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   Baltimore's most famous and well known diner came to light after Barry Levinson produced the movie Diner in the early 1980's. The diner, known in the movie was the Fell's Point Diner, was actually based on memories Levinson had of the Hilltop Diner in Northwest Baltimore City. The Hilltop Diner still stands today, long since closed as a diner and is currently being used as a liquor store , as seen in the pictures below. The Hilltop Diner is located on the west side of Reisterstown Road, just south of Rogers Avenue, across the street from the old Crest Theatre. Below is a snapshot of the location used in the movie, now developed into housing and with no signs what so ever of the set for the movie.
 
.location of movie Diner
      The silver diner seen below is the diner Barry Levinson used to make the movie. In the movie, the diner was set up on a waterfront property in Canton ( above ) that has since been developed with housing, south of the American Can Company building. The old Diner was moved downtown and is currently the Kid's Diner, and serves food to this day . The diner seen below that are of the actual old Hilltop Diner on Reisterstown Road, which still stands to this day, used as a liquor store.     
.Kids Diner,
              Baltimore
....................................Hilltop
              diner baltimore
................Hilltop
              Diner Baltimore
...........................................................................................................Hilltop Diner
              Baltimore ...........................Hilltop Diner Baltimore

..Hilltop Ad
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Circa : early 1960s of the Hilltop Diner along Reisterstown Road

Many of the diners in the area were outside City Limits, along Rt. 1 and Rt 40.
 ( See Kilduffs Route 40 page for more of these ) .
Below ,  is the Bonnie Brae Diner in Harford County, a few miles North of Baltimore along Rt 40. The old diner has been torn down, and replaced with a Sheriff's Office.

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.Bonnie Brae Diner Edgewood
...................................Bonnie Brae Diner Edgewood
......................Bonnie Brae Diner baltimore

.Penmar
                Diner Baltimore
Photo  - Courtesy of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

  When diners first started popping up in American Cities, many were made with the ability to be moved quickly, just in case the location wasn't as profitable as first believed. The Penmar Diner, shown above , was located on Maryland Avenue, just south of North Avenue, in the 1920's. I don't believe it was at the location for long.

........................................White Tower, Baltimore


..............White Tower logo
....................................................White Tower Interior Baltimore
.......White Tower Diner, Baltimore
     Baltimore was known for at least two chain diner restaurants, Little Tavern and White Tower. Here are a few shots of the White Tower which was located on Howard Street just north of Centre Street.
White Tower Baltimore
.White Twoer Baltimore
Westward Ho , 1960's era Western High School Yearbook photo - Baltimore Md..
.White Tower at Howard and Centre Street, downtown Baltimore, hangout for Western High School students -  mid 1960's.


.........................Little
              Tavern Baltimore
..........................Little Tavern Baltimore
...................Little
              Tavern Baltimore

......................Little
              Tavern Baltimore
One of the surviving Little Taverns ( above ), located in Highlandtown ( Southeast Baltimore City ), which was torn down in the block on Conkling Street , when the Grand Theatre was torn down. A library now stands on the site.
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  Not all is lost, we still have atleast one prime example of the old Little Tavern left in Baltimore, on Belevedere Avenue. One can only wonder it's fate, which was last used as a church .
   YIKES ! Update 2013 ....The building has been stripped down to it's shell. . . .  !
.Anyone know what became of the building  ?   I hope someone saved it.

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                    Tavern Baltimore
....................Little
              Tavern Baltimore
.Little Tavern 2013
.Little Tavern 2013







New Ideal Diner
U.S. Rt 40 -  Pulaski Highway
Aberdeen , Maryland


......New
              Ideal Diner Aberdeen
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........Laurel Diner Laurel Maryland





Ayers Diner
U.S. Rt 13
Salisbury, Maryland




College Park Diner
U.S.Rt 1
College Park, Maryland

...........College Park
              Diner

............................Edgewood
              Diner Edgewood Maryland



Edgewood Diner
U.S. Rt 40 - Pulaski Highway
Edgewood, Maryland

( No Longer there, site now a McDonald's )





Dixie Diner
6425 Pulaski Highway ( U.S. Rt 40 )
Baltimore, Maryland
( No Longer there - site near I-895 overpass
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....Dixie Diner Baltimore
 
...............Elkton Diner Elktion
              Maryland



Elkton Diner
U.S. Rt 40 - Pulaski Highway
Elkton , Maryland






Magnolia Diner
U.S Rt 40 - Pulaski Highway
Joppa, Maryland

Razed


.................Magnolia
              Diner Joppa Maryland


...............................Outriders Diner Laurel
Laurel Diner ( New Laurel Diner )
U.S.  Rt 1
Laurel, Maryland

.... .............Laurel Diner
              Laurel Maryland ...........





