The best diner in every US state


Oasis Diner, Plainfield, Indiana. oasisdiner/Facebook

From Every state has them: places to perch at the counter for a slice of pie and a bottomless cup of coffee, ‘new-school’ diners that take comfort food to new levels, and retro places where you can slide into a booth and order a burger for breakfast. From historic joints whose seats have been graced by famous stars to sleek spots serving classic food with a twist, read on for our pick of the best diners in every state.

Click or scroll through our gallery to discover America’s most charming diners, where you’re always guaranteed a great meal.

Our selections are based on genuine user reviews, awards and accolades, and the first-hand experience of our team. They’re also regularly checked and updated.

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Iconic Wethersfield diner could soon become apartments and stores


From WTNH: WETHERSFIELD, Conn. — The beloved Wethersfield Diner might be closing its doors for good as plans for a mixed-use space move ahead for the site on the Silas Deane Highway.

This week, the town’s planning and zoning commission unanimously approved permits for the proposed project to transform the property into a mixed-use space.

The new building would consist of retail and office space on the first floor with 18 apartments above it, bringing additional housing to town. That means the diner would have to be demolished.

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Downtown LA’s Historic Clifton’s Republic to Reopen in June


Clifton’s Republic. Wonho Frank Lee

From Eater Los Angeles: Downtown’s historic multi-level venue and cocktail destination Clifton’s Republic will reopen in early June 2024. Through a spokesperson, owner Andrew Meieran says Clifton’s will first reopen the stunning Pacific Seas tiki bar and gradually restart service at three remaining spaces with brunch, new food menus, and entertainment in the coming months. The reopening starts with a residency by the circus burlesque dance troupe AirOtic beginning this Friday, May 10.

Formerly called Clifton’s Cafeteria, the 16,000-square-foot cafeteria and dining emporium located on Broadway near Seventh Street first opened in 1935. Founder Clifford Clinton fed up to 10,000 people per day at the cafeteria and became known for giving meals away during the Great Depression. The business struggled in later decades and was later purchased by Meieran, who conducted a massive renovation to the space and reopened it in 2015.

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Tropicana Sign Re-illuminated (The Neon Museum Las Vegas)

From the LA Weekly: The Neon Museum – the Las Vegas nonprofit dedicated to collecting and preserving the city’s historic neon signs, recently re-lit a Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Resort sign from 1978 that has been part of its Neon Boneyard collection since 2010. The Museum and Tropicana made the symbolic presentation to help preserve the legacy of the iconic property after its April 2 closure to make way for a new baseball stadium.

The piece of signage came from the property’s porte-cochere and was installed as part of a renovation in 1978. Designed by Jack Dubois and Raul Rodriguez, it was acquired by The Neon Museum in 2010 and now lives above the patio in front of the Museum Store. The tubing in the sign is over 75% original; meaning, the glass tubes have endured Las Vegas summers, winters, wind and rain.

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World’s Largest Map of the World’s Largest Roadside Attractions


From Ask around the world and you’ll hear that everything is bigger in the United States. Perhaps that explains why there are at least 195 roadside attractions in the US that consider themselves the “world’s largest.” They aren’t all verified—some are outright wrong. But each makes its claim with the gusto of a carnival barker, another trait that could be considered very American.

Across 41 states, here is the World’s Largest Map of the World’s Largest Roadside Attractions. Or is it?

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Meet the Somerville shop behind the Citgo sign and thousands of other neon signs


From CBS News Boston: Host Rachel Holt learns how the process works and the history behind one of America’s oldest and most established neon sign shops.

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