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Mastoris Diner Review

Mastori’s Diner Bordentown, NJ 

I’ve wanted to try to this diner for a couple of months now but it hasn’t worked out.  It was recommended by several people and is even thought of as one of the top five diners in New Jersey.  I had to know if it would live up to the title.  When I drove home from VA Beach last month, we decided to try it.

Atmosphere: C

When you walk into Mastori’s diner you walk into a large bakery.  The front of the restaurant is a bakery.  If that doesn’t make you hungry I don’t know what else does.  While waiting for Tim to arrive, I was completely ignored in the restaurant.  I was the only one in the lobby and multiple waiters and servers walked by.   It actually turned me off a bit from the restaurant.  Several waiters and waitresses went by that just ignored me.  The second time I went our waiter ignored our table a few times as well.  I’m not sure if I have had bad luck or the servers aren’t friendly.  

Coffee: A

The coffee was very good.  They brought me unlimited refills when I wanted them.  Not only that but they left me a nice container of homemade whip cream too.  Any restaurant that has homemade whip cream and leaves it with me gets an A for their coffee rating.  That being said their coffee was brewed very well too.

home made whip cream in the coffee.

home made whip cream in the coffee.

Food: A

The portions are absolutely huge. Not many restaurants can make both Tim and I full but Mastori’s did just that.  Not only was it filling, it was high quality food.  I haven’t had a better diner meal yet.  This is honestly the highest quality and largest quantity food I’ve had yet.

First, they provide you with a pastry basket before the meal.  Instead of your normal bread it’s cheese bread and cinnamon bread.  They were already starting me off on the right foot.  I don’t normally eat a lot of the bread baskets because I want to save room for dessert but Tim and I finish this off very quickly.

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I got their special house salad.  It’s called the Palm of Springs Salad. It had eggplant, artichoke, chicken, all over a bed of mixed greens.  It was good.

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The duck is also incredible.  Instead of giving you a small portion of duck, they give you an entire duck.  For 15 dollars you get an entire duck.  I like duck a lot and this did not disappoint.  (It is topped with a blueberry sauce.  I liked it).

mastorisduck

Both were really good and with such as diverse menu there are a ton of things I want to try.

Dessert:  A+

The red velvet cake is the best red velvet cake I’ve ever had.  The best.  I can’t really add too much else because it’s that good.  The second time, I tried the carrot cake which was also good.  (Red Velvet is still my favorite).

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Cost: $$

This diner is not costly for the quality of food and the amount of food.  For two people we payed 55.  This included two meals, two beverages and two desserts (since we got ice cream and red velvet cake).  As far as upscale restaurants (in New Jersey they are upscale diners) this is a pretty good deal.  Not only that but we left filled to the brim.  I think I might have waddled out it was so good though.

Overall impression:

Would I go back?  Yes and I’ll probably go back a lot.  (When it works out).  This ranks in my top 3 favorite diners and probably number 1 right now.  The only complaint I have is that I cannot tell if the waiters are rude or I’ve had bad luck.  I would prefer not to be ignored at a restaurant I’m paying to go too.

Questions for you:

What is a staple meal you get?

While reviewing these diners I’ve been enjoying trying all the different salads and getting red velvet cake.  It seems good to actually compare similar food on the first chance.

What is your favorite type of cake?

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6 responses

  1. I’m so excited to go to a diner with you this summer! I’ll need to start doing sine research on ones that have GF options!

  2. Salads and red velvet cake sounds like the best way to go. Salads are often better in restaurants and maybe that’s just because I am terrible at making food…

  3. You comparing the red velvet cakes kinda reminds me of that show, Kitchen Nightmares, where chef Gordon Ramsey almost always orders crab cakes. I guess it’s like your go-to. I don’t blame you, I love salads and I love red velvet cake (but my husband loves it more).

    This seems like a great diner and a great deal! I mean that much for the duck, that’s a great price. Maybe you just had bad luck with the waitstaff…

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