Boyers Diner
Thurmont, Maryland

/////////Royers Diner
              Thurmont Maryland
......State Diner Baltimore





State Diner
Wilkens Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

closed




Towson Diner
718 York Road
Towson, Maryland

..........................Towson Diner Towson
              Maryuland
...........Overlea
              Diner Baltimore
...............................................Overlea Diner
...............................................Belair Road
...............................................Baltimore, Maryland
...............................................Still Open !





...Overlea
              Diner 2010





Double T Diner
U.S. Rt 40 - East
Baltimore, Maryland


.......................Double T Diner Rt 40
.Bel
                Loc Diner Towson Maryland
Bel Loc Diner, Towson Maryland, just North of Baltimore.

...............Severn Diner Maryland



Severn Farms Drive-in
Crain Highway & New Cut Road
Severn, Maryland


Not quite diners, but Carry outs / Drive ins.

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Baltimore's Oriole Tower Drive In - Circa 1950's  - Baltimore Sun Photo.

.Oriloe Tower Drive in Carry out Baltimore.
.Postcard View
Oriole Tower Drive In
2035 North Broadway  ( Broadway and Harford Road )
Baltimore, Maryland
   
Long gone, it was on the Northeast corner, close to where the McDonald's is today. In later years, it operated as the James House Restaurant  (  changed names around 1960  ) .
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              Carry out .............................................................................................Ameches
              Ad 1960
..A few old ads for the Ameche's Drive In Restaurants,and rival Gino's. The two later merged, under A-GFoods, and once McDonald's arrived, Ameche's went out of business, and was slowly followed by Gino's, which carried Kentucky Fried Chicken. The surviving Gino's were later converted to KFC Restaurants. ( Thanks Sarah )
................................................................................................................................................................................Ameches Baltimore ...................................................Ameches Baltimore
.Ginos Ad

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              Cher Ad Baltimore  ..........................................Burger Chef
              Sign current
A surviving old Burger Chef Restaurant in Baltimore, Reisterstown Road and Hayward.


.........................................................Oryes carry
              Out
........................................................Orye's Drive In
.............................................................25th and Kirk
........................................................Baltimore, Maryland

....diner ?
.......Am I way off , or is this the same place many years later ?
 ( Update - I was way off - the Orye's Drive In was located where the firehouse on the Southeast corner now stands)





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..Gibsons Ad
........Hobbs
              Carry out Baltimore
Hobb's Drive In
5643 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

Hot Shoppes
Postcard sayes " found around Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia."
Anyone remember where one of these was located ?? Please tell us !!
We did find one old address  ;  5807 Harford Road.  Remember it ?

..........................Hot
                  Shoppes Baltimore


......Hot Shoppes Baltimiore


............................................Gross drive in Baltimore Carry out Rt 40
....................................................Twin
              Kiss carry Out

.Randy Run Carry out



.................Randy Rock Drive In
......Randy Run Carry Out

.......................Randy Rock Drive In

...........andy Rck Drive In


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.Temple
                    Ice Cream
We didn't forget these, but just don't have much information yet ; Harleys Sub Shops : 211 McMechen Street , 1001 East 25th Street , 16 West Allegheny Avenue ( Towson ), 5041 Reisterstown Road, 5820 Gwynn Oak Avenue, 425 North Howard Street , 2047 East Monument Street , Fort Holabird.

Addresses for Little Taverns : 32nd and Greenmount Avenue, 2001 East Monument Street , 1/2 East Mount Royal Avenue, 523 South Conkling Street, 519 East 25th Street , 923 West North Avenue, 3200 West Belvedere Avenue, 2002 Harford Road, 35 East North Avenue, 115 West Baltimore Street. ( I'm sure there are more as well ..... )

Addresses for Bickford's in Baltimore include : 3 North Calvert Street, 4 West Fayette Street , 105 North Howard Street, 5 East North Avenue, 421 North Howard Street.
 Addresses for Oriole Cafeterias include : 19 East Baltimore Street, 11 East North Avenue, 5100 York Road.


.Oriole Diner Baltimore

Garrison Diner

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