Jackson Diner

Jackson Diner

Recently I went to the Jackson Diner. I came across the Jackson Diner when looking for new and closer diners to review. I stumbled upon their “specials menu” and noticed they had German Night on Mondays. I knew, when I did go, it needed to be on a Monday for German Night. They also have nights dedicated to Italian, Mexican, and Greek. It’s one of the most unique menus I’ve seen in a diner.

Atmosphere: A
The Jackson Diner is located in a shopping mall. Based on an online photo, I wasn’t expecting that. The outside appears to be just a casual restaurant, but the inside is a flashback from the past. It looks like a funky, fun, diner. Everything is metallic and shiny, and there are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Jackson diner nj

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it multiple times. That particular day was bitter cold, so I welcomed a hot drink. The whipped cream overflowed out which made it fun.

Jackson diner nj

Food: A
As I mentioned, I strategically planned to come on a Monday Night for German Night. Even with the German night, there are plenty of other “regular options,” and the Jackson Diner has every diner option you can imagine. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including pork chops, seafood, and another page of specials that isn’t “German Night.”

I decided to order the Brautwurst which came with potatoes as well as red cabbage.  Since I was hungry, I also ordered a cup of the lobster bisque.

The lobster bisque was good and hot and had a kick to it which I really liked. I like all spicy foods, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Jackson diner nj

The German Special did not disappoint. There was a lot of Bratwurst! I had expected maybe a link or two, but there were 3.  The sauce was good, and the potatoes were juicy.  To be honest, I had never had red cabbage before so didn’t know what to expect. It was pickled and delicious. It looked almost like shredded beets.

Jackson diner nj

In all, I really liked my meal.

Service: A
Everyone from the waitress to the manager and the host were all friendly and funny. It was one of the best teams of employees I’ve seen.

Cost: $
For my soup, meal, and coffee the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I really liked the Jackson Diner, and I will be back. Everything from the atmosphere to the food and service was great.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $10-$15

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Have you ever had German Food before?

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The Pit Stop Diner (Oceanside, CA)

The Pit Stop Diner (Oceanside, CA)

While in California, I knew I wanted to get to a new diner. I’ve already been to both the Studio Diner as well as my very first diner ever: The Corvette Diner (I was born in San Diego, and my dad would always take us there).  Anyway!

We weren’t going as south as San Diego, so it made it fairly easy to find a new diner.  I found the Pit Stop Diner in Oceanside.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

Atmosphere: A
On the outside, the Pit Stop Diner appears to be a “regular” nice restaurant.  It’s clean, modern, and fits the look of the plaza.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

On the inside, however, it’s more diner than you know how to get ahold of?  (After over 300 diner visits, I guess I can use diner as a verb?). The Pit Stop Diner has every license plate, car part, and even a full car inside. Of any inside, it’s definitely one of my favorite atmospheres.

Service: A
Instead of being seated and picking from a menu at your seat, you stand at the front, order, and go sit down. I’ve actually never been to a diner like this, and it was a great experience. The hostess/cashier was friendly and funny, and the food came out quickly.

Coffee: B
Since you ordered at the front, the Pit Stop Diner gave you your own refillable cup to the coffee. They actually didn’t have whipped cream, but the fact I could refill my coffee at my choosing and with a large to go cup), was a huge perk for me.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

Food:
The Pit Stop Diner has every type of food you can imagine.  One thing I appreciated was breakfast and lunch all day.  If you want a huge burger at 8 is, go for it!  Omelet for dinner, go for it!

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

I decided to order the Steak and Eggs. It came with toast, steak, and eggs. I ordered over medium eggs.  My meal was huge, and everything was cooked well.  It’s one of the better steak and eggs I’ve had in a while.  I would order it again.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Pit Stop Diner, and it’s one of the better diners I’ve been too overall. I would go back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-15
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
What is the best atmosphere of a restaurant you’ve been too?
Favorite state license plate?

After staring at 10,000 during my meal, I’ve come to terms I like the simplicity of Texas, Hawaii, and NYS (Yes, I know most people hate New York…most people hate my fashion too 😉

 

John and Elaines Restaurant (Point Pleasant)

John and Elaines Restaurant (Point Pleasant)

Recently I was in Point Pleasant and met up with Cyd, from NJ Isn’t Boring to go to a diner. We attempted to go to John and Elaine’s Restaurant a while ago, but we couldn’t find it. This time, we were able to find it. Point Pleasant is somewhat confusing for those not from the area and has a lot of one-way roads.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

Anyway, we arrived around lunchtime, and it wasn’t too crowded. There is both a seating area and a bigger, fancier, dining room.

Atmosphere: A
John and Elain’s Restaurant reminds me of an old dive seafood restaurant. It has plastic fish, and photos plastered all over a wooden wall. It’s cute, and a fun stop, but it’s not a big, metallic shiny diner you would picture.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

The dining room appeared to be fancy.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

Coffee: B
I liked the coffee, but I needed more. I felt as though I had to beg the waitress for refills. Other then that, it was fine. Nothing of note.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

Food: B
The menu at John and Elaine’s is much smaller than the average diner menu. In fact, for breakfast and lunch, it’s only a single page front and back.  I decided to order the veggie omelet with a cup of the split pea (I can never say no to split pea).

