White Diamond (Clark) burger
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White Diamond (Clark)

White Diamond (Clark)

If you google “White Diamond,” you certainly find a wide spectrum of things from perfumes to some sort of TV star. Anyway, the White Diamond I’m talking about is the White Diamond (Diner) located in Clark, New Jersey.

As I’ve said in a few previous diner reviews, Many old diners in New Jersey have the name white in them: White Rose Diner, White Mana, White Manna, White Rose System, White Rose Burgers. There are about 20 old diners in New Jersey with the name White in them. According to Munchmobile, when diners were first starting, “white” meant cleanliness and wholesomeness.

White Diamond (Clark)

I’ve been on a super old school diner kick lately, so I’ve found myself wanting to go to all of them. Which going to old school diners is great for my budget (they are cheap!), but they aren’t the healthiest spot you can find. I like to think I’m one step up from fast food.

White Diamond (Clark) Atmosphere: A

The White Diamond in Clark cannot be missed off the main road. It’s a stainless steel, old school, metallic building. It sticks out. In fact, I’ve driven by the White Diamond a dozen times on my way to various places, but I never had the time to stop. Thankfully, one day I did.

White Diamond (Clark)

The inside of White Diamond is like a blast from the past. There are plenty of school diner signs (like a retro thunderbird poster) with a few booths and a long bar.

White Diamond (Clark) Coffee: B

Like many of the older diners, there wasn’t the option for whipped cream, but the coffee came in a 10-ounce to-go cup. I’ve begun to think that’s “a thing” with older diners with “white” in their name. Anyway, it was good coffee.

White Diamond (Clark) coffee

White Diamond (Clark) Food: A

The White Diamond menu is posted at the top of the diner. You go up to the register, order what you want and find a seat. It’s a no-frills, no healthy, type of menu. If you’re looking for a healthy option, the White Diamond might not be your spot.

White Diamond (Clark) burger

Since it was quiet, I asked the manager what his favorite menu item was. The White Diamond is known for “breakfast and burgers,” so I figured I would probably order one of those. He said it was their “bacon cheeseburger,” so I thought, okay, why not.  The bacon cheeseburger was topped with bacon, cheese, ketchup, onions, and pickles. It was good and I can see why he liked it (although he also made it!).

White Diamond (Clark) burger

White Diamond (Clark) Service: A
Just one person ran the White Diamond. I’m sure it gets busy; they might have 2 people (one cooking and one on the register) but I thought that was cool. The person working was friendly, gave me recommendations, and we just chatted about random things while he made the burger.  I enjoyed how personable he was.

White Diamond (Clark) Cost: $
For my burger and coffee at the White Diamond, it was $5.20. I need to go to these cheap diners more often.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the White Diamond (Clark)?
I really enjoyed the White Diamond and I’ll be back sometime when I’m in the area. It’s just an all-around fast and fun spot.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $3-8
Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Do you like burgers?

I go through periods of liking them and hating them (same with eggs).

What is the cheapest meal you’ve had? 

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City Diner (Jersey City) salmon burger
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City Diner (Jersey City)

City Diner (Jersey City)

A few weeks ago, I found myself at the City Diner with Amelia and Danielle. The City Diner is located in Jersey City and overlooks Manhatten. If the word “diner” wasn’t in the name, you wouldn’t guess that it’s a diner at all.  Jersey City is located just over the water facing Manhatten. Most of Jersey City is a beautiful view of the Hudson River as well as Manhatten.  There are a few “City Diners” between New York City and New Jersey.City Diner (Jersey City)

City Diner (Jersey City) Atmosphere: A
The exterior of the City Diner is clean and modern. It’s located on the corner. The inside of the City Diner reminds me more of a bar with several booths, as well as one row of tables, and a full-length bar.

City Diner (Jersey City)

 

It’s dimly lit. If I were sitting in the City Diner and didn’t know better, I would think it’s a diner.  When we arrived there were several people having happy hour after work.

City Diner (Jersey City) Coffee: A
The coffee at the City Diner was brewed hot and fresh. The waiter refilled the coffee multiple times with whipped cream. I have no complaints.

