Diners! Awesome, or meh?
The Official Significant Other of The Reckoner and I generally have the same culinary tastes, but there's one argument that we just can't settle, and we need your help!
You see, despite the fact that Sal is from Baltimore -- yes, you heard me, from Baltimore, home of five billion diners and the movie Diner -- she is actually not a big fan of diners as institutions. Her perspective on it is that diners generally make food that you could make yourself, at home, just as well as they do. Why pay $8.50 for french toast when you can make it in your own kitchen for $3?
My perspective is, come on! Sure, you probably could make yourself a chicken Caesar salad wrap with fries in your own kitchen, but you never will. And you're certainly not going to eat that chicken Caesar salad wrap on a paper placemat that advertises the local rhinoplasty hut, or the best place in the area to get lumber. And you can forget about idly reading an Auto Shopper while sitting at home. These things may all seem irrelevant, but they're a vital part of the diner experience, which is that there is no better place to bullshit than in a diner.
So tell me, Reckonauts! Who's the crazy one who needs to be institutionalized here? The person who loves diners and thinks they're great? Or the person who always says 'meh' and says we should go to the new Thai place down the street instead?