California Burger at the Black Bear Diner
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Black Bear Diner (Chain)

Recently I stopped by the Black Bear Diner in Napa, California.  It’s a chain diner that has locations all over the west coast. I say I’ll make it to a Black Bear Diner and never do every trip out west. Finally, this week I checked one out.

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Double S diner wantage nj burger
Diners

Double S Diner (Wantage)

Recently, I was up in Wantage, NJ way up in North Jersey. I’ve heard the Double S Diner is good, so I decided to check it out. The Double S Diner is known as a “farm to table” diner. There aren’t many farm to table diners.  A couple of other ones I’ve been to include Vincentown as well as Silver Diner.

While outdoor diner is open in New Jersey, I’m not ready to do a lot of it just yet. So we ordered takeout from the Double S Diner.  I appreciate I can still support local businesses.

Double S diner wantage nj

Double S Diner Atmosphere: A
The Double S Diner sticks out in Sussex, NJ. There isn’t a lot but farmlands, and it’s hard to miss. The outdoor seating looks evening spaced, and everyone was wearing masks. I was able to get my takeout quickly.

Double S Diner Coffee: X
With takeout, I haven’t been getting coffee. I do miss diner coffee and maybe one of these days I’ll get some.

Double S Diner Food: A
The Double S Diner menu has everything you want in a diner and more. There are healthy options like salads, all-day breakfasts, “farm to table burgers,” home fries, specials, and everything. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, but the Jack Daniels Burger caught my eye. The Jack Daniels Burger came with pepper jack cheese, fried onions, and BBQ sauce.

Double S diner wantage nj  burger

While the burger itself doesn’t look like the most appealing ever, let me tell you it was delicious. It was cooked perfectly, and there was plenty of seasoning. I was pleased with my selection.

Double S diner wantage nj burger

Double S Diner Service: A
The hostess at the Double S Diner was friendly and made me feel safe and welcomed in the Double S Diner.  It’s a diner I would feel comfortable dining outside if we end up back out there.

Double S Diner Price:
For the Jack Daniels Burger, it was $13.95.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come to the Double S Diner?
I liked the Double S Diner, and it was one of my favorite diners in Sussex County. If you are hiking up north or find yourself in Wantage, I highly recommend going.

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of burger?
Have you been eating outdoors? 

White Diamond (Clark) burger
Diners

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? 

City Diner (Jersey City) salmon burger
Diners

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
Diners

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?
Do you have a favorite diner in New York City?