By Tatiana Parent

You’re on the road, tired and hungry and all you want is to find some reasonably-priced, good, home-cooked food. But all you see are fast-food chains and gas station convenience stores. Sound familiar? Well, we feel your pain, so we’ve started a new series we’re calling “Diners to Die For,” where we scour our database of local, independently-owned diners and present our top 5 for each region of the U.S. Our first stop is the Pacific Northwest and below are 5 of our staff-picked diners to die for:

Beth’s Cafe, Seattle WA

Try the: 12-egg omelet.
Notable for: Seattle Magazine voted it the “Best Place to Cure a Hangover”

Skillet Diner, Seattle WA

Try the: Bacon jam on a burger.
Notable for: Classic techniques create an innovative lunch out of a vintage Airstream.

Southern Kitchen, Tacoma WA

Try the: Southern Fried Chicken and cornbread stuffing.
Notable for: Award-winning restaurant, voted one of the best restaurants in America where locals eat.

Twedes Cafe, North Bend WA

Try the: Twin Peaks Cherry Pie
Notable for: Filming location for the Double R Diner in Twin Peaks.

Blueplate Lunch Counter, Portland OR

Try the: Cowboy coffee shake.
Notable forThe Oregonian claims it’s “the most inspired lunch spot downtown”