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Trainer’s Midway Diner (Bethel, PA)

Trainer’s Midway Diner (Bethel, PA)

If I ever wrote a “small-town diner” review, this would be up there. The Trainer’s Midway Diner is located right off of Route 78 in Bethel, Pa. My husband and I were going to stop at the Sheetz up the road for a quick bite to eat, but then we saw the giant “Midway Diner” sign and decided to stop.

The Trainer’s Midway Diner in Bethel is attached to a Comfort Inn and looks like a common spot for Truckers to sleep and grab a quick bite to eat.

Trainer's Midway Diner (Bethel, PA)

Trainer’s Midway Diner Atmosphere: C
Trainer’s Midway Diner is located off the main highway. The giant “Midway Diner” sign stands out, which is how we found it. The sign was the only reason we knew about it!

The inside is lackluster and has the small-town diner feel. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. The tables are decorated with personal art with the specials. Everything you can imagine with a small-town diner is there. We had no clue it’s called “Trainer’s Midway Diner” until googling it afterward. All of the signs say “Midway Diner.”

Trainer's Midway Diner (Bethel, PA)

Trainer’s Midway Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at Trainer’s Midway Diner was brewed hot and fresh. The cups were tiny and I could have used a dozen more refills. Other than that, it was fine.

Trainer's Midway Diner (Bethel, PA) coffee

Trainer’s Midway Diner Food: B
The Trainer’s Midway Diner menu has everything a stereotypical diner has but no more. There aren’t many healthy foods, but it has all of the basic breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The one unique item I saw was the eggie quesadilla so I decided to order that. It came stuffed with cheddar cheese, onions, and mushrooms. It tasted like a homecooked meal. The theme of the restaurant is things homecooked meals and this did not disappoint. If you are looking for a 5-star meal, you might want to look elsewhere.

Trainer's Midway Diner (Bethel, PA) quesadilla

Trainer’s Midway Diner Serice: C
The waitresses are the Trainer’s Midway Diner were young. We had friendly service, but we overheard most of them gossiping all of the time. It took a while for our food to come out, despite the Trainer’s Midway Diner not having many people.

Trainer’s Midway Diner Cost: $
For the eggie quesadilla and coffee, it as $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back to Trainer’s Midway Diner?
Trainer’s Midway Diner was a good stop for what I needed. I wasn’t hungry, so it was a nice break. It wasn’t anything fancy, but I would come back if I’m around again. It’s a step up from fast food. If you need a hotel and diner stop along route 78, it would be a good one.

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

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Questions for you:
Have you ever stopped somewhere based on a highway sign?
Do you like quesadillas?

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Olga’s Diner (Marlton)

Olga’s Diner (Marlton)

Olga’s Diner (Marlton)

Those who lie in South Jersey will know, Olga’s Diner used to be one of the most famous and popular diners in the area. It closed in 2008 and before I moved here. Sad, because everyone I talked to said it was the best. The original property in Marlton Circle at Route 70 and 73 was bought and the property was transformed into a medical building.  The new property is on the Northbound side of 73 on Baker Boulevard (less than a tenth of a mile away).

A year ago, a new family decided to recreate Olga’s Diner right up the road on route 73. It wasn’t the original family or original building, but the name Olgas.  When it finally opened in November of 2019, I was excited to go!

My friend Cyd from New Jersey Isn’t Boring and I met up around lunchtime on a weekday. It was packed! You would think we were going on a busy Sunday morning.

Olgas Diner Marlton

Olgas Diner Marlton

Olga’s Diner Atmosphere: A
Olga’s Diner stands out on route 73. It’s hard to miss the big, shiny, modern building. The inside of Olga’s Diner is large. Each booth and table is spread out, so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone.

Coffee: B
The coffee at Olga’s Diner is good. Olga’s Diner uses the local company, Lacas. I could have used a few more refills.

Olgas Diner Marlton Coffee

Olga’s Diner Food: A
Olga’s Diner menu has everything you want and need in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. If you are looking for healthy options, Olga’s Diner has that too. Plus an entire page menu dedicated to vegan options. Yes, vegan!  I thought about getting a vegan option just because Olga’s Diner had it but ultimately decided for the beet salad with rotisserie chicken. If beets are on any restaurant menu, I usually order them.

Olgas Diner Marlton salad

The beets tasted good and the greens were fresh. There was plenty of chicken too. I couldn’t taste a difference in the rotisserie-style chicken versus grilled.

Olga’s Diner Dessert: B
Cyd mentioned the original Olga’s Diner was known for their Boston Cream Pie, so we both decided to order that. The Boston Cream Pie was good, but the cake portion of it was a little dry.

Olgas Diner Marlton boston cream pie

Olga’s Diner Service: A
The waitress said it was her first day, but you would not have guessed. She was friendly and seemed like she was working there for a long time. The food came out quickly. We were sat and eating our food within 15 minutes of arriving.

Cost: $$

For my coffee, salad, and pie, it was $25. The salad alone was nearly $19, which I found a bit pricey for the size.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked Olga’s Diner, and I’ll be back. The food was excellent, and Olga’s Diner has a lot of menu options I want to try.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Dessert: B
Service: A
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite dessert?
What is the last new restaurant you’ve been too?

