The Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey

Monday, June 29, 2015
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New Jersey is known as “the diner capital of the world.” A truly classic American "diner" is a prefabricated restaurant, with the exterior partly or wholly stainless steel, and brought to the site to be assembled.


There were several classic diner manufacturers, mostly in New Jersey. Possibly the best known of these was the Jerry O’Mahony Company, which produced around 2,000 diners from 1917 to 1952. Only about 20 of these are still extant, with the Summit Diner being one of them. It was built in 1938.

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The Summit Diner in Summit, New Jersey is one of the classic New Jersey diners. My husband had a BLT and I had a grilled cheese sandwich (and we're both on diets, boo!) They were both delicious, and the staff was very friendly.

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Summit is a very wealthy town, and there are some rich and famous people living there. So I really like that the Summit Diner is deeply  involved with the Other  Fellow First Foundation. The Foundation website says:

We exist to bring help and comfort to New Jersey families in distress. In life, the true measure of a person is not how high you fly. Instead, we think it's all about how high you bounce. All of us have good and bad days. Most of us have better good ones than bad. However, every once in a while, the less fortunate need a helping hand. That is why we exist. We fund only organizations that deal with New Jersey families in distress. All of our profits go to organizations like the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the New Jersey Community Foundation, Summit Area Public Foundation or Family Promise.

The website also says that 

We have chosen the Summit Diner as our symbol. People come to the Summit Diner for much more than just great food. It deals with many other personal hungers. It is a great place to meet someone and feel like you belong. Its honest simplicity and cozy atmosphere make it a great metaphor for a foundation with our mission, operating in the most densely populated state in the country.

Well, how wonderful can you be? The Summit Diner is the real deal in so many ways!


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The outdoor photos I took with my Canon, and the bottom two photos I took with my iPhone for Instagram, but somehow they ended up here ; )

You can read about the Summit Diner here

You can read the Our Fellow First Foundation website here

You can read more about diners in these wonderful sites: 

Diner Hunter

Retro Roadmap 

Roadside Architecture/Diners

John Baeder does wonderful paintings of diners (click on oil and watercolor links):


John Baeder Fine Art


Linking up to: 
 
Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


Have a wonderful week!
 

26 comments:

  1. I remember a steel diner from my childhood in PA. More recently, we visited one in UT. The interior looked much like Summit Diner. I live in Summit County, CO - unfortunately, we don't have one!

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    1. I love steel diners - they are the real deal!

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  2. A fantastic piece of history!

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  3. Wow! brilliant reminds me of old American films :-)

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    1. You can definitely see some diners in old American films. They are iconic.

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  4. What a fun place to go and enjoy a great meal.

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    1. It is fun! Tiny and cute and full of history.

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  5. I love old-fashioned diners! This is a beauty.

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  6. Amazing place! Like the diners in the movies. Feels like you traveled back in time =)

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  7. ooooooh the memories!! i went to nursing school at overlook hospital, in summit. we hung many a days in this area and i remember being here.

    i was in the last graduating class there, they discontinued the program after us!!!!

    beautiful representation of the place!!!!

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    1. Haha! I was actually born in Overlook Hospital! Yes, the Summit Diner is a great place to hang out!

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  8. Being a NJ native, I can appreciate seeing this post. We have eaten in our share of older and more current diners along Rte 22. But, unfortunately, I have never eaten in the SUmmit Diner.

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    1. Well, if you ever get the chance you should go!

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  9. I love diners like this. We just went to one in St. Augustine, Florida a few weeks ago.

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  10. Nice photos here. I hope you'll come visit some memories of mine at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/remembering-dad.html

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  11. That place looks super cool. I bet the food is so good.

    http://csuhpat1.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-game-as-angels-6-20-15.html

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  12. One of my dreams is to eat in an American diner, never really experienced a diner plus i want to know what diner is compared to fast foods? Nice to know that this diner guy is a vintage witness! :)

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    1. A true American diner is a true "American" experience!

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