There’s just something about good diners and delis. Maybe it has to do with the neighborhood sensibility, where regulars can strike up a rapport with the waitress who just gets you. Or maybe it points more to the types of foods we, as a society, like to eat. Whatever the cause, we love our Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives even more than the frosted-tipped host. Chances are, one of these will fall within an easy drive of your house. If not, you might want to add one of these foodie cities to your travel wish list.
1. Katz’s, New York City, New York
Katz’s Deli, on New York’s Lower East Side, has become a New York institution. The now-iconic deli opened its doors in 1888, originally serving immigrant families who settled there. If you don’t get a pastrami and corned beef on rye — with mustard, of course — you did not go to Katz’s. Insider tip: The sandwiches, which contain towering piles of shaved meat, can feed two.
Next: This cafe serves breakfast all day, for late-risers.