The Diner Superlatives

While I haven’t been to every NJ diner, half or even a quarter of them…I have been to enough that I feel I can make an appropriate list of Diner Superlatives. A lot of the diners I have been to are in South Jersey (because it’s closer to me) but a few are in North as well. I am slowly coming to realize that it is going to be a lot harder once I have gone to most of the South Jersey diners that appeal to me. (I still have at least 2 years before that happens…)

Without further ado:
Best Coffee
Mastoris gives homemade whipped cream and a huge tub of it too. It’s deliscious. I’ve never had a bad cup of coffee or whipped cream.

home made whip cream in the coffee.
home made whip cream in the coffee.

Largest Menu:
Phoenix Diner (as seen here)

Phoenix Diner

Best Bread Basket:
Mastoris again
The cinnamon and pastrys win. You cannot compete with that and they are well known in NJ for it.

mastoris bread basket

Best Overall Food”
Vincentown Diner

Here is my staple there.  Salmon salad with pita bread.
Here is my staple there. Salmon salad with pita bread.

I’ve been there 22 times (thank you foursquare). I’ve never had a bad meal and between Tim and I have tried close to the entire menu. While it is a bit more pricy, it is always worth it. Plus all of their food is local! (double foodie points!)

Best Dessert:
Mastoris has the best red velvet cake of anywhere I’ve had. Runner up would be the Cherry Hill Diner. (Yes Laura and Heather) that is what you guys had.

Matoris red velvet cake

Worst Coffee:
The Princetonion takes the cake. For about 2 dollars I received one cup of coffee and one refill. It equated to about 8 ounces of coffee. That is more expensive than Starbucks.

All of this coffee for 1.69..such a
All of this coffee for 1.69..such a deal…no.  (actual size)

Worst Food:
The Garden State Diner in Wrightstown wins for the worst food. I haven’t done a review on it yet. Long story short, I left quite hungry after going. Their large salad was 10 parts of white lettuce and one part everything else. It’s one of the closest diners to our house…and one that I will never go back too.

Ponzio’s comes in a close second with canned pears, frozen salmon and costing about 20 dollars for a salad.

Look at you chilling there little canned pear.
Look at you chilling there little canned pear.

Worst Dessert:
Red Lion Diner because I couldn’t finish the dry, crusty, hard cake. I haven’t finished a dessert twice in my life. (This was one of those times)


yummy, crusty cake!
yummy, crusty cake!

Best Service:
Ponzio’s had a great server. He was nice, funny and brought the LOLZ.

Worst Service:
Mastori’s service is normally awful. I’ve been five times and each time the hostest is rude. Then often times (including my birthday there) the waitor forgets they are helping your table. I’ve heard managers shouting over tables and also snarking on customers.  I like Mastoris’ food a lot, however, it’s hard to get over the poor service.

Stay tuned when I’ve gone to another 20 diners and hopefully I can update with changes in Superlatives.  A lot of the diners are repeat winners or offenders.  Hopefully as I visit more I’ll have more interesting and unique stories! 

Question for you: 

What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too?

What restaurant that you’ve been too had the worst service (bonus points for a funny story).