WBEZ | cozy corner http://www.wbez.org/tags/cozy-corner Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en That which we call a diner http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/which-we-call-diner-106205 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://instagram.com/p/XFlMGAxRm6/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/dinercozywaffle.JPG" style="width: 620px;" title="Waffle Combo Meal with two eggs over easy, ham, added hash browns and coffee at Cozy Corner Restaurant and Pancake House in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">What defines a diner? Breakfast all day? Late night burgers and shakes? Counter service with sassy waitresses and grillmen wearing white paper hats?</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">I&#39;m investigating diners for Curious City, the question precisely &quot;<a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/440"><u>Where are the area&#39;s oldest diners and what are their stories?</u></a>&quot; &mdash; asked by Rachel Kimura.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">But hold up, what is a diner? Our friends at <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/02/27/chicagoists_favorite_diners.php"><u><em>Chicagoist</em>&nbsp;listed their favorite diners</u></a> recently, and while Diner Grill fits the classic bill, why do <u><a href="http://daleysrestaurant.com/">Daley&#39;s Restaurant</a></u> and even <u><a href="http://cozycornerrestaurant.net/">Cozy Corner</a>&nbsp;</u>do&nbsp;too? What separates the diners from the restaurants, coffeeshops, and grills?</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">We&#39;d love to hear what you think, in the comments below or <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/440"><u>over at Curious City</u></a>. (BTW did you hear <u><a href="https://soundcloud.com/curiouscity/the-sound-of-our-hearts">Ira Glass say recently, &quot;I love Curious City.&quot;</a>?</u></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">In the meantime, I&#39;m on the case. Above you see my go-to diner order when available. I have my own Ron Swanson rules when it comes to diner food. I order waffles over pancakes because I can make pancakes at home. I order ham over bacon because only I can make bacon the way I like it, baked to crispy edges and chewy center. Eggs over easy and hash browns, runny yolks broken over hash browns, then seasoned judiciously with ketchup and Tabasco.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">When Curious City hits the road in search of the area&#39;s oldest diners and their stories, I will be carrying my own personal bottle of real maple syrup, and my own thermally insulated whipped cream.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">But coffee, I just drink their coffee, cream and sugar,&nbsp;however good or bad it might be. Curious, I know.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</em></u></a></div></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/which-we-call-diner-106205