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Barrington Diner

I’ve driven by the Barrington Diner dozens of times. I used to live down that way and would go to the gym down the road. I never stopped though.  Anyway, my friend and famous writer Jen Miller asked if I wanted to go and the timing worked out. (Side note, Jen wrote: Running, A Love Story if you need a good running and life book).

Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Atmosphere: A
We went for lunch, and it wasn’t too crowded. It’s located on the main street on Barrington and attached to a cute antique shop. The inside is small but has metallic gold seats.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and even a full-length bar.

Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Coffee: B

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress kept it refilled. They were out of whipped cream but other than it was good coffee.Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Food: B
The menu for the Barrington Diner isn’t food anywhere online. They do have plenty of breakfast options as well as lunch options like sandwiches. They had one salad option too. It’s a small menu, and the Barrington Diner is only open for breakfast and lunch.

I decided to order the spinach and feta omelet with toast and tomatoes. Everything was good, and I have no complaints. It’s a “no frills diner,” but everything was fine.  There was plenty of butter on the toast too.

Service: A
The waitress was kind and friendly and came to our table frequently. Our food was also out fast.

Cost: $
For my omelet and coffee, it was $8. Do keep in mind, it’s cash only.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Barrington Diner and would go back. It’s funny how long it took me to get there after living close for several years.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $5-10
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is one restaurant near you, that you haven’t been?
What is your favorite type of omelet? 

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Miss Portland Diner (Portland, ME)

Miss Portland Diner (Portland, ME)

On the drive to Maine, we decided to stop in Portland for lunch. A google search yielded the Miss Portland Diner in Portland.

Miss portland diner portland maine

Atmosphere: A
When we arrived for lunch, it was packed!  Packed means, good right?  It was about a 15-minute wait which wasn’t a big deal.

Miss portland diner portland maineThe diner itself is everything you picture a neologistic diner to be.  It’s in a shiny train car, with several booths, and tables.  There is also outdoor seating which we were lucky enough to get.

Miss portland diner portland maine

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh.  I could have used a few more refills, but they were busy. The diner mug itself was cute.  It was a bright yellow, logo mug.  It was so cute, I ended up buying one.

Miss portland diner portland maine

Food: A
The Miss Portland Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, so they serve breakfast and lunch.  There aren’t any dinner specialties but there are the typical breakfast options in a diner.  I decided to order French toast and eggs.  I guess I’ve been in a French toast mood lately.

Miss portland diner portland maine

The French toast was some of the best I’ve had.  It was thick but still soft.  Maybe it was the Northeast maple syrup adding bonus flavor.  Anyway, it was great, and I have no complaints.

Service: B
The waitress was friendly and nice.  She took our orders and came back when she could.  It was obvious the place was packed, and she was moving from table to table.  Something interesting that I’ve never seen is the servers telling people there was a 10 minute backup in the kitchen to take orders!  Not that that is a big deal, I’ve just never seen it before.

Cost: $
For my French toast, coffee, and a coffee mug, the cost was $21.  The coffee mug itself was only $10.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked Miss Portland Diner, and if I’m in the area again, I would definitely go back!

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $8-14
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Have you ever bought restaurant merchandise?
What is the longest you’ve waited for food?

Queen City Diner (Allentown, PA)

Queen City Diner (Allentown, PA)

Recently I was in the Allentown area.  As I mentioned on my hiking at Hickory Run post, I wanted to get through Philadelphia area traffic early.  It also left me with plenty of time to try a new diner.

Queen city diner allentown

Atmosphere: B

The outside of the Queen City Diner is that of a typical diner.  There isn’t a lot about the Queen City Diner that is unusual, but it is old, metallic, and shiny.  The inside resembles the quintessential diner with plenty of booths, tables, and even a salad bar.

Queen city diner allentown

Getting inside the actual diner was difficult because many people were congregated and waiting in the doorway.

Queen City Diner Allentown PA

Coffee: A

The coffee at the Queen City Diner was good.  One thing I appreciated was the fact they left a pitcher of coffee so I could manually refill it myself.  That ended up being great because the waitress didn’t come around much.

