Dolphin Diner (Burlington)

Dolphin Diner (Burlington<, NJ)

The Dolphin Diner is now closed. It has been closed and reopened under a few names, but as of Sept. 2019, it is completely closed)

The night before Broad Street, my inlaws, Tim, and I decided to head to a local diner.   I had wanted to try the Dolphin Diner for a while.  Realistically I liked this diner because the outside looked nice and “diner-like”.

Was the moon photoshopped...who knows. Photo Credit from the Dolphin Diner website
Was the moon photoshopped…who knows? Photo Credit from the Dolphin Diner website

Dolphin Diner Atmosphere: A

The outside atmosphere is what initially drew me into the Dolphin Diner.  It’s a giant blue metallic building.  I was thinking (and hoping) they would run with the nautical dolphin theme inside.  While there are plenty of dolphin designs, there aren’t as many as you would think!  Either way, the outside is nice, and the inside is clean.  When we arrived around 5:30, and the Dolphin Diner wasn’t crowded at all.  I was shocked, but there are five diners within the 10 min radius.

Dolphin Diner Coffee: A

I always enjoy when diners give a bowl of whipped cream instead of putting it directly into the coffee.  The coffee at the Dolphin Diner was great, and it came with quite a bit of whipped cream.  I have no complaints.  It was excellent.

Bowl of whipped cream and coffee
A bowl of whipped cream and coffee

Dolphin Diner Food:  A

The menu of diners is like black holes.  You find yourself wondering how on earth they could make all of these different foods.  The Dolphin Diner menu has at least 200 different menu items. I ordered their signature Greek salad with blackened chicken.  Due to the price, I wasn’t sure how large the salad would be.  When it came out, I was pleasantly surprised.  The salad was massive and filled with feta cheese, greens, cucumbers, grape leaves, pita bread, and olives.  However, it was missing onions which surprised me.  No harm was done, and it was one of the better salads I’ve had in a while. Dolphin Diner Salad Cost: $

The salad and coffee were 14 dollars.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back of the Dolphin Diner (Burlington)? The Dolphin Diner (Burlington) is a great diner. I was pleasantly surprised and have no complaints.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $5-22 (the highest-end being the seafood platters)
Overall: A

Questions for you:
Do you like onions? 
What do you eat before a big race? 

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  1. Gah. I love red onions on salads. I always like the Chipotle bowls because of the fajita veggies. I could eat them raw (and have already) so my breathe is kickin’ haha.

  2. The salad looks delicious and like a great deal to me. I had a salad for lunch today with salmon on it and it was really good, good service too. I’ve noticed both of us eat a lot of Greek salads! Plus the diner looks fun even if that moon is photoshopped.

    Before a race, with the morning ones I drink a cup of coffee and eat a pop tart. For the evening ones, I just eat a normal breakfast, light lunch and snack, but I don’t have anything high-fiber or high-fat (like PB).

  3. I really lonely like to eat onion if they are sautéed or steamed. The enzymes in the onions make my mouth hurt. Before a race, I try to keep it simple and maintain my normal breakfast/lunch and dinners. I am a higher carb athlete, so I’ve never needed to carboload. I might choose white grains and simpler things rather than trying anything spicy or too complex because I never know how my stomach will react.

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