The Princess Maria Diner

Princess Maria’s Diner

After the Belmar 5, I drove to the Princess Maria Diner.  I did a quick scan of local diners and this one only 11 minutes away from the race.  It looked like it gas a sizeable menu with some unique and fun foods.

I arrived on a weekend around 11 am.  Normally this is prime diner time but the Princess Maria wasn’t too crowded.  I was pleasantly surprised.

Princess Maria Diner

Atmosphere: A 

The outside is metallic and welcoming.  It’s easy to spot and directly off the main road.  The inside is a typical diner.  There are rows of booths, tables and of course a famous bar.  I was lucky to get one of the last tables.

Coffee: A 

After any road race, coffee tastes ten times better.  This particular coffee had plenty of whipped cream and was strong.

Princess Maria Coffee

Either I was extremely dehydrated or the coffee pierced my soul within seconds.  The waitress was extremely kind and brought plenty of refills.  In summary the coffee was delicious and the whipped cream was equally as good.

Food: A 

The diner had plenty of options.  The Princess Maria had all the usual suspects as well as many different and unique options.  The waitress informed me that they are well known for their “salad shells”.

Princess Diner Maria Salad

I ordered the Mediterranean salad shell.  It came with all of the best toppings: plenty of olives, feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes as well as chicken.  The actual salad came in a tortilla shell.  I was partially expecting a clamshell because I was on the shore. This is even better because you could eat the tortilla.  Honestly it was one of the best salads I’ve had in a while and the shell was the best part.

Princess Maria Salad

Price: $

For my coffee and salad it was only 15 dollars.  It was definitely a great deal.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back? 

The Princess Maria Diner is in one of the better diners I’ve been too in a while.  I will be back to try another salad shell.  Good thing I’m doing the Belmar Chase 5k in August. The service was also extremely great and the waitress was very friendly and helpful.

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

Questions for you: 
Have you ever had a salad shell? 

I have at local Mexican restaurants but never at a diner!


5 responses

  1. I’ve been there many times since we have a house in Belmar! Haven’t been in a while and now I am itching to go back – I need that salad.

  2. Yep, the shell salads totally remind me of Mexican restaurants. Actually, I ordered one at one of the last Mexican restaurants I went to–it was a taco salad with shrimp, and it was pretty good.

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