Queen City Diner Allentown PA

Food: B

The Queen City Diner has everything you would typically want in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  Since it was around lunchtime, I decided to order an omelet.  It came with both hashbrowns and toast.  The omelet itself was good and was stuffed with plenty of filling.  The toast took an extra 10 minutes to come out after the food which was frustrating.

Queen City Diner Allentown PA

Service: D

To preface the waitress was nice but food took entirely too long to come out.  I think we were in the diner for over an hour.  When the food came out, it came out at different times.  One of my “pet peeves” is when food comes out at very different times.  I dislike when I get my food 15 minutes before someone else or vice versa.  The entire diner just seemed disorganized.

Price: $

For my omelet and coffee, the cost was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:

The Queen City Diner wasn’t the worst diner I’ve been too, but definitely not the best either.  The problem was the disorganization with food orders and the waiting time.  I would come back to see if I just hit it at a wrong time.

Atmosphere: B

Coffee: A

Food: B

Service: D

Price: $8-15

Overall: C

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Questions for you:

Do you have a restaurant “pet peeve”?

What is your favorite type of omelet? 

Tito’s Diner (Fredricksburg, VA)

Tito’s Diner (Fredricksburg, VA)

A few weeks ago, I went to Tito’s Diner in Fredricksburg. As most people know, I grew up in Virginia, although a few hours South.

We were driving home from Charlottesville and needed a place to stop. Why not a diner right?

Atmosphere: A
If you’re looking for a stereotypical diner, Tito’s Diner is it. It’s a big shiny, metallic, building, located in the center of a large shopping center.  The inside is equally as a traditional diner with plenty of memorabilia and a full-length bar, with plenty of tables and booths.

Tito's Diner Fredricksburg, VA

Coffee: A
I haven’t had a great diner coffee in quite some time. It was brewed hot and fresh. My favorite part was the personalized coffee mug, not many diners have those!

Tito's Diner Fredricksburg, VA

Food: B
The menu at Tito’s Diner is extensive with plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

I decided to order the hummus appetizer.  The pita bread was much crunchy and more of a chip than bread. It’s not my personal preference. The hummus was good, but nothing unique or special.

Tito's Diner Fredricksburg, VA

I was craving breakfast so went with the chorizo skillet with rye toast.

Tito's Diner Fredricksburg, VA

I haven’t had a skillet in a while, and while the meal wasn’t bad, it wasn’t the best ever. It was just a standard breakfast meal with plenty of potatoes and cheese.

Tito's Diner Fredricksburg, VA

Service: A
The waitress was one of the most friendly waitresses I’ve had in a while. She was definitely one of the best waitresses, and the food came out very quickly.

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

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back:
I really enjoyed Tito’s Diner, and I would definitely go back. I would love to try some of the other options!  If you’re ever in Fredericksburg, it’s worth your stop.

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

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Questions for you:
What’s your favorite way to eat eggs?
Where did you grow up?

Malibu Diner (Hoboken)

Malibu Diner (Hoboken)

A few weeks ago, I ended up in Hoboken at the Malibu Diner. I’ve heard the diner itself is good and have wanted to get up there for a while. It seemed to work out well.  When I arrived around noon, it wasn’t crowded at all. I was shocked! There isn’t a lot of parking so it was a nice surprise!

Atmosphere: A
The Malibu Diner is typical of any North Jersey Diner.  There is a bar and plenty of tables and booths.  I sat in the corner booth which was quiet.

Malibu Diner Hoboken

Coffee: A

The coffee at the Malibu Diner was good. I was pleasantly surprised to see they served Lacas coffee. It was hot and the waitress brought plenty of refills. Hard to argue with that!

Malibu Diner Hoboken
Food: A
The Malibu Diner has every option you need in a diner. I wasn’t sure what I was craving!

For those who don’t know, North Jersey has far better bagels than South Jersey so I decided to order a bagel.  I’m sure it wasn’t the best ever (according to my good friend Amelia’s view) but it was much better than anything in South Jersey.

Malibu Diner Hoboken

I decided to order a protein wrap which had every kind of breakfast meat you might want.  It was extremely packed. I was happy with it.

Malibu Diner Hoboken

Service: B

The waitress left for long periods but after a while she warmed up.  The food came out quickly and the manager checked on us a few times.