City Diner (Jersey City) coffee

City Diner (Jersey City) Food: A
The City Diner menu is more of an upscale restaurant than a diner. They don’t have all of the greasy spoon regular options. I was craving a wrap and there were only a few but nothing that spoke to me.

City Diner (Jersey City) salmon burger

The City Diner menu does have unique options like salmon burgers, huevos rancheros, chicken & waffles, jersey benedict, sandwiches on garlic bread, and salmon and scallop entrees. After taking a while, I went with the lemony salmon burger. The lemony salmon burger came topped with a lemony sauce and arugula. I also upgraded my fries to a greek salad.

City Diner (Jersey City) salmon burger

The meal itself was fresh and I was happy with my choice. The homemade bun was a perfect extra touch.

City Diner (Jersey City) Service: B
At first, the waiter at the City Diner was awkward but friendly. The food came out fast. Our food came out quickly and I have no complaints.

City Diner Cost: $$$
Everything at the City Diner is expensive. You won’t leave the restaurant paying less than $20. For my burger, side salad, and coffee, it was $24. The quality of the food was excellent and I have no complaints.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the City Diner?
I liked the City Diner and I’ll be back. The food is fresh and there are many unique options. I do struggle with calling it a “diner” because, besides the name, it reminds me more of a bar.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $20-30

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Have you been to Jersey City?

What is your favorite kind of burger? 

 

Good stuff diner
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Good Stuff Diner (New York City)

Good Stuff Diner (New York City)

While in New York City, I wanted to go to a new diner. Originally I wanted to go to Brooklyn, but the timing didn’t work out. So I made my way to the Good Stuff Diner.

Good stuff diner

Good Stuff Diner Atmosphere: A
The Good Stuff Diner has a typical diner vibe. The outside is on the main strip. Once you walk into the Good Stuff Diner, you see it’s a typical diner. Bright walls, full-length bar, and plenty of booths and tables.

Good stuff diner

Good Stuff Diner Coffee: A
The Good Stuff Diner has good coffee. There was nothing unique about it, but the waitress kept it filled.  I do wish the cups were bigger.

Good stuff diner coffee

Good Stuff Diner Food: A
The Good Stuff Diner menu has everything a typical diner has and more. Since the Good Stuff Diner is open 24-7, they serve everything at all times.

Good stuff diner burger

I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. Since I was walking around New York City for most of the day, I decided to order the grilled vegetable salad as an appetizer. It was delicious and there were so many different vegetables from portobello mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red peppers and carrots. It was so good. If I come back, I might order it as an entree.

For my entree, I ordered the deluxe classic burger. Making the burger deluxe meant to add fries, lettuce, tomato, and coleslaw. How fancy. The burger was delicious and since I got it topped with cheddar cheese. The french fries were decent but nothing to write home about.

Good Stuff Diner Service: B
The service at the Good Stuff Diner was decent and our food came out quickly. We had a couple of different waitresses, which made it confusing when we asked for something. In all, it was good.

Good Stuff Diner Cost: $$
Like any diner in New York City, the Good Stuff Diner is expensive.  For the burger, entree, and coffee it was $35.  Technically I did get two entrees, but the salads are one of the most expensive options at the Good Stuff Diner.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Good Stuff Diner:
I liked the Good Stuff Diner and it was “good stuff” to stop by. Their entire menu looks good and I would love to go back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $15-25
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like grilled vegetables?
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West Essex Diner Fairfield nj
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West Essex Diner (Fairfield)

West Essex Diner (Fairfield, NJ)

Recently I was at the West Essex Diner in Fairfield, NJ. I was in the area and googled diners closeby, and it came up. I’ve been to Fairfield a few times, and I wondered why I hadn’t ever discovered the West Essex Diner. Once I got there, it was abruptly clear. The West Essex Diner takes the place of the Versaille Diner which I went to last year. I didn’t “love” the Versaille Diner, so truthfully I wasn’t surprised it closed. I did laugh, when I got there, and I was like “I’ve been to this location before” and realized it had closed and reopened.

