Was watching Food Network a few weeks ago, and saw this segment on authentic "American Diners". Not your Denny's type. Most of them were all Back East. In fact I don't think they even mention one in California. Just good old greasy or not "American Comfort Food" diner style. I think the closest we have in Southern Cal is "Mels'" which IMHO too trendy & commercialized. Something more original than Mel's or Dennys chain is what I'm looking for.