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The 20 best diners in America

By The Hub team, November 17, 2016

There's a time and a place for fine dining, but there's nothing quite like washing down a grilled-cheese sandwich with a chocolate malt at a retro greasy spoon. Here, the 20 best diners across the 50 states.

Chicken and waffles

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1. Fremont Diner; Sonoma, CA

You might be tempted to pass by this unassuming shack on your drive from Sonoma to Napa Valley…but don't. Instead, grab a table on the outdoor patio and order anything containing fried chicken. The tangy, homemade pickles are a much-welcome addition.

2698 Fremont Dr., Sonoma; 707-938-7370 or thefremontdiner.com

Fremont Diner; Sonoma, California

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2. Florida Avenue Grill; Washington, D.C.

Called the oldest soul food restaurant in Washington, this Southern cookin', U Street spot attracts everyone from politicians to college students for its hot cakes, grits and biscuits.

1100 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-265-1586 or floridaavenuegrill.com

Florida Avenue Grill; Washington, D.C.

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3. Miss Worcester Diner; Worcester, MA

Known as Miss Woo, this '50s-style diner in the working-class neighborhood of Worcester specializes in French toast. In fact, the menu offers over a dozen varieties like S'mores and Apple Pie.

300 Southbridge St., Worcester; 508-753-5600 or yelp

Miss Worcester Diner; Worcester, MA

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4. Little Goat; Chicago

This Chi-town favorite is a classic diner with a modern twist, serving creative interpretations of classic comfort foods. We're talking kimchi, bacon-and-eggs scallion pancakes and Fat Elvis waffles topped with peanut butter, banana and bacon maple syrup.

820 W Randolph St., Chicago; 312-888-3455 or littlegoatchicago.com

Little Goat, Chicago

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5. A1 Diner; Gardiner, ME

A1 Diner--an original Worcester Lunch Car--hasn't changed much in 60 years. Walking into the chrome enclosure and sitting at one of the mahogany booths is like stepping back in time. Make sure to order a side of the famous potato hash.

3 Bridge St., Gardiner; 207-582-4804 or facebook

A1 Diner; Gardiner, Maine

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6. Highland Park Diner; Rochester, NY

This '40s-era dining car is as quaint and old school as they come. The milkshakes are phenomenal, and each month you'll find a new special on the menu. Order it.

960 Clinton Ave. S, Rochester; 585-461-5040 or yelp

Highland Park Diner; Rochester, New York

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7. Mickey's Diner; St. Paul, MN

This Art-Deco landmark in St. Paul has been run by the same family for three generations. Stop by for breakfast 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and order a “One Eyed Jack"--an egg-in-a-hole meets a grilled-ham-and-cheese sandwich.

36 Seventh St. W, St. Paul; 651-222-5633 or mickeysdiningcar.com

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Mickey's Diner; St. Paul, Minnesota

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8. Town Topic Hamburgers; Kansas City, MO

This Kansas City staple has been serving its famous griddled, steamed hamburgers since it opened its doors in 1937. Sure, it puts the “greasy" in greasy spoon, but in the very best way.

2021 Broadway St., Kansas City; 816-842-2298 or towntopic.com

Town Topic Hamburgers; Kansas City, Missouri

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9. Tops Diner; East Newark, NJ

In a state teeming with diners, this is surely “top" dog. The menu is enormous, but the MVP is Tops' famous meatloaf with gravy.

500 Passaic Ave., East Newark; 973-481-0490 or thetopsdiner.com

Tops Diner; East Newark, New Jersey

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10. Harry's Coffee Shop; La Jolla, CA

In 1959, Brooklyn native Harry Rudolph moved to California and opened this blue-collar joint, known for its straightforward all-day breakfast menu. If you've never had eggs Benedict on a waffle, now's your chance.