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

The split pea was ham based and was good. It was hot, which I can always use.

The omelet was somewhat overcooked. It was visible from the hashbrowns and toast, that were both burned.  The food was good, and minus the overcooking, it was fine.  The omelet had a mixed medley of vegetables which included mushrooms and tomatoes, plus a lot of cheese.  Both the hashbrowns and toast were overcooked and somewhat burnt, so they weren’t my favorite.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

Service: B
The waitress was nice but appeared if she was having a rough day. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but it didn’t seem like she was thrilled to be there.  Our food came out quickly, and other than that, it was good.

Cost: $
For my soup, omelet, and coffee the cost was $17.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked John and Elaine’s, and it was a good stop for breakfast. It wasn’t my least or favorite, and somewhere right in the middle.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: B
Cost: $8-17
Overall: B

You Can See All 227 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of omelet? 
What is your favorite breakfast food? 

Alexis Diner (Denville)

Alexis Diner (Denville)

After Hiking the Mahlon Reservation and Headley Overlook, I stopped at the Alexis Diner. When I arrived around dinner time, it wasn’t crowded and there were plenty of booths and tables open. I got a booth in the back which was peaceful.

Alexis Diner Denville NJ

Atmosphere: A
The Alexis Diner is everything you expect in a diner. The atmosphere is big, shiny, metallic, and stands out in a local shopping center.  The inside is lit by blue lights with plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  There is a large dessert case towards the front with plenty of delicious looking treats.

Alexis Diner Denville NJ

Coffee: B
The coffee was good but nothing unique or unusual. That’s been the trend lately. It wasn’t the best or worst, just average.

Alexis Diner Denville NJ

Food: B
After hiking, I was hungry. Alexis Diner has 10+ pages of food, so you’ll struggle not finding what you’re looking for.

I can never turn down a good Greek platter and ordered the  “Greek Pikilia” for an appetizer. It came with olives, spanokopita, grape leaves, pita, and tomatoes. It could have used hummus to round it out, but other than that it was good.

Alexis Diner Denville NJ

For my entree, I ordered the “Heartburn Hotel” which came with hot pastrami, imported swiss, cole slaw, and spicy mustard. The sandwich itself was good, but could have used more mustard. It also came with French fries which were good, but nothing unusual.

Alexis Diner Denville NJ

It was so much food, I ended up bringing some home.

Service: B
The waitress was friendly and one of the best I’ve had. I was disappointed because both the appetizer and entree came out at the same time. It wasn’t a make or break for coming back but I doubt I would have ordered both if I knew they would come out at the same time.

Cost: $$
For the coffee; appetizer, and meal it was $30. It’s definitely one of the most expensive diners I’ve been too.

Overall Thoughts:
I liked the Alexis Diner and I would go back if I’m in the area. It’s definitely expensive though.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee:  B
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $20-30
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of sandwich?
Do you like hummus?

Hibernia Diner (Rockaway)

Hibernia Diner (Rockaway)

The Hibernia Diner has been one of the most suggested diners since I started my diner journey. The timing hasn’t worked out until recently so when it did; I was excited to finally try it.

Hibernia Diner Rockaway nj

I got there on the weekend around lunchtime, and it was crowded, but we were quickly given a table. I asked for either a table or booth that wasn’t front and center, but the manager bluntly said no.

Atmosphere: B
The Hibernia Diner is a modern building. It’s open, with plenty of parking. It’s not the stereotypical metallic, shiny, building but the inside is clean and modern.Hibernia Diner Rockaway nj

The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. We were given my least favorite table, the one that sat in the front and center directly next to the drink station.  (I hate being front and center of any restaurant and there were other tables open). I would have preferred any other table, but the manager said no.

Coffee: A
The coffee was good, and the Hibernia Diner served Lacas coffee from South Jersey. I could have used more refills, but I have no complaints about the coffee itself.

Hibernia Diner Rockaway nj

Food: B
The Hibernia Diner has everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The best part is you can order anything, at any time.  They even have a separate menu to “eat on trend” with avocado toast and other unique options.

I decided to order the Country Steak Breakfast. It came with fried steak, eggs (I chose over easy), home fries, and toast (I picked rye).

Hibernia Diner Rockaway nj

The Country Steak had a thick gravy on top. It tasted great, and the steak itself was cooked perfectly. The eggs and both were good too. The hash browns were undercooked and still somewhat cold. The majority of my meal was good though.

Service: C
The waitress was friendly, but the service was a little slower than I would have hoped. The food took a while to come out.  I was somewhat salty about the manager giving us a blunt no at a simple request to sit at a different table though.

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

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Hibernia Diner, and if I’m back in the area, I will go back.

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

You can see all 225 NJ Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite way to eat steak?
Do you prefer a booth or a table?

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