Advertisements

Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Recently I was in Wilmington and decided to stop at the Hollywood Grill. It’s ranked as one of the best diners in Delaware, so I needed to stop at some point.

Atmosphere: B
The diner itself is located in a shopping center. There is plenty of parking, but it barely stands out on the main road located next to an IHOP.

Hollywood grill wilmington

The inside is that of a typical diner. There are plenty of tables, booths, and a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and there were plenty of refills. There was nothing unique or unusual, but it was good.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Food: A
The Hollywood Grill has everything you could want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  They have the greasy spoon eggs and the healthy salads.

Hollywood grill wilmington

I arrived around brunch time so decided to order blueberry pancakes. When the pancakes came out, the pancakes were big and fluffy. There were delicious, and I couldn’t ask for better pancakes.  It also came with real maple syrup which is always a nice touch.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out extremely fast. Even though the diner was busy, we were in and out within 30 minutes.

Cost: $
For my pancakes and coffee, the cost was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Hollywood Grill and when I am back in the area, I’ll definitely be back.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $10-20
Overall: A

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?

Advertisements

Bridge-Way Diner (Old Bridge)

Bridge-Way Diner (Old Bridge)

Recently I went to the Bridge-Way Diner and restaurant in Old Bridge, NJ. I was in the area and wanted to miss the traffic, so I begged, Jess, to meet up with me.  After a confusing few turns, I made it into the parking lot.  Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

Atmosphere: B
The atmosphere of the Bridge-Way diner is typical of many NJ diners. The outside is a typical building with a giant metallic sign. Something comical to me is there is no “Bridge-Way” sign on the front of the building. I feel like most restaurants have that.

Anyway, the inside has a full bar and plenty of booths and tables. What I do appreciate is you walk next to the dessert case, and there is a full salad bar.  Not many diners have either!

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it often. She also included an overflowing amount of whipped cream, which in my book is A++.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

Food: A
It took both us a long time to order because we had no idea what we wanted. There were so many options.  I knew I wanted the salad bar so I decided to order off the specials menu. I haven’t ordered a lot of chicken specials at diners, so I opted for the greek chicken that came with 3 chicken breasts topped with olives, feta, and spinach.  It also came with the salad bar, soup, potatoes, a side, and dessert. Oh. My. Word.

For my soup, I chose the seafood bisque. It was good and had a slight kick to it. It was one of the better seafood bisques I’ve had, and there was plenty of crab.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

The salad bar was my favorite because they had a well-stocked salad bar with dressed salad, three bean salad, beets, grape leaves, and even bread. As far as restaurants go, it’s one of the better salad bars I’ve been too.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

My chicken was delicious, and I’ve never had a Greek chicken special, so I don’t have anything to compare it too.  The chicken was cooked well, and there was plenty of olives, feta, and spinach.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

I chose the mixed vegetables and homefries for my sides which were both excellent. By that point, I was pretty much full.

Service: A
The waitress was kind and refilled our beverages often. I always appreciate waitresses and waiters that show their personality and she definitely did.

Dessert: A
Since my meal came with dessert and I’m a cake fiend I decided to get the Bridge-Way cake. It was a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.  It was definitely good and not too dry.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

Jess got the seven layer cake which was extremely good. I think next time I go, I’ll get the 7 layer cake. Each layer was filled with mouse frosting. As a frosting fiend, that’s my type of cake.

Price: $
For my entire meal and coffee, it was $17. For the average person that would be 2-3 meals.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back?
I really liked the Bridge-Way Diner, and it’s definitely one of my more favorite diners in the area. I would come back if I’m in town!

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Dessert: A
Price: $10-20
Overall: A
You can see all 218 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of cake?
Do you usually order off the specials? 

Tick Tock Diner (NYC)

Tick Tock Diner (NYC)

Before the New York City Marathon, I decided to go to the Tick Tock Diner. I’ve walked by the Tick Tock before, and this was a diner I wanted to go too before the marathon.

Tick Tock diner NYC

Atmosphere: A
When Tara and I arrived around lunchtime, it was crowded, but we quickly got a seat. In fact, we got the most corner booth, but it was nice to stay private.

