Diners. A staple establishment within the Adirondacks. Think about the last long hike, campout, backpacking trip, sunrise hike, etc. you were on. When you got out of the woods you gravitated toward a good, solid meal. Comfort food. I usually do at least. Heck, I start thinking about what I want to eat as soon as I leave the summit or campsite. My group of friends do the same. We just start blurting out what we want to eat. So, where do you go once back at your car? A diner of course! There’s just something about sitting in those cushioned booths, at a rounded table, dirty, sweaty, and ravenous.
Diners are also the epitome of the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I’ve often found that the diners that look the worst appearance-wise are the ones that have the best food. Maybe because they use more grease? I like to think they just make killer food because, well, my taste buds are in heaven.
Adirondack diners on the other hand, take great tasting food to a whole other level. Now, I grew up in New Jersey, which to many is known as the diner capital of the U.S. My weekend mornings always started at a diner. When I moved up to the Adirondacks, this routine didn’t skip a beat. If anything, my love for diners turned into an addiction. Adirondack diners are just on another level. Sorry Jersey. With the Adirondacks, the diners just feel so homey. They always smells delicious, the staff treats you like family, and the food will make you melt into the booth or barstool.
With all that said here are the diner’s I highly suggest checking out. Whether it be after a hike, backpacking trip, weekend campout, or just a weekend morning in the ADKs.