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->"''Is there anything on this menu that is not '''swimming in gravy?'''"''
-->-- '''Yzma''', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''

The Greasy Spoon is a small, local or roadside eatery (frequently a "truck stop"), with black-and-white checkered tile floors, red leather covering all its booths, and coffee-stained menus galore. Your archetypal American Greasy Spoon features:

* A nondescript name, such as "Joe's" or "Franky's Diner." May occasionally be called "The Greasy Spoon" for self-aware comedic effect.
* [[AlwaysFemale Waitresses]] with [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents southern accents]] and truly terrifying perms (and possibly worse bleach jobs), but who affably refer to everyone, even total strangers, as "hon," "suga," "sweetie," or "dear." She might be a "Flo."
* A constantly bickering kitchen/waitstaff. The chef will always be wearing a tank top, have a pot belly, and sport a decidedly working class one-syllable name like Jim, Frank, or Earl.
* A nigh-endless stream of indecipherable "[[HashHouseLingo diner speak]]" between the waiters and the cooks. WordSalad-esque phrases such as "burn the pig and put it out to pasture!"[[note]] Bacon and salad [[/note]] and "three brown cows for Table 4!"[[note]] Either a chocolate milk, a chocolate ice cream with chocolate soda, or chocolate ice cream with root beer [[/note]] float through the air, confusing all laymen but somehow imbuing ungodly speed to the speakers. This is influenced by the RealLife Waffle House chain in the American South.
* Food served will either be horrible or improbably delicious [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow (just as long as you don't have too many questions about what goes on in the kitchen)]].
* The menu tends towards unpretentious Americana: pancakes, burgers, fries, hot dogs, milkshakes, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, biscuits and sausage gravy, etc., all washed down with bottomless, [[BadToTheLastDrop vile, and well-boiled coffee]]. Expect any local health food fanatics to complain loudly about the fat and cholesterol content while making comments about people dying early deaths from eating the food, or any out-of-towners used to funkier fare to scoff at how boring the menu is.
* Probably owned and operated by some sort of "[[FunnyForeigner ethnic]]" immigrant/descendant of immigrants. Most often these are Greek, but Jewish, Polish, and Russian ones are not uncommon in the Northeast. This impacts the menu: Greek diners usually have gyros and moussaka, while the Jewish, Polish, and Russian ones can be counted on to have blintzes.
* The "Best Darn X Pie in the Nation." Frequently pumpkin, apple, or cherry; occasionally blueberry. Or pecan if you're in the South, pronounced "p'CAHN."
* Working class and blue-collar patrons, often burly truck drivers, bikers, rednecks and cops. Cityfolk and vacationing middle-class families tend to stick out like sore thumbs. If the diner is in a large city, the patrons will be a mix of various sorts.
* Drunk patrons at night (coming back from the bar) and hung-over ones in the morning/early afternoon on weekends. Both are attracted by the greasy food (the drunk ones to satisfy the drunk munchies, the hung-over ones because fatty food is good for a liquor-damaged stomach); the morning folk also seek the painkilling power of caffeine. Going to a diner while drunk or hung-over is practically a trope in itself.
* Stemming from this, a DinerBrawl might break out at some point.
* If the Greasy Spoon is meant to evoke a "50's diner" feel, it may have jukeboxes at the tables.
* A DisgustingPublicToilet covered in BathroomStallGraffiti.
* May be a LocalHangout, particularly in a smaller community.

Many RealLife examples are converted diner cars, but if you happen across a diner that looks like one, consider its location and upkeep. If it's nowhere near a railyard and looks freshly polished, chances are it's NotThisTrope; expect to see clean booths and an overpriced menu, and your chances of hearing HashHouseLingo or banter with loyal regular customers are slim. If, however, it appears to be a ''real'' diner car on a decommissioned spur near a railyard across from TheCityNarrows, it ''might'' be this trope.

Oh, and by the way: the American diner [[SeriousBusiness is very important to the culture of the Northeast]], and is practically a religion in UsefulNotes/NewJersey. Argue with a Northeasterner--and especially a New Jerseyan, and ''really'' especially a North Jerseyan--about what a diner is at your own peril.

It is also common to have a ordinary greasy spoon in a quite fantastic setting, in a case of [[RecycledINSPACE Recycled]] [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]-]. Occasionally, it features as the InnBetweenTheWorlds.

Similar to the MaltShop, but lacks any kind of NostalgiaFilter.

