Last week, Christine met at the Colonial Diner. We’ve been on opposite schedules lately, so I haven’t seen her in a couple of months. After accidently agreeing to meet at a diner that actually closed a year ago, we discovered the Colonial Diner. This Colonial Diner isn’t too be confused with the Colonial Diner in Woodbury, NJ. In case you wondered, there are just as many Colonial Diners as Brunswicks in New Jersey.
The outside of the Colonial Diner is cobblestone with a good sized parking lot. The inside of the Colonial Diner is a large room with tables, a long bar as well as a salad bar. It’s clean, and there is plenty of space, so no one is sitting on top of each other. The diner feels more like a bistro than a diner. I like bistros too, but it’s definitely not that retro themed diner you picture from the movies.
I waited to be seated for a few minutes until the hostess realized I was dining in. It wasn’t crowded, but she sat me in the back which meant I couldn’t see when Christine arrived. The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages a few times.
The coffee was one of my favorite diner coffees so far. It was bitter and bold. The whipped cream was homemade which is always a win. There were plenty of refills too.
The Colonial Diner has many different food options but what surprised me was the minimal breakfast choices. They had a few pancake and omelet options but not as many as a typical diner.
They did, however, have one of the biggest salad menus I’ve ever seen. The Colonial Diner also had a large salad bar, which you could order the “soup and salad bar” option. I like meat and cheese and bread with my salad, so I opted to order a salad with both instead.
I ordered the “Skylark Salad” which consisted of apples, pears, dried cranberries, onions, feta cheese and I added chicken. It was one of the freshest salads I’ve had at any restaurant. The salad was huge, and I think they added an entire chicken breast. It kept me full, so I imagine it was enough for two people.
Christine ordered the spinach salad which looked just as good.
For my coffee and salad, the cost was $17. It’s in the midrange for the price, but the ingredients were fresh, so it was definitely worth it. The waitress brought us a check but then came back and said she needed to charge an extra dollar for whipped cream. She redid the check with the extra dollar. It seemed weird, but I did order whipped cream on my coffee.
Summary/Would I come back?
I enjoyed the Colonial Diner and would come back. The ingredients were fresh, and the food was good.
Questions for you:
What is your favorite salad topping?
Where was the last restaurant you ate?