Empress Diner (Lyndhurst)
While driving up to Maine, I wanted to stop at a new diner. Early in the summer, I went to more, and it’s since slowed down. I’ve wanted to get to the Empress Diner for a few years, and it seemed to work out the best this trip.
The Empress Diner itself is located in downtown Fairlawn, NJ. The Empress Diner is a friendly atmosphere and open 24 hours a day.
Empress Diner Atmosphere:
The outside is a well-kept building. The Empress Diner isn’t a metallic, or shiny building but it’s well kept which matters. There are only a handful of parking spots, and we had to circle and park on the street since there was no parking available.
The inside is a lot bigger and can fit more people. There is a full-length bar, plenty of booths, and plenty of tables.
Empress Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but nothing too exciting. I could have used more refills, but since I was getting on the road, it was probably a better idea not to have too much.
Empress Diner Food: B
I had no idea what I wanted to order. The Empress Diner menu has everything you would want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and specialty items. There are several salads as well.
I decided to order the French toast on challah bread with a side of “Taylor ham.” If you don’t know the state of New Jersey, how you say Taylor Ham (or Pork Roll) is a big deal. The North says Taylor Ham, and the South says, Pork Roll. As someone who didn’t grow up in New Jersey, I don’t have a “side,” but it seems like everyone in NJ does…ha!
The French toast was good, and the challah bread was thick. The Taylor Ham was delicious, and I have no complaints.
Empress Diner Service: B
The service was decent, but I felt as though I could use more refills on my beverage. Luckily the food came out quick. The server and hostess were friendly as well.
Empress Diner Cost: $10
For my French toast, ham, and coffee it was $10.
Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Empress Diner:
I was happy with the Empress Diner and I have no complaints. I would definitely go back, and they have an extensive menu, so you always have plenty of options.
Empress Diner Overall: A
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