A couple of weeks ago I had the honor to go to the Broad Street Diner the owner of the Website New Jersey Isn’t Boring. If you are ever in NJ and looking for something to do, everything and anything is on the website. There is day trip advice, breweries, food trucks and weekly events. Of course, my favorite part of the site is her diner reviews.
The Broad Street Diner was recently named New Jersey’s best diner by the munchmobile. Since there are over 200 diners in the Garden State, that is a huge honor. Before the Broad Street Diner won, neither of us had even heard of it. Once it won, we decided it would be our next meet up spot.
We arrived on a weekday night around six. The Broad Street Diner is one of the smallest diners I’ve been too. In fact, I was forced to parallel park on the street.
The diner is very retro. Based on the character alone, it meets all of the stereotypes of a diner: small, old trolley car style, retro interior with a bar spanning the entire restaurant. If you were based voting on looks alone, it would not surprise me that the Broad Street Diner won.
It was evident we were not regulars at the Broad Street Diner, and the waitress skipped our table several times. The coffee, water, and everything was refilled, so it wasn’t the worst service I’ve had. The server forgot our table several times, and we only saw her a few different times throughout our meal. She was friendly, but we weren’t the regular favorites. It’s a positive when a restaurant has many regulars.
The waitress originally forgot about my coffee, so I did not receive it until halfway through my time there. It was good coffee, and it was nice and hot, but I would have liked the coffee much earlier.
The food is where the Broad Street Diner shines. The Broad Street Diner has several seafood, steak and cheesesteak options. After being on an extended vacation and eating at 15+ restaurants in a short amount of time, I wanted to eat a little healthier. I chose the Greek salad with chicken.
I appreciated how well the salad dressing was distributed. The Greek salad was big and came with plenty of chicken, feta cheese and a few olives. I was surprised it lacked grape leaves, anchovies, and a few other “Greek salad staples” but it was delicious and filling. The lettuce was fresh and green. Plus it came with more pita bread than most, so that is always a win in my book. The Broad Street Diner has some of the best food I’ve tasted.
For my salad and coffee, the cost was $12 which is very inexpensive for a diner.
Would I come back?
I did like the Broad Street Diner, and it’s one of the better diners I’ve been too. I’m not 100% sure if it’s my absolute favorite due to the service but it is a must stop in NJ.
Questions for you:
What’s your favorite salad topping?
Are you good at parallel parking?
To be honest, I save it for must dos, but if I don’t have to parallel park, then I don’t.