Cost: $14
For my wrap, bagel, and coffee the cost was $14.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?

The Malibu Diner is definitely one of my more favorite diners in the area and I would go back.  I was definitely happy with my experience.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: B
Price: $10-15
Overall: A


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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of bagel?
Do you have a favorite breakfast?

The Chestnut Diner and Bistro (Vineland)

The Chestnut Diner and Bistro (Vineland)

The Chestnut Diner and Bistro has been on my to-do list for a long time.  It’s less than an hour from my house, but it’s deep into the South of New Jersey, so it’s not on the way too much.  I decided to go on a hike around Maurice River, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go.

Atmosphere: B
When I arrived around 10:30 on a Saturday, it was packed.  In fact, it was one of the few diners I’ve actually had to wait for a table.  It wasn’t a big deal, and I got one within 5 minutes.  There is outdoor seating, and the inside is one big room with booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  It’s not a big, stereotypical diner but a nice one.

Chestnut Diner and Bistro vineland

Coffee: A
The waitress put more whipped cream on the coffee than actual coffee.  It wasn’t a bad thing, and I gladly took it all.  The coffee itself was great too.  As far as diner coffees go, it was definitely one of the best.

Chestnut Diner and Bistro vineland

Food: A
The Chestnut Diner and Bistro has a lot of unique options.  They also have both vegetarian and vegan options which can be tough to find in a diner.  The pear and spinach salad sounded good to me, but I decided to make a last minute decision for the New York Omelet.  The omelet was cooked well.  The New York omelet was filled with applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, ham, and Swiss.  I enjoyed it and one of the better breakfasts I’ve had.

Chestnut Diner and Bistro vineland

Service: A
Even though the Chestnut Diner was busy, our waitress was attentive and brought out drink refills.  The food also came out surprisingly quickly.  In fact, I’ve been to places with only a few parties that have come back slower.

Cost: $
For my omelet and coffee, the cost was $11.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Chestnut Diner and Bistro and it’s one of my favorite diners down in that area.  If you ever find yourself in the Vineland area, I would definitely go.

Atmosphere B
Coffee; A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-12
Overall: A

You can see all 198 diners I’ve reviewed here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite breakfast?
Do you like omelets?

Matthews Diner (Waldwick)

Matthews Diner (Waldwick)

Recently I went to Matthews Diner in Waldwick, I’ve wanted to go to the Matthews Diner for the pure reason that my brother’s name is Matthew.  There is no apostrophe in Matthews on the sign, so I’m just going with it.

I arrived around 11:30 am on a weekday. Honestly, it was much more crowded than I anticipated.  It was busier than I’ve seen many diners on weekends.

Atmosphere: A
Matthews Diner is a colonial style building. It’s not a big, metallic, shiny, diner but it does have a very colonial look.  The entire town of Waldwick appears to have the same sort of Colonial look which is neat.

Matthews diner waldwick nj

The inside reminds me of an Irish pub.

Coffee: B
The coffee was decent, and there wasn’t anything unique or unusual. That seems to be the trend lately with diner coffee but normal coffee is never a bad thing.

Matthews diner waldwick nj

Food: C
Matthew’s Diner serves everything all of the time. It’s always nice to be able to order breakfast at 6 pm or lunch at 9 am.

I opted for pancakes, two scrambled eggs, and bacon. I heard the pancakes at Matthew’s Diner were good.  I will say when the pancakes came up they were big. One of my more favorite diner pancakes.

Matthews diner waldwick nj

I was disappointed in the eggs as they were undercooked. I decided not to finish them.  It’s hard to mess up breakfast, but undercooked eggs is one way.

Matthews diner waldwick nj

Service: C
The waitress barely came to our table, and we actually had to ask another server for a drink refill. She was friendly, however, either they were understaffed, or our waitress forgot about our table.

Cost: $

For my coffee and breakfast; the cost was $13.

Overall Thoughts/would I come back?
I liked Matthews Diner, and it’s clearly doing well (as shown by how busy it was on a weekday).   I was disappointed in the eggs as well as our service.

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

You can see all NJ 195 Diners I’ve been too here.

Questions for you:
Where are your favorite pancakes from?
Have you ever been to a restaurant with your name in it?

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