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 in 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.
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.
We arrived 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.
The diner 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. 😉
For my salad with salmon and coffee, the cost was $16. For the quality of food, it should have been cheaper.
I didn’t dislike the Piston Diner, 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.
Questions for you:
Do you prefer chopped salads or big, leafy salads?
Do you like beets?