Restaurants can be so demanding, what with all the showering, teeth brushing, hair combing and outfit selecting required to look halfway presentable. Diners, on the other hand, have always been our come-as-you-are refuge, where coffee is a given, conversation is optional and tabs easily can be paid with the loose bills in one's pocket. Diners, also known as the only good thing New Jersey has going for it, come in all shapes and sizes. The affable, affordable greasy spoons of our misspent youth have been joined by more ambitious chef-driven diners, where the focus still is on breakfast and lunch, but the ingredients and composition are anything but average.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Photos courtesy Emanuel Wallace & BurkleHagen