!! American Examples:


* Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks" features an outside view of a corner diner in a big city and several late-night patrons. It is quite often referenced in other media.
* Many works of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photorealism Photorealist]] movement in American painting portray diners. John Baeder's ''[[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John%27s_Diner_by_John_Baeder.jpg John's Diner With John's Chevelle]]'' (2007) is a good example, as is Ralph Goings' 1982-83 work ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ralph_Goings.jpg Ralph's Diner]].''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem and his assistants hang out in one as a tribute panel to Hopper.
* In ''ComicBook/MesmoDelivery'' most of the story takes place in and around a seedy truck stop dive.
* ''ComicBook/{{Elephantmen}}'' had an issue in which Hip Flask and Vanity stop to eat in Tammy and Sally's Diner, it's actually a lot nicer than usual for this trope except for Flask having to put up with some FantasticRacism in the form of Elephantmen only seating and one abusive customer.
* Since ''ComicBook/WontonSoup'' describes itself as a "Space Trucker Cooking Opera" it's fitting that it should have a space station that serves as one of these, though according to the main character you can get pretty good [[TitleDrop wonton soup]] there.
* ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': Sam & Max visit one in the ''On the Road'' story arc.
* ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'''s Enid and Rebecca hang out at the Quality Cafe.
* In the fifth album of the Belgium comic book series ''{{ComicBook/Orphanimo}}'', Alice ends up working at one of these.
* ''ComicBook/{{Plutona}}'''s human alter ego works at one, underlining her real-world vulnerability versus her superhero identity.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A stock setting within many NewspaperComics, such as ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'', ''ComicStrip/BringingUpFather'', and ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''.
** Typical gag from the latter comic:
---> (Sir Rodney notices a sign behind the counter reading, [- ASK ABOUT OUR TUNA SALAD -].)\\
'''Sir Rodney''': How's the tuna salad?\\
'''Chef''': It's poison.\\
'''Sir Rodney''': Then why the sign?\\
'''Chef''': Sometimes I forget.
* Irma's Diner in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. You have two kinds of coffee (regular and decaf) two choices of potato (cooked or raw), pickle brine as a choice of beverage, and a five-pound "he-man" burger. Jon has found dry-cleaning slips and false eyelashes in his food. Irma thinks that letting cheese age means keeping it in the back of her truck, and her idea of a "special treat" is a scoop of mashed potatoes in an ice cream cone. If you order a burger, you just get a hamburger patty plopped down on the counter in front of you. If you want a bun, you have to order the ''Deluxe'' Burger.
-->'''Jon''': Irma, is this tea or coffee?\\
'''Irma''': What does it taste like?\\
'''Jon''': [[ItTastesLikeFeet It tastes like turpentine]].\\
'''Irma''': Oh, that’s our coffee. Our tea tastes like transmission fluid.
* Roz's Roost in ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The page image comes from ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', a RecycledINSPACE case where such a place became a BarFullOfAliens - including [[Film/{{Alien}} the Xenomorph]], which might have come from the food...
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' had one of these near the famous Cabazon Dinosaurs.
* ''Film/{{Waitress}}'', of course.
* ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' has one which is where Bruce is when he realizes he really does have Godly powers.
* One of these appeared in ''Film/SupermanII''.
* Jenny Hayden and ''Film/{{Starman}}'' stop at one of these, and the GargleBlaster for Starman is the Dutch Apple Pie.
* Used in a genuinely creepy way in ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''.
* The movie ''Film/{{Diner}}'' starring Mickey Rourke.
* Pumpkin & Honey Bunny rob one in ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* The real Film/ErinBrockovich played a waitress at one of these in the movie.
* ''Film/PineappleExpress'' ends with the heroes shooting the breeze at a diner.
* In ''Film/ScotlandPA'', Duncan's Cafe is this until the [=McBeths=] remodel it into a fast food hamburger joint.
* IrishMob hitman Michael Sullivan and his son ''very narrowly'' avoid an assassination attempt in ''Film/RoadToPerdition''. Sullivan even small-talks with a waitress who brings his fried chicken and coffee, and the hired assassin Harlan Maguire—posing as an IntrepidReporter—also orders coffee with [[SweetTooth an enormous heaping of sugar]]. While Sullivan and his son escape, [[CopKiller Maguire kills a cop who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time]].
* The lab that turned Steve Rogers into ComicBook/CaptainAmerica was hidden beneath such an establishment in the 1990 version of ''Film/{{Captain America|1990}}''.
* The Portokalos' restaurant in ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' is a fairly typical urban Greek diner.
* In the ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' movies, a Greasy Spoon is referred to as a "Choke-and-puke."
* The Bulldog Cafe in ''Film/TheRocketeer''.
* In ''Film/DumbAndDumber'', the guys make an ill-fated stop at a greasy spoon. Lloyd calls the waitress Flo, which they both think is the height of hilarity.
* In the Canadian ''Film/{{Twist}}'', there are a few of these places. Nancy works at one of them.
* The Don't Drop Inn from ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird''. The food is bad ([[CordonBleughChef cream of garlic soup with maraschino cherries]], anyone?) and the service is worse (the staff are a mix of Grouches and cantankerous humans). Oh, and don't order the tossed salad unless you want a FoodFight to break out.
* ''Film/{{Enough}}'': Husband refers to wife's place of employment as "the greasy spoon" ... and it's a fairly accurate description.
* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' - Three drunk rednecks stop by a non-descript, 50's style truck stop (called the "5 to 2 Cafe") with interior design featuring black-and-white, checkered tile flooring, and red leather booths. Well-boiled coffee is a part of the ambiance. [[OutlawCouple Mickey and Mallory]] are there. Mickey is ordering up some pie (trying to decide from apple, pecan, cherry, or keylime) from a waitress named Mabel. Mallory is dancing at the jukebox. It ends in a diner brawl, involving everyone mentioned, as well as a fat chef in a tank top.
* ''Film/HowardTheDuck'' features one of these with the usual staples. It being the 80s, scary perms are included.
* The sleazy galley in ''Film/LifeOfPi'', where a grumpy cook (played by Creator/GerardDepardieu) serves his gravy-rich meals to the ship's lower deck passengers.
* ''Film/BabyDriver'' has Bo's Diner, where Deborah works and eventually meets Baby.

