Candlewyck Diner

After the Newport 10k a few weeks ago, I decided to hit another diner.  I had a few North Jersey Diners in mind, but the Candlewyck Diner was close, so I chose that one.  After racing, I was starving, like I am always am and arrived around 11:30.  Grabbing lunch on a Saturday can either have a wait time of 2 hours or not crowded.  Thankfully, the diner wasn’t too crowded for a Saturday morning.

Atmosphere: A
The Candlewyck Diner is a more modern style building.  It’s not an old metallic trolley car like many diners. However, it does stand out along the road.

candlewyck east rutherford

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The inside is modern.  Like any of my favorite diners, you walk in next to a huge bakery section. Everything is baked on premise.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and a bar.  It’s not cramped, but they do fit a lot of seating.

Service: B
It wasn’t too busy, and it took over 10 minutes for the waitress to acknowledge we were there.  To be honest, I was worried it might become a meal we wait two hours for.  Luckily once she did come over she was friendly, provided plenty of refills and the food was out in less time than waiting for drinks.

Coffee: A
I haven’t had bad diner coffee in a while, and this was no exception.  The coffee was another great one, and I have no complaints.

Candlewyck Diner coffee

Food: A

The Candlewyck Diner has a huge menu.  There was a page dedicated to everything.  A page of pancakes, eggs, burgers, salads…you name it, there was a page devoted to it.

Candlewyck Diner Pancakes


I decided to order a combo that included two eggs, two sausages, hash browns, and toast.  I upgraded to from normal pancakes to chocolate chip.  The chocolate chip pancakes were light and fluffy.  The eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns were cooked well too.  They weren’t oozing in oil which I appreciated it.  The meal was massive, but it was exactly what I was craving after the race.

Candlewyck Diner Hashbrowns

Cost: $
For my coffee and breakfast combo, it was $14.  It wasn’t bad at all because of all of the food I received.

Summary/Would I come back?
I enjoyed the Candlewyck Diner, and there are so many options I would like to try.  I would go back.  I do hope they hire a few more servers, though!

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

Questions for you:

What is your favorite flavor of pancake?

What’s the longest you’ve waited for a server to acknowledge you?


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