As we all know from Lee Child’s thrillers, Jack Reacher feels very much at home in a good, greasy diner. FBI Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar of the Hunt for Jack Reacher Series are no strangers to greasy spoons while they’re traveling, either.
Diners are underrated, aren’t they? They’re often open late, you don’t have to get dressed up, and they serve you food you might be embarrassed to order it anywhere else.
In Get Back Jack, Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar go to a diner in Mexico and find the establishments’ universal characteristics:
“This diner was like every diner. Open floor plan, no privacy, brightly lit, inexpensively furnished, kid friendly. Breakfast served all day, sandwiches for lunch and dinner. No alcohol. Constant coffee.”
–Get Back Jack by Diane Capri
In my upcoming newest Hunt for Reacher thriller, Jack and Joe, Otto and Gaspar go to Texas. I’m not sure they’ll have time for fine diner dining while they’re in Texas, but if they did they might visit Biscuits and Groovy in Austin, TX. Check this out:
It’s the Donna Summer: “Three freshly baked buttermilk biscuits smothered in white pepper gravy with three scrambled eggs, sausage, Colby jack cheese and chives.”
Does this meal have your stomach growling or revolting? I guarantee Carlos Gaspar would scarf this down!
In another recent blog post, I featured a top diner in Nashville — the Hermitage Cafe.
So what is it about diners that makes Jack Reacher feel at home? And Kim Otto? And Carlos Gaspar? And you and me and millions around the world, but especially Americans? Diners deliver simple pleasures: grilled cheese, burgers, milkshakes. Coffee, eggs, biscuits. Comfortable prices, and booths we slide into with ease. Diners accept us as we are, which is what home is all about.
What’s the best diner where you live?