Stafford Diner

Recently my husband and I decided to try the Stafford Diner.  A few friends live around there, and I drove by on my way to Mustache Bills Diner.  The outside is retro, and it definitely fits the “diner look”.

Atmosphere: A
The outside of the Stafford Diner is attractive.  It’s a shiny metallic building.  The reason I added the Stafford Diner to my list was because the outside was so appealing.

stafford diner 1

The inside is typical of a diner.  It is a long building with a bar, plenty of booths and plush seating.  It meets the stereotype of a diner.

Service: F
The service was a turn off for me.  The waitress brought drinks than disappeared for extended periods of time.  It took 15 minutes just to order food.  Our food took 40 minutes to come out and when the order was mistaken, another 15 for new food.  It was disappointing.  Sometimes people have bad days. However, the service at the Stafford Diner was one of the worst I’ve had.

Coffee: B
The coffee was good but nothing unusual or unique. It wasn’t good or bad, and I’m indifferent about it.

Stafford diner coffee

Food: B
The menu at the Stafford Diner is huge.  The menu is about ten pages long and serves everything.  They seem to focus more on seafood which makes sense since it’s located near the shore. I did notice, however, limited options on appetizers as well as desserts.  They had plenty of entrees, but not a lot of appetizers, and I was hungry.

stafford diner appetizer

I ordered the trio appetizer because I was starving.  It came with two mushrooms, two shrimp and two clams all stuffed with crab meat.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was a big pile of fried crab meat.  It tasted and appeared as if it came from the frozen food aisle. The butter made it decent, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.  For nearly $10, I would not order it again.

I ordered the stuffed shells.  After 45 minutes of waiting for the food, they originally brought the wrong dish over. After a total of an hour waiting to eat, I finally chowed down.  I was pleasantly surprised with how well the marinara sauce was seasoned.  The shells were good, and the sauce was tasty too.  It was filling as well.

stafford diner baked shells

Cost: $$
The meal itself was only $10 but the app was $9.50.  My meal with the coffee cost was $22.50.  It was pricy for the appetizer, but the entree was inexpensive.  Next time I just won’t order the app.

Summary/Would I come back?
The Stafford Diner is an easy stop before getting on the Garden State Parkway, but it’s not my favorite diner.  I would probably go down the road to Mustache Bills.

Atmosphere: A
Service: F
Coffee: B
Food: B
Cost: $8-15
Overall: C

Questions for you:
What’s the longest you’ve waited for food?
Do you like marinara sauce or white sauce with pasta?


4 responses

  1. bad service is such a turn off, especially when you are hungry! I love a good marinara sauce! You reminded me that the diner had terrific chicken parm – which is weird when I think about it because why order chicken parm at a diner when you can go to an Italian restaurant but it was so good it was worth it!

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