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Roadside Diners Great Plains

 

Dyne Quik
Wichita, KS
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Here's the Dyne Quik, located in the north-central part of Wichita. A note of interest, it is one a few Valentine Manufactured Diners still in existence as a diner. Many thanks to Jesse Miller for info.

 

 

Mickey's Diner
St. Paul, MN
Photo courtesy Barry Kazmer

Take a look at the most famous diner in Minnesota. Mickey’s Diner has been a staple of the St. Paul area since it opened in the Capitol 60 years ago. It is still open 24 hours a day and it is very inexpensive to eat there but the parking is limited to 30 minutes during regular daytime business hours. So eat fast, in real diner style!

Mickey's is even on the National Register of Historic Places, and is supposedly one of only two diners to be on the list. Its image has been reproduced many times in post cards and calendars and many other ways. It was built in 1937 in New Jersey and shipped to St. Paul by flatbed truck.

The inside is as authentic as the outside. You can sit on a backless stool at the counter and watch and smell and sometimes feel the burgers sizzling on the grill. But there are some small booths at the right end of the diner. The food is pure diner fare and not noted for its heart healthy food Many thanks to Barry Kazmer for above photo and info. 02-03

 

 

Metro Diner (Demolished)
Tulsa, OK
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Along Route 66 in Tulsa, OK is the Metro Diner. Built sometime in the early 1980's off a former gas station, the Metro Diner closed down in November 2006 as part of landowner the University of Tulsa's efforts to create a new university entrance. According to the November 20, 2006 edition of KOTV.com, this 50's style diner was to close on Sunday November 26, 2006, which was confirmed by Route 66 News. 01-07

 

UPDATE 04/08 : The Metro Diner has been demolished due to the expansion of the Tulsa University campus. Many thanks to Cathie Miller for update. 04-08

 

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