7545 Girard Ave., La Jolla; 858-454-7381 or harryscoffeeshop.com

Harry's Coffee Shop; La Jolla, California

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11. Tom's Restaurant; Brooklyn

Tom's original Prospect Heights location is certainly one Brooklyn's most beloved breakfast spots. The weekend lines can be rough, but free coffee and the promise of blueberry ricotta pancakes makes it all worthwhile.

782 Washington Ave., Brooklyn; 718-636-9738 or yelp

Tom's Restaurant; Brooklyn

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12. Sid's Diner; El Reno, OK

This old-timey spot is known for its signature fried-onion burgers, which are seared on the griddle until crispy. Consider it a necessary pit stop on any Route 66 road trip.

300 S. Choctaw Ave., El Reno; 405-262-7757 or yelp

Sid's Diner; El Reno, Oklahoma

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13. Modern Diner; Pawtucket, RI

Three words: custard French toast. That's the dish to order at this Ocean State diner, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The thick-cut French toast layered with a custard-like vanilla pudding, fresh fruit and raspberry syrup puts Modern Diner on the map.

364 East Ave., Pawtucket; 401-726-8390 or themoderndinerri.com

Modern Diner; Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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14. 24 Diner; Austin

Not your run-of-the-mill breakfast spot, this Austin eatery serves what it calls “chef-inspired comfort food." Order up a sourdough, cheddar, Havarti and roasted tomato grilled cheese or fried chicken and waffle at any hour of the day.

600 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin; 512-472-5400 or 24diner.com

24 Diner, Austin

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15. Ruth's Diner; Salt Lake City

This Salt Lake City tradition has been around for nearly 90 years, making it Utah's second oldest restaurant. It's one of few diners that can boast canyon views, but the real reason to visit is for the fluffy “Mile High Biscuits."

4160 Emigration Canyon Rd., Salt Lake City; 801-582-5807 or ruthsdiner.com

Ruth's Diner, Salt Lake City

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16. The Blue Benn; Bennington, VT

Step into this old dining car and find a long lunch counter, booths and jukeboxes that'll play your favorite old-time songs for 25 cents. Three generously sized blueberry pancakes will cost you only about $5 at this cash-only establishment.

314 North St, Bennington; 802-442-5140 or yelp.

The Blue Benn; Bennington, Vermont

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17. Big Al's Diner; Cleveland

Huge, cheap breakfast plates are the specialty at this no-frills Cleveland spot. Big Al's corn beef hash, made with thick, chunky potatoes and green peppers, got a shout-out on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, but locals rave about the eggs Benedict.

12600 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland; 216-791-8550 or yelp.

Big Al's Diner, Cleveland

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18. Skillet Diner; Seattle

Serving American comfort food from an Airstream trailer, Skillet has become a local favorite in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Think: creative twists on classic diner favorites like the “Ultimate Grilled Cheese," served with bacon jam and a fried chicken thigh.

2034 NW 56th St., Seattle; (206) 922-7981 or skilletfood.com

Skillet Diner, Seattle

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19. Rick's White Light Diner; Frankfort, KY

This divey hot spot serves Cajun-style dishes like oyster po' boys and crawfish étouffée in a lively setting. With a handful of tables and half a dozen counter stools, it draws a serious lunch hour line.

114 Bridge St., Frankfort; 502-696-9104 or whitelightdiner.com

Rick's White Light Diner; Frankfort, Kentucky

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20. Historic Village Diner; Red Hook, NY

There's always a crowd at this 1920s-style, Hudson Valley diner. On weekend mornings, the booths are packed with road-trippers and locals fueling up on eggs and homemade muffins.

7550 N. Broadway, Red Hook; 845-758-6232 or historic-village-diner.com

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Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

United works with partners to send food to USDA food bank

By The Hub team, July 23, 2020

In collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), United moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. This new program was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United's newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis. The fresh food was repacked in 10-pound cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI's LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank program in Guam.

"Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most. Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced," said Regional Senior Manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. "Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward."

United is proud to play a role in maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access the supplies they need. Since March 19, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 130 million pounds of cargo.

Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

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