In the 1950s, a loaf of bread was $0.14, rock 'n' roll was on the radio, and poodles wore skirts. Flashback to a niftier age with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of classic diner fare at 5 & Diner. Choose from five locations: Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Deer Valley, and North 16th Street in Phoenix. Prices and menu items vary by location.
A delicious monument to '50s-era nostalgia, 5 & Diner dishes out a dawn-to-dusk menu of 14 specialty burgers and classic comfort fare. At the stroke of lunch, the charbroiled hamburger reins supreme, ensconced between adoring buns, draped with garlands of fixings and special sauce, and accompanied by seasoned fries, coleslaw, potato chips, or a moving argument in favor of primogeniture. Guests can bite into the Southwest burger ($8.99) flanked by a cheese-kissed side of chili fries ($5.29) or explore patty permutations with a tray of cheese-slicked slider bites ($6.99). For bunless munching, the Cadillac meatloaf presents a homemade meatberg piled with chopped bacon, sautéed mushrooms, and onion straws ($10.99).
For dessert, fresh-baked-brownie sundaes hush clamoring taste buds ($6.99), and taste engines cool down with a creamy Breyers ice-cream shake in flavors such as strawberry, butterscotch, and mocha ($4.39; add malt for $0.59). Part of a nationwide retro franchise dating back to 1989, 5 & Diner deftly combines flashback aesthetics with modern trans-fat-free cookery. Families can slide into glossy booths for a night of neon- and chrome-accented bonding, or mingling singles can embark on a speed-dating spree with an array of two-plays-per-quarter jukeboxes.
Listed menu prices are for the Scottsdale location.