Mark Twain Diner (Union)

Mark Twain Diner (Union)

A couple of weeks ago, I met my friend Devon at the Mark Twain Diner.  I had heard it was a good diner and I was looking forward to trying it out.  After taking the Garden State Parkway with minimal traffic, we arrived at 5:30.  The Mark Twain diner was crowded, but there was still plenty of spots available.

Mark Twain Diner Atmosphere: A
The Mark Twain Diner is open, and there are several different rooms, including an entire bar and lounge area.  It’s much bigger than it looks from the outside.  The outside is a typical building.  It’s not a “retro metallic style” diner, but it was clean.

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Mark Twain Diner Service: A
The waiter at the Mark Twain Diner was funny and refilled everything we needed.  Occasionally the manager jumped in and helped too.  It was evident the staff worked well together, and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Mark Twain Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Mark Twain Diner was good.  They brewed a hot pot, and I don’t have any complaints.  It was fresh.  It always cracks me up when they serve the whipped cream on the side, but I’ve seen that a couple of times at various diners.  I always appreciate logo coffee mugs too.

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Mark Twain Diner Food: B
There are plenty of options on the Mark Twain Diner menu.  It’s typical of what you see at a big menu diner.  There were about eight pages of Mark Twain Diner menu items.

The breakfast specials at the Mark Twain Diner caught my eye.  Almost all of the eggs any style were served with home fries or grits and a choice of ham, bacon, sausage link or pattie. You could even have a choice of toast or pancakes. After deciding against overwhelming breakfast options at the Mark Twain Diner, I scanned the lunch and dinner menu.

I hadn’t had a salad in over a week, so both Devon and I got matching salads at the Mark Twain Diner.  Hashtag twinning?

Since the salad came with soup, I ordered the Manhatten Clam Chowder.  I haven’t had red clam chowder in a while.  There was a lot of clam meat which is rare (often it feels like there is more potato than clam).  There was a little kick to it too.  It was some of the better clam chowders I’ve had.

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The Greek salad at the Mark Twain Diner came with lots of greens, tomatoes, anchovies, olives and feta.  It didn’t come with any pita bread which is unusual for a Greek salad.  Entrée salads should always come with bread.  Oh well, I ordered a side of pita as well as salmon, which was good.  In all, the food was good.  I’m a strong believer entree salads should have both a meat and bread so it is always disappointing when they don’t.

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Mark Twain Diner Cost: $$

For my coffee and salad, the cost was $22.  It’s one of the pricer meals, and the salad wasn’t as big as similar salads that have cost that much.  It was decent quality food, so it wasn’t a huge turnoff.

Would I come back/Summary to the Mark Twain Diner (Union):
I enjoyed the Mark Twain Diner (Union), and it was one of the better diners I’ve been too.  While it was pricy, the food and service were of high quality.  The Mark Twain Diner isn’t a diner I would make a special trip too, but it’s not bad either.  I had such a great time with Devon which is all that matters anyway!

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost; $10-25
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
Have you had Manhatten Clam Chowder?
Do you like anchovies?


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  1. I don’t like anchovies or clam chowder but had to chime in here re: anytime the manager of a restaurant comes around to see how everyone is doing, I am very impressed by that and I feel it shows a great deal of integrity.

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