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Diner Porn

Diner Porn has been bringing you a steady stream of beautiful diner photos for nearly two years now, and while they've mined a ton of great finds from New York and New Jersey, they're looking to expand their scope. The pair of greasy-spoon explorers hopes to embark on a road trip along the East Coast, compiling all their stops into a book, but they need your help.

Right now on Kickstarter, you can chip in to fund Alecia Eberhardt and Tom Smith's project. Their plan is to spend a month hitting a slew of diners, all selected based on their hours (needs to be open 24/7), breakfast policy (must be served all day), decor (retro required), food (should be palatable), and customer ratings (gotta be glowing). Though the list is subject to change, these are the 20 currently on the slate:

  • Melrose Diner (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Tastee Diner (Silver Spring, MD)
  • Dot's Back Inn (Richmond, VA)
  • Finch's Restaurant (Raleigh, NC)
  • The Early Bird Diner (Charleston, SC)
  • Diner on Abercorn (Savannah, GA)
  • Marietta Diner (Marietta, GA)
  • Stray Dog's Hash House (Mobile, AL)
  • Clover Grill (New Orleans, LA)
  • Peaches Restaurant (Jackson, MS)
  • Bon-Ton Cafe (Memphis, TN)
  • Courtesy Diner (St. Louis, MO)
  • Daley's Restaurant (Chicago, IL)
  • Gilmore Car Museum (Hickory Corners, MI)
  • Tommy's Diner (Columbus, OH)
  • George's Kitchen (Cleveland, OH)
  • Tom's Diner (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • DeLuca's (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • State Diner (Ithaca, NY)
  • Skylark Diner (Vestal, NY)


Once the grand tour is done, Eberhardt and Smith will compile the visits into a gorgeous full-color book -- and if you contribute $30 or more, you're guaranteed a copy. Other rewards include behind-the-scenes Polaroids, print posters, or even a meal with the authors at one of the diners. The whole thing promises to be a gushing love letter to greasy spoons, so if you frequently hit up these places for cheap coffee, or often slip into Steve Guttenberg's speeches from Diner, consider throwing in some cash.

Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and thinks diners are one of America's greatest institutions. Follow her to late-night eggs at @kristin_hunt.