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The Diners that Define New Jersey

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Neon signage, cake display boxes, and always open late—you can't discuss American dining history without mentioning the diner.

Although NJ didn't invent the diner, it certainly popularized it. With over 600 scattered across the state, New Jersey contains more diners than any other place in the country.

In this article, we'll discuss the most prominent and iconic diners that helped shape New Jersey into what it is today: The diner capital of the world.

Summit Diner | Summit, NJ

Starting this list off with the oldest diner still open today, Summit was built by Jerry O'Mahony, the man credited with designing some of the first diners in the world. His wagon engineering model helped spark New Jersey's golden age of diner manufacturing and is the reason it's referred to as the diner capital of the world today.

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Mustache Bill's Diner | Barnegat Light, NJ

An ode to the American dream of working hard, owner Bill Smith worked his way from a teenage dishwasher to diner owner in 1972. This spot embodies everything the diner is known for. From its flashy exterior to the friendly community feel once you step inside.

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The Roadside Diner | Wall, NJ

Used as the location for the cover of one of Bon Jovi's albums, The Roadside Diner definitely holds the title of one of the most iconic Jersey diners. But that's not the only thing about this diner that makes it feel authentic. Filled with Yankees memorabilia and original booths from the 1940s, Roadside celebrates everything old-school.

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Broad Street Diner | Keyport, NJ

This authentic diner has been around since 1953. You'll be reminded of that 1950s nostalgia at every turn. From the red and black booths to metal chairs and memorabilia hanging on the walls, Broad Street is one of a handful of classic diners still operating in the Garden State.

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Angelo's Glassboro Diner | Glassboro, NJ

Little has changed since the Glassboro Diner opened its doors in 1946. Come in and experience those old-school Americana feels as you indulge in regional favorites like Philly scrapple.

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White Mana Diner | Jersey City, NJ

A relic of the iconic 1939 World's Fair, White Mana was once referred to as "the diner of the future." It now serves as a distant memory of the past. Known for their burgers, White Mana has majorly contributed to Jersey's diner reputation over the years. Today, White Mana serves over 3,000 burgers a week.

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Americana Diner | Shrewsbury, NJ

Immediately recognizable for its giant glass block exterior and neon signs, the Americana Diner embodies everything that an NJ diner should be. From the Greek Italian fusion menu to the giant breakfast proportions.

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Tops Diner | Harrison, NJ

By far one of the most popular in NJ, Tops keeps things fresh while still maintaining a healthy dose of 1940s nostalgia from their neon signage to art deco exterior. Tops is a diner every New Jerseyan should experience at least once.

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Chit Chat Diner | West Orange, NJ

A prime example of the 21st-century spin on an American classic, you won't find 50s memorabilia and red metal chairs here. Chit Chat represents another chapter in the ongoing saga of the diner evolution, an honest depiction of what a diner can be in the year 2022.

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