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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

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

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Americana Diner (Shrewsbury)

Americana Diner (Shrewsbury)

After running the Red Bank 5k last week, I decided to stop at the Americana Diner. This is not to be confused by one of the first diners went too, the Americana Diner in West Windsor.  It’s also not to be confused with the Americana Diner in West Orange. The Americana Diner has been on my to do list for a few years, but I haven’t made it out there yet.

Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ

Atmosphere: A

The Americana Diner is everything you picture in a diner. It’s a big, metallic exterior, and the interior has plenty of booths, table, and a bar. I arrived on Saturday around brunch time, so it was packed although we quickly got a seat.

Coffee: B

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I definitely could have used more refills.

Food: A

The Americana Diner serves everything all day long. They have everything you might want from omelets and pancakes to lunch specials and dinner options like seafood and steak.

The Hellenic Sampler looked good, and I decided to order that as an appetizer. The sampler came with grape leaves, feta cheese, olives, tomato, cucumber, and pita bread. It reminded me of a salad but big enough for two people.

Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ appetizer

For my entree, I decided to order something I haven’t before: a Breakfast Pitza, which is a pita topped with eggs, cheese, and bacon. Basically a pizza but using a pita as a base. It was unique, and I enjoyed it.

Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ pitza

It also came with home fries, which were good too. I would order it again.

Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ pitza

Service: A
Our waitress was friendly, and our food came quickly. Even though she was busy, she made conversation with each table and gave us a lot of attention. I couldn’t ask for a better waitress.

Cost: $
For my Pitza and coffee, the cost was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Americana Diner, and if I’m back in the area, I will go back. It’s a great stereotypical diner.

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

You Can See All 248 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Have you tried a Pitza?
What is your favorite breakfast food? 
I’m typically an omelet person. 

 

Rudy’s Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

Rudy’s Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

On the way back to Virginia, I stopped at Rudy’s Family Restaurant in Harrington, De. I’ve wanted to stop there for years, but the timing never works out. It’s right off the road, so it’s an easy stop for anyone passing through.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

Atmosphere: A
Rudy’s Family Restaurant is a lot bigger than it looks. Outside it’s a clean, modern building. Once you walk in the restaurant, it’s shiny, metallic, and every part of a diner that you would expect. There is even a kid’s party room if you want to host a party.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

Coffee:  C
The coffee was ok, not great. There was nothing unique or unusual about it, but it wasn’t terrible either.

Food: B
Rudy’s Family Restaurant has everything a diner would have. There are plenty of breakfast options, lunch, and salad, as well as dinner specials. If you are passing through Harrington and need a spot that will please everyone, Rudy’s Family Restaurant is it.

I always appreciate a good greek appetizer and ordered the Greek Sampler. It was more of a Greek salad and as far as I could tell there was no difference in the Greek salad versus the Greek Sampler minus the Sampler had Gyro meat. It came with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, gyro meat, pita bread, and grape leaves. The sampler was good but nothing unique or special. I would order it again.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

For my entree, I decided to order the BLT, which was good.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

It wasn’t “great,” but there was nothing terrible about it either. The french fries were crispy, which is how I like them.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

Service: B
The waitress was friendly, but it took a while for our food to come out and then to receive a check.

Price: $
For my appetizer, coffee, and BLT, it was only $17. The BLT meal itself was $4.99.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked Rudy’s Family Restaurant, and it was an easy stop south. I would go back if the opportunity presents itself.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: C
Food: B
Service: B
Price: $5-12
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite appetizer?
Do you stop during road trips? 

 

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA)

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA)

Recently, I was driving through Hummelstown. I haven’t been out in the area in years (it’s right near Hershey Park). I was driving through the mid-morning, and while I wasn’t starving, I was hungry, so I decided to stop.

The Soda Jerk Diner is located in a small strip mall. When I arrived mid-morning, I got the last parking spot in the lot.

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA)

Atmosphere: A
The Soda Jerk Diner stands out in the strip mall. It’s a large shiny, chrome restaurant front.  When you walk in, you feel like you are in a blast from the past and walking into a diner. It’s everything you picture in a restaurant from the checkerboard floor, shiny tables, and jukeboxes. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque diner if you tried.

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA)

Coffee: A

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and it was delicious. I have no complaints.

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA) coffee

Food: B
I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. The Soda Jerk Diner has everything from breakfast specials, lunch, and dinner. Since I wasn’t starving, I decided to order the Greek salad with salmon. I also added a cup of spicy crab soup because it sounded good.

The spicy crab soup was a pleasant surprise. I like spicy food, and the spicier, the better. The soup had a nice kick but wasn’t overly powerful.

The salad was ok. It was by no means the best salad or best diner salad I’ve had. I could have used more greens as well as pita bread, grape leaves, or anchovies. I doubt I would order it again.

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA) salad

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and my food came out quickly. I have no complaints.

Cost: $
For my soup, coffee, and salad, it was $20.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Soda Jerk Diner in Hummelstown. I would go back, but I would probably order something else.

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

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Have you been to Hershey Park?

Do you like spicy foods?

Lake Side Diner (Forked River)

Recently my friend Cyd, and owner of NJ isn’t Boring, and I met up for another diner trip. She’s been to more than me (268). We’ve been to somewhere between 20-30 together over the last few years.

Atmosphere: A
The Lake Side Diner is a cute shore diner. I believe it’s gone through a name change recently as there are reminents of the old “Colonial Diner” name. It’s a little white house, and the inside is almost entirely wooden. It’s got such a fun and unique vibe.Lake Side Diner Forked River
Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but there was nothing to write home about. The waitress refilled it often, which was nice.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

Food: B

The Lake Side Diner has plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  While it was around 11, I wasn’t craving lunch yet. I was craving pancakes and eggs, so I ordered that and substituted the meat (bacon/sausage) for fruit.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

The meal was good, but it was kind of bland. It wasn’t bad, but it felt like something I could whip up at home. I asked for pancakes with whipped cream but the waitress forgot, so she came back and added it.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often. Plus our food came out quickly so I can’t argue with that.

Cost: $$
For my breakfast and coffee, it was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
The Lake Side Diner is a cute stop if you’re going down the shore. I would go back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $8-16
Overall: B

You can see all 246 NJ Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?
What is your favorite breakfast?

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