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Danielle Lirette

Sam's No. 3

Cassandra Kotnik
In 1969, Sam’s No. 3 — the flagship in a then-fifty-year-old restaurant empire — finally closed, but the Armatas family returned the diner to its original downtown block in 2004, along with additional locations in Aurora and Glendale. Alongside the Coney Island favorites that made Sam’s popular in the 1920s, the voluminous, multi-page menu is fueled with diner-style American, Greek and Mexican dishes, including gigantic, green chile-smothered breakfast burritos. Pair one with a Bloody Mary and make no plans other than a long nap.

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