Last week Liz and I had an impromptu date at the Palace Diner. It was one of the last diners I had not tried in Gloucester County. I used to drive by the Palace Diner on the way to Berlin but have not been in a while.
We got there on Sunday around 5:45. Last Sunday was the least crowded I had ever seen the parking lot Normally the parking lot is packed but on Sunday there were only 15 cars in the lot.
For the name “The Palace Diner” you would expect a much more “Palace like” atmosphere. The atmosphere was average and nothing really stood out.
The inside was the standard diner layout. There were lots of booths and tables as well as a bar. You walked in next to a small bakery. The cake was advertised as coming from the famous Mastoris. The diner itself was but not the Palace I was expecting!
At the Palace Diner they use the local made Laucus Coffee. I must say it is one of my favorite coffee brews and I have several bags at home. It was delicious coffee. The waitress always made sure we had refills. I really like Laucus coffee so I was extremely happy. The coffee was probably the highlight of the entire diner.
The menu isn’t as large as most diners. They specialized more in seafood, greek and sandwiches. I was surprised it wasn’t huge because when I think of a palace, I think of many options.
I ordered the large Greek salad with salmon. To be honest, the salad was decent but not great. The lettuce was rather watery and it lacked very many toppings. There was only one olive! I didn’t hate the salad but it wasn’t my favorite. They did provide a lot of salmon and cheese so I was excited by that. Salmon and cheese is the best part anyways!
Since I was still hungry, I ordered “The King Cake”.
The King Cake is three layered cake with whipped cream frosting, cheesecake and a small layer of chocolate cake. It was good but not the best cake I’ve had. I had such high expectations because of the amount of whipped cream!
I would probably not order it again. I was actually shocked because Mastoris bakery is very well known in NJ. The cake was not on the same level as other cake I’ve had from Mastoris.
The diner was relatively inexpensive and for my coffee, salad and cake it was 20 dollars.
Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
Honestly I’m not sure if I had higher expectations for the diner but it was a bit of a letdown. There was nothing bad but it didn’t stand out as I expected it too. When I think of a Palace,I think of something grand!
I will say, however, the service and coffee was really good. There are plenty of other diners I enjoy much more that are closer to my house.
Questions for you:
When you think of a Palace restaurant, what do you think of?
Are there any local coffees you like?