Diners are not all created equal. And despite what bit-time restaurateurs may tell you, consistency is not always charming. At any diner, there are a lot of variables: the architecture, the food, the waitresses, the regulars, the shared conversations, and the time of day, your mood. When you're on the road, it's nice to know where to find some great grub, local flavour, and perhaps some unusual characters. And it also can be fun to discover places near your home that you've somehow missed. There may be more diners in New Jersey, but as a well-fed native and current resident of Pennsylvania, I find that its diners are among the most beautiful and often have the tastiest food.