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Linden House Diner

Linden House Diner

Recently I was at the Linden House Diner in Linden, NJ. I was hungry so decided to stop.

Atmosphere: B
The Linden House Diner is definitely different from many diners. It’s a small, local, diner. There are plenty of cute little coffee designs on the wall.  It almost reminds me more of a bistro versus diner.  It’s apparently a locals place, and I enjoyed that vibe.

Linden House Diner and Grill

Coffee: A
The waitress brought plenty of refills.  She brewed a fresh pot and made sure drinks were always refilled.

Linden House Diner and Grill

Food: A
The menu at the Linden House Diner is not as big as all diners but there are still plenty of options.  There were breakfast, lunch, and dinner options but not 100 pages like many diners.  It has a reasonable menu.

Linden House Diner and Grill

I had no idea what I wanted but ended up ordering a burger. I can’t remember the exact name of the burger but it was topped with bacon and cheese. In all, it was a surprisingly good burger.  The sweet potato fries were one of the best I’ve had in a long time!  Nothing crazy to write home about but a good burger and I have no complaints.

Service: A
The waitress was very friendly and kept our beverages refilled.  She always made sure we had everything we needed.  One thing I also enjoyed is it was clear the staff was all friends.  They would chat about random things and all got along.  It’s always nice to see that!  To top it off, our food came out quickly.

Cost: $
For my burger and coffee, the cost was $14.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I was pleasantly surprised with the Linden House Diner, and it was definitely a nice surprise.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Price: $8-14
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like burgers? What is your favorite?
What is the last surprise you’ve had at a restaurant?

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Red Bank Diner

Red Bank Diner

I was in the Red Bank area around 4;30 pm on a weekday.  Anyone that knows New Jersey traffic knows that 4 pm starts bumper to bumper, everywhere.  I live about 90 minutes from Red Bank and I while I wasn’t starving around 4:30, I didn’t particularly want to wait until probably 6:30-7 when I would actually get home.  It seemed like a good idea to find a diner and stop.  I didn’t know much about Red Bank, but I remembered I had eaten at Toast last year and had a good experience.  I stumbled upon the Red Bank Diner and made my way there.

red bank diner nj

Atmosphere: B
The Red Bank Diner is unique.  It’s located on the main road and a local business.  It’s not a standalone building and attached to several other restaurants.  The inside is clean and modern.  It has several booths and a small bar.  It reminds me more of a local restaurant than a diner, but that is okay!

Coffee: A
The coffee was good.  What gave it an “A” is our server kept it refilled the entire time.  There was never a moment that my cup came close to being empty (and believe me, I can drink coffee).

red bank diner nj

Food: B
The Red Bank Diner has all of the usual diner favorites.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  When I went, I wasn’t starving, but I was hungry.  It took me a while to decide what I wanted.  I randomly decided to order the St. Louis Burger. I had no idea why or even what it came with.  Honestly, I just did it by name and hmm: I’ve never been to St. Loius.  It was topped with cheese, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese.  It also came with “cajun” fries which to be honest were just curly fries.red bank diner nj

The burger was delicious and while the “cajun fries” were good curly fries, I didn’t taste much of the flavor I anticipated.

Service: A
The server was great.  As I mentioned, he always kept my beverages (water and coffee) filled, and there was never a moment that I felt as if I needed anything.  Not only that, but my food came out quickly.  I could not have asked for a better experience.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I enjoyed the Red Bank Diner and had a great experience.  It’s a nice local diner on the main street and I have no complaints!

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: B
Cost: $8-12
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
Is there is a signature meal for your area?
Do you like burgers?

Brick Diner

Recently I went to the Brick Diner in Brick.  I wasn’t originally supposed to be in the area but found myself in Brick around dinner time.  There are a few diners I want to go too, and the Brick Diner looked like a great option.

Brick diner new jersey

Atmosphere: A
The Brick Diner has a big sign out front to indicate the diner.  It’s not a big metallic diner like a few others in the area.  The inside of the Brick Diner has everything you want in a diner: a full-length bar, booths and plenty of tables.

Coffee: C
The coffee was decent, but it was lukewarm.  I didn’t hate it and it wasn’t the worst but it had a lot of room for improvement…IE hotter.

Brick diner new jersey

Food: C
The Brick Diner has most anything you could want or need in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  There is nothing unusual, but there is nothing left out.  I ordered a mushroom cheeseburger that came with fries, coleslaw, and a pickle.  It was an average meal.  The mushrooms and cheese were both somewhat rubbery.  The burger was ok, not the best or worst.  In all, average.

Brick diner new jersey

Brick diner new jersey

Service: B
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages as needed.

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

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
The Brick Diner was an okay stop.  Not my favorite or least favorite.  If I’m in the area, I might stop again.  If you’re looking for a stereotypical NJ diner, the Brick Diner is great.

 
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: C
Food: C
Service: B
Cost: $8-12
Overall: B

 
Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Corner Post DinerNew Crystal Diner 
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Questions for you:
Do you like cooked mushrooms?
What is your favorite type of cheese?

Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park)

Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park)

Recently I stopped by the Crystal Diner in Edgewater Park, NJ.  The Crystal Diner has recently gone through a management change including a new name, and since I needed a new diner, it made it an easy pick.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, as it was new.  I had driven by before when it was under an it’s old name and it looked like a decent diner, smaller but not bad.

Atmosphere: B
There is nothing about the exterior that screams diner.  It’s a normal cobblestone building.

The interior is smaller with several booths and a full-length bar. It is the stereotypical, small diner, but you would never know from the outside! It’s a clean restaurant but it’s not a big, shiny, building and with so many chrome diners along the same road, it doesn’t stand out.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed fresh, and the waitress made sure it was refilled.  It was the local Lacas blend, and I have no complaints.

Crystal Diner Edgewater Park

Service: B
The waitress was either young or new, but she was extremely enthusiastic.  She was friendly, came to our table often, and made sure food came out quickly.  Even though she was new and intense, she was friendly, and everything came out quickly.

Food: C
The Crystal Diner has everything a Jersey diner usually does: breakfast, lunch, and many different options from steak to seafood.

I noticed they had a hummus appetizer and we decided to order that to start.  I overheard the manager telling our waitress they no longer serve it, so I guess they haven’t changed the menus from the old diner.

The meal came with cheesy bread which was good.  Any diner with a cheesy bread basket already starts off on the right foot.

Crystal Diner Edgewater Park

I ordered a burger which came with fries.  The burger was average, nothing unique or unusual but nothing bad either.  It was average.  The French fries were from the frozen food aisle. Crystal Diner Edgewater Park

In all, my meal was extremely average.  Not the worst, not the best.

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

Summary/Would I come back?

The Crystal Diner isn’t a bad option and has a lot of different options.  It’s not my favorite local diner, but not my least favorite either.  As I mentioned, it’s another NJ diner.  The waitress was definitely better than average though.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Service: A
Food: C
Overall: B

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Cinnaminson DinerRoute 130 Diner, Continental Diner, Jersey Diner

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Questions for you:

Have you been to a new, reopened restaurant lately?

What is your favorite bread basket bread?

Clinton Station Diner

Clinton Station Diner

Recently I went to the Clinton Station Diner in Clinton.  The Clinton Station Diner was actually on the Food Network a few years ago.  They also have a hamburger challenge that you and several friends can eat 50-100 pounds of hamburger and win a few thousand dollars.

Clinton Station Diner burgers

Because it was on TV and I’ve heard the Clinton Station Diner is good, it’s been on my bucket list for awhile.  It’s only about an hour from my house but the timing never works out.  When I finally went a few weeks ago, I was glad I did.

Atmosphere: A
You can see the Clinton Station Diner from the highway.  It is a remodeled train station which is definitely unique.

The diner itself has two sections: the main dining area as well as an old train car.  We sat in the main dining area which was well kept and clean.  The trolley car area can be seen from the highway.  I hope we get to sit there next time!

Service: A
The server at the Clinton Station Diner was friendly and refilled our beverages often. The food also came out quickly.  In all, the service was great and I have no complaints.

Coffee: B
My coffee was brewed hot each time and the whipped cream was fine.  There was nothing unique about it but it was good.

Clinton Station Diner

Food: A
Since the Clinton Station Diner has been on the Food Network for their burgers, I wanted to order one.  Although they have plenty of different options from breakfast to dinner, I opted for a burger.  I finally decided on the German burger which came with sauerkraut cheese as well as a homemade sauce.  I also ordered a side of their famous beets.

The burger was definitely one of the better burgers I’ve had.  To be fair, I went through a period of my life (maybe 15 years?), that I wasn’t a fan of the consistency and texture of burgers.  In the last few months, I’ve had a change of tune.Clinton Station Diner

The Clinton Station Diner also prides themselves on their homemade beets and I must admit, they were ideal.  It was clear they were fresh and well seasoned.  They are my favorite restaurant beets to date.

Clinton Station Diner

Not my best photo but still great.

Dessert: C
We got a milkshake to split and I was surprised that the milkshake didn’t come with whipped cream or cherry.  It tasted fine but it definitely wasn’t anything unique or special.  Even the presentation wasn’t great!  It wasn’t to the same standards of the rest of the meal.   It wasn’t a bad milkshake, just extremely boring.Clinton Station Diner

Cost: $
For my coffee, milkshake, beets, and the burger the cost was $23.  I was actually pleasantly surprised with how cheap it was!

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Clinton Station Diner a lot and I’ll be back.  Next time, I’ll probably get a different dessert.  (Mom, I think you would really like this one 😉

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

Diners Closeby I’ve been:
Flemington-Raritan
Spinning Wheel
Readington Diner

 Questions for you:
Do you like beets?
Are there any restaurants on your to do list?

