America’s Classic: Mustache Bill’s Diner, Barnegat Light, NJ

These days, the food at diners is all too often of poor to middling quality. But not at Mustache Bill’s. For more than 35 years, owner Bill Smith has made everything on the diner’s menu from scratch—refusing to buy anything premade. It’s the homemade, straight-from-the-heart cooking that makes Mustache Bill’s a must-stop destination on the Jersey Shore for both the fishing community regulars and the summertime beachgoers. Fishermen reward their community diner with dayboat fluke and scallops, which Smith prepares with aplomb. But follow the lead of the locals and you’ll soon be tucking into platters of roasted-that-day turkey, ham, and beef. And legendary pancakes. It is no surprise that the crowds are huge at this seasonal spot: Mustache Bill’s does 1,000 covers on a typical summer day, and it’s only open 6:00 a.m. to

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