 

 

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)
I should tell you how I planned to go the Pearl Street Diner all along, but that would be a lie. While trying to figure out the train system in New York, I missed my stopped and ended up at the end of the line in the Financial District and near Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry.  I was hungry and tired so I decided to stop at the Pearl Street Diner on the corner of Pearl and Fletcher Street. I’m glad I did. The Pearl Street Diner is a no-frills diner in New York City.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Atmosphere: A
From the exterior, you can imagine the Pearl Street Diner is a step back in time. It’s built into a building (or maybe a building built around it). The inside of the Pearl Street Diner seats only about 20-30 people. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. When I got there, the waitress ushered me to a small table so other parties could use the bigger ones.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Coffee:

The Pearl Street Diner coffee was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress made sure I had plenty of refills.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) coffee

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Food: C
The Pearl Street Diner menu has everything a stereotypical diner would have. There are plenty of breakfast specials.  I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for, just that I was hungry and tired. I decided to order the blueberry pancakes with whipped cream. The pancakes were good, but it was a small portion and I could have used 3X the amount. I would order them again, but I would probably order something else with them.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) pancakes

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Service: A
The waitress at the Pearl Street Diner was friendly and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Cost: $
For my blueberry pancakes and coffee, the cost was $12. It was a tad expensive considering the size, but then again, it was New York City.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)?
I liked the Pearl Street Diner in Manhatten and had a positive experience. If I’m in the area again, I’ll go back. It’s worth the stop from Battery Park or on your way to the Staten Island Ferry.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: C
Service: A
Cost: $5-15
Overall:  B

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Questions for you:
Have you ever gotten so lost, you need to take a break? Just me, LOL?
Have you been to Wall Street?

JB’s 57 Diner (Manchester Township)

JB’s 57 Diner (Manchester Township)

JB’s 57 Diner (Manchester Township, NJ)

After having a good experience at JBs Diner on 33, I knew I wanted to go to JB’s 57 Diner.

JB’s 57 Diner Atmosphere: B
JB’s Diner is located in a strip mall next to a ShopRite. From the outside of JB’s 57 Diner, you would never guess how retro diner the inside was.

JB's 57 Diner

When you step into JB’s 57 Diner, it’s like a blast from the past. There are license plates, vintage car photos, and everything you can imagine in a diner.

JB's 57 Diner

JB’s 57 Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at JB’s Diner was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress brought plenty of refills. I couldn’t have asked for better coffee.

JB's 57 Diner coffee

JB’s 57 Diner Food: A
JB’s 57 Diner menu has plenty of options from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a page of specials including JBs Diner French toast waffle.

The French toast waffle spoke to me so I decided to order it. It came topped with strawberries and blueberries. The French toast waffle, was French toast, put into a waffle maker. Truthfully, it just felt like a regular waffle. It was good and the berries tasted fresh.

JB's 57 Diner

JB’s Diner Dessert: C

I decided to order a chocolate milkshake at JB’S diner and it was relatively boring. It was thinner and there was no whipped cream, or cherry. I thought that was standard with milkshakes but apparently not.

JB's 57 Diner milkshake

JB’s 57 Diner Service: A
Even though JBs Diner was packed, our waitress was attentive and friendly. Plus our food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

JB’s Diner Cost: $
For my French toast, milkshake, and coffee, the cost was $15. Keep in mind, JBs Diner On 57 is cash only.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of JB’s 57 Diner:
I liked JBs Diner and I will be back. It’s a great stop if you’re going down the shore or if you find yourself going that way. Both JB’s Diner on 33 and JB’s 57 Diner are great stops.

I’m looking forward to checking out JB’s Cousins Diner.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $5-12
Overall: A

You can see all 266 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Have you ever had a French toast waffle?
What is your favorite vintage car?

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

The Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) has been on my to do list for a while. I’ve attempted to go a few times but it’s never worked out. When the timing this time worked out, I knew I wanted to go.

One of the most common diner names is Colonial Diner. There is the Colonial Diner in East Brunswick, in Fords, and in Woodbury. I’m sure there are more.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Atmosphere: A
The Colonial Diner fits for the stereotypical diner. It’s a retro diner with plenty of boothes, tables, and a full length bar.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Coffee: B
The Colonial Diner Coffee was decent. There was nothing unusual and it wasn’t as hot as I would prefer. The waitress was friendly and kept it refilled.

Colonial Diner coffee

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Food: A
The Colonial Diner menu has everything you would want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Since the Colonial Diner is open 24 hours, and serves everything all day.

I wasn’t sure what I was craving so I decided to order a burger. The Colonial Diner menu special was lentil soup and I can never say no to lentil soup.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst soup

The burger was delicious. The bun had plenty of bread and tasted homemade. The burger was tasty. It also had the most amount of mustard I’ve seen.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst burger

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Service: A
The Colonial Diner waitress was friendly and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Cost: $
For my soup, burger, and coffee the cost was $21.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst):
I liked the Colonial Diner and it was a nice stop on the way home. It’s an easy stop if you are heading into NYC too. I won’t say it’s the best diner ever, but it’s in the top half of diners I’ve been too.

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

You can see all 265 Diner Reviews here.

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of burger?
Do you like mustard?

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