The Marlton diner has been on to my to do list for a while now. It is located in Burlington county off of exit 70. The Marlton diner is a picture perfect diner in New Jersey. I met personal friend and local runner Liz a few weeks ago.
Liz is a writer as well as a night owl. She is also the friend that wrote this article about “like a girl”. She is obviously a great writer so I wonder what she thinks of LOLZ blog (ha ha ;). Anyways, most people know I go to bed pretty early so we are always on opposite schedules, it was nice to hang out again. T joined us directly after work!
The diner itself is exactly what you would picture a diner to be like. It has large silver paneling on both the outside and inside. The inside is covered with a shiny silver paneling, booths, a bar, Juitbox and of course a bakery.
It’s very clear upon walking in that it is a “regulars” type of place. There were times I almost felt unwelcome. It was pretty quiet but it was also a weekday evening. The waitress was friendly toward us thankfully though.
The coffee was good but not my favorite. It wasn’t until after the waitress refilled our coffee a few times she informed us she was charging us for an extra cup of coffee. That information wasn’t stated anywhere on the menu (for instance, 2 free refills, etc) . While it wasn’t an issue, I would have liked to know I was being charged for an extra cup of coffee. I was under the impression it was unlimited refills.
The menu had everything a stereotypical diner would, no more and no less. There wasn’t anything unique. The Marlton diner had a few specials but honestly nothing too interesting.
I ordered the Greek salad with salmon. The salad came oozing with oil (it was soaken through). The dressing was really good and one of my favorites in New Jersey. It had all of the normal greek salad toppings: feta cheese, olives, anchovies and onions. The salmon was good but it was obvious it was a frozen and reheated fillet. The salad dressing was the best part of the salad for sure.
For my salad with salmon, it was 18. The price wasn’t that expensive for the food but in my opinion it wasn’t worth it. There are a few diners I would probably go closer to home that are cheaper.
Overall thoughts: B
Would I come back?
The diner wasn’t bad but there are other choices I would go too before going back to the Marlton Diner. It’s clear the diner has a lot of regulars it caters too. It isn’t a bad stop but not my favorite. I would go to a few closer to home before stopping back by the Marlton Diner. It was so great to catch up with Liz though so it was always worth it.
Overall rating: B, not bad but not great
Questions for you:
Have you ever felt unwelcome in a restaurant?