The first soda jerk earned the nickname by refusing dollops of whipped cream to anyone wearing a poodle skirt. Leave the jerk out of the malt with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of American fare and shakes at 59 Diner. Choose from six locations: Farnham Street, Tomball Parkway, and Katy Freeway in Houston, as well as Missouri City, Stafford, and Katy.
59 Diner’s white-cap-adorned servers please palates with dishes from a menu brimming with classic American diner fare and soda-jerk-style drinks, including what the Houston Press deemed Houston’s best milkshake in 2009. Quell carnivorous cravings with the double 59 Diner cheeseburger cloaked in american and provolone cheeses ($7.99), or satiate your inner poultry-geist with the flaky-crusted chicken pot-pie ($6.99). Homemade shakes and malts such as mint-chocolate-chip, strawberry, and mocha-almond-fudge ($3.99 each) compete for icy dominance with 59 Diner’s old-fashioned root beer, served straight up ($2.29) or as a black-cow float with chocolate syrup, homemade ice- cream, and a vulnerability to tipping ($4.29). As a body-pleasing bonus, 59 Diner commits to conscientious noshing by crafting culinary creations from fresh ingredients, trans-fat-free oil, and never-frozen burgers and fries.
Inside each 59 Diner location, friendly chatter ripples from booth to booth and white-capped servers scurry around dishing out retro classics. Recognized by the Houston Press as among the city's best in 2009, 59 Diner's made-from-scratch milk shakes and malts slide across tables in old-fashioned glasses before coating tongues in such flavors as mocha, fudge, and Oreo. Sweet sips offset savory burgers, patty melts, and all-day breakfast specials, which can also be ordered in pint-size portions for younger patrons. Meals transport tongues to the past, and jukeboxes release vintage tunes into the air, inspiring guests to try to catch their favorite notes inside empty glasses.