* "The Crows Nest" in the ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series, which also holds high nostalgia factor for Seth. [[spoiler:Largely due to ParentalAbandonment issues -- before his parents left, they spent a lot of time there]].
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' had Mister Wednesday and Shadow meet in such a location. Bikers and smoke abound.
* The Pico Mundo Grille in the ''Literature/OddThomas'' series apparently has all of the good things about this. It's apparently a very popular restaurant.
* In ''Harvesting the Heart'', Paige works at one of these after she runs away from home.
* In ''Literature/JustOneDay'', Allyson works at one to save up for her trip to Paris. It falls under the category of "improbably good food."
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/BetweenPlanets'' Don Harvey ends up working at the Two Worlds Dining Room which is a Chinese version of a dinner since the owner/short order cook is Chinese.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks moonlights in one, taking the identity of her nonexistent identical twin, in the episode "Connie and Bonnie".
* ''Cup A' Joe'' Diner on the Season 3 episode of the same name on ''Series/TheATeam''. The in-universe competition, ''Cactus Jack's'' chain of diners, are an egregious example of a Greasy Spoon with bad food and terrible coffee.
* Mama Joy's in ''Series/{{Everwood}}''; Dr Abbott even openly refers to it as a greasy spoon once. Both the trope and the name are swiftly deconstructed in the very first episode wherein the diner appears:
-->'''Nina:''' [shouts order at the top of her lungs]\\
'''Andy:''' Wow, where's the cook? In Maine?\\
'''Nina:''' He only hears in his left ear.\\
'''Andy:''' What's wrong with his right ear?\\
'''Nina:''' He doesn't have a right ear.\\
'''Andy:''' Now what does Mama Joy think of this?\\
'''Nina:''' Nothing, mostly. Mama Joy's been dead for twenty years. The place is run by her nephew.\\
'''Andy:''' Ah, so Mama Joy is actually Aunt Joy.\\
'''Nina:''' And Aunt Joy is actually Gertrude Heim. But that doesn't have quite the same ring.
* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "I-Yensch, You-Yensch" has some of the main characters meet at an alien version of this trope, à la ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. It has some of the typical greasy spoon tropes associated with hard-boiled fiction, like some unexpected robbers, a put-upon workstaff, and schemes to burn the place down for insurance money...but [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]
* Mel's Diner in the SitCom ''Series/{{Alice|1976}}''.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Hiro met Charlie, his doomed love interest, in one of these in Midland, Texas, called the Burnt Toast Diner. There was a later sad example of in-humor: the diner Hiro and Nathan met at was called Fly By Night.
** In volume 4, Luke repeatedly asks Sylar to stop at one during their road trip, to Sylar's considerable annoyance.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' worked at one for a while, and then owned one.
* On ''Series/JustShootMe'', Maya and Elliot go to a diner that boasts the "world's best blueberry pie." Elliot tries it, and doesn't like it.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s flashbacks, Kate's mother is a waitress in such an establishment. In one of the show's "crosses," Sawyer is shown to have eaten there, waited on by Kate's mother.
* Series/{{Frasier}} spends a ChristmasEve in one.
* There's one in ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' wherein the pies cause MindLink between people who have eaten them.
* The reaper meetings on ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' were held at a CaptainErsatz of Waffle House.
** Which was reused in ''Series/StargateSG1'' as a manifestation of a higher plane of existence. The meals were themed around enlightenment and ascension-related names.
* Dean in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is very fond of this kind of establishment. Especially if they serve pie.
* The cast of ''Series/{{Becker}}'' regularly met in one.
* Tyler takes Dub-Dub to the ''[[PunnyName The Batter of the Bulge]] Pancake House'' on ''Series/TheMiddleman'' and assures her it's not because of the food.
* Barth's from ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had the Double R Diner. In contrast to the typical trope, the coffee and pie are absolutely amazing, at least according to the ever-chipper Agent Cooper.
* Kelly gets a job at rather bad one on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''; the place isn't very hygienic (a rat gets caught in the deep fryer, although the chef protests that he spent an hour getting half of it out) the chef makes indecent comments towards her, and worst of all, one of her former teachers from high school brings female students there as part of a "scared smart" program to keep them from idolizing her. Eventually, though, she manages to make the place popular by giving out advice on dating to customers - including the teacher.
* The main characters in ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' work in one.
* The cast of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' are frequently seen in one, with the running gag that Brennan refuses to try the pie (and Booth is never served his).
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' Season 3 sees a gas station diner at Tabor Heights, New Jersey, that becomes critical to the region's bootlegging operations as it's the main stop for the bootleggers to refuel their trucks on the run from Atlantic City to New York City. Gyp Rossetti takes over the town and eats at the diner every night. The diner serves spaghetti, which the waitress seems to think is an exotic dish.
