So. A recent phone interview put me in touch with one Lauretta Hannon, aka the Cracker Queen.
Southern Living recently dubbed her the funniest woman in Georgia.
In our conversation, we lamented the slow but steady loss of lunch counters. The places where you can have and help create community. Unlike the family dinner table or church (if that applies), the lunch counter/diner is where you might learn the daily news; and share tales (tall or otherwise) from your own life, all the while enjoying the fare. (I'm also thinking of places that serve breakfast. It's not just a lunch thing.)
Mostly I blame the chain places that have knocked out the Mom and Pop's. Efficiency and largesse have replaced intimacy and charm.
Thankfully we still have a few of these where I live but they're definitely smaller in number than just 20 years ago.
What are some of your favorites? What makes them so?