Restaurants The Best Diner Chains  

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Sometimes you just need a heaping plate of comfort food – with a milkshake on the side. That's where these diner chains come in. The best diner restaurants come in many forms. Some top diner chains serve up a mean breakfast while other popular diners are best known for their delicious burgers and fries. Some of the all-time best diner restaurant chains are even open 24 hours a day to sate any late-night craving.

What establishments will you find on this list of the best diner chains? Maybe you'll vote Denny's to the top. Since the first Denny's restaurant opened in 1953, families have enjoyed breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the chain. The Grand Slam Breakfast plate and Moons Over My Hammy are two of Denny's most popular meals. IHOP is another one of the most popular diner chains, known for – what else? – fluffy pancakes. When it comes to a great burger, no diner does it better than Steak 'n Shake. Other good restaurants featured on this top diner chains list include Waffle House, Perkins Restaurant, and Big Boy.

What's your favorite diner restaurant? Give the best chains a thumbs up to move them to the number-one spot on the list, and please add any good diners that are missing.

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Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Diner Chains

2
49 19
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Diner Chains

3
50 22
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Diner Chains

4
40 17
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Diner Chains

5
30 14
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Diner Chains

6
36 20
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Diner Chains

7
24 14
The Original Pancake House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Diner Chains

8
24 15
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Diner Chains

9
19 13
Big Boy Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Diner Chains

10
3 5
Ruby's Diner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Diner Chains
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14 21
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Diner Chains

12
9 15
Huddle House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Diner Chains

13
11 19
Shoney's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Diner Chains

14
8 16
Marie Callender's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Diner Chains

15
6 15
Howard Johnson's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Diner Chains

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4 15
Salisbury House is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Diner Chains
Salisbury House

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4 17
VIP's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Diner Chains
VIP's