The Edison Diner

T and I were racing in Northern Jersey a while ago and decided to stop somewhere to eat post race. Of course when we are in a new area we google diners. The Edison diner is located directly off of exit 9 on the turnpike. When we got there around lunch time on a Sunday, it was crowded. Despite getting the last parking spot, we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.  As I have mentioned before, diners are like black holes.  When the parking lot is full there is somehow always room in the restaurant.

Atmosphere: B
The Edison Diner¬†is easy to locate from the highway. It’s a nice building outside with a large sign that says”Edison Diner”. If you can figure out the jughandle turn,¬†it’s a cute diner along the main road.

The inside is a typical diner. There are several booths and restaurants. We sat in a (very small) two person booth. Personally there was not enough room for me but we didn’t have to wait too long for a seat. ¬†I wanted to sit at the bar but I’m always starving after a race so that¬†waiting never happens.

Coffee: B
I always wonder if all coffee tastes better post race or long run. There was nothing to write home about about this coffee but it wasn’t bad.

The whipped cream melted before I had a chance to photograph.

The whipped cream melted before I had a chance to photograph.

Food: A
The menu is huge. We were both pleasantly surprised. We had not looked at the Edison diner menu beforehand but we assumed it would be the typical diner fare. While looking through the menu, we quickly realized there were over 100 items.

The Edison diner had over 50 omelette choices so I was determined to¬†try one. I ordered a feta cheese omelette with spinach, onions and chicken. It was a Greek salad with eggs…or something like that. It came with a side of sour dough bread and hash browns. The omelette was perfect and I have no complaints. ¬†It was not the prettiest meal at all (neither was plate actually) but it was really good.

omelet

Cost: $
For my omelette and coffee the cost was $11. It’s a cheap diner and with the amount of food you receive, it’s a deal.

Would I come back?
Overall thoughts: B
I thought the Edison diner was good. I was impressed with how quickly we found a table, ordered and received our food (because of how busy it was). This diner is now about 90 minutes from my house so if I’m in the area, I’ll be back but I wouldn’t drive 90 minutes to get there.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $7-14

In summary the Edison diner is a great and quick stop right off of exit 9 on the New Jersey turnpike. I would recommend stopping.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite post race meal?

Do you like to sit in restaurant booths or small? 

The Freeway Diner

Freeway Diner

When the New Jersey Isn’t Boring website owner asks if you want to go on a finer date, you don’t say no. It’s not allowed! Our first diner date was a few months ago to the Park Nine¬†diner.

This time we opted to go the Freeway diner in Woodbury, NJ (Her review here)

I made such a great second impression. I was having a rough day and ended up going to the wrong diner. After realizing that I was at the wrong diner, I drove the 15 minutes down the road. ¬†The last two weeks have been hectic for me so I’ve been having quite a few of these moments. ¬†Hopefully the third date will be better!

Atmosphere: A 

I loved the atmosphere of the Freeway Diner. It was a throwback from the 50s. The pink blinds, pink chandeliers, pink booths and of course bar table. It was adorable and everything you picture in a diner. ‘

Coffee: A 

The waitress was really nice and refilled our coffee mugs several times. She also included overflowing whipped cream. She was a woman after my own heart! The coffee was great and the massive amount of whipped cream was appreciated.  I really liked everything about the coffee and whipped cream.

Freeway Diner Coffee

Food: B 

The menu was average. It had several normal diner options, no more or no less. I ordered my staple of the Greek salad with chicken. The salad was good, it was just a very small portion. I believe I could have eaten two of them. The Greek salad came with chicken, onions, lettuce, feta and two olives. It could have used more olives and more lettuce.  In fact I went home and had another meal two hours later.

Freeway Diner Salad

Cost: $ 

I can’t complain about the portion size because the meal was 10 dollars. It was one of the cheapest diner salads I’ve had in a while. I have no complaints about the portion size and price. ¬†I would have paid more for a bigger salad though. ¬†I hate going to a restaurant and still hungry.

Overall thoughts: B 

Would I come back?
I probably won’t come back just because there are closer diners that I like better. The diner is extremely inexpensive and I have no complaints about that. It wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t bad either. It was a typical diner in New Jersey. I would recommend the Freeway Diner for anyone in Woodbury, NJ who is looking for a quick bite to eat.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $ 5-12
Overall: B


Questions for you:

Have you ever gone to the wrong place before?

What is the cheapest restaurant meal you’ve gotten?

At a diner in college you could get an omelet and coffee for 6 dollars.

