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In 'Diner Capital of the World,' 150 Have Shut Down

NPR digs into what happened to some of New Jersey's favorite diners

(Newser) - If all-night diners aren't one of the first images that come to mind when you envision New Jersey, then you're probably not a local. "I'm sure people in other states love their diners, too," Michael Gabriele, who wrote The History of Diners in New Jersey,...

Artifact From Famed Final Sopranos Scene Sells for $82K

It was time for Holsten's in Bloomfield, NJ, to renovate, so famed diner booth went up for auction

(Newser) - The final scene of The Sopranos capped off one of the most polarizing series finales ever , and now, the diner booth where the title family enjoyed their last meal (perhaps ever) has found a new home. The piece of TV history from Holsten's, a diner/ice cream parlor in Bloomfield,...

A Diner's Menu Offer Sparks Debate: Is It Really Sexist?

Mama D's Diner lets people order a little extra for the 'girlfriend'

(Newser) - A restaurant's special "girlfriend" offer is lighting up the Internet and sparking debate about possible sexism. It all began June 28 when Nick Chisler posted the "My Girlfriend is Not Hungry" listing from an Arkansas diner on Facebook , per CBS News . The cheeky menu option at Mama...

Wildfire Takes Out Iconic Route 66 Diner

Summit Inn burns to ground in California's Blue Cut blaze

(Newser) - A popular Route 66 diner frequented in its heyday by the likes of Elvis Presley and Clint Eastwood has gone up in smoke. The Summit Inn is the latest victim of the Blue Cut wildfire raging through California's San Bernardino County, the Los Angeles Times reports, destroyed by the...

Diner Owner: Crying Kid Deserved to Get Yelled At

'Who knew calling out sh---y parenting made you a bully?': Darla Neugebauer

(Newser) - What the New York Times calls the "wildfire capabilities of social media" were in action this week after the owner of a Maine restaurant yelled at a crying young child, then continued her non-apologetic rant on Facebook and with local media. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy's Diner...

'15% Prayer Discount' Sparks Online Debate

Diners at NC eatery get discount for praying before meal

(Newser) - A little prayer seems to go a long way—especially if you're about to eat at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winstom-Salem, NC. Traveling for business, Jordan Smith received a 15% discount off her bill there because she prayed before eating, NPR reports. Smith posted a pic of the...

BlackBerry Takes Bullet for Ohio Woman

Boyfriend's gun fires accidentally, and device is there

(Newser) - Having a smartphone can save your life—an Ohio woman's BlackBerry took a bullet for her when her boyfriend's concealed handgun accidentally went off in a diner. Anthony Holtvogt, 24, and his girlfriend were preparing to leave a diner after some beers, when a .32-caliber handgun caught in his sleeve,...

Fast Food: The Healthy Alternative*
Fast Food:
The Healthy Alternative*

Fast Food: The Healthy Alternative*

*That is, to nostalgic, even-more-caloric American diners

(Newser) - Don't blame McDonald's for America's obesity problem—in fact, thank it for providing a relatively healthy alternative to the even-fattier fare of "dives and diners," which offer delicacies like the "10-Storey Challenge Burger" and 72-ounce steaks, writes Greg Beato in Reason Magazine. Despite the graver health crimes...

America's Top Ten Diners
America's Top Ten Diners

America's Top Ten Diners

Don't look too far west of the Mississippi for any of them

(Newser) -
  1. AVALON DINER, Houston, TX
  2. BECKY'S DINER, Portland, ME
  3. BLUE BENN DINER, Bennington, VT
  5. DUTCH KITCHEN, Frackville, PA

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