Tick Tock diner NYC

The outside of Tick Tock is bright, shiny, and stands out. It’s directly across the street from Penn Station, and you can’t miss it.

It’s the largest diner in Manhattan. There are plenty of booties, and tables, and even a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I could have used more refills. I also appreciated the personalized mugs.

Tick Tock diner nyc

Food: A
The Tick Tock Diner has plenty of options from breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. There are several healthy salad options and huge burgers too.

Tick Tock diner nyc

I decided to order the Tick Tock Pancake Trio which came with a banana pancake, cinnamon, and chocolate chip. Plus there was delicious cream cheese frosting too. To be honest, they were some of the best pancakes I’ve ordered!

Tick Tock diner nyc

Service: C
I was happy the food came out quickly but the waiter barely came over, and it took a long time to get the check.

Cost: $$
For my coffee and pancakes, the cost was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Tick Tock Diner, and it’s one of my favorite diners in the city.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: C
Price: $12-20
Overall: A-

You can see all diners here.

Other Diners I’ve Been to in NYC: Cosmic, Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?
Have you been to New York? What is your favorite diner in the city?  I’m looking for more

Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)

Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)

Recently I went to the Harbor Diner in Egg Harbor City. A quick search indicated it was close by and so I decided to stop. When I arrived on a Sunday morning, it wasn’t too crowded, and I quickly received a booth.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Atmosphere: A
The Harbor Diner is everything you hope and expect in a diner. The exterior is a big, shiny, metallic, retro building.

Inside, there is a full-length bar and plenty of booths and tables.  The center has a bar shelf, and you walk by a good looking dessert case.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I could have used more. Other than that, it was great, but I would have preferred a few more refills.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Food: B
The Harbor Diner has everything you want or need in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  I arrived around noon and wasn’t sure what I wanted. I was between pork chops and a gyro.  Different options but I decided to go with the Gyro.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

The Gyro was good, but it had so much Tzcahki sauce. I like Tzatiki it had too much.  I would order it again, but I would ask for the sauce on the side.  It came with potato chips which were good, and I have no complaints.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out quickly. While I could have used more drink refills, it wasn’t the end of the world.

Cost: $
For my gyro and coffee, it was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Harbor Diner, and it was a cute stop on my way back home. It’s a great diner and you’ll find something for everyone.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Price: $5-12
Overall: B

You Can See all 217 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like Gyros?
What is your favorite chip?

Bridgewater Diner

Bridgewater Diner

Earlier in the month, I met Danielle and Amelia up at the Bridgewater Diner in Bridgewater.  I’ve actually driven by the diner several times and I always wanted to stop, but it never happened. Even though I told Danielle our friendship was strong enough to go to restaurants that weren’t diners, we ended up there.Bridgewater diner

It was more crowded than most places on a Sunday night.  That’s always a good sign.

Atmosphere: B
Getting into the parking lot of the Bridgewater Diner is terrifying. It’s located in the middle of the main road so you must make a left.  There is no left turn lane, so you hope cars behind you are paying attention because they have to come to a stop or go around you from over 40 mph.

The inside is that of a typical diner.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and a bar.  We were lucky we got a booth in the back.  When we were leaving almost every table was taken.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. The waitress brought a small kettle so I could continue to refill my own drink.

Bridgewater diner

Being able to refill my own coffee was nice.  The coffee itself was good.

Bridgewater diner

Food: A
I wasn’t sure what I wanted which seems to be a common theme.  There are plenty of options from all day breakfast, to lunch, and dinner.  I decided on the pork chop special.  I have been in a pork chop mood lately.  It was a lot of food.

First, it came with a salad which was bigger than most side salads.  The salad itself was good, but I do appreciate when the dressing is mixed in.

The pork chops came topped with a balsamic glaze and onion rings.  I chose their squash special and baked potato.  The pork chops were cooked perfectly, and I liked the glaze they used.

Bridgewater diner

The squash was one of the best diner sides I’ve had in a while.  The baked potato was a baked potato and nothing too unusual about it.

Dessert: B
The meal also came with dessert. I chose the Smores cake to go.  The cake itself was a bit dry but in all not too bad.  It had a lot of whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate.  I wasn’t sure exactly what I was expecting with a smores cake, but it was decent.

