Railroad car diners with good eats

The Mineola Diner stays busy with a mix

The Mineola Diner stays busy with a mix of regulars and new customers. (Nov. 21, 2009) (Credit: Kirsten Luce)

Modeled to look like railroad cars, Long Island's vintage diners offer a nostalgic trip back to simpler times.

These three old-timers also offer good eating:

MINEOLA DINER

Originally manufactured in New Jersey, this historic railroad car diner has been at its current site since 1948. Here, chef Carlos Romero roasts a whole turkey almost every day. At breakfast and lunch, there's a mix of classics and creative specials. Sweet potato fries are hand-cut.

138 Jericho Tpke., Mineola 516-877-1370

TIM'S SHIPWRECK DINER

Brought to Northport in 1924, this cozy, wood-paneled diner is a local gathering spot for breakfast and lunch. Specialties include inventive omelets, oatmeal, quiches, burgers (beef or buffalo), sandwiches and a long list of daily specials.

46 Main St., Northport 631-754-1797

THE COOKROOM

This restored railroad car diner, with its Art Deco details, is estimated to be about 60 years old. Owner Annie Mandler uses local, sustainable ingredients whenever possible. Standouts include "oaty oat" pancakes, breakfast biscuit sliders, freshly ground burgers, hefty sandwiches and house-made desserts.

25 Middle Country Rd., Middle Island, 631-696-4260 thecookroomrestaurant.com

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