* ''Series/MadMen'':
** There's one very close to the offices of Sterling-Cooper--maybe in the same building or right next door. The characters go there when what they need is quick service rather than quality. [[spoiler:Don meets his brother Adam Whitman there.]]
** During his period of [[TheAlcoholic problem drinking]] during Season 4, Don occasionally goes to a diner to eat, particularly while drunk/hungover. [[spoiler:He ends up sleeping with the waitress, having no recollection of it, and ''[[OhCrap telling her his name was Dick]]''. And to make it worse, ''he forgets to pick up his kids for the weekend''.]]
** The SCDP offices also have a nearby diner, where again the characters go when they need to have a quick chat and a bite. Also, [[spoiler:Peggy has her talk with Freddy Rumsen that convinces her to jump ship at this restaurant, and when she decides to present Ted Chaough with her offer, it's at this diner.]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Appears several times throughout the series, often on or close to military installations. Season one cliffhanger "Skeleton Crew" has a typical one.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': After one of Daniel's "deaths", he ends up in one of these places. It's explained that he is in a semi-ascended plane of existence, and that the way he sees the place is due to AFormYouAreComfortableWith.
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'': The airport terminal has a lunch counter that looks something like this.
* Parodied in a sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', in which Creator/JenniferLawrence spews vitriolic comments at a pair of diners.
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' has Art's Diner, a section of the show that takes place in the titular restaurant, managed by a cook with questionable hygene named Art Burn. The objective of the place is showing experiments that can be done with common kitchen ingredients.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017''
** ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'':
*** Early in season 1, Karen Page has some meetings with Ben Urich at the Square Diner in Tribeca. The diner reappears in season 2, this time being the place where Matt chews out Elektra for reinvading his life while she's busy wolfing down food.
*** In ".380," Frank Castle draws out the Blacksmith by [[DinerBrawl using Karen as bait to lure two of his men to a diner in Queens.]]
*** During Matt and Karen's first date in season 2, Karen remarks that she grew up in a small town in Vermont where the most ethnic thing provided was French fries. In season 3, we see what Karen meant by this: her mother Penelope runs a diner in Fagan Corners, Vermont known as Penny's Place[[note]]Actually the Catskill Mountain Country Store in Windham, New York[[/note]].
** ''Series/JessicaJones2015'':
*** A couple of these diners are used by a support group of Kilgrave's victims for meetings.
*** In the season 2 finale, Jessica meets with Oscar at a diner to ask him to get forged [=IDs=] so she can get her fugitive mother out of the country. It turns out to be a setup as there are undercover cops there waiting to catch Jessica, and Jessica is forced to overpower them before escaping.
** ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Claire Temple's mom works at a Harlem diner known as the A-Train Diner (named for the subway line), and loans her daughter one of her delivery vans so that she and Luke can attempt to transport a dying Rafael Scarfe to One Police Plaza.
** ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': In the opening episode, Matt and Karen have lunch at the Metro Diner on 96th Street to catch up on their lives and so Karen can get a comment from him about the Aaron James verdict.
** ''Series/ThePunisher2017'': Frank Castle regularly takes meals at these sorts of diners throughout the city. David first makes contact with him by calling one such diner while he's taking breakfast the morning after killing some Gnucci lackeys who were trying to hurt Donny.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' feature Loyola's Family Café in Albuquerque, which has this sort of vibe. Mike is a regular at the diner, and often uses it as a meeting place with fellow operatives in Gus's meth operation. The prequel show shows Saul / Jimmy using the diner to meet with clients (on the pretense that his offices are under renovation, but in reality so the clients won't know he works out of the backroom of a nail salon).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the Eleventh Doctor join his companions at one of these in the Series 6 opener "The Impossible Astronaut" shortly after the latter witness his StoryArc-driving murder (which happens 200 years later in his timeline) at Lake Silencio. This 1950s-decor diner (in real life a theme restaurant in the U.K.) turns up again at the end of Series 9 in "Hell Bent" as the TARDIS and companion-less Twelfth Doctor encounters a waitress who resembles Clara Oswald and [[FramingDevice recounts the events of the episode to her]]. [[spoiler: The diner is in Utah in the first story and Nevada in the second...because it's actually the exterior of a TARDIS he stole from Gallifrey in the process of saving Clara from her fixed-point death (the "kitchen" is the console room). The waitress IS Clara, but he no longer recognizes her due to a memory wipe; as the episode ends, she and Ashildr -- both of whom are functionally immortal by this point -- head off to new adventures in it. With its chameleon circuit broken, it now permanently appears to be a Greasy Spoon!]]
* ''Series/TheDeuce'' has Leon's Diner, a hangout for the pimps and prostitutes in and around Times Square.

