If there is one particular type of restaurant where hubby and I love to have breakfast, it has to be a diner!! Whenever we visit different cities we will ask local residents where their choice of hometown eating might be found and we have never been disappointed.
Just this morning we found another diner close to our home called "Alice's." Now, I haven't a clue why the name Alice, and I should have asked the friendly young people in charge, but I was too interested in my surroundings. It was simply a little space with several tables, a small counter with bar seats and the kitchen was fully exposed. The young man that waited our table was extremely courteous and polite and we were served our piping hot breakfast quickly. The coffee cups were filled several times and we were checked on frequently and asked if we were in need of anything. Service was delightful!
Gab & Eat is another of our local favorites , but and the seating fills quickly since they close at 2:00 p.m.. There isn't a lot of room to move around and memorabilia covers the walls from local sports teams and celebs. One pancake will fill you up, so be careful with your portions!
Then there is our Sunday after church favorite, Ma & Pops. We know the waitresses, the owners, the cooks and now a lot of the people who frequent the diner. It's a wonderful place to gather, eat and chat, but once again seating can be limited. However, those waiting to be seated are courteous to one another and take turns not jumping ahead which can be extremely refreshing!
So why might I be thankful for these small businesses? Because they are the heart and soul of our communities; blue collar people who work tirelessly to serve. It's purely a taste of home when you enter these establishments and smell bacon frying, coffee brewing and strike up a conversation with a stranger who happened to take a seat next to you at the counter.
If you ask me, we need a few more down home diners where we can gather and enjoy sharing in community spirit!