Piston Diner (Westville)

Piston Diner (Westville)

After the Broad Street 10 mile race, my in-laws and I went to the Piston Diner in Westville, NJ.  It’s one of the last diners I hadn’t been to Camden County and right on the way home.  There isn’t a lot of information online about the Piston Diner, so I was worried I might end up at someone’s house versus an actual diner.

Piston Diner Atmosphere: B
The atmosphere at the Piston Diner is that of many typical New Jersey Diners.  While it isn’t a big shiny, metallic building, it is a big open building with plenty of seating.  They had a lot of streamers decorating the inside, but I’m not entirely sure what the holiday was.

Piston Diner Service: D
We arrived at the Piston Diner at noon on a Sunday, and it wasn’t crowded at all. To be honest, that’s a red flag because Sundays for breakfast and lunch are usually the most crowded diner times.  Even though it wasn’t crowded, the service took a long time.  It was one of the slowest waits I’ve had in a while and disappointing.

Piston Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Piston Diner was brewed hot and fresh, and when we were able to get ahold of the waitress, she brought refills.  The coffee itself was good. piston diner westville

Piston Diner Food: D
The Piston Diner menu has just about every typical diner food option.  I wasn’t especially hungry after spectating Broad Street, but I can’t pass up eating at a diner.  I decided to order the Greek Salad with salmon.  I also ordered a side of pickled beets.

When my food arrived, I regretted the decision.  The salad used a lot of watery, white lettuce and didn’t have most of the traditional Greek Salad toppings including anchovies, grape leaves or pita bread.  The dressing was watery, and I needed two.  While it wasn’t a bad salad, it wasn’t anything I would order again.  I wasn’t starving, so it filled me up.  It did have a lone french fry which was not listed as a salad addition.  😉 Was it great food? No but was it good food? yes.

piston diner salad

Piston Diner Cost: $$
For my salad with salmon and coffee, the cost was $16.  For the quality of food, it should have been cheaper.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Piston Diner:
I didn’t dislike the Piston Diner (Westville), and the food was ok for what I needed for the day, but next time I’ll order something else.  The service was rather slow, so I can’t imagine how it would be when they are busy.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Service: C
Coffee: A
Food: C
Cost: $8-16
Overall: C

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Questions for you:
Do you prefer chopped salads or big, leafy salads?
Do you like beets?