* Music/TomWaits' song "Invitation to the Blues" from ''Music/SmallChange'' is set in a greasy spoon, and deals with the narrator's infatuation with a waitress there.
* Music/SuzanneVega whiles the time away, drinking coffee and people-watching, in "Tom's Diner".
* Jazz organ legend Jimmy Smith stands in front of one on the cover of his album ''Music/HomeCookin''.
* Music/MatracaBerg gives us an example in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEt5JROSZpQ Eat At Joe's]].'
* The back cover of the Music/{{Supertramp}} album ''Breakfast in America'' has the band in one, with each member reading their hometown newspaper. The inner sleeve is done in the style of a diner menu.

* ''Pinball/{{Diner}}'' takes place entirely in a Fifties-style train car diner. There's even a sign outside reading "Home of the Bottomless Cup" and a jukebox on the playfield.
* ''Pinball/TruckStop'' takes place at one, complete with a [[FanServiceWithASmile staff full of sexy waitresses and attendants.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Appropriately enough, ''VideoGame/DinerDash'' starts out with main character Flo [[InvokedTrope (because of course, that's her name)]] reopening a run-down diner after quitting her soul-sucking corporate job. Unlike most examples, Flo strives for great food and speedy service, with it being up to the player to deliver.
* Stinky's Diner in the ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' games from Telltale Games. The comics, as well as the Lucasarts game ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' had the Snuckey's chain.
** Stinky's is an interesting case-it was founded by "Grandpa" Stinky (as opposed to "Girl" Stinky) with the explicit purpose of crafting food [[MasochistsMeal so vile]] that only the strongest would survive eating it, thus bettering the species. Probably explains real ones.
** Stinky and Sal communicate in dinerspeak, and there are entire optional dialogue trees to hear more of it.
* The ''VideoGame/TexMurphy'' games have the Brew & Stew. One of the characters you can talk to in ''The Pandora Directive'' even refers to it as a Greasy Spoon if you ask her about Louie (the owner).
* The diner in whose DisgustingPublicToilet the first on-screen murder takes place in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''.
* ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp'' takes place in a LighterAndSofter take; it's a small time diner with a wide verity of patrons giving our waitress crab an endless stream of orders to fill out, but it's otherwise bright and optimistic, even when the leaky plumbing puts [[SlipperySkid puddles of water]] in your way and the patrons start [[BananaPeel littering]].
* ''VideoGame/MathForTheRealWorld'' has Edna's Diner, where the player has to give everyone in the band the right combination of food to match how much money they plan on spending.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest The 11th Hour]]'', the first few scenes of the in-game movie feature Robin Morales stopping off at one of these. Instead of Robin getting mineral water, a cappuccino, and a bran muffin, she's given a cheap chocolate donut and a bland coffee. On the plus side, the waitress, Eileen Wiley, is Robin's first lead on the Stauf Mansion case.
* ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' and ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' feature some of these in their respective game spaces. Or, more accurately, the post-apocalyptic remains of their structures.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' had one of these. Its special was called "The Eliminator," and anyone who could successfully finish it got the meal for free.
* In ''Start of Darkness'', a prequel book for ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[BigBad Xykon]], [[TheDragon Redcloak]], and Right-Eye discuss their plans at an Evil Diner, where they meet the [[FourthWallObserver Demon Roaches]] and Xykon muses philosophically over a terrible cup of coffee. After Xykon becomes a [[DemBones lich]] and finds that he can't taste the coffee, he [[MoralEventHorizon murders the waitress]] out of rage.
* In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', there is the Fifth Street Diner. [[http://autumnbaycomics.com/comics/33/ Stephen, Adam, and Callie go there to discuss what they learned from Benny]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the animated short "[[http://vimeo.com/3388129 Please Say Something]]", the mouse visits a diner alone.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': In the episode "The Graham Canyon," the Pickles family stops in one of these when their car breaks down. Stu has trouble deciphering the Southwest-inspired menu. "Mole sauce?"[[note]]For those not familiar with Mexican food, it's pronounced "Mol-ay." For those who are familiar with it, he pronounces it "Mole," like the animal.[[/note]]
