The Awl: A Field Guide to the True American Diner”. By John Leavitt.
“The True American Diner is a casual sit-down restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner—all three meals—all day, often for all twenty-four hours of it. Time has no meaning in the presence of eggs, steak and hash browns.
Dessert is pie, and if displayed in a glass case at the end of the counter, it must rotate. We did not free ourselves from England’s cruel yoke to have static pie.”
Reading the article made me want to fly to the US and have breakfast in a diner right this instant. I guess the next best thing would be to listen to this episode from This American Life again: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple (transcript).