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12 Foods You Should Never Order At A Diner (PHOTOS)

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America wouldn't be the same without diners. They are a symbol of all that is great about this country -- that we can get whatever we want, whenever we want. Also, they're always there for us when we have a hangover that needs curing.

In other countries, breakfast is only served in the mornings and dinner can only be ordered during select hours in the evening, but American diners mean you can eat whatever meal you want at whatever hour you feel like it. Craving pancakes at one in the morning? You got it. Feel like meatloaf with mashed potatoes at three am? No problem. Want grilled cheese AND a Greek salad? Done. Diners are there to please.

But just because you can order it, doesn't mean you should. There are some foods that diners have no business trying to sell, and you should never risk ordering. Here are the 12 worst dishes you can order at a diner. Let us know in the comments below if we've left any serious offenders off the list.

  • 1
    Shrimp Cocktail
    Flickr: Bill Binns
    Eat at your own risk. Seriously.
  • 2
    Homemade Guacamole
    Flickr: bqbennett
    By homemade they mean straight from the pre-made plastic bag it was stored in.
  • 3
    Stuffed French Toast
    Flickr: jimbrickett
    It's going to make you feel sick; you know it is. And it won't taste like anything more than a sugar bomb. Stick to plain French toast, that's one dish almost every diner does right.
  • 4
    Cheeseburger Club Sandwich
    Flickr: mbwa kahawa
    Sometimes a cheeseburger should just be a cheeseburger. This is definitely one of those times.
  • 5
    Omelettes
    Flickr: Cherrie 美桜
    If you like dry, spongy eggs, this is your dish. If not, stick with fried eggs when at a diner.
  • 6
    Nachos
    Flickr: The Marmot
    They always seems like a great idea. Diners and comfort food belong together. But for one reason or another, when it comes to nachos diners always seem to get it wrong.
  • 7
    Lobster Salad Roll
    Flickr: johnmartine63
    This is some kind of joke, right?
  • 8
    Dry Toast
    Flickr: Helga's Lobster Stew
    Why even bother?
  • 9
    Soy Anything
    Flickr: Andrea_Nguyen
    We love and respect you dear vegetarians, vegans and anyone else with special dietary restrictions, but diners have no business cooking soy. It just doesn't compute for them.
  • 10
    Fisherman's Platter
    Flickr: slap-shotz pub
    Aside from tuna melts, diners need to stay far away from seafood. No amount of batter or oil can cover that up.
  • 11
    Oatmeal
    Flickr: waitscm
    If eating paste is your thing, go for it. If not, keep the oatmeal for your own kitchen and order the pancakes instead. You know that's what you really want anyway.
  • 12
    Everything From The Healthy Delights Section
    Flickr: DariaMcDermott
    Did you even turn on your brain today!? You're better off just disregarding this section all together. Always.

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