A Look at 100 Diners
Last week marked my 100th New Jersey Diner Review. While I’ve been to diners in other states, New Jersey is the birthplace of the famous diners. When I first moved to the Garden State, my goal became to go every diner before we moved. Maybe I was bored or maybe it seemed like a good excuse not to cook. Whatever the reason, over two years have passed and I’ve made it to 100 diners.
Maybe I was bored or maybe it seemed like a good excuse not to cook. Whatever the reason, over two years have passed and I’ve made it to 100 diners.
With that, I decided to create the updated “Diner Paper Plate Awards.”
All Time Favorite Diner: Mastoris
Mastoris isn’t a typical diner. It’s more of a modern and upscale restaurant, but I like their food and cake.
Both diners had long waits as well as the food was a letdown. Ponzios served me a salad with still frozen fish and canned pears.
Diner gone to the most times: Vincentown
I used to live closer to Vincentown. Sadly, the quality of the food and service has gone down hill, so I haven’t been much at all. I went from going three times a month to none.
Best cake: Mastoris (I wanted them to make my wedding cake, but they wouldn’t deliver).
Top 5 Diners:
Silver Diner (it’s a chain, and there are a few across the east coast)
Best Coffee: Mastoris
Worst Coffee: Princetonian: they charge for refills!
Biggest portions: Tropicana: For $24, I received all of this food. I had run 15 miles and still made a full meal out of leftovers.
Best value: Elmer Diner (cinnamon roll)
At the Elmer Diner: A Coffee, cinnamon bun, eggs, toast, and hashbrowns was $8.00. You can’t beat that!
Most expensive: Vincentown: They charge 75 cents extra per coffee with whipped cream. I’ve ordered a salad with salmon which costs $20+. Every meal is going to be at least $18.
Chit Chat Diner: I love the black and white retro theme.
Tropicana Diner: It felt like a blast from the Carribean.
So where does my diner journey go next?
For those who don’t know, there are over 300+ diners in New Jersey. It has taken me over two years to get to 100. I’ll continue working my way through the state. As you can see, I’ve been to a lot of the South Jersey Diners. Instead of being able to drive 5 minutes and try a new diner, I now have to drive 45+ minutes so the next year will be more challenging.
With that, I move to Chapter 2 of the Diner book and numbers 101-200. Which diners should I go to next?
Questions for you:
Have you been to any NJ diners?
What is your all time favorite diner?