Llanerch Diner (Upper Darby)

Llanerch Diner (Upper Darby, PA)

Last week I ventured to Pennsylvania for my first PA diner review. It was a shorter drive than many diners in NJ.  I got to meet up with Lauren finally!   Lauren was one of the first bloggers I started to read (roughly five years ago).She has gone through 8 knee surgeries and is one of the strongest people I’ve met.

lauren and i

We decided to meet at the Llanerch Diner (which has taken me ten times to type out and spell). The Llanerch diner is located in Upper Darby, PA but also has a location in Vorhees, NJ (named the Vorhees diner).   Good them for not calling it the Llanerch diner 2.

llanerch diner sign
Llanerch Diner Atmosphere: B 

This Llanerch diner is a lot smaller than I imagined! We had both researched it beforehand, and the photos make it appear to be a lot larger then it is. The inside of the Llanerch Diner is old, and you can tell this diner has been around for quite some time. If it’s been around it must be good, right?

The waitress was not the greatest. She seemed to disappear into the back for long periods. While we never complained, we noticed several of her tables did.  We overheard two separate tables (we were in there a while) complain to the manager.

Llanerch Diner Coffee: A

The coffee at the Llanerch Diner was delicious. While I would have liked more refills I have no complaints about the taste. The mug was nice, and I wish they had them for sale too. I could tell how old the restaurant was because the durable mug had multiple chips, dents, and pieces missing. It looked like it had been through the dishwasher several times.

Side chips
Side chips

Llanerch Diner Food: B

The Llanerch Diner menu was not the most enormous diner menu but not the smallest either. I debated between the asparagus and lox salad and the Greek. I ultimately went with the Greek salad. I know, I’m so predictable lately!

I got the beef orzo soup.  It was decent but at the end of the day, not my thing.

llanerch diner soup

It was one of the smaller diner salads I’ve had. It contained greens, onions, olives, grape leaves, anchovies and ten blocks of feta cheese (I counted because it seemed like there was more cheese than salad). I ordered a side of pita bread and salmon.  It was oozing with dressing and oil, which caused it to be more filling!

llanerch diner salad 1

Llanerch Diner Price:$$

My salad and coffee was 21.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to theLlanerch Diner (Upper Darby, PA)? 

The Llanerch diner (Upper Darby) is decent, but it wasn’t a diner I would drive too. If someone wanted to meet there, I wouldn’t say no but left to myself I would dine elsewhere.

Cliff notes:

Atmosphere: B

Coffee: A

Food: B

Price: $8-20

Overall: B

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Questions for you:

Have you ever complained about the restaurant service?

What is one of your favorite restaurant meals?



  1. I think the best thing about this diner was meeting you HAHA! I thought your salad was big so I want to see the other salads you get from these diners!!! I cannot wait to meet again and, possibly, go shopping one day with the oodles and oodles of money we have saved up (biggets lolz).

    “Nom nom nom” on the coffee mugs… Someone was hungry.

  2. I love that beat up coffee mug! I hope someday I have coffee mugs that are just as old and “loved.” Now we NEED to find the Voorhees diner. Hopefully they have better service!

  3. I kinda like “loved” coffee mugs (as Liz said) at diners :). We have a few around here that have coffee mugs that are completely random and I like that, instead of a plain coffee mug or one with the restaurant’s name on it. The salad you had looks good but it does look full of feta cheese! It is hard sometimes for restaurants to get the toppings-to-greens ratio exactly right, I guess. Glad you and Lauren got to meet and I love reading both your blogs :).

  4. I always do that with cheese too! especially in France.. they just don’t know when to stop haha!
    Complaining about food service is like second nature. Thinking about it, i’m actually way too picky and bitchy when i’m being served. I should probably be more open minded. My favorite meal is by far the classic BLT sandwich with sweet potato fries!

  5. I’ve never complained about service because you never know the bad that wait staff has had. It might be unprofessional, but we all have those days. I also work in food service so I get it.

    1. I agree that you never know what a person is going through. I don’t complain unless it’s something that is really bothersome.

  6. The drink + whipped cream looked pretty darn amazing to me, and your salad looked super yummy! However it seems like the place wasn’t ‘all that’, I personally don’t like super greasy salads, I mean isn’t the whole point of a salad freshness and lightness? Once when we went to a super fancy indian restaurant, there where some eyelash hairs in our salad! They seemed so embarrassed when we told them, and all they did was give us free samosas (not complaining… but still ;)).

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