According to many different lists and reviews, Tops diner is ranked the best in New Jersey. It’s even known as one of the best in the country. When I first moved to NJ, it was placed at the top of my list. Several people have told me to go but it’s 90 minutes away from my house! When Tim got back, we decided to take a road trip up to East Newark, NJ. After getting off on exit 15, we made a few turns and finally got there.
The outside decor is a very typical and fun diner. In fact, the diner itself stands out like a sore thumb in he area. A good stand out though, it’s a beautiful picture perfect diner. From the outdoor atmosphere alone I knew it would be good.
The inside was just as nice. They sat us at a spacious red booth. It was a combination of the normal diner bars, tables and booths. We sat facing the bakery but honestly we had already decided we were ordering something.
The coffee was delicious and the whipped cream was overflowing from the top. The waitress refilled it several times so I have no complaints. The coffee was in the top five diner coffees I have had.
Tops Diner was the most diverse menu I have been to so far. They had everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner. From seafood to steak to salad to even burritos. Seeing burritos was a diner first for me!
I ordered the “Greek tomato salad” with salmon and pita. It was the most unusual salad I’ve ever had. I did’t realize that the salad did not come with any mixed greens and the cheese came in a 6 inch block. The cheese block was huge and I had never seen anything like that. The cheese was bigger than the salmon portion. The salad was good. It reminded me more of a cole slaw than a traditional salad. It was different but it good.
Tim and I ordered the Red Velvet Cheesecake with vanilla ice cream. Honestly I’m only a fan of cheesecake if it doesn’t taste like cheesecake. I’m a straight up cake girl at heart but they had red velvet cheesecake. Tim and I decided to try it.
The red velvet cheesecake was great and honestly rivaled any cake I’ve had. It was really good. The frosting was perfect. I ate a lot of the cake or “red section” while he ate more of the cheesecake part. It was great and honestly one of the few cheesecakes I would order again.
For two dinners, two drinks and dessert it was 60 dollars. This diner is more of an upscale restaurant but the price was worth it.
Overall thoughts: A
Would I come back?
For being ranked the number one diner in New Jersey it was good. I will be back. The service, the menu and the coffee are deliscious. My favorite was the dessert of course. I highly recommend stopping by if you get a chance. It isn’t my favorite diner in the state but it is a very great option and one I recommend.
Overall thoughts: One of my favorites and in the top five diners.
Questions for you:
Do you like cheesecake?
What’s the most expensive restaurant you’ve been too?