There’s something about the chrome and vintage colored vinyl of an all American diner. You’re often welcomed by a gum-snapping waitress waiting with pen and pad waiting to take your order. You know that the food is going to be simple, and you know that it is going to be good. Whether you’re a regular or just passing through, these American diners promise you a warm welcome a full belly and a slice of history. William Bailey Travel invites you to come with us as we take a closer look at 3 of these retro retreats you won’t want to miss.
Zip’s Dining Car in Dayville, CT opened in 1954. This family owned and operated diner is located on Route 6. Some of the favorites this place is serving up are the Chocolate Frappe and Zip’s Special, an open-faced sandwich with a seared 8 oz. rib-eye and a side of fries. This diner has also been featured in a couple literary giants’ writings, Stephen King and J.A. Jance. Famous faces have even graced the legion of diners such as Joe DiMaggio, Liberace and more recently Alec Baldwin and Renee Zellweger.
The Pink Cadillac Diner in Natural, VA is a blast from the past with its ice cream bar that serves up shakes and sundaes in a variety of mouthwatering flavors. This diner is located just a few miles from the Natural Bridge that attracts travelers from around the world. Some of the favorites served up here are the chili cheese fries and the Elvis Burger. The décor of the diner is full of memorabilia that includes life-sized cut outs of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, and put a few coins in the vintage juke box to croon along with tunes as you wait for the ding of the bell that says your order is up.
The 66 Diner is located on the iconic Route 66 as it makes it pass through Albuquerque, NM. The décor of this establishment is classis 1950’s diner with glowing neon lights, a checkerboard floor, and of course a jukebox. The diner offers a full soda fountain that claims to have the best milkshakes in Albuquerque. They still offer up Blue Plate Specials, these seem to be the favorites of locals and those that are stopping through.
These diners will have you stepping back in time with Doo Wop lilting with the clang of dishware. Your belly will be satisfied with their delicious, sometimes decadent fare. Be sure to leave room for a slice of good old American apple pie.