Diners are, by definition, restaurants with personality staring back at you from the sides of the ketchup bottles and napkin dispensers. Diners are more than just a place to eat; they're the nexus of small-town communities, a place where any member of the gang can go and know at least someone will be there, drinking coffee, eating tater tots or drowning their sorrows in a cold one. Grill is the ultimate downtown diner, right down to the strange holes in the bathroom doors where the vent should be. They could serve you tires with a Windex béarnaise and you'd still go. Tucson's own special little twist on a theme Americana, Grill is where you can not only get fries with that, but many memorable moments shared with friends, too.
Runners up:2. 5 and Diner, 4520 N. Stone Ave.
3. TIE Frank's, 3843 E. Pima St.
3. TIE Little Anthony's, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.