Like the old soda fountain in the center of town or the local drive-in movie theater, diners evoke nostalgia and are a lasting symbol of the American dream. The hallmarks of the diner-good prices, quick service and comforting food in ample portions-create a melting pot of patrons. It is where friends and neighbors come to meet, families share memories, and businessmen break bread with tradesmen. They are unpretentious; once you pass through the doors, the warmth and comfort of the diner draws you in and beckons you to stay for a while. Many have great affection for their favorite diner, their home away from home. Through the years, diners have gone through their ups and downs. They have gone in and out of fashion. Some are stylish and chic, while others are homey and traditional. No matter what they look like on the outside, each diner holds a special place in the hearts and memories of New Hampshire residents and visitors. So, let us treat you to a tour of these roadside eateries-to drink the joe, eat the pancakes and home fries, and talk with the counter crew. Your new favorite diner awaits.
About the Author
Bruce D. Heald is an educator, historian, and the author of several Arcadia titles, including Lakes and Ponds of the Granite State (2000) and Railways and Waterways of New Hampshire (1999). In this thoughtful reflection, Heald has drawn on public and private collections to assemble more than two hundred rare images that capture the sense of place unique to New Hampshire's downtown communities.