Randolph Diner (Randolph, NJ)
Recently I stopped at the Randolph Diner in Randolph, New Jersey. The Randolph Diner has been towards the top of my to-do list because the diner serves both Octopus and squid. For those who don’t know, Octopus is one of my favorite foods. A diner that serves that is unique. I wasn’t sure whether I should trust diner octopus but I was willing to try.
I arrived at the Randolph diner for dinner on a weekday. The outside was confusing, and I parked on the completely wrong side. After walking around the entire restaurant, I made it inside. There was a lot of construction both inside and out. It’s the second diner I’ve been too with construction lately (Gus’s was the first).
Randolph Diner Atmosphere: B
As I mentioned, the Randolph Diner was going through a lot of construction. A lot of the restaurant was boarded up. The area that wasn’t boarded up was fine and open and spacious.
Other than the construction, it was a big open and clean diner.
Randolph Diner Coffee: C
The coffee at the Randolph Diner was okay. It wasn’t good or bad, but there was nothing unique or exciting about it. To be honest, I’ve had a lot of boring diner coffee lately!
Randolph Diner Service: B
The waitress at the Randolph Diner was friendly. I wish we had more refills or napkins, but she was nice and got us most of what we needed.
Randolph Diner Food: A
As I mentioned, I wanted to go to the Randolph Diner because of the unique and interesting Randolph Diner menu.
I ordered the grilled octopus appetizer. It was grilled and topped with butter. I wasn’t sure what or how much to expect. When I received it, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of octopus on the dish. The octopus itself was some of the best I’ve had in a restaurant period and worth it. It was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It was even better than a lot of seafood restaurants I’ve been too.
For my entree at the Randolph Diner, I ordered the Gyro special. I didn’t read the Randolph Diner menu clearly, but I assumed the plate had all of the Greek specialties. When I received it, it had a few pieces of gyro meat, a single grape leaf, a side salad and pita bread. Honestly, I was disappointed it didn’t have anything else.
To be honest, the octopus appetizer saved the food. My entree wasn’t great, but the app was phenomenal.
Randolph Diner Cost: $$
For my coffee, appetizer, and meal, the cost was $30. The appetizer alone was $14. I do realize Octopus is expensive, but I think the gyro special was overcharged. Most diner specials are cheaper or have more food.
Overall thoughts/Would I come back to the Randolph Diner:
I enjoyed the Randolph Diner. The octopus was by far my favorite and I would go for that alone. How many diners serve octopus? Next time I go the Randolph Diner, I will order a different entrée, but I do look forward to seeing what kind of construction they are doing.
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Questions for you:
Do you like octopus?