White collar America -- some as business travelers walking briskly over from the adjacent hotel -- took that well-deserved break from another anticipated day in the rat race to lighten the day with some home-cooked food.
Landscapers and construction workers with clean hands, for now, were hungry, immediately decisive on what to order, and needing to get to work soon.
That isolationist presence -- contrasting with the community feel of a diner -- changes in a hurry, though.
Often my attention will eventually shift from reading the bad news in the paper to soaking in the diners’ happy, “good news” atmosphere where I revel in hearing, and sometimes take part in the salt-of-the-earth, real conversations amongst almost always hard-working people and content retirees.
I’d imagine it gives diner owners hope about their modest, humble businesses with customers providing a second ray of sunshine to complement the rising of the early morning sun.
Many diner purists will only go to the traditional, authentic dining car diners that have roots going back to the early 20th century, although the blueprint for a diner was a horse-drawn wagon created in Providence, Rhode Island, by Walter Scott in 1872.
This is a good sign for the future of small business in America!
It’s always a wonderful scene seeing America go out to breakfast and supporting a small business right at the start of the day.
Chefs and cooks showcased their occupational skill and skillet set through offering huge portions of comfort food classics, while no- nonsense but friendly waitresses served as unofficial family to customers with their welcoming ways.
” is often associated with diners, the welcoming nature takes on, obviously, many other forms of sincere words beyond that famous phrase.
Diners, as local landmarks and unofficial community meeting places, proudly stand as the ultimate unpretentious places to have the next best thing to a homemade meal -- often better, if a talented chef works on the premises.
Diners almost always feature a counter, stools and a food preparation or service area along the back wall, states the American Diner Museum, which by the way, “consider(s) every diner to be a living museum.” , features a young boy and a caring highway patrolman, at the counter of a diner in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts (more on that later).
All are worth a look, no doubt, but the best way to get the feel of a diner in going to one and soaking in the grand, but informal experience.
The experience, quite simply, brings a wonderful slice of American tradition to the senses -- and taste buds -- that can only be fully realized by frequenting these local treasures.