When Centerstage writer Karl Klockars stepped into Diner Grill for some fries, the line cook told him he’d have to wait. He wanted to change the oil in the fryer, but offered Klockars some hash browns to hold him over in the meantime. Those hash browns ended up earning their own praise as “crisp, hot, well-made, and full of potato-y goodness.”
So goes a typical experience at Diner Grill, whose cooks maintain a keen attention to detail despite the fact that their 24-hour diner rarely, if ever, closes. You don’t have to look far for evidence of their prowess—as counter stools are the only seating option, all guests can look on as their burgers and breakfasts are freshly prepared. The signature dish is the Slinger, a colossal heap of hash browns, grilled onions, cheeseburger patties, eggs, and chili. This ungodly, yet delicious dish even comes with a certificate for anyone who can finish it in one sitting. Most menu items, including the Slinger, are $10 or less. Diners can use the extra change from their tab to queue up songs on the digital jukebox or add a metallic crunch to their fried eggs.