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Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

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)

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

Lyndon Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Lyndon Diner 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

Lyndon Diner Food: A
The Lyndon Diner menu has everything you would want and need in a diner. From all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

A few of the Lyndon Diner menu options that stood out:

  • Canadian bacon
  • potato skins
  • crab cakes
  • breakfast specials like hash browns with shredded cheese

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, bacon, and diced tomatoes. Plus the unpictured cole slaw.

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.

Lyndon Diner Service: A
The waitress at the Lyndon Diner 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 of the Lyndon Diner:
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)

Crystal Lake Diner (Haddon Township)

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

When we originally went to the Crystal Lake Diner, 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 two years.

When the Crystal Lake Diner reopened several months ago, I knew eventually I had to go back.

Crystal Lake Diner Atmosphere: A
To be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot from the previous visit a few years ago.  Now, the interior of the Crystal Lake Diner 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

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Crystal Lake Diner 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 at the Crystal Lake Diner 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.

Crystal Lake Diner Food: B
I do remember Crystal Lake Diner menu 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. They are also known for their mini meals.

Our dinner at the Crystal Lake Diner 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 at the Crystal Lake Diner.  It came out in a nice marinara sauce.  The plates of ravioli themselves had plenty of lobster stuffed in without being overpowering.  I would have preferred something else to come alongside the portions of ravioli or just more of them.  I was surprised the portion size was not more significant.

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 at the Crystal Lake Diner was good and it was apparent they made it in the 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 cost was $15, which wasn’t bad for the amount of food I got.  Especially considering it came with dessert!

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Crystal Lake Diner (Haddon Township):
I enjoyed the Crystal Lake Diner both times I’ve been.  I will 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 a while.

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

You can see more of the diner reviews here.

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

Seven Seas Diner (Great Neck, NY)

Seven Seas Diner (Great Neck, NY)

I’ve been to the Seven Seas Diner (Great Neck) 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 Great Neck, NY and Nassau County not far from my brother’s alma mater on Northern Blvd.

Image via here

Image via here

Seven Seas Diner Atmosphere: A
The outside of the Seven Seas Diner is a big building located on a corner. It’s nothing too exciting 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.

Seven Seas Diner 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.  I’ve never had a bad cup. The waitresses have always brought multiple refills. The whipped cream is made fresh as well.

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

A significant reason the Seven Seas Diner is one of my favorite diners is because they have a pita breadbasket. If you know me, then you know pita bread is one of my foods. Any restaurant that has pita bread basket already starts 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 that 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 picture…

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

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

Super doughy.

Super doughy.  Since they are small you can eat ten 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, complimentary cookies, and high-quality food makes it worth it.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to the Seven Seas Diner (Great Neck)?
The Seven Seas Diner (Great Neck) 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: A

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

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

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