The Trolley Car Diner

The Trolley Car Diner (Philadelphia, PA)

After the “Run For the Hill of It” 5 miler a few weeks ago, Kara and I decided to head to a local diner.  I heard the Trolley Car Diner was excellent and it was only 2 miles away.

Atmosphere: A 

It’s hard to beat the atmosphere of a diner in an old trolley car.  There have been additions to the trolley car so the actual inside has plenty of space.  For a crowded Saturday, they had plenty of tables open.  We were seated quickly in the back.

awkward trolley car photo

awkward trolley car photo

The inside is a throwback to the fifties. It’s exactly what you picture a diner.  Everything about the diner from the outside to the inside to the menu is a throwback to the 50s.

Coffee: A 

The coffee came in a cute personalized Trolley Car Diner mug.  I always enjoy coffee mugs that aren’t boring and plain white.  The Trolley car diner had their logo on the mug, which added a great touch.  The coffee itself was also delicious. The waitress gave me whipped cream every single time.  Even though they were busy she gave many refills.

Trolley Car Diner Coffee

Food: A

The menu at the Trolley Car is overwhelming.  Like most diners, they have everything from pancakes and eggs, to nova lox, to salads and burgers.

The Trolley car diner is known for their donuts.  I don’t know many diners known for donuts but it made it unique.  I will say their donuts were some of the best best!  there were bite sized and before I knew it, I had eaten a dozen…whoops…

Trolley Car Diner Donuts

To offset the donut eating, I ordered the Judy’s salad with salmon a side of pita bread.  The salad consisted of roasted beets, feta cheese, pumpkin seeds and spinach.  I liked how fresh the spinach was. The dressing was a homemade ceaser. It was tart which paired well with the beets and feta.  The salad was really good and I liked how tart the dressing was.

Trolley Car Diner Salad

Cost: $

For my coffee, salad and donuts it was 17.  That is really inexpensive compared to many other diners.

Overall thoughts/would I come back? 

I will absolutely be back.  It’s close to a new park I want to run in frequently and the quality of food was great.  It is a contender for a top diner! If you go, you must try the donuts.

Cliff notes: 
Atmosphere: A 
Coffee: A 
Food: A
Price: $10-15 

Questions for you: 
What is your favorite type of doughnut? 
Have you ever eaten in a Trolley Car? 


13 responses

  1. BUT I DON’T LIKE DONUTS (DOUGHNUTS?)!!! I’m still going and you can’t stop me. 🙂 🙂 I’m not going to lie… I really think I would order that salad. I have a love for roasted beets… Until I walk by a table with someone eating pancakes. It’ll probably change. Why is life so hard?

    • I always struggle with the spelling of donuts/doughnuts too. Ha, their pancakes looked really good too. We should try them sometime!

  2. DONUTS. I want those!!! I can’t imagine going to a diner and not getting breakfast. that’s just…. I couldn’t. Breakfast, brunch, and brinner are my favorites!

  3. Yes! Those donuts were delicious! I would definitely go back to that diner! So glad we went after the race. You would love the Holy Donut shop in Maine!

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