America's Favorite Diners

Chicken and waffles at Phillips Avenue DinerChicken and waffles at Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Food coma imminent! The buttermilk-breaded chicken and waffles at Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That's whipped pecan butter and vanilla-infused maple syrup on the side.

We'll wholeheartedly admit it: We can't resist diner food. Whether we're talking disco fries to break up a marathon road trip, the mishmash of beef piled onto a Garbage Plate in a fun college town, or a perfectly browned pancake at a highway pit stop you remember from your childhood, diners—not to put too fine a point on it—are always there for travelers.

Now, courtesy of our data-chomping whiz-kid friends at Foursquare, we not only know the 10 states that love diners most, but we also know the top-rated diners in each of those states, according to the app's data, including what to order.

With ample serving sizes like these, your eyes will almost always be bigger than your stomach. That's part of what makes the quintessential American diner so great. And at $8.50, we'll take two orders of those mac and cheese fritters in South Dakota, please.

West Virginia

Betty's Restaurant
112 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Patrons say: "An old-fashioned diner with a great Southern breakfast menu. Warning: the portions are NOT small!!" —John

You should try: The Rumsey Burger, a double-decker cheeseburger made with local beef and heaped with lettuce, tomato, and Thousand Island dressing. Named after James Rumsey, arguable inventor of the steamboat, which debuted on the Potomac River in Shepherdstown, the giant burger has been called a high-quality version of a Big Mac ($8).


Luxury Diner
1401 W. Lincolnway, Cheyenne, WY 82001

Patrons say: "Small and cozy joint. From the way it looked on the outside I wouldn't have stopped, but read good reviews. Breakfast was awesome." —Stacey

You should try: The Biker Burger, topped with Swiss and American cheese, mushrooms, bacon, grilled onions, and red or green chili ($10.45)


West Side Drive-In
1939 W. State St. (at N. 21st St.), Boise, ID 83702

Patrons say: "Eat whatever is on special. This is best drive-thru food in Boise." —Casey

You should try: The Lemon Zip Float, made with lemon custard ice cream, lemonade, a lemon wedge, and ginger ale ($3.49)

South Dakota

Phillips Avenue Diner
121 S. Phillips Ave. (at 10th St.), Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Patrons say: "Awesome little diner in downtown Sioux Falls. I had a country fried steak, and it was the best!" —Laura

You should try: The Salty Dog Crazy Shake, made with caramel, sea salt, and beer nuts ($6), to wash down the Mac & Cheese Fritters, "our house mac & cheese rolled into crunchy nuggets of joy, served with honey mustard sauce for dipping" ($8.50)


Darwell's Cafe
127 E. First St., Long Beach, MS 39560

Patrons say: "OMG! The best meal I've had on the coast! Filet mignon tips with lump crab over French bread and shrimp étouffée! You won't be disappointed!!!" —Billye

You should try: The crawfish étouffée, with seasoned shrimp on top (from $12)


Becky's Diner
390 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101

Patrons say: "Cab driver from last night recommended this place—best diner in town, he says. He doesn't lie. You'll find proof in the homemade corned beef hash!" —Aaron

You should try: The classic blueberry pancakes (from $2.75)


Ramsey's Diner
3090 Helmsdale Place, Lexington, KY 40509

Patrons say: "A true local favorite! People come here for the great food, like the awesome Reuben sandwich, but they keep coming back for the delicious Missy's Pies! With 4 locations, there's always one close by!" —Cypress

You should try: The Hot Brown open-face sandwich, with turkey and ham ($10)


Purple Cow
11602 Chenal Pkwy. (Autumn Rd.), Little Rock, AR 72211

Patrons say: "Great burgers and shakes!! '50s style" —Donny

You should try: The Famous Purple Vanilla shake, made with local Yarnell's Ice Cream ($4.40)


Paul's Pancake Parlor
2305 Brooks, Missoula, MT 59801

Patrons say: "Been coming to this place for as long as I can remember. One of the best breakfast spots in Missoula." —Amy

You should try: The sourdough pancakes, made for the past 95 years from Paul's great-grandmother's starter ($7)


Old Mill Tasty Shop
604 E. Douglas Ave. (at St. Francis Ave.), Wichita, KS 67202

Patrons say: "Milkshakes made by hand, and so good you'll want to slap yourself. Best part, you get the shake in a glass AND the mixer cup." —Brandi

You should try: The Carrot Cake Shake, the diner's popular carrot cake blended right into a milkshake—people ask for it by name even when it's not listed as a special (from $5)

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