When I say the word diner, most people get the image of a restaurant complete with booths, jukeboxes, waiters/waitresses jetting around on roller skates, etc. As far as that image goes, we don't have many of those in our area.

However, one of the actual definitions of diner, from Dictionary.com is "a small, informal, and usually inexpensive restaurant." Now, when you use that definition, it adds a bunch of options from Deep East Texas. So, with that in mind, I decided to check out Yelp, to see who ranked at the top of the list for best diners. This is what I found:

  1. Dolli's Diner (Nacogdoches)
  2. Clear Springs (Nacogdoches)
  3. Ray's Drive-In (Lufkin)
  4. Mom's Diner (Lufkin)
  5. Cotton Patch Cafe (Nacogdoches)
  6. Angelina Brewing Company (Lufkin)
  7. Dairy Mart (Broaddus)
  8. NacBurger (Nacogdoches...duh...)
  9. Lone Star Charlie's Family Restaurant (Lufkin)
  10. Mary-Kay's Country Diner (San Augustine)

So there you have it, the top 10 diners in Deep East Texas, at least according to Yelp reviews. I'm still waiting for that Waffle House to show up, so that maybe it'll make the list, too.

Until then, I think that the Yelp list is a pretty solid one. What about you? Do you agree with it, or would you make some changes? Let us know in the comment section below!

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