Nutley Diner

Nutley Diner (Nutley, NJ)

Last month, we headed back up to North Jersey and New York State to hike at Bear Mountain State Park.  We wanted to have a big breakfast before hiking. You never know what can happen on the trails, and the last thing I wanted was to feel exhausted in the middle of the forest.  It’s an excuse to go out for brunch and eat at a new diner.  What more could I want? The Nutley Diner is located in the heart of Nutley.

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Nutley Diner Atmosphere: A
The Nutley Diner is a big, shiny metallic building.  When we arrived on a Sunday morning, it was crowded. It’s probably a bad sign if a diner isn’t crowded on a Sunday morning.  That’s prime diner time.  Every parking spot was taken, and we parallel parked on the street.  Even though the lot was full, we were sat quickly.  I was pleasantly surprised they sat us so promptly at the Nutley Diner.

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Nutley Diner Service: A
As I mentioned, I haven’t been to a diner that crowded in a while.  The waitress refilled our beverages, and the food was brought out within 10 minutes.  That is an excellent speed for an empty restaurant, let alone a restaurant where every table is filled.  The Nutley Diner was the fastest service we’ve ever received. The Nutley Diner states they are committed to providing exceptional service 24 hours a day, and they do.

Nutley Diner Coffee: A

I was surprised to see the Nutley Diner brewed local Lacas coffee.  Lacas is local to me in South Jersey and about 80 minutes south of the Nutley Diner.  The coffee was a darker roast and hot. I have no complaints. I like Lacas Coffee and buy it to homebrew at my house too.  One additional thing I like is restaurants that use Nutley Diner logo mugs.  It’s not as common, but I always think it’s a great touch.

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Nutley Diner Food: A
Like most diners, there were plenty of lunch and dinner options on the Nutley Diner menu.  Since it was breakfast time, I went with a Mediterranean omelet and bagel. While North Jersey bagels are no NYC bagels, they are better than South Jersey bagels.  I’m sorry South Jersey friends, but it’s true.

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The Mederettean omelet was good. The omelet was baked, and it was massive.  It wasn’t overly greasy, and there was plenty of feta cheese and onions.  I liked it a lot.

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They added plenty of butter to the bagel. By plenty, I mean it was drenched in butter but to be honest, I didn’t mind.  As a kid, I grew up with butter dripped bagels as a treat.

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Dessert: B
We ordered a black and white tuxedo cookie to go.  The cookie wasn’t amazing or terrible.  It tasted like a frosted sugar cookie that we split while hiking.

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Nutley Diner Cost: $$
For my coffee, omelet, cookie, and bagel, the cost was $20. It wasn’t bad considering all of the food I received.

Summary/Would I come back to the Nutley Diner?
I enjoyed the Nutley Diner a lot.  It’s one of my favorite diners in the area, and I’ll be back. The Nutley Diner is a family-owned and operated establishment with food at reasonable prices. I can see the Nutley Diner is committed to exceptional service and high-quality food at reasonable prices.

Atmosphere: A

Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Dessert: C
Cost: $10-20
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
What’s the fastest service you’ve gotten? 
What’s your favorite type of bagel?