The case for diners in this, our modern age is as follows:
They are great. They offer classic American fare. They are a dying breed, being replaced by “concepts” and “fusion” and cookie-cutter-interior casual dining joints that purport to serve “clean” food, which is a nebulous marketing move, at best.
Sometimes you just want a booth, a cup of coffee, and some comfort food. In this spirit, the spirit of no-frills dining, we offer the following roundup of diners in our neck of the woods.
Totem Diner, Everett
It can be hard to find a parking spot At Totem Diner, don’t let that deter you. That’s a good sign.
You can’t miss the place. The totem pole reader board is a dead giveaway – usually there’s a food-related pun or a quip posted to draw your attention.
This is a diner’s diner. The kind of place that has a coffee pot on a burner and the wait staff calls you “hon.” No joke. Totem Diner has been an Everett institution since the 1950s. They serve up the classics for breakfast – eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns – and lunch – BLT, cup of soup, cobb salad. The little booths fill up fast with waffle-eaters, lending a bustling atmosphere of clinking silverware and camaraderie bathed in an ambient scented atmosphere of maple syrup.
Grab a cuppa joe and try to leave room for the pie. Betcha can’t do it.