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Joey B's might have famous chili, but it's the hot dogs that have snagged four Best of Greenwich awards from Greenwich Magazine. The family-owned, counter-style restaurant doesn't rest on those laurels either, cranking out special after special in a way that makes the prominent placement of chili in their name seem unfair. From huevos rancheros in the morning to lobster rolls on Fish Fry Fridays starting in February, the tiny joint's expansive menu offers plenty of possible favorites?oh, and the burgers got a 2014 Best of Greenwich award, too.

118 River Road Extension
Cos Cob,
CT
US

A lot of restaurants discourage special orders, but the chefs at Riverdale Diner have been welcoming them for the past 40 years. The made-to-order eatery operates what it terms an "open door policy", encouraging customers to add and subtract ingredients as they please and to ask for their favorite dishes, even if they don't see them on the menu. Finding something that falls into that last category may prove challenging, as the already expansive bill of fare seems to cover nearly every culinary category imaginable. Baby back ribs? Check. Romanian steak? Check. Mofongo? Check. All the usual diner favorites are there too, from giant one-pound burgers to breakfast that's served all day. Of course, there may come a day when only a carving board roast turkey dinner and laffy taffy-flavored martini will do. Or maybe a broccoli and ricotta brick-oven pizza, paired with a giant goblet filled halfway with strawberry daiquiri and the rest of the way with pina colada. So Riverdale Diner made sure to cover those fronts too. A final stop at the dessert case offers up an impossible choice between sweets—from fried cheesecake to linzer tarts, hot pecan pie to Jello—and there's even a selection of diet-friendly desserts for those who are watching their weight or being watched through binoculars by a personal trainer in the parking lot.

3657 Kingsbridge Avenue
Bronx,
NY
US

For scrumptious diner classics in a laid-back environment, visit Oakland Diner. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. Parents appreciate Oakland Diner's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Oakland Diner's complimentary wifi.

Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive. If time is of the essence, Oakland Diner's take-out option may be a better fit.

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Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.

72 Ramapo Valley Rd
Oakland,
NJ
US

Father-and-son duo Peter and Bill Tsibidis pepper Crosstown Diner's broad menu with ingredients hand-picked weekly from farmers' markets, featuring a cheeseburger that the New York Daily News deemed among the city's top three in 2011. Taste buds tingle and occasionally faint in the presence of celebrity burgers ($6.99+) such as the famously fresh open-faced cheeseburger, a build-your-own delectable, or one of the diner's 11 specialty burgers. Chefs salute the restaurant's Greek heritage in chicken athenian, a breast stuffed with spinach and feta ($15.99), and glasses of wine (a $5.29 value) toast nine specialty pasta dishes tossed in velvety sauces ($9.99–$19.99). Two country eggs team up with Eire's finest bacon or sausage to rout out hunger in the irish breakfast ($8.39), and pancakes as fluffy as clouds stuffed with teddy bears assemble outfits of red velvet batter, bacon bits, and bananas ($8.99) to attract forks.

2880 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx,
NY
US

Seated on red leather bar stools, guests at Silver Star Diner sip on fresh-brewed coffee and peruse a menu of comfort cuisine such as half-pound burgers, deli sandwiches, and breakfast skillets. In addition to hearty diner staples, guests can sample a rotating selection of pastries, which are baked on-site daily. Diners can order anything off the menu regardless of the time of day or lunar cycle.

210 Connecticut Ave
Norwalk,
CT
US

Great breakfasts aren't just for the early-to-rise crowd at Chillers Grill. Whether you're craving for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the menu has something to hit the spot?with most items served all day. But that doesn't mean it's easy to narrow the choices down. With hundreds of items that include benedicts, omelets, huge salads, burgers, and seafood, the selection seems almost endless. On nice days, the covered patio becomes an ideal spot for catching a breeze while catching up on you weekly requirement of milkshakes.

2191 Fletcher Ave
Fort Lee,
NJ
US