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


iBlowfish said...

I've seen many those old pre-MacDonalds style, up here in Cleveland. This picture is remind me one where I pass it by everday on my way to work. Good idea for series.

U "R" Us AKA Captain Crowe said...

I never actually ate at Eat-Rite. Seemed a little too sketchy. Although it's so high profile, it must be relatively up to code. I'm partial to Buttery and Courtesy. Definitely good night shooting opportunities at Courtesy.

Anonymous said...

give me an inexpensive burger anytime!

i think the first shot is clever!the white lines bring the eyes from fore to the background