It's been six years since my original post. This internet thing may be catching on after all? :)
Buffetbuster and I were chatting about this last week---and with 200 restaurants experienced, it's time for a new list.
As I revise---the Eddie's (New Orleans) experience is still a favorite, but I'll eliminate, since they have been closed for some time.
So...here's A DOZEN (in alphabetical order---from places reviewed by Jane and Michael or at least by someone in full on this site):
Allie's Donuts, North Kingstown, RI
Blue Heaven, Key West, FL
Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, LA
Clam Shack, Kennebunkport, ME
Duran Central Pharmacy, Albuquerque, NM
Four Seas Ice Cream, Centerville, MA
Mother's, New Orleans, LA
Nick Tahou Hots, Rochester, NY
Snappy Lunch, Mount Airy, NC
Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco, CA
Tony's Diner, Kingston, PA
Tony Luke's, Philadelphia, PA