The Sage Diner

Last weekend my parents and I decided to try the Sage Diner in Mount Laurel, NJ.  I had driven by several times and the outside appeared nice.  Once again, I judged a diner by it’s cover.  My parents had specified they needed to go to a “NJ diner”.  they have been to several and my dad actually took me to the first NJ diner I’ve ever been too (The Town and Country).  Long story short by the outside and a brief look at the menu, I thought it would be a nice place to take them.

Atmosphere: B

The outside atmosphere is nice.  It’s a cobblestone building with big black windows.  The inside is half booths and half tables.  There is a large bakery upon first entering the restaurant.  It certainly made us want to try some of their baked goods. The atmosphere is really nice and I have no complaints.

The waiter was extremely friendly and took care of us the entire meal.  He was one of the most friendly and nicest waiters I’ve ever seen.  It was very clear he enjoyed his job and he was friendly and polite.

Coffee: A

The coffee was good.  The mug was small but they did give unlimited refills.  The whipped cream was clearly homemade so that is always a win.

Sage Diner Coffee

Food: A

Even though the coffee was small, the menu was large.  The Sage Diner has everything from breakfast, to Greek food, to salads to hamburgers and seafood.

I first ordered Matzah ball soup.  Before last week I had never tried Matzah ball soup before.  I determined the soup wasn’t my favorite type.  My dad’s French onion looked really good and it is certainly something I want to try if I go back.

Sage Diner Soup

I ordered the Greek salad with salmon as well as pita bread.  This salad was a lot bigger than I expected (thank goodness I was hungry).  It came with the typical Greek fare and the salmon had skin on it (most people know my big fish pet peeve is removing the skin).  The food as a whole was great.  I have no complaints and rather enjoyed my meal.

Sage Diner Salad

Dessert: F

We ordered the Mousse cake.  It had a cream cheese frosting, whipped cream and chocolate cream.  The cake had such a strange aftertaste that we took 2-3 bites and determined that it was not good.. I don’t know what was going on but it was one of the worst pieces of cake I’ve ever had (not an exaggeration).  We had split a piece and neither my mom, dad or I finished a single piece.  I could have easily finished that dessert by myself if I had liked it…but it wasn’t good so no point in eating it.

Sage Diner Cake

Cost: $

For my soup, meal, coffee and dessert it was 20 dollars.  The cost was really cheap for local diners.

Would I return?

Overall thoughts: B

I would return because the regular food was good.  The staff was friendly and the food was inexpensive.  I will probably never try their dessert again.   I don’t have complaints except for the dessert.  I might be back to the Sage diner but for now I’m going to look into trying other diners with better desserts first.

Questions for you:

Have you ever had a dessert with a strange aftertaste?

What is your favorite soup?

Mine is split pea.

14 responses

  1. I usually skip dessert, but if i do get some, it’s usually carrot cake and it requires a special variety of special to mess that up. My favorite soup is split pea, as well. Off to zee poole!

  2. I really like the sweet potato soup that one of the local soup/sandwich places here has, but I also like Panera Bread’s butternut squash soup- so good! Sorry your desert was bad but that coffee looks delicious. I prefer a smaller mug of coffee and unlimited refills, that way it’s always fresh and doesn’t get cold on me 🙂

  3. This cracks me up! It’s really hard to screw up dessert but, obviously, it can be done! Sigh. Crystal Lake Diner used to have the best desserts… 🙁

  4. I hope that you gave the server the information about the dessert … I mean, I have had plenty of mediocre items at restaurants through the years, but if something is purely atrocious, that is a different story. There might have been a problem they didn’t realize – and it might have been bad. It isn’t about making a scene or getting things for free, but without criticism they cannot improve …

  5. Whenever I have tried a chocolate and chili combo it leaves an unpleasant after taste 🙁 I don’t like that trend. My favorite soup at the moment would have to be this thing called “Gypsy Chili” from where I work. It has sweet potatoes, swiss chard and peanuts. I don’t know why it’s so good…but it just is! It’s the only way I can have swiss chard.

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