Elmer Diner

The Elmer Diner (Elmer, NJ)

A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to the Elmer Diner. We were traveling south for the Holidays and were looking for a stop along the way. The Elmer Diner in Elmer, NJ seemed like a good stop.

Elmer Diner Atmosphere: C
The outside is a typical building in a cute small town. The Elmer Diner is not a metallic or shiny building but a regular restaurant style building. The inside of the Elmer Diner is also a typical restaurant style building. The Elmer Diner was clean, but there was nothing to write home about.  It reminded me of a casual, small-town diner.

Something I found fascinating was the Elmer Diner recycled big “feta cheese” buckets as trash cans.  Now that isn’t something you see every day!

That's a lot of feta
That’s a lot of feta

Coffee: D
First, the coffee at the Elmer Diner was good. However, it came in a cup that was smaller than 8 ounces. Then the waitress only filled the coffee mug up about one-half of the way up every time. I’m not sure what was going on, but I needed more coffee than that.  I think throughout the entire meal, I had roughly 12 ounces of coffee.  It was good coffee, but there wasn’t a lot to make a complete judgment.

elmer diner coffee

Elmer Diner Service: C
The service at the Elmer Diner was slow. The Elmer diner was not crowded, yet I felt like I was begging for coffee and drink refills. The waitress was friendly, but the food and refills took a while.  You would think it was brunch time on a Sunday!

Elmer Diner Food: A
The Elmer Diner menu has everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner. It had all of the standard diner menu meals as well as healthier options that I was surprised about as well.

I ordered the scrambled eggs and hash brown special. I also ordered a cinnamon bun. The eggs and hashbrowns were the least greasy restaurant eggs I’ve ever had. They were delicious. The hashbrowns weren’t anything unusual but still good.

Very simple eggs and hash browns
Very simple eggs and hash browns

I’m sure I don’t want to know the ingredients of the cinnamon bun, but it was delicious. It rivals Mustache Bills as one of the best I’ve had so far. The outside was crispy, but the inside was full of rich cinnamon and filling. It tasted like a giant cinnamon donut.

The gem of the day
The gem of the day

Elmer Diner Cost: $

For the egg special, cinnamon bun and coffee the cost was $8. That is one of the cheapest restaurant meals I’ve had in a while. In fact, it’s less expensive than several fast-food restaurants too.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to the Elmer Diner?
I thought the Elmer Diner was good, and I would come back. I do hope next time there are bigger coffee mugs.

Atmosphere: C
Coffee: D
Service: C
Food: A
Cost: $5-10
Overall: B

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  1. That bun! Wow – I kind of want to go to this diner especially for that cinnamon bun. Maybe I should stop for coffee beforehand, because I need way more than 12 oz. of coffee!

  2. I am blown away by the price of that hearty, delicious meal!

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