The Marlton Diner

The Marlton diner has been on to my to do list for a while now. It is located in Burlington county off of exit 70.  The Marlton diner is a picture perfect diner in New Jersey. I met personal friend and local runner Liz a few weeks ago.

Liz is a writer as well as a night owl. ¬†She is also the friend that wrote this article about “like a girl”. ¬†She is obviously a great writer so I wonder what she thinks of LOLZ blog (ha ha ;). ¬†Anyways, most people know I go to bed pretty early so we are always on opposite schedules, it was nice to hang out again. T joined us directly after work!

liz and i 1

Atmosphere: A
The diner itself is exactly what you would picture a diner to be like. It has large silver paneling on both the outside and inside. The inside is covered with a shiny silver paneling, booths, a bar, Juitbox and of course a bakery.

marlton diner 1

Source here

It’s very clear upon walking in that it is a “regulars” type of place. There were times I almost felt unwelcome. ¬†It was pretty quiet but it was also a weekday evening. The waitress was friendly toward us thankfully though.

Coffee: B
The coffee was good but not my favorite. ¬†It wasn’t until after the waitress¬†refilled our coffee a few times ¬†she informed us she was charging us for an extra cup of coffee. That information¬†wasn’t stated anywhere on the menu (for instance, 2 free refills, etc) . While it wasn’t an issue, I would have liked to know I was being charged for an extra cup of coffee. I was under the impression it was unlimited refills.

Marlton Diner

Food: B
The menu had everything a stereotypical diner would, no more and no less. There wasn’t anything unique. The Marlton diner had a few specials but honestly nothing¬†too interesting.

Marlton Diner 2

I ordered the Greek salad with salmon. The salad came oozing with oil (it was soaken through). The dressing was really good and one of my favorites in New Jersey. It had all of the normal greek salad toppings: feta cheese, olives, anchovies and onions. The salmon was good but it was obvious it was a frozen and reheated fillet.  The salad dressing was the best part of the salad for sure.

Cost: $$
For my salad with salmon, it was 18. The price wasn’t that expensive for the food but in my opinion it wasn’t worth it. There are a few diners I would probably go closer to home that are cheaper.

Overall thoughts: B
Would I come back?
The diner wasn’t bad but there are other choices I would go too before going back to the Marlton Diner. It’s clear the diner has a lot of regulars it caters too. ¬†It isn’t a bad stop but not my favorite. ¬†I would go to a few closer to home before stopping back by the Marlton Diner. ¬†It was so great to catch up with Liz though so it was always worth it.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Cost: $10-20
Overall rating: B, not bad but not great

Questions for you:

Have you ever felt unwelcome in a restaurant?

 

Tops Diner

According to many different lists and reviews, ¬†Tops diner is ranked the best in New Jersey. It’s even known as one of the best in the country. When I first moved to NJ, it was placed at the top of my list. ¬†Several people have told me to go but it’s 90 minutes away from my house!¬†¬†When Tim got back, we decided to take a road trip up to East Newark, NJ. After getting off on exit 15, we made a few turns and finally got there.

Atmosphere: A
The outside decor is a very typical and fun diner.¬†In fact, the diner itself stands out like a sore thumb in he area. A good stand out¬†though, it’s a beautiful picture perfect diner. From the outdoor atmosphere¬†alone I knew it would be good.

Image found here

Image found here

 

The inside was just as nice. They sat us at a spacious red booth. It was a combination of the normal diner bars, tables and booths. We sat facing the bakery but honestly we had already decided we were ordering something.

Coffee: A
The coffee was delicious and the whipped cream was overflowing from the top. The waitress refilled it several times so I have no complaints.  The coffee was in the top five diner coffees I have had.

Tops Diner Coffee

Food: A
Tops Diner was the most diverse menu I have been to so far.  They had everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner. From seafood to steak to salad to even burritos.  Seeing burritos was a diner first for me!

I ordered the “Greek tomato salad” with salmon and pita. It was the most unusual salad I’ve ever had. ¬†I did’t realize that the salad did not come with any mixed greens¬†and the¬†cheese came in a 6 inch block. The cheese block was¬†huge and I had never seen anything like that. The cheese was bigger than the salmon portion. The salad was good. ¬†It reminded me more of a cole slaw than a traditional salad. It was different but it good.

