Something I have been wanting to do for quite some time is create a page dedicated to diners. It’s not a big secret that one reason I love living in New Jersey is the availability of diners. Nothing beats the glorious taste of coffee and an omelet after a run.
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 (that are worth it!). They even rival a fancy restaurant. So without further ado whenever I visit a new diner I’ll blog about it. It seems natural since my hobbies include running, coffee and going to diners.
With over 100 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: 39 (out of 199)
Marlton Diner (Marlton)
Red Oak Diner (Hazelet)
Broad Street (Hamilton)
Wisdom Diner (Boardentown)
Mug Shot Diner (Mount Holly)
Merchantville Diner (Merchantville)
Time to Eat Diner
Tropicana Diner (Newark)
Burlington County: (Top Diners: Mastoris and Vicentown)
Diamond Diner Hainesport
Garden State Diner, Wrightstown
Golden Dawn Diner Burlington
Loucielles Country Kitchen, Warren Grove
Mastoris Boardentown (Best dessert, all around 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
Vicentown Diner (overall best food) Vincentown
Camden County: (Top Diner: The Pop Shop)
Cherry Hill Diner Cherry Hill
Crystal Lake Diner, Haddon Township (Now closed due to fire)
Legacy Diner Audabon
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)
Hudson County (all around best!)
Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory (Jersey City)
Mercer County: (Top Diner: Princetonion)
Americana Diner East Windsor
The Meadows Diner Lawrenceville
New Ewing Diner (Coming Soon)
Princetonion Diner Princeton
Red Oak Diner and Bakery Princeton
The Town Diner (East Windsor)
Two Peters Diner (Ewing)
Edison Diner, Edison (Review to come)
Skylark New Brunswick
New Crystal Diner Toms River
Phoenix Diner Atlantic City
The Tick Tock Diner Clifton
James Brown Place (Rochester)
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