Photos of Diner Food and the Waitresses Who Serve It

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With school out and even working stiffs planning summer vacations, we’re in the thick of road-trip season. So, although we can’t find much about Swiss photographer Stephen Shaher, we couldn’t resist sharing these fun photos of the food he ordered at diners and truck stops across the US (and one in Ontario) and the proud, personality-filled waitresses who served it. As Design You Trust tells it, the project — which we find mysteriously reminiscent of the work of a photographer with a very similar name, Stephen Shore — was part of a coast-to-coast jaunt. While not all of the meals look terribly appetizing, the photos still have us fantasizing about taking off on a great American road trip — or at least spending some time amid the alien kitsch of Roswell.

Photo credit: Stephen Shaher

White Spot Cafe Trinidad, Colorado, October 1, 2004 Waiter: Carol Order: steamed burrito with beef, tea, Diet Coke ($7.34)

Photo credit: Stephen Shaher

All American Truck Plaza Frieston, Pennsylvania, October 12, 2004 Waiter: Denise Order: steak and eggs, coffee ($10.27)

Photo credit: Stephen Shaher

Rock & Roll Diner Ocianno, California, September 22, 2004 Waiter: Carol Order: Elvis burger (no bacon), potato chips, Coca-Cola ($9.55)

Photo credit: Stephen Shaher

The Palms Twenty-Nine Palms, Colorado, September 24, 2004 Waiter: Alex Order: Double cheeseburger, french fries (large portion), water ($6.00)

Photo credit: Stephen Shaher

Crash Site Cafe Roswell, New Mexico, October 2, 2004 Waiter: Kristi Order: burger Alien Goo, water UFO H2O, tea ($9.97)

Photo credit: Stephen Shaher

Shell Restaurant Nipigon, Ontario, Canada, July 28, 2002 Waiter: Rachel Order: grilled chicken breast, fries, tea ($17.65)

Photo credit: Stephen Shaher

The Pink Cadillac Diner Natural Bridge, Virginia, October 9, 2004 Waiter: Brenda Order: salmon, spinach, french fries, soup, soda ($11.23)