Coach House Diner (North Bergen)

Recently I was at the Coach House Diner and Restaurant in North Bergen.  Before leaving, I googled diners closeby, and the Coach House was only three miles away.  I was driving around I arrived around 4 pm, and it took me over 20 minutes to drive 3 miles!  I should have run.
The Coach House Diner and Restaurant North Bergen
Atmosphere: A 
The Coach House plays the theme of a Coach House well.  The outside looks like an old Coach House in the metro of North Bergen.  It definitely sticks out.

The inside is dimly lit with stained glass windows.  It’s large, and there are plenty of windows.  It’s always good to the diner that went with it’s theme.

Service: C
The service at the Coach House was extremely slow.  When I arrived, there were no more than 5 parties in the entire restaurant, but I still waited 5 minutes to be seated.  The server came over a few times, but the food took a lot longer to come out than it should have.

Coffee: C
The coffee was okay. It was boring but at least it was warm, and there were no coffee beans inside.  It was nothing unique or special to write about.

The Coach House Diner and Restaurant North Bergen coffee

Food: B
The Coach House Diner has a lot more dinner and pub fare than actual diner fare.  While you can get breakfast all day, the Coach House focuses more on dinner options such as steak, seafood, and burgers.

I ordered the Coach House Grilled Salad as an appetizer.  When it came out, I was surprised to find no actual greens for the “salad.” It was a few ingredients separated on a plate.  There was chicken, grilled zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli.  On the uncooked side, there were onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives.

The Coach House Diner and Restaurant North Bergen Salad

There were far too many uncooked onions that most of them were left uneaten.  It was an odd combination of either everything needed to be cooked or a raw salad.  I enjoyed the grilled vegetables much more.  It lacked bread which could have made it ten times better.   The appetizer wasn’t bad but could have used a few upgrades.

For my entree, I ordered the guacamole burger.  It felt as if they dumped packaged guacamole onto a burger, added a few toppings and called it a day.  It wasn’t a bad burger, but it felt as though they didn’t try at all.  The French fries were good but nothing usual.  My actual entree was underwhelming.

The Coach House Diner and Restaurant North Bergen

Cost: $$
For the appetizer, coffee, and burger the cost was $24.  It wasn’t a bad price considering the appetizer was essentially another meal.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back? 
The Coach House wasn’t a bad stop. My meal was fine, but there are other diners around I prefer.

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

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Tenafly Diner, Brownstone Diner (one of my favorites)

Questions for you:
Do you like onions? 
Where is the best guacamole you’ve had? 

Tenafly Classic Diner

Tenafly Classic Diner

Recently, I found myself in Northern New Jersey. I was hungry and have heard nothing but positive things about the Tenafly diner so I decided to stop.

It finally worked out that I was able to stop by.  When I arrived around 5 pm on a weekday, it wasn’t too crowded, but by 6 pm, it was packed and there was a wait.

Atmosphere: A
The atmosphere of the Tenafly Diner is a picture perfect diner.  The outside is a big, shiny metallic building and the inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Coffee: A
The Tenafly Diner brews Lacas coffee which has been a common theme of diners I’ve been too.  Lacas Coffee is a located in Pennsauken, NJ.  I always enjoy the coffee, and it’s hard to make it badly.  Tenafly Diners coffee was great, and I have nothing but positive things to say.  Unforatenly, I forgot to take a photo!  I know, crazy!

Service: C
The service at Tenafly Diner was kind of strange.  Midway through our meal, the server changed.  There must have been miscommunication because it took a long time for the milkshake to come out and then all of the food came out together.  Both servers were friendly, and I don’t have anything negative to say about them, it was just awkward.

Food: A
The Tenafly Diner has all of the classic diner entrees plus more.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted, but their meats are from the “Montana Meat Company”, so I decided to order a burger and fries.

Being indecisive, I decided I wanted seafood as well and ordered fish tacos as an appetizer. Honestly, it was enough for an entire meal.  The tacos themselves were stuffed with avocado and cod.  They were delicious.  It was by far one of my favorite diner appetizers!

Tenafly Classic Diner

The burger came topped with cheese and onion ring.  It was one of the biggest and most messy burgers to date.  It was next to impossible to eat, and I felt like it was flying off onto other people’s plates.  The French fries were topped with gravy and melted cheddar cheese.  I joked it was probably one of the most unhealthy ways to eat fries, but they were good. By the time I got to the fries, I was so full, though.

Tenafly Classic Diner

Dessert: B
At the start of the meal, I ordered a brownie milkshake.  Interestingly enough, the milkshake didn’t come with one of my favorite toppings: a cherry.  That being said, it was a good milkshake.  I like super sweet hard ice cream milkshakes, and that is exactly what it was.

Tenafly Classic Diner

Cost: $$
For the burger, appetizer, coffee and milkshake it was $30.  The quality of food was there, and it was definitely worth it.  In fact, it was a lot of food for that price.

Overall thoughts/Would I come Back?
I really liked the Tenafly Diner, and I would go back whenever I was in the area.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Service: C
Food: A
Dessert: B
Cost: $15-20
Overall: A

Questions for you:
Do you like fish tacos?
What is your favorite type of milkshake?

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