* There was one of these of the "Truck Stop" variety in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has one with "the best ice cream this side of the Rockies" and a ApronMatron toothless waitress who is pretty awesome.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' begins with Max in one in the "Max Out" episode.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had the [[ThreeAmigos main trio]] resting/hiding out in one of these when under pursuit by [[TheMenInBlack The Guys in White]] after Danny's SecretIdentity was exposed to the public.
* Refers to the Krusty Krab in an early ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode, "Welcome to the Chum Bucket," in a charming musical number.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib talks to a hobo at a diner. The hobo then kidnaps one of the customers.
* One of these was a central location in ''ScoobyDoo and the Alien Invaders''.
* The LocalHangout on ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' the cartoon, [[AdaptationExpansion based on a scene in the comic]], in turn based on the Edward Hopper painting mentioned above. Specifically referred to as a Greasy Spoon.
* A funny example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Selma's Choice": while on the way to Great Aunt Gladys's funeral, the family, with Patty and Selma, stop at a Greasy Spoon diner with a buzzing sign called "The Buzzing Sign Diner."
* Similar establishments figure in several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', as when the school bus breaks down on the way to Bartleby Hall and on David and Jane Reads' 10th anniversary, when they are forced to stop at the Ten Spot diner. Another episode had Arthur oversleeping on a bus and ending up at the edge of town. He waited for the next bus at a diner, where the waitress replied to his order of milk by hollering "Squeeze me a cow!"
** One episode where the class is on the way to New York for a concert and their bus breaks down in front of a restaurant that appears to be one of these ends up being a subversion when the staff gives the class free dessert in gratitude for their impromptu concert; the cook used to be a gourmet chef and his cobbler/pie is fantastic.
* WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers stop at one while running away from home. Dr. Orpheus, who is tailing them, gets harassed by a couple of burly patrons (at their own peril).
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' build one on the roof of the family's RV, as it is driving along the interstate.
* One such eatery exists in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', and it's even called "Greasy's Diner." Lazy Susan, one of the waitresses, has a thing for Stan.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Doug and Skeeter stop at one of these on the way to a Beets concert. They talk to a trucker named [[GenderBlenderName Charlie]], and the Beets Bus leaves without them.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' features the Nighthawks Diner (a ShoutOut to a very famous painting). Heffer and Filburt regularly come their to drown their sorrows in [[ComfortFood fries and]] [[DrunkOnMilk milkshakes]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' Has one of these in the episode entitled "Hamhocks and Armlocks." Their waitress is a chain smoking woman named Midge. She even has a bad perm to complete the stereotypical GreasySpoon look. The restaurant is devoid of menus and only has three options when it comes to food: Hamburgers, Hammhocks, and Ham Sandwiches. Despite the family asking for hamburgers, Midge refuses to bring them any. Dexter's father then asks for Ham Sandwiches and she responds by saying "Trust me, you don't want em'". She then orders Hamhocks for the entire family. Not surprisingly, the climax of the episode deals with Dexter's Dad being challenged to an arm wrestling match by a man named "Earl" for making him lose.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Mickey's Dining Car in downtown St. Paul, breakfast served 24 hours a day since before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, sometimes shows up as a setting for films (''Film/TheMightyDucks'', ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'', ''Film/APrairieHomeCompanion'').
* Go to roadfood.com and look up all the restaurants under the "Diner" category. You'll find quite a few that fit the bill (and quite a few others that used to fit before getting listed on Roadfood made them popular and they became more upscale).
* A few national chains--notably Waffle House, IHOP, and Denny's--are styled after diners. However, many diner aficionados, particularly from the Northeast, vehemently deny that any of these can be properly called diners.
* Johnie's Coffee Shop in Los Angeles is a famed example of Googie architecture and a recently-designated Los Angeles landmark, famed for hosting scenes in ''Film/TheBigLebowski,'' ''Film/ReservoirDogs,'' and ''Film/MiracleMile'', among others. However, Johnie's actually hasn't been open for business in years. Its main business -- if it has any at all -- is as a film setting. That's UsefulNotes/LosAngeles for you.