Tops Diner Salad

Tops Diner Salad 1

Dessert: A
Tim and I ordered the Red Velvet Cheesecake with vanilla ice cream. Honestly I’m only a fan of cheesecake if it doesn’t taste like cheesecake. I’m a straight up cake girl at heart but they had red velvet cheesecake. Tim and I decided to try it.

Tops Diner Red Velvet Cheesecake

The red velvet cheesecake was great and honestly rivaled any cake I’ve had. It was really good. The frosting was perfect. I ate a lot of the cake or “red section” while he ate more of the cheesecake part. It was great and honestly one of the few cheesecakes I would order again.

Cost: $$$
For two dinners, two drinks and dessert it was 60 dollars. This diner is more of an upscale restaurant but the price was worth it.

Overall thoughts: A
Would I come back?
For being ranked the number one diner in New Jersey it¬†was good. I will be¬†back. The service, the menu and the coffee are deliscious. My favorite was the dessert of course. I highly recommend stopping by if you get a chance. ¬†It isn’t my favorite diner in the state but it is a very great option and one I recommend.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Price: $15-30
Overall thoughts: One of my favorites and in the top five diners.

Questions for you:
Do you like cheesecake?
What’s the most expensive restaurant you’ve been too?

The Town Diner

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to meet Christine at the Town Diner in East Windsor, NJ.

This diner is not to be confused with the Town and Country diner ten miles south or the Heightstown diner right down the road. We made plans spur of the moment and I found myself with a date the morning of! Christine has been a world traveler this month so it was nice to catch up with her while she was back in the Garden State.

Atmosphere: A
The outside decor is shiny and metallic. It screams diner. Being right down the road with the Americana diner, it has stiff competition to draw in customers.  It is a classic diner and draws you right in.

town diner

 

Image found here

The inside has multiple booths and tables. It is kept well to the upscale diner theme. Even though it was lunchtime, it was really empty. I was surprised! The staff is very friendly and certainly inviting.

Coffee: A
The coffee was good. Something I could appreciate was that it wasn’t in a boring white mug. I know white coffee mugs are cheaper for diners for restaurants but I enjoy diners that choose a different color.¬†As with the life tip,it’s the¬†inside that matters but I could appreciate the change of coffee mug scenery. The actual coffee with whipped cream was great though and I have no complaints.

Town Diner Coffee

Food: A
The menu has a seafood flare. There is just about anything you can imagine a diner to have but in an upscale way. It was clear while its a diner, it’s a very upscale diner. I ordered the Mediterranean salad. ¬†All of the salads come with soup and it was my lucky day because they had lentil! ¬†My two favorite soups are lentil and split pea and I always feel like I hit the lottery when a restaurant has them.

Town Diner lentils

The salad was heavily dressed, chopped and had chicken, onions, olives, artichokes and mixed greens.

It was one of the best salads I’ve had so far. I have complaints. It was really good. ¬† I like when the salad dressing is thicker and not water based. ¬†They did’t skimp out at all which was nice.

Town Diner Salad

Cost:$
For my salad, coffee and side of pita bread it was only 15 dollars. For the amount of food and the quality of food, this is one of the best deals in the state.

Overall thoughts:A
Would I come back?
I have absolutely no complaints about this diner. It was perfect.  The Town Diner is a nice upscale diner and a great restaurant in general.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: A
Food: A
Coffee: A
Price: $10-20

This is one of the best diners I’ve been to in New Jersey. It’s very close to exit 8 on the turnpike and one I would recommend.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite coffee mug?
What is your favorite type of soup? 

PBs Diner and Tap Room

Last weekend, Angela and I finally got a chance to catch up.¬† Angela is a local (fast) runner and coach. We decided to meet up at one of her favorites and a local staple ‚ÄúPB‚Äôs Diner and Tap Room‚ÄĚ. ¬†PB’s Diner and Tap Room is located in Glassboro, NJ.

A diner and a pub?  I file that under strange but normal New Jersey things…

I’ve been to several New Jersey diners and several NJ bars but never a restaurant claiming to be a combination of both. ¬†I guess there is a first time for everything.

Atmosphere: B

I‚Äôm still not¬†sure what to think.¬† On one half of the restaurant there is the tap room and on the other half there is a ‚Äúdining room‚ÄĚ diner section. ¬†The dining room is¬†set up well. ¬†When Angela and I went there was a football game playing in the bar but¬†the dining room was quiet.

Our server was a unique individual. The overall atmosphere seemed tense between the staff and customers. ¬†I’m not sure if the waiters felt overwhelmed or were having a rough day but it was a tense vibe and I’m not sure why.

