A couple of weeks ago, my friend Eric and I visited the Route 130 Diner in Delran. Eric is a fast local runner who is a good friend. We originally met through work, and he trains with some of my faster coworkers.
I’m always skeptical of diners that are within 20 minutes of my house that I haven’t been too. At this point, I’ve been to most, if not all of the diners that have been recommended by friends. I’ve steered clear of local diners that people have told me are not great. I hadn’t heard much about the Route 130 Diner in Delran, so I didn’t know what to expect.
We arrived around 6 pm on a Friday, and it was packed. It was one of the few diners that we even had to wait for a table.
The Route 130 Diner layout reminds me of an Old Golden Corral. It uses wooden side paneling as well as similar booths. There is a bar and bakery case. The bakery case caught my eye.
There are actually two entry doors to the restaurant, and it’s extremely confusing. People come and go from both sides and then you don’t know where the line to be seated starts or ends.
We waited for about 5 minutes for our waitress to acknowledge us but once she did, she brought over drinks and took our food. I felt as though as I was always asking her for refills, but she was friendly.
The coffee at the Route 130 Diner was great. The waitress added lots of whipped cream (let’s be honest more whipped cream always wins). Plus it was hot. I have no complaints and it one of the better diner coffees I’ve had.
The menu for the Route 130 Diner isn’t posted online anywhere, so I had no idea what to expect. They do have everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner. I saw a table order a salad next to me and decided to go with the same one.
Their house salad resembled a Greek Salad with a lot of cheese. There was an entire layer of cheese, but I didn’t mind. I think all entree salads should come with meat, cheese, and bread. If not I will probably order some.
I ordered salmon, and it was extremely fresh. I was pleasantly surprised with how large the portion was as well as the quality of the food. Honestly, it was one of the best salad I’ve had at a restaurant in a while.
I decided to order the German Chocolate Cake to take home. The frosting of the cake was good. However, it tasted as if the cake had been sitting for quite some time. The pieces of layer cake were hard and somewhat crusty. It wasn’t the worst cake I’ve had but not the best either. If I came back, I probably wouldn’t have ordered the cake.
For my coffee, salad, and cake the cost was $22. That’s not too bad for the amount of food as well as the quality of the entree.
Summary/Would I come back?
I was pleasantly surprised with the Route 130 Diner in Delran. It’s a great stop if you are heading North from Philadelphia or around the area. It’s one of the better diners I’ve been too locally.
Questions for you:
Have you ever ordered something because you saw another table order it?
When was the last time you were pleasantly surprised at a restaurant?