Text by Los Angeles Magazine
There are only a handful of honest-to-goodness railcar diners in L.A. (the reopening of Phil's in North Hollywood this month means there's one more). But the term has come to embrace any convivial greasy spoon with hangover-busting sustenance and firecracker waitresses. A diner's counter has long been one of the few respites for solo eaters: It's a place to linger, whatever the time of day, with a newspaper, a cup of joe, and a slice of pie. A good diner should dole out comfort as liberally as it does gravy over biscuits--with a side of three eggs, bacon, sausage, and hash browns.
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