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Meals on Wheels

New Jersey is home to more diners than any other state in the Union. America's love affair with these roadside spots began in the 1920s, when the famous Kullman models began manufacture in Newark in 1927 (and, actually, Kullman is still in business today). Legend has it that by the 1939 World's Fair, diner fever had caught on with the "world" debut of the White Mana Diner (tel. 201/963-1441), which after the close of the fair moved back to Jersey City where it still sits at 470 Tonnele Ave., along Route 1. Open 24 hours a day, Jersey City officials declared it a historical landmark, forever preserving the red-and-white facade.

Route 130 in particular is a goldmine for diner diggers, with eateries like the Golden Eagle, 239 Broad Ave., Palisades Park (tel. 201/947-3705); the Brooklawn Diner in Brooklawn (tel. 609/742-0035); Homer's Diner, 201 Crescent Blvd., Oaklyn (tel. 856/858-8461); the Americana Diner, 359 Route 130 N., East Windsor (tel. 609/448-4477); or the USA Country Diner, 1380 Route 130 S., Windsor (tel. 609/448-1322). But then again, there are over 500 in the state alone, so if you really are jonesing for a malted and cheeseburger, the chances of finding a classic chrome joint with a nice, roomy booth to slide into are quite excellent.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.