This probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, but I love vintage diners.
like a lotttt. My current work-in-progress manuscript is a 1950s inspired space-age romance. (with a lot of diners- think Happy Days in space lolol )
So, when Matt and I went to Pensacola a few weeks ago, it was one of the first things I searched for on google maps. That’s how we discovered the Scenic 90s Cafe just ten minutes away from our airbnb. We pulled up and saw the shiny chrome exterior and swooned.
When asked “Something to drink?” Matt and I replied quickly with “Coffee.” It’s funny how all diners have the same sort of coffee. Sometimes it’s burnt, and needs a little sugar. Sometimes it’s just sort of “standard-default-coffee” but it’s always familiar in a way. And the coffee here had that same cozy taste.
“We look like diner tourists” I said
“No we don’t” Matt replied with a smile, I got out my phone and started to snap some photos of the pastel speckled table.
“Okay, now we do…” We laughed, and decided to own it. Diner tourists for the win! We enjoying our breakfast. As much as I love diners, my options are normally limited to the sweet treats on the menu since I don’t eat red meat. Typically I don’t mind since I really really like waffles. (And this one was delicious!)
I didn’t think our morning could get any better until our waitress asked,
“Do you want some coffee to go?”
❤ “Yes, please!”
We found a nearby nature walk/trail to walk around while we sipped the rest of our coffee.
And then we where off to a friends wedding for the rest of the evening.
The next morning we woke up and had a choice.
- Drive the six and a half hours home.
- Take a 45 minute detour… to check out the next diner, and take a scenic route.
What’s a diner tourist to do?
When I heard the words “scenic route” I didn’t expect the soft powdery sand, and perfect blue skies. It looked like a postcard.
After a beautiful drive, we arrived at Mary’s Kitchen. JUST LOOK AT THIS PLACE! The chrome! The neon! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! When we walked in, a man at the bar turned to look at us and said
“Oh is there a sock hop later?”
I’m used to people being a little sassy, so I said,
I thought he’d laugh and we’d go our separate ways, but instead his face lite up.
“Oh really where?!” He asked, taking a sip from his orange juice. And I paniced
“No wait! We just look like this all the time!”
I 100% felt like I crushed his dreams.
Coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee!
Everyone at Mary’s Kitchen (including the sock-hop guy) was really nice and welcoming. We got asked a couple times “Ya’ll from around here?” and a dad came over to our table with his kids to tell Matt that they really liked his mustache. It was real sweet.
We drove miles, and the coffee still tastes the same(ish) as the diner before. Do they all get there beans from the same place? I don’t understand. But whatever the case it was a welcoming (and delicious) experience! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this little peak into my diner obsession, and weekend adventure. Let me know what your go-to diner meal is in the comments and I’ll write to you again next friday!
Till next time,
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