Recently I was in Dayton, NJ. Not to be confused with Dayton, Ohio! Anyway, I’ve driven by the Dayton Diner a few times but the timing has never worked out to stop. It’s not too far away, and finally, last month it worked out.
When I arrived around 5:30, it wasn’t crowded at all. In fact, there were only 3 other parties in the restaurant. I was hungry, so I wasn’t complaining. The outside is about as “diner” as you can get. It’s a big, shiny, metallic building. The inside is the same, and as has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. The interior is one big open room so it can get noisy, especially with some of the old school songs.
The coffee wasn’t good or bad. There was nothing to write home about either.
The menu isn’t available online which is not a big deal, but you never know what to expect. Will it be a massive menu with 10 pages of specials or a small 2-page menu?
The Dayton Diner is the first of those, and there isn’t much the menu is missing. It has everything from breakfast to lunch and dinner. There is a page of daily specials too. I was hoping to find a special that spoke to me, but there wasn’t anything I was craving.
I ordered the Taste of Greece appetizer which came with grape leaves, pita bread, cucumbers, and cucumbers. It was a simple but good appetizer. It did lack anything unique or unusual.
I ordered their burger with bleu cheese. The patty itself was massive, but it wasn’t anything unusual or unique either. I would be surprised if it wasn’t a frozen and reheated patty. The french fries were a similar story, and while the food was okay, it wasn’t the best ever. I was disappointed because I really wanted to like the Dayton Diner!
It’s unfortunate because based on the atmosphere, I wanted to love the place!
Our waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages. The food itself came out decently fast. She was friendly, and the manager was friendly as well.
For my appetizer, burger, and coffee, the cost was $20.
The Dayton Diner was a decent stop. It wasn’t my favorite, nor least favorite diner. It’s an easy stop along the turnpike at exit 8A.
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