Last week Christine and I had a second diner date. It must mean she isn’t tired of exploring diners with me right? Christine has quickly become one of my favorite people to meetup with. On an awesome note, she just rocked her Philly half marathon PRIng and breaking the 2 hour barrier (by 3 minutes!).
Anyways we met at the Stratford Diner in Stratford, NJ. It’s not easy to miss the Stratford a Diner. The bold (life size) sign makes it nearly impossible. I had driven by several times and added it on my to do list a while back (probably due to the giant sign).
The outside atmosphere is adorable. I need to take a photo in from of the life size diner sign.
The inside is equally festive. They were all decorated for Thanksgiving (as seen by this turkey on our booth).
Something I’ve been wanting to include is the atmosphere of the staff in general. The Stratord diner had one of the friendliness staff of a diner I’ve been too. The hostess (possibly manager) was very friendly as well as our waitress. I personally think the employees can make or break your dining experience.
If I could give this diner higher than an A I would. I don’t know what kind of coffee they were brewing but it was my FAVORITE diner coffee to date. Everything from the coffee to the whipped cream was great. They had won me over in the course of a two minutes. (Can you see where this review is going?). To clarify the actual coffee brewed was what made it so great. The whipped cream was very good but the brewed coffee was the best. (To receive best diner coffee is pretty prestigious in my opinion 😉
The Stratford diner has a big menu. They have all the traditional diner favorites from breakfast to sandwiches to an extensive seafood and pita section.
I ordered a traditional Greek salad with chicken. Something I really enjoyed about this salad (besides how big it was) was it came with sardines and chicken. Sardines are something I’ve been really enjoying lately. It was one of my favorite salads to date. I don’t have any complaints or regrets about the salad.
We didn’t come looking for dessert but ended up walking past the bakery (and it looked enticing). While they didn’t have red velvet cake, they did have death by chocolate. It was really good. We split a piece and the waitress was nice enough to cut it in half for us. The frosting was really rich and the cake was dense. I would order it again.
Overall thoughts: A
Would I come back?
The Stratford diner was excellent and somewhere I would go again. While I expected it to be good, I was not prepared for how good it was. It’s certainly in my top favorite South Jersey diners. If you are ever in the Stratford area, I would recommend it (it’s roughly 5 miles from exit 29 on 295 and 4 miles from exit 3 on the turnpike).
Questions for you:
Have you ever had an exceptionally positive experience due to the restaurant staff?
What is your favorite cake?