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Sunny Diner is The Real Fake Deal

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The movie Ghost World rules for two reasons: 1) the music is cool, and 2) the main character is obsessed with a fake 50’s diner.

photo: unrealitymag

Pulp Fiction has an excellent one too.

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Fake 50’s diners are an American institution, dating back to… err… the real 50’s diners? I love them because they’re comforting. You know what to expect. The vinyl booths. The giant plastic menus. The nostalgia-covered walls. The food is usually just okay… but somehow it’s extra satisfying because you’re eating fries in a fun, familiar space and that alone tells you it’s all going to be okay. I found a little nugget of Americana on a neighborhood walkabout in Kita-Senju. A place by the name of Sunny Diner.

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Sunny Diner is exactly what you want when you want in the fake 50’s diner experience. There’s a Mr. Potato Head. And a Kewpie Doll. And red vinyl tuck-and-roll booths. The girls wear super cute waitress outfits. There’s kooky stuff all over the walls. This alone will be enough to warrant eating average-tasting fries and a Coke. But here’s the thing… the food is flipping delicious.

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I ordered the bacon cheeseburger with fries (¥980) and a ginger ale (¥450). I thought 450 for a ginger ale was a bit much until I saw the size of it.

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Yep. They do it American style.

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And despite being a fake 50’s diner fan, I’m not a “burger lover.” I eat them maybe once or twice a year. But Sunny puts a lot of care into their food—the burgers are 100 percent wagyu beef—not mixed with any meatloaf-y weirdness—and the buns are soft, fresh, and tasty. Oh and PS? The girls speak amazing English.

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Even if you’re not obsessed with fake 50’s diners, and you happen to be in or near the Kita Senju Station (two locations), you should check Sunny out. It’s a fun stop and a nice change… and for me, a little reminder of home.

The Deets

3-45 Senju, Adachi-ku. Open from 11:30-midnight
8F Kitasenju Lumine, Adachi-ku. Open 11am-22:00

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