Recently I found myself at the Park Ave Grille in Freehold, NJ. Freehold is an area I haven’t been to a lot of diners. I’ve wanted to go to the Park Ave Grille for a while, but it’s only open until 4, so the timing hasn’t worked out.
The Park Ave Grille looks like you stepped into a time machine to the 80s. It’s located in a large shopping center and attached to a laundry mat.
The inside is small and seats about 30 people. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a bar. Most of the Park Ave Grille is covered in vintage wallpaper, booths, and an assortment of tea kettles. It was much more unique than many diners!
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh each time. I appreciated that the mugs were sturdy. The coffee was often refilled, and I have no complaints.
The Park Ave Diner has most anything you could want for breakfast or lunch. The menu is low key and not many “fancy” items, but diners don’t need to be. There were all sorts of wraps, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items. I decided to order the Monte Cristo sandwich which came with fries.
I’ve never had a Monte Cristo sandwich and what better time to try one than a diner. The bread was french toast and stuffed with turkey, ham, and cheddar cheese. I feel like I’ve been missing out because the sandwich was excellent. The french fries were some of the best I’ve had in a while. To say the meal was surprisingly good, is an understatement.
The waitress was extremely friendly, and the food was brought out quickly. In fact, I was in and out of the restaurant within 30 minutes. Beating that is hard!
For my meal and coffee, the cost was around $12. Important to note, this is a cash-only business!
I was pleasantly surprised with the Park Ave Grille. I have never had a Monte Cristo sandwich, and it was great. The service, food, coffee, and overall experience was excellent, and I’ll be back.
Cost: $8-15 (cash only)
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Questions for you:
Have you ever had a Monte Cristo sandwich?
Where are your favorite french fries from?
I had a Monte Cristo sandwich before. I had it as grilled, as the diner also offered grilled cheese sandwiches, but I wanted an upgrade, lol! Speaking of fries, I generally love fries. I don’t go to fast-food restaurants, so diners is where it all starts for me. I also happen to work in food service, and at my job, we actually started making waffle fries, kind of like the ones you see at Chick-fil-A. Those waffle fries are so good! My lunch break is now my favorite part of the day!
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