It’s now been three years since I started reviewing Diners. Since starting my quest, I’ve been to about 130 diners in New Jersey and about 50 diners in other parts of the world. You can see reviews here or using the link at the top of the blog.
March of 2014 is when I first started reviewing diners. At year three, I decided to highlight some of my favorite (and not so much diners). Keep in mind, these are my personal favorites. Do you have a favorite or different opinion about a New Jersey diner? Comment below.
All Time Favorite Diner: Mastoris
Mastoris isn’t a typical diner. It’s more of a modern and upscale restaurant, but I like their food and cake. This was one of the first diners I went too and I still continue to go back.
Each diner was a definite letdown. Ponzios served me a salad with still frozen fish and canned pears. It’s a shame because Ponzios is almost always listed as a “top NJ diner”, but I haven’t had a positive experience any of the three times I’ve gone!
Diner gone to the most times: Vincentown
I used to live closer to Vincentown. Sadly, the quality of the food and service has gone down hill, so I haven’t been much at all. I went from going three times a month to none. I’ve been 30+ times
Best cake: Mastoris (I wanted them to make my wedding cake, but they wouldn’t deliver).
Personal Favorite Diners:
Year 3, didn’t bring any significant changes to my “all time” favorite list.
Mastoris Great cake
Jefferson Diner Also great cake
State Line Diner Also great cake
Chit Chat Diner Great atmosphere
Mustache Bills Quinetesantal diner of NJ
Tropicana How many “tropical” diners do you know of?
Healthiest Diner: Silver Diner (it’s a chain, and there are a few across the east coast). How many diners have Quinoa pancakes or a roasted vegetable salad?
Worst Coffee: Princetonian: they charge for refills!
Biggest portions: Tropicana: For $24, I received all of this food. I had run 15 miles and still made a full meal out of leftovers.
At the Elmer Diner: A Coffee, cinnamon bun, eggs, toast, and hashbrowns was $8.00. You can’t beat that!
Most expensive: Vincentown: They charge 75 cents extra per coffee with whipped cream. I’ve ordered a salad with salmon which costs $20+. Every meal is going to be at least $18.
Best Pancakes: Red Velvet Pancakes at Four Seasons Diner: Unlike the Springfield Diner, they were actually red velvet. The cream cheese frosting was perfect.
Best Eggs: The Surburban Diner offered a unique breakfast bowl with hashbrowns, melted cheese, onions and a fried egg on top. You don’t see that many diners!
Best Diner Gyro: The Woodstown Diner. Gyros are a staple of any diner. I haven’t posted the review yet, but the Woodstown diner had a neatly packaged gyro with plenty of meat. It was easy to eat as well!
Chit Chat Diner: I love the black and white retro theme.
Tropicana Diner: It felt like a blast from the Carribean.
Angelos: It’s the metallic trolley car diner that you picture.
Best Out of State Diners:
Trolley Car, Philadelphia (fresh ingredients as well as beer on tap)
John’s City Diner, Birmingham (Best chicken and waffles)
So where does my diner journey go next?
Questions for you:
Have you been to any NJ diners?
Do you have any diner recommendations from anywhere?