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Seven of Our Favorite Greek-Owned Diners on the East Coast

Whether it’s early in the morning or late at night, diners all over the East coast will be here for you. Breakfast for dinner, bottomless coffee, and the dreamiest, over-the-top desserts are here to give you a treat. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite Greek-owned spots that serve the great standards and the richest delicacies.

Have some more suggestions? Send them our way so we can try them out! Email: stephanie.makri@ekirikas.com.

Kozy Korner: Delaware

Family-owned, neighborhood diner since 1922 preparing American classics for breakfast & lunch. Photo: Kozy Korner/Facebook

John Vouras opened the Kozy Korner in 1922 on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Washington Street in Wilmington, Delaware. The restaurant was a downtown favorite during the city’s golden years. It was passed to his son Nicholas in 1964, who successfully ran the business until 1984 when the building was torn down to make way for a high-rise hotel.

In 1992, Nick resurrected the Kozy Korner at its new location at 9th and Union to continue the family tradition with his son John, who took over in 2002. Today John proudly offers the quality, value, and friendly service that his grandfather built the business around when the Kozy Korner first opened its doors over 80 years ago.

Kozy Korner was recently recognized by the Food Network’s, ‘50 States of Diners’ as the top Delaware diner.

Georgie’s Diner: Connecticut

Fresh English muffins prepared at Georgie’s Diner in Connecticut. Photo: Georgie’s Diner/Facebook

Georgie’s diner is a classic, retro spot located on Elm Street in West Haven. Even though the diner opened in 1956 initially in New Rochelle, New York, switching up multiple names and locations, George Anthis and his family took over the business in 1971. Anthis took a seven-year break from the restaurant business, entering again in 1995.

This diner offers a lot more than just the classics. Home-style meatloaf with gravy, jaw-cracking Triple Decker club sandwiches, along with Greek specialties like chicken souvlaki and spinach pie are amongst the tastiest.

Stax Omega Diner: South Carolina

Pumpkin Belgian Waffle served with whipped cream at Stax Omega Diner in South Carolina. Photo: Stax Omega Diner/Instagram

Greenville’s residents love Stax for its fresh flavors whether that is at Stax Omega, Stax Bakery, or Stax Catering. Whether you’re enjoying a delicious meal at Stax Omega, catered breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or enjoyed a crispy pastry from its bakery, its friendly and committed staff will be ready to take care of you.

Summit Diner: New Jersey

Veteran restaurant serving classic diner specialties in retro, informal surroundings. Photo: Summit Diner/Facebook

The original Summit Diner was built in 1929 and is a veteran restaurant serving all the classics. The iconic dish you should try here is the slider, but it’s not the mini-burger people usually associate with the name. A slider at the Summit is a Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwich.

For dessert, ekmek kataifi, a traditional Greek pastry made with shredded phyllo, honey, custard, whipped cream, and toasted almonds should be on your list to top your experience at Summit Diner.

Thomas’ Ham & Eggery Diner: New York

Salted caramel muffins served at Thomas’ Ham & Eggery Diner in New York. Photo: Thomas’ Ham & Eggery Diner/Instagram

Thomas’s is a local breakfast spot that first opened more than 75 years ago. The combination of endless coffee alongside the specialties which include leek and chicken sausage frittata, stuffed French toast, homemade cornel beef hash, or huevos rancheros will give you a tasteful experience like no other.

Another great choice to have in mind is the ham steak and eggs cooked and served in a skillet alongside the fresh home fries and your choice of toast. If you have room for a dessert, try the delicious muffins, cookies, and pies that are baked fresh daily.

La Bonbonniere: New York

Omelets, burgers, and other simple American eats fuel this utilitarian diner. Photo: La Bonbonniere/Facebook

La Bonbonniere is a satisfying, greasy spoon diner in the West Village that stands out for its comfort food from the rest of the upscale brunch spots in the neighborhood. The Mile-long menu of all-day American fare includes burgers, French toast, waffles, and triple-decker sandwiches. This place is cash-only and a great option as most of its meals cost around $10.

Their specialty is the French toast made with challah and if you ask anyone that’s tried it, they’ll tell you it’s the finest in the world.

Pearl Diner: New York

Pearl Diner is one of the last classic Stand-Alone Diners. Photo by Jesse Williams via Unsplash

The Pearl Diner first opened its doors in the early 1960’s on the corner of Pearl and Fletcher in Manhattan. Since then, it has been serving its community for over 50 years. New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world, come every day to live the unique ‘Pearl Diner Experience.’

Enjoy a post-pandemic adjusted menu of basic, diner-style classics, as well as the restaurant’s well-loved breakfast menu.

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