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The Best US Diners After You’ve Rung in the New Year
2014 is slowly coming to a close and what a wonderful year it was. As you strategically sprinkle holiday cheer across your home and workplace, roasting chestnuts and sharing warm eggnog with close friends and family, there lies one immensely exciting holiday to wrap-up the year.
New Year’s is a celebration for the masses and widely known as the worlds most illustrious public holiday. Dating back almost four millennia to 2000 BC, the last day of the Gregorian calendar was dedicated to welcoming the first month of the New Year and bidding farewell to the previous year with festivities to fill the night.
Much has changed since the Romans stomped their sandals and swayed their togas in celebration, but one thing that still rings true is the partying that ensues across the world for New Year’s Eve. As you wake on December 31, you may want to tightly fasten your partying shoes, as festivities tend to string through the night until the early morning sunrise hours.
Yet, what was once the night of your life may turn into a painful first morning of 2015, thanks to all of the dancing and liquor consumed while ringing in the New Year.
When your throbbing head, sore feet and growling stomach rouse you from your slumber on January 1, consider a visit to one of these diners, some of the best in the U.S. for the “morning after.” Sharpen your fork and knife – we’re starting 2015 with a large stack of chocolate chip pancakes!
Waverly Restaurant - New York City, NY
NYC began New Year’s Eve Times Square celebrations back in 1904, so you’re certainly not the first Big Apple partygoer starting off the New Year with a wicked hangover. Whether you conquered the concrete jungle or vice-versa, Waverly Restaurant is the perfect pick-me-up. Located in the Greenwich Village, this diner has been a city staple since the ‘70s. Hit the rewind button and place yourself into one of Waverly’s vinyl booths as you enjoy their classic double-decker sandwiches or one of a variety of omelets with their famous house hash browns. Be sure to take full advantage of the bottomless coffee; you just may need the caffeine kick to get through the morning! Located at 385 Sixth Avenue at Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, NYC.
The Majestic Diner – Atlanta, GA
Rise and shine in the Dirty South. Once you’ve scoured the area for things to do in Atlanta, it’s time to coat your stomach with some much-needed comfort food, and there’s no better place to do it than The Majestic Diner. This old school joint has been serving up all of your diner favorites since 1929. Situated on the corner of Ponce de Leon Ave in the Poncey-Highland section of the city, the diner is known for its chicken and biscuits, so we recommend you stay the course – especially if it means battling a few too many shots from last night’s party in nearby Little Five Points.
Harry’s Coffee Shop – San Diego, CA
If you were lucky enough to ring in 2015 amidst the palm trees and beautifully balmy weather of Southern California, don’t let the ocean be the only aroma that helps you bounce back from last night’s grooving. Harry’s Coffee Shop, located in San Diego’s beautiful suburb of La Jolla, boasts over 100 different menu items, leaving you in quite the quandary when it comes to ordering. Allow us to point you in the direction of one of their handmade milkshakes alongside their New York steak and eggs, if you have the appetite. If you’re leaning more towards lunch, bite into their classic Reuben served on crispy grilled rye piled high with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and juicy corned beef. Located at 7545 Girard Avenue in La Jolla, California.
Maxwell Street Depot – Chicago, IL
Did the Windy City get the best of you? Whether you’re planning a day filled with Chicago attractions or just looking to fill your stomach with something good to eat, Maxwell Street Depot is your answer. We hope you’re a meat-lover because Maxwell’s specializes in strictly pork chop sandwiches, polish sausages, burgers and fries. Make sure to pack your appetite before entering the nostalgic diner, complete with a big yellow sign on the corner of 31st Street and Canal in the city’s Bridgeport section. You certainly can’t miss it! Order the caramelized pork chop sandwich for less than $5 and you’re in the business of battling that hangover!
No matter where you wake up on New Year’s Day, you start with a fresh beginning to 2015, and that is certainly something to be grateful for. When your stomach is rumbling, your head is spinning and your mouth is watering for some good old-fashioned diner food, you can’t go wrong with one of these classic diners.
Have any of your own favorite diners across America? If so, let us know and share in the comments below!