March 8th marks an important date for me and LOLZ blog.
It’s the one year anniversary that I have been reviewing New Jersey diners.
Thoughout my year of reviewing diners, I have been to some gems, some terrible diners and some in between. To celebrate, I thought I would do a brief recap and stats (with the best and worst).
In my personal experience, I can group diners in NJ into two main categories.
1. The Greasy spoon diner-This is a diner you picture. It only serves fried and greasy food. It could have grease still on the table and the regulars come in every morning.
2. The high class diner-This type of diner normally has a full bar, as well as an in house bakery. In my opinion, they are better. It’s more of a restaurant with the name diner thrown at the end. We have spent 20-30 dollars per meal at a diner like this before.
There are a few diners in between greasy and fancy but not too many.
Total diners: 52 (out if 199)…right on track
North Jersey: The Brownstone diner and Pancake Factory
The pancakes. That is all.
Central Jersey: Mastoris
The cheesy bread and desserts make it the best. I love how inexpensive and big the portion sizes are!
South Jersey: Vincentown
One of the most expensive diners but the food is well worth the price!
Least favorite diner: Ponzio’s
The canned pear and frozen salmon was something I could have made at home!
Best cake: Mastoris Red Velvet
Best coffee: (with whipped cream): Vincentown or Mastoris (both have homemade whipped cream which bring them to number 1)
Friendliest staff: Tops Diner
Greasiest spoon: Route 38 diner
Best atmosphere: Ewing Diner
Biggest Portion Sizes: Mastoris
Smallest Portion Sizes: Americana Diner
Most expensive: Americana Diner
Biggest Disappointment: Route 38 Diner (I was hungry right after leaving)
Biggest Surprise (Most underrated): Whitman Diner. This is one of my favorite diners in South Jersey. I loved the tuna and avocado salad!
Diners I want to try soon:
Red Oak Diner
I cannot wait to explore another years worth of diners and continue my journey.
Question for you: What is the best restaurant food you have ever had?