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Piles of fluffy pancakes as far as the eye can see. A vinyl booth that seems to sigh as you park your exhausted, drunken ass in the seat. The waitress who lets out a "Here you go, hon" without a hint of irony in her sweet Southern drawl as she fills your cup of coffee for the fourth time in one sitting. These are the comforts of the well-worn diner and local greasy spoons. Food that is reliable and cheap -- and reliably cheap -- and wholly uncomplicated by pretension or health concerns.
You may have to drive a little farther than you would in New York, but even in a region as image- and trend-obsessed as South Florida, one can find plenty of these 24-hour, breakfast-all-day havens of hash browns and nostalgia. Here's a list of our ten favorite diners in Broward and Palm Beach counties.