Recently I stopped at the Readington Diner in Readington, New Jersey. I’m not sure how I stumbled across the diner but I was in the area, and it sounded pretty good.
The atmosphere of the Readington Diner is unique. The outside has a little mascot dude. I’m not entirely sure what he is, but he plastered around everywhere including on the coffee mugs.
The inside is definitely outdated and not in a good way. They have wooden paneling that is clearly old, well worn and needs to be repainted. There is a lot of random things strung all over the walls including coffee paintings, the mascot man and garden butterflies all over. It was clean, but it could definitely use a makeover. I liked that they included the mascot around, but the other things were random at best.
The coffee was the Lacas brew from Pennsauken. I’ve talked a little bit before about it, but it’s a local brew in New Jersey as well as one of my favorites. The waitress put the whipped cream on perfectly. The coffee was great.
The waitress was hilarious. Anyone with a sense of humor is a winner in my book (See FueledbyLOLZ name). She brought out plenty of refills and everything we needed. She was great.
I was in a Greek mood, so I ordered the bruschetta/hummus appetizer. It came with a lot of pita bread circled around the bruschetta and hummus. The presentation, as well as the actual appetizer, was delicious. It was more pita bread than I was expecting but pita bread is my favorite. I’m in the minority, but I like a big portion size.
I ordered the Gyro salad from the specials menu. Honestly, it was like gyro and a little bit of salad. There was more gyro meat than a typical meal, let alone a salad. It was great, just oddly proportioned The actual lettuce was lackluster, and I wish there had been more actual “green.” The rest of the toppings including olives, onions and feta were a great compliment.
For the coffee, appetizer and gyro special the cost was $21. It wasn’t a bad price considering how much gyro meat I received.
Overall thoughts/would I come back?
I didn’t hate the Readington Diner, but there are others I would prefer more. It’s a good stop, but I don’t have anything interesting or unique to report. It’s some of the better coffee I’ve had, though.
Questions for you:
What’s the most unique restaurant mascot you’ve seen?
Have you tried gyro meat before? Do you like it?