West Essex Diner Atmosphere: A
The West Essex Diner is clean and modern. The outside is welcoming. When I was there last, it was under construction, and I remember watching construction workers do work on the outside. The inside is clean, bright, and looks exactly like what you picture in a NJ diner.

West Essex Diner Fairfield nj

West Essex Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at the West Essex Diner was brewed hot and fresh, but there wasn’t anything unique or unusual about it. It was terrible but not surprising either, somewhere in the middle as diner coffee goes.

West Essex Diner Fairfield nj

West Essex Diner Food: B
The West Essex Diner menu has everything you can imagine. There are pages of breakfast options, different lunch and dinner options and a full page of specials too.

West Essex Diner Fairfield nj

I decided to order the “Heart Attack Burger.”  It was two patties with American cheese, grilled onions, and mushrooms. It also came with fries. The burger itself was good. It was a lot of burger, and there was plenty of grease that dripped off. The fries were bland, but they weren’t terrible. I would order it again.

Service: B
When we arrived, the West Essex Diner was about 1/3 filled. We were sat in an awkward location and waited for a long time for someone to come over. It became clear that none of the servers knew we were in their section. Our waiter was friendly, and our drinks were refilled often. I think I blinked and our food came out, in fact, it came out in less time than it took to take our orders.

Cost: $
For my burger and coffee, the cost was $17.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the West Essex Diner?
I think the West Essex Diner is a much improvement of the Versaille Diner and I would go back if I’m in the area. They have a lot of fun breakfast options that I would like to try.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: B
West Essex Diner Cost: $12-17

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite kind of burger?
Have you ever been to a place that’s reopened under new management? 

 

diner at los gatos ca
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Diner of Los Gatos

Diner of Los Gatos (Los Gatos, CA)

Before making it to San Fransico and the bay area, we decided to stop at the Diner of Los Gatos. It felt like midnight to me, but it was only 5:30 pm.  When we arrived, there were only a few parties in the diner which was nice because I was hungry.

Diner of Los Gatos Atmosphere: A

The Diner of Los Gatos looks like a diner from both the outside and the inside. When you drive by the Diner of Los Gatos, you immediately see a somewhat out of place diner (in a good way).diner at los gatos ca

The entire inside is chrome, with red booths, tables, and a lot of photos of Elvis. There is a giant cardboard cutout at the front, that I thought was a real person, many many times.

diner at los gatos ca

Diner of Los Gatos Coffee: B

The coffee was hot and fresh, but nothing too exciting. It was good, but there was nothing to write home about.

Diner of Los Gatos Food: A

The Diner of Los Gatos menu has a small selection listed on a trifold laminated menu.

Some of the Diner of Los Gatos menu items that stuck out were:

  • Build your own burger
  • Greek Feta Cheese tossed in a light dressing with a cup of soup
  • Eggs benedict and poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and has browns
  • Grilled chicken breast

We were hungry, so we decided to order the Greek platter. It came with gyro meat, pita bread, french fries, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. It came only a minute before our meals, so we weren’t able to enjoy it as much as I hoped.  In all, it was good. I’ve never had french fries including in a greek platter, but sure why not?

diner at los gatos ca

For my entree, I ordered the Garlic Burger. We were only an hour or so, from the Garlic Captial of the Country, so it seemed appropriate.  The Garlic burger was massive, and there was plenty of garlic. It was cooked perfectly, and I have no complaints. It was one of the better burgers I’ve had.

diner at los gatos ca

Diner of Los Gatos Service: B

It took longer than anticipated to order our food, but once we did, it came out quickly. I would have preferred to enjoy my appetizer versus taking one bite, and the entree was there, but there isn’t a need to complain about food coming out too fast.

Diner of Los Gatos Cost: $

For my entree, appetizer, and coffee, the cost was $30.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Diner of Los Gatos:

I liked the Diner of Los Gatos, and it was a great stop just south of San Fransico. I would go back again.

Atmosphere: A

Coffee: B

Food: A

Service: B

Cost: $12-20.

Diner of Los Gatos Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Do you like garlic? 

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