!!British Examples

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One appears in ''Anime/TheSkyCrawlers'', with the surprisingly good food variety. Oddly, it mostly resembles an American diner, but is set up somewhere in Northern Ireland.

[[folder:Board Games]]
* ''Creator/LennyHenry's Stand-Up Comic Board Game'' had several squares marked "Greasy Spoon," representing some of the jobs comics take [[WaitingForABreak before getting their big break]] (others were marked "Valet Parking").

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* LV's mother in ''Film/LittleVoice'' frequents one of these for breakfast with her friend.
* ''Film/WithnailAndI'': Marwood finds himself in a particularly gritty and British one near the start of the film. In the script it is referred to as "Wanker's Cafe."
* ''Film/IReallyHateMyJob'': A small, second rate, rat-infested cafe full of waitresses waiting for their big break is the setting of the film.

* The street cafe type shows up in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' on Tottenham Court Road, where the trio go to try to escape the Death Eaters, but two show up [[spoiler:because they are able to track anyone who speaks Voldemort's name.]]
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse [[YouAllMeetInAnInn meet up in one of these]], drawing the attention of the local chapter of the Hell's Angels.
* Chapter 8 of ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' ends with the unnamed girl eating breakfast at a diner in Plepler, MO, as her mother has sex in the truck outside.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The '70s sitcom ''Series/{{Sykes}}'' has the roadside cafe version, where Eric and Hat buy one and try and convert it into something a little posher. It doesn't work as all they do is alienate the truckies. Then they convert it back and rake in the cash but can't keep up the gritty act as part of working there. [[spoiler:Then their snobby neighbor Mr. Brown buys it.]]
* The little cafe to which the losing team is sent by [[FanNickname Suralan]] each week in ''Series/TheApprentice UK''.
* The Green Midget Cafe, Bromley from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. Spam, spam, spam, baked beans and spam, but baked beans is off.
* One of Cynthia's patients in Series 2 of ''Series/CallTheMidwife'' is an old, angry diabetic man who runs an eel pie shop in Poplar. This is an even older form of greasy spoon than the cafe.

* The American version of the MusicVideo for Music/{{Radiohead}}'s song "High and Dry" features one of these. (The other, British, version was filmed first, but the band disliked it enough to film the American version.)
* The back cover of Supertramp's ''Breakfast in America'' album depicts one of these.
* Barry Cryer and Ron Golden's song "Truffles" is about one of these, to a tune that's a mashup of Music/ElvisPresley's "Trouble" ("If you're looking for truffles, you've come to the wrong place") and Peggy Lee's "I'm A Woman" ("Because we're British, B.R.I.T.I.S.H./So don't push it, mate").
-->But say egg and chips,\\
And you've broken the code.\\
We'll get the HP Sauce out and the show is on the road.

* The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama ''Horror of Glam Rock'' by Paul Magrs is set in a motorway service station.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Joe's diner from VideoGame/ImprobableIsland. The "Chips" (french fries) are described as tasting like "[[ItTastesLikeFeet paper bags filled with pus]]." The "Family Trough" meal is served ''in a pail'', and you feel less hungry just from looking at it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UK towns have Greasy Spoons too, which are often an inexpensive place to have breakfast or lunch unaffected by the rising prices of major chains, and often provide a traditional British atmosphere that reflects the owners. As a result, they are very appealing to the elderly. Most of them will serve traditional English breakfasts and tea, and in seaside towns, they tend to be more fish themed - you might find the cockney staples of 'pie and mash' or 'jellied eels and liquor'. Unlike American diners, there is not really any pretense to the layout of these places, in fact looking as non-descript as possible is quite appealing to their clientele.

