Q&A ANDREW HETHER­ING­TON SHARES HIS MOST MEM­O­RABLE EX­PE­RI­ENCES IN THE MAK­ING OF THIS PROJECT

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FAVOURITE DINER?

I re­ally like Bette’s Ocean­view. There was this re­ally chilled, eclec­tic vibe. I live on the East Coast and it had a very dif­fer­ent feel to what I’m used to.

FAVOURITE MO­MENT?

Dis­cov­er­ing that juke boxes are still alive and well in these din­ers.

BEST THING YOU ATE?

Fried chicken and waf­fles with a maple dress­ing at Frank’s Diner in Spokane, Washington State. I wouldn’t nor­mally or­der it. It’s an odd com­bi­na­tion but it was su­per tasty, and amaz­ingly light.

WEIRDEST THING YOU ATE?

I had a steamed cheese­burger (pic­tured left), which was quite odd. The tex­ture was dif­fer­ent to a nor­mal fried ham­burger. I didn’t par­tic­u­larly en­joy it, even though it was a sig­na­ture dish.

TOP TIP FOR DINER NEW­BIES?

Sit at the counter if you’re trav­el­ling solo, so that you can chat to the wait­ers and watch the cooks at work in the open kitchens. And make sure you go in with an empty stom­ach!

MOST SUR­PRIS­ING THING YOU LEARNT ON THE ROAD?

That the diner is still a pil­lar of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in these towns, de­spite the big fran­chises that are threat­en­ing the ex­is­tence of these busi­nesses.

WHAT DID YOU MOST EN­JOY?

I loved watch­ing the cooks at work; how quick they were and how they were able to re­mem­ber all the or­ders com­ing through. There was a great sense of pride at these din­ers. It’s tech­ni­cally fast food but of­ten the dishes are made from scratch.

BIG­GEST SUR­PRISE?

To pull up at Bette’s Ocean­view at 6am to see a huge line out­side wait­ing for them to open for break­fast. They are so pop­u­lar yet they close at 2pm.

BIG­GEST DINER FAUX PAS?

The big­gest no-no at a diner is not wait­ing to be seated and not leav­ing a tip.

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