A sterling example of its species, Lisa's Diner basks in the shadow of a steel mill in Granite City. A newish façade gives it the unfortunate appearance of a lean-to shack, but inside there still flourishes the good, greasy stuff diner dreams are made of. A country tune jangles on the jukebox as the waitress gives you coffee in a Santa Claus mug and calls you "hon." Try the country-fried steak, bigger than your head and smothered in milk gravy.
I was once involved in a slinger affair. It went down like this: Years ago, I darkened the stoop of my first diner. It was 3 o'clock in the morning, a scurrilous, red-handed hour if ever there was one. Flushed from our watering hole by the... More »
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