Many of us have a diner that we call our own.

It's the place that we go for breakfast, or late-night hangs.

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I've been going to the same diner for as long as I can remember.

I'm so loyal to this establishment that even when it closed in between owners, I went back.

There was an in-between, or "side diner: that I went to during the closure.

Hey, we all have needs.

The only thing better than the food at this place was the memories I have.

I've lived at the Shore my entire life. A lot went down in those booths.

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Photo by Seriously Low Carb on Unsplash
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I realize that a BLT is not complicated, but there's just something special this diner does.

Maybe it's the extra crispy bacon just the way I like it?

The fries are perfection. They give you enough to feed an army. I am that army.

Unless you have disco or pizza fries, there are two key add-ons to Jersey diner fries.

Salt and ketchup, right?

So, I got my plate of fries and put way too much salt on them. I'll check my sodium level another time.

I then reached for the ketchup and expected to grab my friend, the tried and true.

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Heinz. Except the world's most beloved ketchup was nowhere to be found.

Instead, there was this atrocity.

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Matt Ryan, Townsquare Media
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What in the name of all that is good in the world is I Taste Great! Tomato Ketchup?

I stared at the bottle in disbelief and even checked some surrounding tables.

They were all the awful knockoffs.

And yes, I did try this new ketchup and it was subpar to be kind.

You may have noticed that I haven't mentioned the name of the diner.

That's because I've never had a bad experience with them and really do enjoy the staff and food.

I can't help but wonder if this is the invasion of generic ketchup taking over our beloved Jersey diners.

I certainly hope not.

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