It’s not a secret that one reason I loved living in New Jersey is the availability of diners. Nothing beats the glorious taste of burnt diner coffee. Sadly, I started this journey in 2013 when I moved to New Jersey. I’ve now moved across the country to California.
The diners in NJ are different than most states. Some diners have high-quality dinners that you would never expect, costing upwards of 20 dollars per meal. They even rival a fancy restaurant. Some are the typical greasy spoon, the type you see in the movies! There is no one definition of a diner. Before the Pandemix, there were over 600 in New Jersey but sadly many have shut their doors.
I’ll go to any and all diners. I’m not a food critic and I’m not paid to review diners, like running it’s just a hobby I’ve grown to love and enjoy. My education did not prepare me to review diners, and this is all from my own experience. You might have had a completely different experience, and I would love to hear that too. This just seemed like a fun and relevant thing to my life.
Here is How I Judge Diners:
Atmosphere: Is it an old-timey diner, cute little train care feel, is a fancy upscale diner?
Coffee: I always have to try the coffee at diners, it can make or break the meal.
Service: Was it slow? Did it take an hour for food? Were there plenty of refills?
Cost: Is it expensive? Is it worth the cost? Diners are either very upscale restaurants, or they are cheap, inexpensive quick meals. As long as the food is worth the price then I’ll be happy.
Food: Because I go there for a reason: to eat. It’s either good or bad, enough or not enough. I’m a runner, and I like to eat.
Dessert: If applicable.
Overall standard: Will I go back?
Diners that are currently on my top to do list (I am willing to try any and all!)
Total New Jersey Diners Traveled: 302 (July 2020)
I’m always looking for suggestions, especially if I’ve missed on in South Jersey!
Other States/Country Visits:
If you have a diner recommendation or would like me to visit your diner or diner near you, please send an email at fueledbyLOLZ (at) gmail dot com.