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?