Red Oak Diner and Lounge (Hazlet)

Red Oak Diner and Lounge (Hazlet)

Sadly, the Red Oak Diner and Lounge (Hazlet) is now closed.

The Red Oak Diner and Lounge has been on my diner to do list for a while now.  I was finally able to cross it off this week.  I added it to my to-do list and didn’t look back.  I hadn’t looked at the diner for over a year but assumed it would still be good.

I arrived around 5:30 on a weekday and it wasn’t crowded at all.  There were probably only ten other parties and half were at the bar.

Red Oak Diner and Lounge Atmosphere: B
The Red Oak Diner and Lounge is more of a restaurant than a diner.  The inside is open with two large rooms.  One room is the “bar” section and the other is the diner section.  We sat in the diner section where the sun was hitting our face.  When we went to close the blinds, a few huge dust bunnies came down and plopped on our table.  Ha!

Red Oak Diner and Lounge Service: A
The waitress at the Red Oak Diner and Lounge was friendly and gave us plenty of recommendations.  She refilled our beverages and always made sure we had everything we needed.

Red Oak Diner and Lounge Coffee: A
Since I was the only one in the Red Oak Diner and Lounge to order coffee, she brewed a new pot.  She refilled the coffee frequently, and it was delicious.  It was a darker roast than most diners but I like dark roast.

Red Oak Diner and Lounge coffee

Red Oak Diner and Lounge Food: B
I feel as if I always say the menu is “the biggest ever” but the Red Oak Diner and Lounge menu truly has everything.  They have everything from breakfast to seafood and steak to their famous sandwiches and wraps.

I decided to try something I have never seen at a diner before, the short rib quesadilla.

It came with soup, so I ordered the onion soup. The onion soup looked and tasted like they dumped a bunch of onions in the broth.  It was good.

Red Oak Diner and Lounge Onion Soup

When the quesadilla came, I was surprised it did not come with any sides.  She didn’t ask when I ordered, but I assumed all of the entrees came with fries.  We decided to order a side of fries to split too.

Red Oak Diner and Lounge quesadilla

The quesadilla itself was good.  There was plenty of cheese, and the short ribs tasted good as well. It was filled with cheddar cheese and came with a side of sour cream.

Red Oak Diner and Lounge quesadilla 1

The French fries were just how I like them, crispy and not soggy.  I was glad we ordered them to split.  The plate of fries was huge.

Mount Fries
I call this mountain of fries: Mount Fries

Red Oak Diner and Lounge Cost: $$
For the coffee, quesadilla and fries the cost was $14.  For the amount of food, especially the fries, I have no complaints.

Summary/Would I come back Red Oak Diner and Lounge (Hazlet)?

I thought the Red Oak Diner and Lounge was a good diner.  If someone wanted to meet there, I would go back to the Red Oak Diner and Lounge.  It’s a solid New Jersey diner.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $10-15
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
Have you ever tried short ribs before?
How do you prefer French fries?

I like mine slightly crispy but not burnt.  Steak fries are my favorite!