Any time should be diner time. That much is true, whether it’s a diner that specializes in suppertime fare or a joint with a penchant for making scratch breakfasts. There are even those in the Valley that stay open all hours of the day! If you find yourself hankering for a bellyful of Americana, feast on some of the best diners in the Valley like the ones we’ve listed below.
5220 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
It’s about the vibe, more than anything, right? That whisk-you-away feeling you get when experiencing a retro atmosphere? Isn’t that why your eyes stopped here, at 5 & Diner? Yeah, us too. There’s nothing wrong with the fact that their shakes and burgers are award-winning, either. In fact, if you’re coming for the vibe, definitely stay for the grub. This joint is chock-full of goodies for anyone wanting a trip back to the 1950s. By the way, did we mention you can visit the ’50s here at any time of day? 5 & Diner is open 24 hours!
131 E Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283
This hot spot for breakfast lovers is concerned with only two things: terrific service and delectable eats. As you sit down to a signature skillet dish, a sourdough sandwich, or a chicken fried steak, bask in the glory of a few mimosas too. There’s nothing wrong with that — especially when they’re made as delicious as they are here at U.S. Egg!
1825 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
Offering generous portions and a love for diner fare that was born in the Midwest — Chicago, to be exact — Sunny’s is a spot where the spacious seating, relaxed atmosphere, and scrumptious helpings speak for themselves. Meals are cooked to order and include staples like steak, burgers, and breakfast fare inspired by the cuisine south of the Arizona border. There’s nothing like a good diner that doesn’t care about the frills, instead putting a singular focus on quality food for everyone who walks in. A number of breakfast burritos, griddle-made pancakes, and house omelets make this a perfect spot to stop in the morning, but you can stick around until mid-afternoon if you like! Even the menu encourages it with adult beverages and dishes like the juicy Rio Burger.
3481 W Frye Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226
Arizona’s most famous Jewish bakery and deli serves another purpose. That’s right — you can enjoy diner fare galore here as well, including short stacks, bagels, and Chompie’s renowned Jewish sliders. If you’re here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’re definitely in the right place. And thankfully, you can get the best food by the pound right at their counter after you’ve finished your meal, whether it’s their savory smoked fish or their hot challah!
929 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Sporting an all-day breakfast lineup as well as weekend brunches, Welcome Diner truly is something special. They offer a modern menu, with options like barbecue Jackfruit Fries for their vegan and gluten-free patrons, while other classics like their Chicken + Biscuits or their signature French toast dish retain flavors that hearken back to the origin of diner cuisine. Even if you’re blown away by modern options, don’t be fooled — this is still a great diner that’ll stay open into the late night for you and your hungry friends.