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[[caption-width-right:300:A typical greasy spoon.]]

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

A standard [[{{Settings}} setting]]. 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 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!" and "three brown cows for Table 4!" float through the air, confusing all laymen but somehow imbuing ungodly speed to the speakers.
* Food served will either be horrible or improbably delicious (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, vile, and well-boiled coffee.
* 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. 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 GreasySpoon is meant to evoke a "50's diner" feel, it may have jukeboxes at the tables.

Oh, and by the way: the American diner 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.

There exists a British version of the greasy spoon, catering to roughly the same demographic and serving a broadly similar role, though with different typical cuisine and decor. They are typically called a "cafe", without the accent and pronounced "caff." As far as the place goes, replace the vile, well-boiled coffee with the proverbial khaki builder's tea strong and sweet enough to stand a spoon in, the "unpretentious Americana" with similarly unpretentious British fare, and the "ethnic" owner with [[DriverOfABlackCab an at least moderately xenophobic British one]], and you have a fair picture of the institution.

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.
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!!American Examples

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* 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.

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* In {{Transmetropolitan}} Spider Jerusalem and his assistants hang out in one as a tribute panel to Hopper.
* In 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 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.
* ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': Sam & Max visit one in the ''On the Road'' story arc.
* ''GhostWorld'''s Enid and Rebecca hang out at the Quality Cafe.

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* ''PeeweesBigAdventure'' had one of these near the famous Cabazon Dinosaurs.
* ''Film/{{Waitress}}'', of course.
* ''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 ''Diner'' starring Mickey Rourke.
* Pumpkin & Honey Bunny rob one in ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* The real 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.
* The lab that turned Steve Rogers into CaptainAmerica was hidden beneath such an establishment in the 1990 version of ''[[Film/CaptainAmerica1990 Captain America]]''.
* The Portokalos' restaurant in ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' is a fairly typical urban Greek diner.
* In SmokeyAndTheBandit movies, a GreasySpoon is referred to as a "Choke-and-puke".
* The Bulldog Cafe in ''Film/TheRocketeer''.
* In ''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.

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* "The Crows Nest" in the ''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 ''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.

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* ''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 GreasySpoon with bad food and terrible coffee.
* Mama Joy's in ''{{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.
* Mel's Diner in the SitCom ''[[Series/{{Alice1976}} Alice]]''.
* 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.
* ''{{Roseanne}}'' worked at one for a while, and then owned one.
* On ''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.
* {{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 ''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 ''{{Becker}}'' regularly met in one.
* Tyler takes Dub-Dub to the ''[[PunnyName The Batter of the Bulge]] Pancake House'' on ''TheMiddleman'' and assures her it's not because of the food.
* Barth's from ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.
* ''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 one on ''MarriedWithChildren''.
* The main characters in ''TwoBrokeGirls'' work in one.
* The cast of ''{{Bones}}'' are frequently seen in one, with the running gag that Brennan refuses to try the pie (and Booth is never served his).
* ''BoardwalkEmpire'' Season 3 prominently features a gas station diner at Tabor Heights, New Jersey that becomes critical to the region's bootlegging operations. 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'' gives us a few:
** 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/{{Wings}}'': The airport terminal has a lunch counter that looks something like this.

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* Music/TomWaits' song "Invitation to the Blues" is set in a greasy spoon, and deals with the narrator's infatuation with a waitress there.
* SuzanneVega whiles the time away, drinking coffee and people-watching, in Tom's Diner.

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* A stock setting within many NewspaperComics, such as ''{{Blondie}}'', ''BringingUpFather'', and ''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 ''{{Garfield}}''.
* Roz's Roost in ''{{Shoe}}''.

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* ''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.]]

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* Stinky's Diner in the ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' games from Telltale Games. The Lucasarts game ''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 GreasySpoon if you ask her about Louie (the owner).
* The diner in whose DisgustingPublicToilet the first on-screen murder takes place in ''IndigoProphecy''.

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* ''SamAndFuzzy'' had one of these. Its special was called "The Eliminator", and anyone who could successfully finish it got the meal for free.
* In ''StartOfDarkness'', 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.

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

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* ''{{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 ''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 ''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 GreasySpoon.
* 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 GreasySpoon 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.
* 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).
* ''{{Phineas and Ferb}}'' build one on the roof of the family's RV, as it is driving along the interstate.
* One such eatery exists in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Lazy Susan, a waitress, has a thing for Stan.

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* Mickey's Dining Car in downtown St. Paul, breakfast served 24 hours a day since before 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, [[BerserkButton vehemently deny]] that any of these can be properly called diners.

!!British Examples

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* One appears in ''TheSkyCrawlers'', with the surprisingly good food variety. Oddly, it mostly resembles an American diner, but is set up somewhere in Northern Ireland.

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* ''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").

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* LV's mother in ''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.

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* 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 ''ThePaleKing'' ends with the unnamed girl eating breakfast at a diner in Plepler, MO, as her mother has sex in the truck outside.

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* The '70s sitcom ''[[EricSykes 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.

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* The American version of the MusicVideo for {{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 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.


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

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* Joe's diner from 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.

!!Examples of Greasy Spoon analogues in fantastic settings

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* ''[[StarWars Attack of the Clones]]'' 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.

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* "Harga's House of Ribs" in [[Literature/{{Discworld}} 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. (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.

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* The ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' {{Spinoff}} 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 TheBBC musical {{Edutainment}} series ''Music Makers: Infinity Diner'' is a greasy spoon far away from major space-travel lanes in the year 2999.

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* 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.)

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* ''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 comprehend the waitress' dinerspeak almost instantly.
** Actually, the waitress speaks in a very clear-cut manner. ''Kronk'' is the one that dishes the diner-speak.
* 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.
* ''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.

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