bel-Loc. It was featured in the movie "Diner", and hasn't changed since at least the late 60s. It's mobbed at lunchtime, but if you come in when they're not busy, they don't mind at all if you sit and talk for an hour.

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  4. it's great!! we have an old place out here kind of like it called "texas tavern" in roanoke

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  5. One I go to in Herkimer, NY when visiting my brothers wife's family - http://crazyottosempirediner.com/

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  6. http://www.mickeysdiningcar.com/

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  7. How could I have forgotten? When I lived in side the Loop in Houston, I used to go to the Avalon Diner now and then. It was only a block away, but it was so popular it could be hard to get a stool at peak times, especially because none of the old guys (like those in the photo) ever were chased away.

    That original location closed, but I just checked, and now there are three in Houston -- modernized, of course, but still keeping the menus and the ambiance: simplicity for both.

    In the process, I found this link to the American Diner Museum. It's a great site! There even are diners for sale, if anyone's so inclined.

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