!!Examples of Greasy Spoon analogues in fantastic settings

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' features Dex's Diner, where Obi-wan goes to speak to the owner/chef, Dexter Jettster. Apparently Dex has a bit of a past, and not only sells food, but information.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' has a space truck stop styled like a greasy spoon. The scene features a memorable ''Film/{{Alien}}'' parody.
* ''Film/SpaceTruckers'' had a greasy spoon in space that that was in a spinning donut shape to keep gravity going, a la ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001]]'' (along with the white colourscheme). This is in keeping with the movie's trend of mixing truckers and trucker culture with sci-fi.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** "Harga's House of Ribs" in Ankh Morpork goes either here or under British examples; we're not completely sure which.
** Ankh-Morpork is full of those. Harga's House of Ribs is only one of the more well-known ones. (Some of the others are ''Gimlet's Hole Food Delicatessen'' - a dwarf joint, and ''Curry Gardens'', a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Klatchian]] ''greasy stick''. Holy Wood had its fair share of them, too, because actors needed to eat and were not paid well enough to complain.)
** Harga's place is actually relatively sophisticated one, offering a full menu and coffee to boot. ''Discworld/NightWatch'' features a more Medieval example, which only provides a boiling pot of nondescript stew for a few pennies.
* Steph Turner's restaurant where the Spook Duo set shop in the David Weber and Eric Flint's ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Torch of Freedom]]''. Lamphshaded when Anton ''calls'' it a "greasy spoon," which prompted [[RantInducingSlight Steph's angry outburst]] that sanitary violations are about [[EvenEvilHasStandards the only things]] that authorities ''are'' serious about. Given that the diner in question is definitely on the WrongSideOfTheTracks, that's something.
** A couple of these appear in ''The Rising Thunder'' as well, mainly becasue that's a common place for the [[AgentProvocateur Firebrand's]] marks to make contacts with him. Given that the Madras Sector is in an ass end of the League, where graft and corruption reign supreme, a lot of them are surprisingly better then they could've been.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' {{Spinoff}} series ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' had one of these where Joseph Adama and Daniel Graystone met. While it was an inner-city diner instead of countryside, it still had some of the characteristics of a Greasy Spoon. Apparently it served Caprican and Gemenese food; it's probably supposed to be analogous to the ubiquitous Greek-run diners in the US that serve both hamburgers and gyros.
* The Infinity Diner in Creator/TheBBC musical {{Edutainment}} series ''Music Makers: Infinity Diner'' is a greasy spoon far away from major space-travel lanes in the year 2999.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' the Outskirt Stand, a diner and gasoline station made from an old locomotive, is one of the visitable locations in Orre. It is the first place that Wes visits after destroying the Team Snagem Hideout at the start of the game, and one of the most valuable locations, as it is the only place in Orre where he can buy Poké Balls. (In the sequel, the place still sells them, but there are other places in Orre where you can find them.)
* Grillby's in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', run by a flame elemental. Sans loves the place, but his brother Papyrus can't stand it. (He may [[DemBones not have a stomach]], but "I HAVE STANDARDS!")
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' has its own chain of gas-station diners, the Crow's Nest, whose food provides some of the lowest buffs available but is pretty cheap to purchase. Have your picture taken with Kenny Crow when you stop by!
* The InteractiveFiction ''VideoGame/{{Stationfall}}'' is set on a strangely abandoned space station, parasitized by a series of smaller vessels attached to its airlock with a variety of businesses in them. One of them is a deserted greasy spoon, which is one of the ''very'' few possible sources of food in the game.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' featured "Mudka's Meat Hut, Home Of The Mound Of Meat." Looking over the menu prompted Yzma to say the quote at the top. Kronk ends up in the kitchen and somehow manages to translate the orders into dinerspeak almost instantly, to the visible surprise of the waitress.
* Dot's Diner in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' fits this in appearance only. It's not a truck stop, nor is it badly run or dirty. But is definitely styled after a 50's diner. Al's Wait-and-Eat, on the other hand, is a lot closer to this trope. And it goes very slow.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' has Flo's Diner.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', of all things, had the Big Dipper Dinner in the homonymous episode. Although the name may not give it away, it's located in outer space.

!!Other Examples

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This trope is alive and well in Australia; many suburbs, especially a suburb with a good mix of residential, commercial and light industry, will have places to eat much like this; though the people sound different, and few are ever shaped like railway coaches (most are simple storefronts in a row of shops, or a roadhouse); however the amateurishness of the operation remains consistent, as does the ridiculous excuse for food. There was one in the infamous King's Cross area of Sydney, usually known by its alternate name of the "Chew 'n' Spew".
* Something of a trope in Spain where the popularity of the snack food Tapas amongst tourists led to low budget restaurants springing up to serve it.