Coffee: A
This was one of the strangest coffee combinations I have tried. First, I was unsure if a bar would be able to give me coffee and whipped cream. They were able too and the whipped cream came in a bowl on the side. I have never received a bowl of whipped cream before. The coffee was great though and I had plenty of refills.

PB Diner Coffee

Food: B
The menu has  typical diner and bar fare. It was exactly what you would you assume a diner to have or a bar to have. They had plenty of pancakes, burgers, salads and beer.

I ordered the “large” Greek salad with a side of salmon. The house dressing was really good. It had large chunks of feta cheese in it. It was a fairly large salad and the salmon was good.¬†The salad was smaller than I would have hoped and not that filling. ¬†It was a good salad but I do wish there was more.

Pb Diner Salad

Price: $
The salad and coffee was only 15 dollars which isn’t too expensive. It was one of the cheaper meals I’ve had.

Would I come back?
Overall thoughts: B
The food and coffee were great but something about the overall vibe of the restaurant turned me off. I’m not sure I’ll be back unless someone suggests. ¬†If I’m left¬†to my own I’ll probably stick to other diners.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Price: $10-20

Questions for you:
Have you ever gone to a diner bar? (Must be a Nj thing)

Two Peters Diner

I have to say that each diner I have visited near Trenton has been good.¬† Perhaps it‚Äôs the combination of great company, great food or both but I have had really good experiences with Trenton diners. I don’t know what else New Jersey’s capital has to offer but their diners are great.

Greta and I

The Two Peters diner located in Ewing was no exception. I met my personal friend Greta for dinner last week.  We had both wanted to go here for months so luckily it finally worked out!  Greta and I both used to run for Oiselle last season. Now Greta runs for the Garden State Track Club and I run for the LOLZ. Greta is a power house runner boasting a sub 18 minute 5k (I can brag for my friends).  It was nice to finally catch up and it was nonstop talking the entire time.

Atmosphere: A

We arrived to the diner around 6pm last Saturday.  It was crowded but it wasn’t overwhelming for a Saturday evening. The Ewing diner isn’t located in the nicest part of town but it’s still a cute restaurant. The Two Peters Diner was recently redone so there have been a lot of advertisements for the restaurant.  The radio advertisements are actually what led Greta and I to the Two Peters Diner.

I also found out the same owners also own the newly remodeled Ewing Diner (I reviewed in it October). Looking back I see the similarities in the diners.

The inside of the restaurant is really nice.  You walk in directly past the bakery portion.  There are many booths and tables.  Greta and I were lucky enough to sit in a window booth (my personal favorite).

I want to make special note of how friendly the staff is at Two Peters.  Each staff member was so friendly and polite.

Coffee: A

The coffee was great and the waitress gave me whipped cream every single refill.  This automatically bumps up the coffee score to an A. She was by far my favorite waitress of any diner.  She came to the table every time with the whipped cream.  I had whipped cream with a side of coffee and I have no issues with that!

My favorite part of the menu was the photo of the 'Two Peters"...

My favorite part of the menu was the photo of the ‘Two Peters”…

Food:  B

The menu at Two Peters Diner is very large.  To give you an idea they have 10+ full menu pages.  They have over 20 salad combinations, 20 different omelets, several breakfast and dinner options.  The waitress said: if you are craving it, we probably have it.  This is accurate.

I ordered their special house organic salad.  The salad came with grilled mushrooms, salmon, mixed greens and onions.  The salad was 17.95 and to tell you the truth I was expecting a much bigger salad for that price.  It was a good salad but for 18 dollars it should have been bigger.  I was disappointed with the size of the salad. I have paid 20 dollars for salads before but they are much bigger for that price.

Two peters salad

Cost: $$$

For my meal: coffee, salad and a side of pita bread it was 24 dollars.  For the portion size of the I think it was a little bit expensive.  It was good food and great service but I left somewhat hungry.

Would I come back?

Overall Thoughts: B

The atmosphere and staff is very friendly.  I like the remodeling they did and it’s a great diner.  I think it’s a little bit more expensive for the portions.  Depending on if someone wants to go, I may or may not be back.

Greta and I were a bit disappointed we did not get to meet the owners, the “Two Peters‚ÄĚ at the diner‚Ķbut maybe next time.

Cliff notes:

Atmosphere: A

Staff Friendliness: A+

Coffee: A (So much whipped cream)

Food: B

Price: Expensive

Overall Rating: B

Question for you:

Would you go back to a restaurant for small portions if that atmosphere was great?