Last Updated on October 23, 2020 by Jen Kristensen
Since Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives premiered on the Food Network in 2007, Guy Fieri has been traversing the country looking for the best home-town cooking and the best diners around.
His 260 episodes stand as a testament to the sheer volume of delicious food hiding all over this country. Want to know the best places to stop in? Check out our list of the hottest little-known diners below.
1. Lenny’s Restaurant in Clearwater, Florida
Lenny’s is a Clearwater breakfast staple since 1958. They serve breakfast and lunch complete with Danish baskets or table relishes of homemade pickles, beets, and more.
From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll feel right at home in this quaint and packed restaurant. Be sure you arrive early, or you’ll be waiting well over an hour for a table.
The best part about Lenny’s is it’s located near a lot of hotels and shopping in the Clearwater area and it’s just a fifteen-minute drive away from the beach. Make Lenny’s a stop on your next Florida getaway.
2. Ann Sather in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is home to some of the best steakhouses in the country and when it comes to breakfast, there is no shortage of homemade treats to be found in diners all over the city.
But, if you’re really looking for quality midwestern hospitality and a tasty meal, there is no better place than Ann Sather.
Ann Sather was opened in the 1940s by a warm and hospitable woman named Ann. She ran the business herself for thirty-five years before training her successor who added their famous cinnamon rolls to the menu.
With three convenient locations, Ann Sather is a can’t miss on your next Chicago vacation. Make sure you bring a bottle of Champagne with you. Ann Sather is BYOB and has all the makings for a fine mimosa.
3. The Sink in Boulder, Colorado
The Sink was opened by a pair of brothers who graduated from the University of Colorado almost 100 years ago. Since then, they have been working on creating the perfect burger.
You’ll love the grass-fed beef and certified Angus options as well as the ten different ways to dress your burger up.
This Boulder gem has seen its fair share of celebrities. President Obama stopped by for a visit once, as well as famous chef Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and acclaimed chef television personality, Anthony Bourdain.
4. Bluebird Diner in Iowa City, Iowa
The Bluebird Diner is the newest restaurant on our list, having only opened in 2008. But in that short time, they have taken their passion for soul food to the next level.
They make just about everything on their menu from scratch and have half-priced wine every Friday. Make sure you try one of the omelets, or if you’re coming for lunch, the burgers are delicious.
Beyond the Best Diners
Now that you’ve explored this list of the best diners in America, it’s time to start planning a trip. For more food recommendations for your travels, check out our site today.