Colonial Diner

One of my good friends and I found ourselves hungry and bored last week. Part of the luxury of working retail is that your off days normally fall in the middle of the week. She was coming back from a deployment so had a week off (we aren’t normally randomly bored on weekdays).

After googling diners, we found the Colonial Diner in Woodbury, NJ.  It was only a few miles from my house. After we got there we noticed the entire parking lot was full. It was at that point I knew the diner must be good.

Atmosphere: B
The outside is a cobblestone building. It is nothing too exciting. The Colonial diner itself is located right near train tracks and during our meal several trains went through.

The inside is full of booths and tables. It’s divided into two sections. We sat in a booth in the far section. I was disappointed we didn’t sit in the section with the juit boxes. The diner itself is clean and tidy. The staff was friendly but it was nothing extraordinary.

Coffee: B
The whipped cream was homemade. It was towering over the coffee and really good. I was however, disappointed because I was hoping to get a refill. I guess I’m just a coffee guzzler. If a menu states they give free refills then I always hope for more than one serving.

Black tie affair menu?
Black tie affair menu?

Food: A
The food at the Colonial diner is really good. The menu has everything you could hope for in a diner. Plus in addition to “normal” diner options, they have a lot of gluten free and healthy options. The Colonial diner is a true hidden gem.

I ordered the Greek salad with chicken. Normally Greek salads come with romaine lettuce. This lettuce was much greener than the standard Lettuce. The salad came with olives, feta, peppers, anchovies, onions and the untraditional chick peas. I thought the dressing was a bit light and watery but it was still good. It was in the top third diner salads I’ve had.

colonial diner salad

colonial diner

Cost: $
For my salad with chicken and coffee, it was 16 dollars. One of the cheaper meals I’ve had from a diner in a while.

Overall thoughts: A
Would I come back?
The diner was a lot better than I expected. I do plan to come back at some point soon. They have a lot of different cakes to try. My only real complaint is that I wish I had been able to get more coffee.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: B
Food: A (top third)
Cost: 10-20 per meal
I’ll be back and I hope they are able to refill my coffee this time.

Question for you:  Do you like anchovies? 



1 thought on “Colonial Diner”

  1. Homemade whipped cream? That’s pretty special. I think the chickpeas on the salad are a great touch. You can never have enough chickpeas! They should give free refills at every diner. I used to work at one and it costs barely anything to brew vats of coffee.

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