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.

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: 62 (out of 199)

Summit (Summit)
Red Oak Diner (Hazelet)
Mug Shot Diner (Mount Holly)
Merchantville Diner (Merchantville)
Time to Eat Diner
Tropicana Diner (Newark)


Atlantic County:
Phoenix Diner  Atlantic City

Bergen County:
The Chit Chat Diner

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!)
Marlton Diner
Pandora Diner, Vincentown
Red Lion Diner
Route 38 Diner (previously known as Hollybrook) Mount Holly
Sage Diner Mount Laurel
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 Audabon
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
Starview Stratford
Stratford Stratford
Westmont Westmont

Gloucester County: (Seven Star and Whitman are my favorite)
PB’s Tap Room and Diner (Glassboro)
Colonial Diner (Woodbury)
Geets Diner
Freeway Diner (West Deptford)
The Lamp Post Diner
Meadows Diner Brooklawn
Palace Diner Berlin
Seven Star Diner Sewell
Whitman Diner Turnersville

Hudson County
Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory (Jersey City)
Tops Diner (East Newark)

Princess Maria Diner(Wall)

Mercer County: (Top Diner: Princetonion)
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

Middlesex County:
Edison Diner, Edison
Skylark New Brunswick

Monmouth County: (Top Diner: Freehold)
Freehold Diner (Review to come)
All Seasons Diner Eatontown
Park Nine Diner Freehold

Ocean County: 
Blue Swan Diner Oakhurst
New Crystal Diner Toms River

Passaic County
The Tick Tock Diner Clifton

Somerset County:
Somerset Diner 

Union County:
Westfield Diner Westfield
Union Plaza Diner Union

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

2 Comments on “Diners

  1. I love this page – it is sooo something I would do! You must make your way to Long Island for our diners….The Landmark in Manhasset and the Premiere Diner in Commack are terrific! I could easily list another ten worth checking out lol.

  2. I love your diner reviews. Because of your reviews, I just discovered the joy that is coffee with whipped cream. This morning I had run out of creamer after my coffee was already made and saw the whipped cream and thought: “What would Lolz do?” Don’t know what took me so long!

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