Be not alarmed this post is not about me actually attempting to go on a date! Note the word attempting, because whenever I do actually go on a food related luncheon or evening meal I end up looking like an T-Rex trying to eat spaghetti i.e. date fail. No this post is about the most American, the most Fantastic, the most Nom Diner ever. It is known simply as “The Diner”, so simple and elegant in it’s phrasing it hides the complex genius hidden under it’s seemingly shallow façade.
The reason I’ve written this post in a rather over the top and quite frankly disturbingly descriptive way is not because I’m aspiring to have my work praised on forums like Wattpad, but because I really feel I should emulate how American and over the top this place is. No where else have I been able to find this quality of ‘fries’ (the quote marks because to us Brits they are and will always be chips). Not only are these ‘fries’ amazing (think salty, crunchy goodness), but they also come with two sidekicks, cheese and chilli. The Americans aren’t famed for doing much right (saying this with the risk of offending any Yanks) think Jersey Shore and dare I say it…*whispers* Iraq. However food, especially fatty feel good food is something I can conclude they do well.
If you are ever in any of the following locations: Camden, Shoreditch, Islington, Soho and (newly opened) Covent Garden. Try to pay The Diner a visit. Having been to three out of the five mentioned I feel Soho is the best. Camden’s Diner is a bit quieter whenever I’ve been and I just don’t get the same feel. Soho is always vibrant and very busy. Even with the busy crowds of diners the waiting staff are great and the food wait time is minimal.
The Diner in Shoreditch is a bit hit and miss, the area is OK, sandwiched between some building and a cafe so hipster it oozes pretension. The easiest way to get to the Shoreditch Diner is to take a tube to Old Street and walk. The walk is crap. As a women, while walking to The Diner I felt that at any time I may get relived of my handbag or raped. On a positive note the diner itself is actually quite nice, if small. The Shoreditch branch was the original Diner, and it feels like it. Out of the three The Diner in Shoreditch felt the most ‘authentic’ and the least like a chain. However before visiting you have to prepare yourself for the clientèle. While some punters are lovely and friendly, there are A LOT, I repeat A LOT of hipsters.
The menu in all the diners is basically the same. The Blue Plates are not what you are there for. Go for a burger and any one of there large selection of chips. My vegetarian friend is also a fan of The Diner and he assures me that the veggie options are pretty good. For drinks the Root-beer and Milkshakes are to be recommended. The Milkshakes although pricey are HUGE, so big in fact that the extra gets served in a metal cup.
So to recap, do try to go to at least one of The Diners. The food is great (if you like that sort of thing), just avoid the hipsters that gravitate to the image and you’ll be fine.