Will Ride for Diners

Will Ride for Diners

One of my favorite simple pleasures is to hop on my motorcycle, ride to a diner and eat some grub. Breakfast is always a winner, even at dinnertime. Here in the northeast, we’ve got some terrific olde tyme diners. I especially like diner cars with swivel stools where I can eat at the counter. Bonus points for vintage signage and a waitress who calls me “hon.”

Do you have many diners scattered around where you live?

Here are some of the places I’ve bellied up to the counter:

Al’s Diner
14 Yelle St
Chicopee, MA 01013

The Cutchogue Diner
27850 Main Rd
Cutchogue, NY 11935

The Winsted Diner
496 Main St
Winsted, CT 06098

Main Street Diner
40 W Main St
Plainville, CT 06062

West Taghkanik Diner
1016 Rt 82
Ancram, NY 12502

Red Rose Diner
526 Main St
Towanda, PA 18848

Martindale Chief Diner
1000 NY-23
Craryville, NY 12521

Wellsboro Diner
19 Main St
Wellsboro, PA 16901

Collin’s Diner
53 Main St
Canaan, CT 06018

For whatever reason, I don’t recall which diner this is. You’d think that the lady from the ships bow might jog my memory but no such luck. My best guess is that it was somewhere in NY state, maybe near Red Hook? Anyone recognize it?

Chelsea Royal Diner
487 Marlboro Rd
West Brattleboro, VT 05301

Moody’s Diner
1885 Atlantic Hwy
Waldoboro, ME 04572

A1 Diner
3 Bridge St
Gardiner, ME 04345

21 Replies to “Will Ride for Diners”

  1. It’s the Millbrook Diner in Hillbrook, NY. We do breakfast “diner rides” all the time here in NH, and there’s no shortage of choices. Can I top that off for you, Hun?

    1. It probably has a lot to do with many of the older ones having been pre-fabbed. The logistics of transporting them to the final location probably influenced their placement.

  2. Cool stuff. I like the nostalgia of diners, but am not a fan of diner food, so I don’t pay them much attention. There is one here in town. Maybe I’ll stop in your honor one day. I can pretend we are sharing a meal.

    1. I’m really a simpleton when it comes to food so i’m not usually let down. Ham & cheese omelette, rye toast, coffee 😀

      When you go inside there are little decorative nuances that you just don’t see in modern diners. Love that stuff. There is usually a nameplate from manufacturer above the door. Interesting to see where and when they’re from.

  3. I’ve been to the Collins and the Chelsea Royal. I’m a fellow diner freak, particularly rail-car diners; I’ve even got diner reference books and a collection of die-cast diners, including the Collins. #NerdLIfe They’re unfortunately disappearing, but there are still a few dozen scattered around eastern PA (where I do the bulk of my riding) and we’ve got one on Main St. in my town, though it’s now occupied by a chain restaurant. :^(

  4. Next time you are in Cooperstown, NY stop in the Cooperstown Diner. It has to be the smallest diner in the world. Get the BLT and a glass of their home brewed unsweetened ice tea. Best lunch ever.

  5. Love the pictures, it makes me want to go. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a ‘diner’, they look so cool, I’d go in a heartbeat. I do ride for breakfast a lot, I love getting on my bike and heading to a breakfast joint – depending on how hungry I am I can end up quite far away from home. It can be tricky to find the ‘all day’ breakfast places but I definitely have my favourites. What a fun post, makes me want to head your way.

  6. Some familiar diners in your post. Pennsylvania has a lot of little diners scattered about. And even more odd little ones not in the traditional diner form. Enjoyed looking at your collection.

    Also, I like you’re new look to the blog. Simple and straightforward. As always, I look forward to what you share next!

  7. About the Millbrook Diner, no, I didn’t get to it. I just read your post and thought, “A Mystery!! I’m all in!” Not exactly a whodunnit, more a whereisit, but it was fun. Thanks. 🙂

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