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Golden Pigeon Diner (Bridgeton)

Golden Pigeon Diner (Bridgeton)

A couple of weeks ago, I finally made it to the Golden Pigeon Diner in Bridgeton, NJ. Why finally?  I’ve been excited to make the Golden Pigeon work because of the name. Except for the “Time to Eat” diner, The Golden Pigeon has one of the coolest names.

Atmosphere: B
The Golden Pigeon is typical of a New Jersey Diner.  The outside is a mixture of both cobblestone and metallic in the front.  There is a huge sign that says “diner” and fresh baking on premises.  The promise of fresh baking is enough to lure anyone in.

Coffee: C
The coffee was good. However, they were out of whipped cream!  A diner with fresh baking and no whipped cream?  Oh well, it’s only happened a few times.  I don’t always get coffee with whipped cream, and I do prefer it.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

Food: A
The Golden Pigeon has everything you can imagine in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  I’ll warn you that the portions are huge. I decided to order the Pork Chop special, and it did not disappoint.

I’ve never had anything like it! It started off with the choice of salads, and I chose a Greek which came with anchovies (off to a good start). Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

I also got fresh cheese bread which was amazing. If you have never had cheese bread, it’s bread baked with cheese in the center.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

My three pork chops came with sautéed onions and on top of hashbrowns as well as french fries.  It was unique, ultra filling, and I have no complaints. I wasn’t expecting the french fries, so it was definitely a filling addition. Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

For my side, I chose beets.I’m happy I did because I knew it would be a lot of food and I like good beets.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

Service: A
The server was nice. I think he might have also been the manager, but he was friendly, chatted often, and made sure I had plenty of refills and that my food came out quickly.

Cost: $

For my entire meal and coffee, it was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I enjoyed the Golden Pigeon a lot, and it’s one of my top diners in the area. I’ll be back if it works out.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: C
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-20
Overall: B

You Can See all 212 Diners Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?
What is one of your favorite restaurant names?

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Parthenon Diner (Branford, CT)

Parthenon Diner (Branford, CT)

On the way home from Rhode Island last month, we decided to stop at the Parthenon Diner in Branford, CT.  It was an easy stop less than half a mile from the highway, so it made sense.  After eating out all weekend, we wanted something easy, simple, and light.  I didn’t do much of any research and saw the Parthenon Diner was right off the highway.

Atmosphere: B
When we arrived, we saw it was reviewed as one of the top diners in CT.  The atmosphere is big with plenty of space.  There is nothing out of the ordinary, but it does have plenty of room, so you never feel as though you’re sitting on top of anyone.

Coffee: B
The coffee was good, and I have no complaints.  It was definitely stereotypical diner coffee and slightly burnt.

parthenon diner branford ct

Food: B
There are plenty of options at the Parthenon Diner.  One thing, I appreciated was the number of specials. When you eat out for several days in a row, saving money at restaurants seems like a bigger deal.  I ordered the beet and goat cheese salad with steak off of the specials menu.  There were plenty of beets and goat cheese, but it could have used a few more greens.  The steak was that of normal diners.  It tasted as if it had been frozen and recooked.  It wasn’t bad though, and I would order it again.parthenon diner branford ct

Service: C
Our waitress took a while to come to our table, and we quickly realized it was because she was on her smoke break.  She was friendly but definitely smelled very strongly of cigarettes.  From what I can gather based on timing, she went on a smoke break a couple of times.

Cost: $
For my salad and coffee, the coast was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Parthenon Diner and would go back.  It’s an easy stop right off of 95.

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

You Can See All Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Do you ever order off of the specials menu?
Do you like beets?

JumBars (Bethleham, PA)

JumBars (Bethleham, PA)

While visiting for the Runners World Festival, my friends at the Super Secret Meeting recommended going to the JumBars in Bethlehem, PA.  On another note, if you haven’t watched any of the videos, Hannah and Ali are hilarious.

Atmosphere:
Jumbars is tiny but cute.  It’s not exactly a diner but more of a mom and pop shop in downtown Bethlehem.  Each of the tables has a slightly different tablecloth and different design.  It’s one of my favorite restaurant atmospheres because it’s quirky and fun.  It reminds me more of a coffee shop or cafe but shares a lot of characteristics of a diner too.

