After running the Pregame 4 miler two weeks ago, my husband and I drove further north to the Jefferson Diner. The Jefferson Diner has been on my “diner to do list” for months, and it’s much easier to justify a 20-minute drive versus two hours. Plus who doesn’t love diner food after a race?
The Jefferson Diner has been featured on Food Network a few different times. Most famously now, LOLZ blog.
The Jefferson Diner is the end cap of a mini strip mall. At first thought, it seems strange. However, it’s such a retro building, it sticks out and is hard to miss.
The inside is spacious, and you aren’t sitting on top of anyone. I’ve come to realize that my restaurant pet peeve is dining on top of people. I like to have space, and the Jefferson Diner had plenty.
We arrived around 1 pm on a Super Bowl Sunday, and it wasn’t busy. It was awesome because I was starving.
I can’t go to a diner without having coffee. Believe it or not, I normally don’t have a lot of coffee in the afternoon. I value my sleep too much. The coffee at the Jefferson Diner was often refilled, and it was hot. The waiter also continued to refill it and even added whipped cream. I couldn’t ask for better coffee.
The waiter was excellent. He made food recommendations and polite and friendly.
The menu at the Jefferson Diner is huge. To be honest, I was so hungry I didn’t take too much time looking at the menu, I had looked at the menu when I first discovered the restaurant but hadn’t since.
I decided on the Hunters Platter with Sausage, scrambled eggs and chocolate chip pancakes. It looked like far more than 3 eggs to me but I’m not complaining. Everything about the food was delicious. The pancakes were light and fluffy with plenty of chocolate chips. There was nothing about my meal I didn’t like.
I walked by several tables, and I wanted to try everything. I wish the Jefferson Diner wasn’t so far because the food was so good and there are plenty of beers on tap.
I was going to take the dessert home but I didn’t want to be a risk taker and have melted cake. I opted for the red velvet cake because that’s my favorite. I’ve been to 89 diners in NJ now and honestly this red velvet might be the best. The red velvet cake had a huge layer of cream cheese frosting and the inside was extremely fruity.
It was perfect. I left nearly rolling out of the diner but luckily I could sit in my food coma for the 2-hour drive home.
Here is the kicker. For the Hunters Platter, coffee, red velvet cake and ice cream it was $22. That’s one of the best deals for the best food I’ve had.
Summary/Would I come back?
I wish I didn’t live 2 hours south from the Jefferson Diner because it’s one of my favorite. When we are back in the area, I will be back.
Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of pancake and your favorite cake?
What time do you stop having coffee (if you are a coffee/caffeine drinker)?