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Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Recently I was in Wilmington and decided to stop at the Hollywood Grill. It’s ranked as one of the best diners in Delaware, so I needed to stop at some point.

Atmosphere: B
The diner itself is located in a shopping center. There is plenty of parking, but it barely stands out on the main road located next to an IHOP.

Hollywood grill wilmington

The inside is that of a typical diner. There are plenty of tables, booths, and a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and there were plenty of refills. There was nothing unique or unusual, but it was good.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Food: A
The Hollywood Grill has everything you could want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  They have the greasy spoon eggs and the healthy salads.

Hollywood grill wilmington

I arrived around brunch time so decided to order blueberry pancakes. When the pancakes came out, the pancakes were big and fluffy. There were delicious, and I couldn’t ask for better pancakes.  It also came with real maple syrup which is always a nice touch.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out extremely fast. Even though the diner was busy, we were in and out within 30 minutes.

Cost: $
For my pancakes and coffee, the cost was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Hollywood Grill and when I am back in the area, I’ll definitely be back.

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

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Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?

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Tick Tock Diner (NYC)

Tick Tock Diner (NYC)

Before the New York City Marathon, I decided to go to the Tick Tock Diner. I’ve walked by the Tick Tock before, and this was a diner I wanted to go too before the marathon.

Tick Tock diner NYC

Atmosphere: A
When Tara and I arrived around lunchtime, it was crowded, but we quickly got a seat. In fact, we got the most corner booth, but it was nice to stay private.

Tick Tock diner NYC

The outside of Tick Tock is bright, shiny, and stands out. It’s directly across the street from Penn Station, and you can’t miss it.

It’s the largest diner in Manhattan. There are plenty of booties, and tables, and even a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I could have used more refills. I also appreciated the personalized mugs.

Tick Tock diner nyc

Food: A
The Tick Tock Diner has plenty of options from breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. There are several healthy salad options and huge burgers too.

Tick Tock diner nyc

I decided to order the Tick Tock Pancake Trio which came with a banana pancake, cinnamon, and chocolate chip. Plus there was delicious cream cheese frosting too. To be honest, they were some of the best pancakes I’ve ordered!

Tick Tock diner nyc

Service: C
I was happy the food came out quickly but the waiter barely came over, and it took a long time to get the check.

Cost: $$
For my coffee and pancakes, the cost was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Tick Tock Diner, and it’s one of my favorite diners in the city.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: C
Price: $12-20
Overall: A-

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Other Diners I’ve Been to in NYC: Cosmic, Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?
Have you been to New York? What is your favorite diner in the city?  I’m looking for more

Barrington Diner

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 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.  The waitress was nice and it was clear the staff was all friends.

Cost: $
For my omelet and coffee, it was $8. Do keep in mind, it’s cash only.  (I didn’t realize that and had to break a $100 for an $8 meal…)

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.  It’s a quiet, but cute, small-town diner.

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

You Can See All 215 Diner Reviews Here.

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

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

You can see all diner reviews here.

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?

New Monmouth Diner (Middletown)

New Monmouth Diner (Middletown)

As you can see, lately, I’ve been to a lot of diners.  Yes, many people think “I only eat at diners”, but the truth is I like most places.  Anyway, I’ve been averaging more than usual lately with exploring the state.  Recently, I found myself in Middletown before exploring Hartshorne Park.  I’ve wanted to try the New Monmouth Diner for a while, and it seemed like a good day for it.

New Monmouth Diner Nj

Atmosphere: A
The New Monmouth Diner has everything you expect and more in a diner.  The outside is a large, metallic and shiny exterior.  The inside is massive with plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  I enjoyed the several old cars displayed proudly outside.  The only diner I’ve been so far with the same idea is the Phily Diner in Runnemede.

New Monmouth Diner Nj

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh.  There was nothing unique or exciting about it, but it wasn’t bad either.  I have no complaints.

New Monmouth Diner Nj

Food: A
The New Monmouth Diner has plenty of options to please everyone.  They have everything from breakfast all day, to plenty of lunch specials, and even dinner.  It was around lunchtime but I was craving breakfast food.  I ordered their lumberjack special which came with pancakes, eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns.  To be fair, I feel as though it’s difficult to mess up breakfast but everything I got was great.  The pancakes were a nice size, and nothing was overly greasy.

New Monmouth Diner Nj

Service: A
The food came out extremely quickly.  I was in and out of the entire restaurant within 30 minutes, and the diner had plenty of other customers.  The waitress was friendly and kept our beverages refilled.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I really enjoyed the New Monmouth Diner.  I was pleasantly surprised with everything, and it’s one of my favorite diners I’ve been too recently.

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

See all 190 Diners I’ve Been too here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite breakfast item?

Do you have a favorite classic old car?

Mine is a 1980 Pontiac Firebird.

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