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The short-order cooks at Clayton Diner deliver a slice of Americana with a menu of comfort-food and soul-food classics. No fan of breakfast could ignore the fruits of their labors: towering stacks of hotcakes, buttermilk biscuits, plump sausage patties, and chopped-pork-sausage gravy. Their culinary efforts also spark lunches of breaded-codfish sandwiches, cheese-oozing chopped-steak phillies, burgers made from freshly ground beef, and Chicago-style dogs draped in yellow mustard and pickles. Daily specials, such as the juicy rotisserie chicken, round out the diner's tried-and-true American dishes more effectively than a slice of the Constitution.

6 S Central Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Aside from a few hours on Sunday, the neon Open sign hanging at the entrance of Tiffany's Original Diner never powers down. This old-school, cash-only diner keeps its doors open 'round the clock the rest of the week, luring customers with the promise of burgers, booze, and hearty breakfast dishes.

That's been the scene here since 1960, when Tiffany's first opened its doors. One step inside, and you might feel transported back to that era: red stools line a long counter, dishes clang in the back kitchen, and a jukebox—with a meticulously assembled and proudly "Bieber-free" catalog—cranks out classic tunes. Every other Monday, performers stop by so customers can take in live music and the jukebox can head home to see his wife and kids. On your way out, feel free to borrow a book from the honor-system library, or leave an old paperback behind.

7402 Manchester Rd.
Saint Louis,
MO
US