It’s not a secret that one reason I love living in New Jersey is the availability of diners. Nothing beats the glorious taste of burnt diner coffee.
The diners in NJ are different than most states. Some diners have high quality dinners that you would never expect, costing upwards of 20 dollars per meal. They even rival a fancy restaurant. Some are the typical greasy spoon, type you see on the movie!
With close to 200 diners in NJ, it appears I have my work cut out to me. I will be judging diners on all of the following categories (that are important to me personally):
Atmosphere: Is it an old timey diner, cute little train care feel, is a fancy upscale diner?
Coffee: I always have to try coffee at diners, it can make or break the meal.
Service: Was it slow? Did it take an hour for food? Were there plenty of refills?
Cost: Is it expensive? Is it worth the cost? NJ diners are either very upscale restaurants or they are cheap, inexpensive quick meals. As long as the food is worth the cost then I’ll be happy.
Food: Because I go there for a reason. It’s either good or bad, enough or not enough. I’m a runner and I like to eat.
Dessert: If applicable.
Overall standard: Will I go back?
**I’m not a foodie and these are my personal opinions. My education did not prepare me to review NJ diners and this is all from personal experience. You might have had a completely different experience and I would love to hear that too. This just seemed like a fun and relevant thing to my life. If you are a NJ diner and want me to come visit, let me know!
Diners that are currently on my top to do list (I am willing to try any and all!)
Total Traveled: 83 (out of 199)
Diners I’m wanting to go too ASAP:
Tropicana Diner (Newark)
Park Wood Diner (Maplewood)
Red Oak Diner (Hazelet)
Mug Shot Diner (Mount Holly)
Burlington County: (Top Diners: Mastoris and Vicentown)
Diamond Diner Hainesport
Garden State Diner, Wrightstown
Dolphin Diner Burlington
Golden Dawn Diner Burlington
Loucielles Country Kitchen, Warren Grove
Liberty 2 Diner Bordentown
Mastoris Bordentown (Best dessert, all around diner!)
Pandora Diner, Vincentown
Red Lion Diner
Route 38 Diner (previously known as Hollybrook) Mount Holly
Sage Diner Mount Laurel
Shamong Diner Shamong
Three Brothers Browns Mills
Town & Country Diner Boardentown
Vincentown Diner (overall best food) Vincentown
Wisdom Diner Bordentown
Camden County: (Top Diner: The Pop Shop)
Amy’s Omelet House (Cherry Hill)
Cherry Hill Diner Cherry Hill
Crystal Lake Diner, Haddon Township (Now closed due to fire)
Club Diner (Bellmawr)
Legacy Diner Audubon
Metro Diner (Brooklawn)
New Berlin Diner Berlin
Penn Queen Diner Pennsauken
Ponzios Cherry Hill
Phily Diner Runnemede
Pop Shop Collingswood (also very good)
Silver Diner (healthy chain) Cherry Hill
Gloucester County: (Seven Star and Whitman are my favorite)
PB’s Tap Room and Diner (Glassboro)
Brooklawn Diner Brooklawn
Colonial Diner (Woodbury)
Freeway Diner (West Deptford) Closed!
Geets Diner Williamstown
Hollywood Diner and Cafe Woodbury
The Lamp Post Diner Blackwood
Meadows Diner Brooklawn
Pegasus Restaurant Malega
Palace Diner Berlin
Seven Star Diner Sewell
Whitman Diner Turnersville
Princess Maria Diner(Wall)
Americana Diner East Windsor
Daphnes Diner Trenton
Micheals Family Restaurant and Diner
New Ewing Diner Ewing
Princetonion Diner Princeton
Red Oak Diner and Bakery Princeton
The Town Diner East Windsor
Two Peters Diner Ewing
The Tick Tock Diner Clifton
Other States/Country Visits:
Banana Cafe (Key West, Fl)
Citrus (VA Beach, VA)
Glady’s Cafe (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)
Golden Dove Diner (Wilmington, Delaware)
Green Eggs Cafe (Philadelphia)
Hanger Cafe (Phoenix, Az)
James Brown Place (Rochester)
Llanerch Diner (Pennsylvania)
Marathon Grill Philadelphia
Seven Seas Diner Long Island
Smyrna Diner (Smyrna, Delaware)
The Spot (Binghamton, NY)
Trolley Care Diner (Philadelphia)
If you have a diner recommendation or would like me to visit your diner or diner near you please send an email at lolzthatswim(at)gmail(dot)com