Coffee: F
I hate to give any restaurant or diner, a bad coffee review but the coffee was cold.  I actually didn’t finish the cup because it was cold and did nothing for me.

Jumbars coffee

Service: C
The service at the Jumbar wasn’t great either.  It wasn’t the worst, but the food took quite a long time to come out.  I think about 30 minutes the first time.  When I asked for something, the waitress forgot about it, so we had to ask someone else.  The waitress rarely came over…otherwise I would have asked for a different coffee.

Food: C
The menu is small. Jumbars is actually only open until 2 pm, so they don’t serve dinner.

I ordered the hummus appetizer as well as the beet salad with salmon.  I’ve been craving beets a lot more lately and the beet salad sounded good. Jumbars app

They forgot the salmon, and when I asked about it the waitress mentioned: “just don’t touch it and we can take it back”.  The salmon took another 15-20 minutes to come back.

Jumbars Salad

The food portion itself was small.  I liked the food a lot, but I wish I had more of it.  I was glad I ordered the hummus appetizer because it had a lot of flatbread and made it into a full meal.  The beet salad was more of the size of an appetizer than an entrée salad.  In summary, the food was good, however, the portions were tiny.

Cost: $$
For my salad, coffee, and hummus appetizer, the cost was $22.  The cost was high, and while the food was good, I wish I had more of it.

Overall/Would I come back?
I want to give the Jumbars a second chance because it does appear to be a local favorite.  I know now that the food portion isn’t big, so I’ll definitely keep that in mind.  I’m hoping I might have had a bad experience and I do hope to eventually go back and see.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: F
Service: C
Food: C
Cost: $12-20
Overall: C

Question for you: What is your favorite local restaurant?

 

Daphne’s Diner

A few weeks ago, Cyd from New Jersey isn’t Boring and I met in Mercer County to go to a diner. To be honest, I had no idea Daphne’s Diner existed.  Just a quick view at the menu made me realize I needed to go immediately.

Atmosphere: B 

Daphne’s Diner is located in a fairly low key building.  It reminds me of a house on the side of the road.  There is nothing too crazy and nothing stands out.  That could be one reason I missed the diner completely.  I’ve driven by multiple times but never noticed the building.

The inside atmosphere is a typical small NJ diner.  It’s cute with about 10 tables and booths.  When we arrived we were the only ones in the diner.  I like going to diners with Cyd because they save the diner for us.

Coffee: A 

Since we were the only ones in Daphne’s Diner, we received all of the attention.  That meant we also recieved a fresh pot of coffee. The waitress refilled it more than enough times and gave me whipped cream every single time.  It was the great diner coffee taste and I have no complaints!

Daphnes Diner Coffee

Food: B

Daphne’s has a huge menu and also does a lot of catering.  I decided to order off of their specials menu.  I ordered a roasted beet salad with goat cheese.  It’s more of an upscale restaurant than restaurant.

The salad was one of the best I’ve had in a while.  The spinach was fresh and there was a lot of goat cheese and beets. Beets are in season and I am obsessed with them.  It’s also very clear the salad came from local sources.  I ordered a side of pita bread, which was extremely dense.  It was one of the best diner meals I’ve had in a while.

Daphnes Diner Salad

It’s not surprising they do catering! The food is clearly high quality.

The reason I gave the restaurant a B was there was no mention of dessert.  I was craving dessert but there was nothing on the menu.  The waitress never mentioned dessert so we assumed they didn’t have it.  We later found out they have rice pudding as their dessert option.

Price: $18

For my salad and coffee the price was 18.  There are definitely better deals but the salad was delicious and nothing beats home ingredients.  Another point of interest was  they also don’t do tips on a credit card. You must have cash.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back? 

I would come back.  The food was fresh and delicious.  The breakfast menu looks really good so I’m excited to come back during breakfast.

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

Questions for you:
Have you been to a restaurant that does not have dessert?
Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve even been to a restaurant without dessert.

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