Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Diners and Greasy Spoons: Eat Rite Diner
I'm starting a series of pictures of the old-style everyman's restaurant (before McDonald's), the American diner. For visitors from other countries, a diner is a simple restaurant where you can get a an inexpensive hamburger, cup of coffee or slice of pie. They always have counter service. Many, but not all, have tables and chairs. The original ones were prefabricated and had a similar look. This picture is a typical example. Here are some of the variety of styles. The quality of food and service sometimes led people to call them greasy spoons. The Eat-Rite Diner has been at this location just south of downtown as long as I can remember. There used to be a sign that said "Eat Right Or Don't Eat At All."
Chili parlors, burger joints and the like fall into the same category. Lots of them are all-night operations of a kind made famous in Edward Hopper's painting, The Nighthawks. Got to get out with my tripod at night and shoot some of the best ones.
TOMORROW: The Irresistible Beat