Since I know not everyone can be everywhere at once I thought I’d do a quick post on some of the diners I’ve seen and visited during the past couple of weeks while on the road. Always good to keep tabs on the status of these great stainless steel roadside icons!
Trolley Car Diner Mt. Airy PA
Big addition on the back, deli, huge make your own six pack beer selection and table tennis team, this diner is doing its everything it can to be a community resource. Not to mention the newly added mural, cool neon and trolley car ice cream stand.
Chung Sing Diner Ardmore PA
Silk City Diner Philadelphia PA
Silk City is a hopping nightspot now, with thumping bass coming from the club attached at the left of the diner, and a bustling bar scene at the counter. Newly expanded on the right is their Bier Garden where you can sit outside and enjoy a brew at the small bar or one of the many tables, a nice place to be on a hot spring evening indeed.
Jordan Anthony Diner Lebanon PA
We drove past this en route to home on Route 422. Not sure the history of this place but it looks like it’s under contract. Peering in the windows it looks like the place is move in ready. UPDATE 1/16/2011 – just drove past this diner yesterday to find it’s been turned into Marabelle’s Restaurant & Catering – 1352 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA 17042.
Mel’s Diner Lebanon PA
The diner itself has overhangs that somewhat obscure its stainless steel beauty, but the inside looks wonderfully preserved and c’mon, how can you ignore that sign? I’ve taken note of their hours and my guess is that it’s totally Retro Roadmap worthy without even eating there. Don’t worry – we’ll do the culinary research!
Main Street Diner Newark DE
Last time I was in Newark – years ago- this diner was not as renovated as you see here in this photo, but I guess the renovations still didn’t keep the place open. Signs in the windows say it’s going to be a Cheeburger Cheeburger – who call themselves “The Most Creative and Fun Restaurant on Earth”. Yeah, um, whatever.
Neptune Diner Lancaster PA
Prospect Diner Columbia PA
I did not go inside, but hear that this place is under new management. Definitely going to check this out for the Retro Roamap. And check out that stainless steel pompadour roofline- crazy! (Edited to add: We have since eaten there and were charmed by the friendly service and affordable prices. Read about our visit to the Prospect Diner here)
The New Ideal Diner Aberdeen MD
My new ideal, a beautiful diner, still family owned and operated, well preserved, tasty food – oh you’ll be reading a lot more about this place on the Retro Roadmap!
Happy Day Diner Baltimore MD
I pulled in here to check my map and snapped this quick photo. The contrast between the exterior of this place and the New Ideal exemplifies what diner purists refer to as the “Marilyn and Elvis”-ing of diners. Ya think?
Now if this post doesn’t make you want to hit the road and check out YOUR local diner, I don’t know what will! Matter of fact as soon as I wake up the slightly snoring Retro Roadhusband (got in very late from a gig) – I do believe we’re heading to Wolfe’s Diner in Dillsburg PA for a late breakfast. And of course I will share the photos and news with you all!