Bridgewater diner

Service: C
The waitress didn’t come around too much.  We could have used more water refill, and napkins.  She was friendly, but we only saw her a couple of times.

Cost: $
For all of my food and coffee, it was only $20.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I enjoyed the Bridgewater Diner, and it was definitely one of my more favorite diners in the area. I would come back.

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

You Can See all 216 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of cake?
Do you prefer booths or tables?

 

Golden Star Diner (Ringoes)

Golden Star Diner (Ringoes)

A few weeks ago, I went up to the Golden Star Diner in Ringoes.  I haven’t been up that way, but my good friend Eric and I drove up.  It was nice to catch up.  The Golden Star is just under an hour north.

We got there around 5:30, and it wasn’t too crowded.

Golden star ringoes nj

Atmosphere: B
There isn’t anything too unique about the diner. It’s an old building, with outdated furnishings. It does have a cute little outdoor pond, and they were decorated for the outside.

The inside has a bar with plenty of booths and tables. We sat in a peaceful booth which was nice.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and I have no complaints. The waitress refilled it often.  There wasn’t anything too special about it, but it wasn’t bad.

Golden star diner ringos nj

Food: B
The Golden Star Diner has everything of a typical diner.  There are a lot more breakfast options including several omelets.  There were also several wraps, sandwiches, and Greek specialties.  I decided the Greek Gyro Platter caught my eye and ordered that.

I also added Manhatten clam chowder. The clam chowder was good, and I actually like Manhatten clam chowder more than New England. There were plenty of clams and potatoes.Golden star diner ringos nj

The Greek Gyro platter came with a Greek Gyro and Greek salad.  I was indifferent about it.  I could have used more food, and I hesitate to call it a “platter.”  I don’t know why I think gyros will ever be easy eats but I was able to not be as messy as possible.

Golden star diner ringos nj

Dessert: C
I was still hungry so decided to order bread pudding. The bread pudding was decent, except it was doused with too much cinnamon.  It wasn’t my least favorite but not my favorite either.

Golden star ringoes nj

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often.  Our food also came out exceptionally quickly, which is always wonderful when you’re hungry.

Cost: $
For my soup, platter, coffee, and dessert it was $20.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
The Golden Star Diner was right in the middle as far as diners go.  It wasn’t especially good or bad. I wouldn’t be opposed to going back, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Dessert: C
Service: A
Cost: $10-20
Overall: B

You can see all 215 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite soup?
What is your favorite type of pudding?

Barrington Diner

Barrington Diner

I’ve driven by the Barrington Diner dozens of times. I used to live down that way and would go to the gym down the road. I never stopped though.  Anyway, my friend and famous writer Jen Miller asked if I wanted to go and the timing worked out. (Side note, Jen wrote: Running: A Love Story if you need a good running and life book).
Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Atmosphere: A
We went for lunch, and it wasn’t too crowded. It’s located on the main street on Barrington and attached to a cute antique shop. The inside is small but has metallic gold seats.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and even a full-length bar.

Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Coffee: B

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress kept it refilled. They were out of whipped cream but other than it was good coffee.Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Food: B
The menu for the Barrington Diner isn’t anywhere online. They do have plenty of breakfast options as well as lunch options like sandwiches. They had one salad option too. It’s a small menu, and the Barrington Diner is only open for breakfast and lunch.

I decided to order the spinach and feta omelet with toast and tomatoes. Everything was good, and I have no complaints. It’s a “no frills diner,” but everything was fine.  There was plenty of butter on the toast too.

Service: A
The waitress was kind and friendly and came to our table frequently. Our food was also out fast.  The waitress was nice and it was clear the staff was all friends.

Cost: $
For my omelet and coffee, it was $8. Do keep in mind, it’s cash only.  (I didn’t realize that and had to break a $100 for an $8 meal…)

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Barrington Diner and would go back. It’s funny how long it took me to get there after living close for several years.  It’s a quiet, but cute, small-town diner.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $5-10
Overall: B

You Can See All 215 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is one restaurant near you, that you haven’t been?
What is your favorite type of omelet? 

%d bloggers like this: