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Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

While traveling through PA (the first time?) of my summer driving, I stopped at the Lyndon Diner in York. They have two locations in York and Lancaster. The Lyndon Diner has been on my to-do list for a while now, but the timing never works out.

I was excited that the timing worked out.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

Atmosphere: A
The Lyndon Diner looks like a stereotypical diner. The outside is built with chrome and is a big, shiny, metallic, exterior.

The inside has plenty of booths, tables, a full-length bar, and dessert case. It’s a picturesque diner in all of the best ways.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. Plus, the whipped cream is homemade. The waitress brought plenty of refills. In all, it was one of the best coffees I’ve had in a while.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) coffee

Food: A
The Lyndon Diner has everything you would want and need in a diner. From all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was hard to choose! I decided with the BLT.

First, the meals came with a bread basket with pumpkin bread. It might be the best pumpkin bread I’ve tried. It seemed odd to have pumpkin bread in May, but I won’t complain because it was delicious.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) pumpkin bread

I also ordered the Greek platter, which came with pita bread, hummus, olives, grapes leaves, lettuce, and tomatoes. It was huge and worth it.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) greek platter

The BLT was packed full of meat.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) BLT

It also came with a mixture of nuts and sweetener (I think). I still don’t know exactly what it was or what it was for, but it was delicious.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

I also ordered sweet potato fries, which I think were the best fries I’ve had. They were crunchy, and you could taste the sweet potatoes.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) fries

My meal was delicious, and I would order it again.

Service: A
The waitress immediately introduced herself, and she said she was new. Truthfully, I would have never guessed if she never told me. She refilled our beverages fast, our food came out quickly, and she was friendly.

Cost: $
For my coffee, Greek platter, and BLT, the cost was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Lyndon Diner, and I’m glad I stopped. I would love to go back, and it was a positive experience. I highly recommend if you’re going through Lancaster and York.

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

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like pumpkin bread?
What’s your favorite bread?

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Crystal Lake Diner (Revisited)

Crystal Lake Diner (Revisited)

Many moons ago, the Crystal Lake Diner was one of the first diners I reviewed (Not to be confused with another favorite in Toms River: The New Crystal Diner).

When we originally went, were living in central Jersey at the time and taking a day trip to the Haddonfield area.  Oddly enough the following year, we ended up moving about a quarter of a mile from the Crystal Lake Diner.  We have since moved again but we aren’t the only ones who have gone through changes in the last few years.

We never went to the Crystal Lake Diner while living so close because shortly after we originally went, there was a massive fire which left it closed for about 2 years.

When they reopened several months ago, I knew eventually I had to go back.

Atmosphere: A
To be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot from the previous visit a few years ago.  Now, the interior is brand new.  It’s modern, clean and had plenty of space.  We were immediately greeted with a dessert case including red velvet cake.

Crystal Lake Diner Haddon Township

Image via NJ Pen

Coffee: A
The Crystal Lake Diner brewed Lacas coffee which is a personal favorite of mine.  It’s a local blend and it’s hard to mess it up.  The waitress brought plenty of refills with plenty of whipped cream.  I couldn’t ask for better coffee.

Service: A
The waitress was one of the best I’ve had in a while.  Even though it was a busy Saturday night, she was always attentive to our table.  She made sure we had plenty of refills the entire time.  She was also extremely friendly.

Food: B
I do remember the menu at the Crystal Lake Diner is similar to their previous menu.  It’s typical of a diner and they have several specials but nothing too unique.  If you’re looking for a stereotypical diner menu, the Crystal Lake Diner is ideal.

Our dinner came with a homemade bread basket which came with cinnamon rolls, cheesy bread and corn muffins.  Each were great but my favorite was the cheesy bread.

Crystal Lake Diner Haddon Township

I decided to order the lobster ravioli.  It came out in a nice marinara sauce.  The ravilis themselves had plenty of lobster stuffed in without being overpowering.  I would have preferred something else to come along side the ravilis or just more of them.  I was actually surprised the portion size was not bigger.

Crystal Lake Diner Haddon Township

Dessert: B 

The lobster ravioli came with a pudding dessert so I chose the bread pudding.  The waitress asked if I wanted whipped cream and how could I refuse?

The bread pudding with good and it was obvious they made it in house (and it didn’t just come from a tube).  It was one of the better bread puddings I had, especially for coming with the meal.

Crystal Lake Diner Haddon Township bread

Price: $
For my lobster ravioli and coffee the price was $15 which wasn’t bad for the amount of food I got.  Especially considering it came with dessert!

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I enjoyed the Crystal Lake Diner both times I’ve been.  I will definitely be back and it’s nice to see it reopen after the fire.  The service was by far one of the best I’ve had in awhile.

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

Closeby Diners: Metro Diner, Black horse Diner, Legacy Diner
 

Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a restaurant after it reopened? 
What is your favorite type of pudding? 

Seven Seas Diner

I’ve been to the Seven Seas Diner several times. In fact it was the first full meal I had after the New York City Marathon. I wanted to try it a few more times before determining it was my favorite diner.  Everything tastes the best after a marathon!  The Seven Seas Diner is located in Nassau County not far from my brother’s alma mater.

Image via here

Image via here

Atmosphere: A
The outside is a big building located on a corner. It’s nothing too interesting or exciting but it is well kept. The inside has several booths and tables as well as a bar. You walk in next to the bakery section. It’s a very standard diner layout.

Coffee: A
If you count every single time I’ve been to the diner, I’ve had close to 20 cups of coffee at the Seven Seas Diner. Oddly enough I have forgotten to take a photo every time!  To be honest, it’s because over half the times I’ve been were pre diner reviewing days.  Plus I’m normally with my family and we get chatting.  I’ve never had a bad cup. The waitresses have always brought multiple refills. The whipped cream is made fresh as well.

Food: A
The menu is huge. As with any diner, it’s a black hole of items. Unless you know exactly what you are craving you’ll have a hard time choosing right off the menu. Everything looks and sounds amazing.

A major reason the Seven Seas Diner is one of my favorite diners is because they have a pita bread bread basket. If you know me then you know pita bread is one of my foods. Any restaurant that has pita bread bread basket already starts off on the right foot.

Seven Seas Diner Pita Bread

I’ve been to the Seven Seas Diner and ordered a few different things.  The reason I haven’t posted a diner review until now is because I hadn’t taken any photos!  It’s hard to believe that I went to diners and liked them! A recent trip to the Seven Seas Diner included a greek omelet with feta cheese, spinach, tomatoes and onions.  Rye toast is my favorite so I ordered that as well.

Terrible photo and lighting but there was not an extra 5 seconds to take a new photo...

Terrible photo and lighting but there was not an extra 5 seconds to take a new photo…

I’ve also had the Mediterranean salad and Gyro wrap as well.

Dessert: A
The Seven Seas Diner gives you warm complementary chocolate chip cookies. I have never been to a restaurant that does that.

Super doughy.

Super doughy.  Since they are small you can eat 10 and pretend nothing happened… 

Cost: $15-20
The Seven Seas Diner is one of the more expensive diners I’ve been too. Even though it’s more expensive, the portion size, complementary cookies and high quality food makes it worth it.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
The Seven Seas Diner is one of my favorite diners and every time I am in the area I try and stop by.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Dessert: A
Cost: $$
Overall Grade: A

Questions for you:
What is your favorite restaurant?
Have you ever been to a restaurant that gives complementary cookies or dessert?

Making Bread and Stuff

I prefer to think that I am of the simple cooking type.  If it doesn’t take about 2 minutes to cook up and has less than 5 ingredients then it’s my type of recipe.  If it’s too complicated-forget about it.  If it takes me starting 4 hours before…about that…

That’s why when my running friend wanted to make break (just call him the bread master) I was like uh…do you know me?

But a girl had to carb load for my long run of 10 miles last Sunday and well he had ski things to eat bread for and boys can eat bread whenever they want. 

Keep in mind this a very simple recipe because that is all I can handle but it’s good and easy.  So if you are like me and think you suck at cooking (well I know I do) then here ya go:

It yields 3 loafs of bread (I’ve already eaten two and I’m not joking in the slightest).

If I show you a photo of the product beforehand, you'll believe that we really were successful.

Ingredients:

3 cups warm water (this is important, it must be warm!)

2 packages active dry yeast

1/4 cup honey

5 cups bread flour (I used wheat bread flour)

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon salt

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Mix warm water, yeast, and honey. Add 5 cups bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 45 minutes, or until big and bubbly.  ‘
  2. Mix in 4 tablespoons melted butter and salt. Stir in 2 cups wheat flour.
  3. Using the other 1 cup of wheat flour, flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch.

*This may take more flour.

  1. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  2. Divide into 3 loaves and put into 9X5 pans.  You must allow it to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees 30 minutes; do not overbake.

Then eat it and all and prepare for your next race or save it for later I guess.

Question for you: What is your favorite bread recipe?  I’m hooked on making it so give me more.  😉

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