Phily Diner

The Phily diner is interesting. It is located in Runnemeede, NJ. One of cowokers used to work there and he kept telling me it’s one of the best. After actually googling the diner, I realized that it has been rated several times as being one of the best in South Jersey. Of course I had to give it a try. Luckily Tim’s parents were in town so we met theme down there.

Atmosphere: A
The diner is split into a sports bar and grille as well as an actual diner portion. When I first arrived I snagged one of the last parking spaces. They did also have valet parking. Valet parking at a diner! God knows if there is valet parking it’s probably out of my price point.

phily diner

The inside was very “old school diner”. They have gone to town with the old school diner theme. I had to pose (I thought it would be more humorous) with the car.

Coffee: A
My coffee had whipped cream. It was refilled enough that I was happy.

Phily Diner Coffee

Food: B
I ordered the medeterreanan salad. The food actually disappointed me. The whole reason to go out to eat is good food…it was so so. The salad came with crunchy, hard bread and was rather small. It was ok but not what I imagined.  I was actually rather hungry after finishing my meal.  The salmon was at least good.   It came with soup as well and I ordered chicken noodle.

Phily Diner Soup

Phily Diner Salad

Dessert: B
the milkshakes came overflowing that we had to clean them off on the side. What kind of milkshake doesn’t come with a cherry on top?  It was a decent milkshake but with the overflowing cup and lack of cherry I couldn’t give it the highest ranking.

Phily Diner Milkshake

Meals averaged between 12-20. They had a lot of specials. My salad was 13 dollars. It’s one of the cheaper diners surprisingly.  It was a good deal for a quick and decent meal.

Overall/would I come back.
Something I didn’t mention was our service was not the greatest. When we asked the soups, she reached over us, grabbed the menu and searched. That isn’t a big deal but there were a ton of small, really awkward moments. Honestly she was probably just new.

I would go back but I’ll definitely be ordering something else and hopefully have a different waitress.  The food wasn’t bad or awful but it wasn’t great.  I definitely have a completely different meal if I came back.

Questions for you:

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla milkshakes?

Favorite old school car? 

1980 Firebird for me!


11 responses

  1. I live in NC now and there aren’t any diners. BUT every time we drive up to Atlantic City, the Philly diner is the one we pass and have to stop every time. They do a nice breakfast there!

  2. This is why bloggers/readers need to READ the post and not just refer to the picture- had I seen that salad, I would have been blown away at how delicious and generous it looked! That is so awkward giving a milkshake like that….to customers have to clean up or eat around it? Bizarre. I love vanilla milkshakes- always!

    • HA! That made me LOL out loud…it’s happened a few times where I’ve said something was gross but it photographed well so…

  3. I really like Cookies and Cream milkshakes :). But I guess I’d pick vanilla over chocolate. I do prefer whipped cream on top of my milkshake and I don’t think I’d want it overflowing, haha.

  4. I’ve been there and agree it’s just okay. There are closer diners to my folks so I never really made the longer drive there 🙂

  5. I love that picture of you and the car! When (not if) I come to visit we need to take a diner tour, be prepared to eat out multiple times per day. It looks like that milkshake doesn’t even have whipped cream, but maybe it does. I’m a chocolate milkshake kind of girl. When I get a migraine and nothing else helps, I will pick one up, and it will fix me right up.

    • Finally someone that understands my life. Of course we will go out to eat for every meal and only the finest diners in NJ for you.

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