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Vincentown Diner (Revisited Again)

Vincentown Diner (Revisited Again)

Vincentown Diner (Vincentown, NJ)

Throughout the six years of living in NJ, I’ve been to the Vincentown Diner about 30 times. I’ve reviewed here and then again here.  So this is the third time!

We used to live closeby and it was our “spot.”  Since we moved over 20 miles away, there are closer spots, so we don’t get out to the Vincentown Diner as much. For those who don’t know, the Vincentown Diner was on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Vincentown Diner Atmosphere: A

I was excited to see what changes the Vincentown Diner made. This year, the Vincentown Diner went through the exterior makeovers that makes it look more modern and clean.

Vincentown Diner

The inside of Vincentown Diner looks like a stereotypical diner with a full-length bar, plenty of tables, and booths.  It is about the same over the past few years.

Vincentown Diner Coffee: B

The Vincentown Diner coffee was decent. I appreciate how big the mug is and the waitress added whipped cream. They do charge 75 cents for whipped cream. I don’t mind paying extra for the whipped cream, but 75 cents always seems like a lot.

Vincentown Diner coffee

Vincentown Diner Food: A

The Vincentown Diner is known for its farm to table menu. All of their ingredients are locally sourced and they even have organic eggs. The Vincentown Diner menu has all of the stereotypical diner menu options, but they are higher end. They are well known for their pancakes, mile-high meatloaf, chicken cordon blue, chicken breast, mashed potatoes, crab cakes, prime rib, and burgers. I decided to order a burger. The burger itself as delicious and the bun was one of the best I’ve had. Something to keep in mind is the portion size at the Vincentown Diner is smaller, but the quality of food is there.

Vincentown Diner burger

Vincentown Diner Dessert: A

I decided to order the carrot cake. The Vincentown Diner has a revolving menu of desserts, so they don’t always have every type of cake at all times. I do wish they served more cakes because it always seems like all they have are pies. I was delighted to see the carrot cake. It was delicious.

Vincentown Diner carrot cake

Vincentown Diner Service: C

Throughout the years, the service has always been lackluster, and this was no different. The service started off well, but when we were done with our meals, we waited an additional 20 minutes for the waitress to come back. She walked by our table several times. She was nice, but we couldn’t figure out why she began ignoring our tables.

Cost: $$

The Vincentown Diner is expensive and most meals cost between $15-20.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?

I like the Vincentown Diner and it’s a good stop. The burgers are good, but I do wish they served different desserts and the service was better.

You can see more Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of cake?

What is a restaurant you’ve been too multiple times? 

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Roundabout Diner (Portsmouth, NH)

Roundabout Diner (Portsmouth, NH)

Roundabout Diner (Portsmouth, NH)

I recently said on Instagram, but one of my goals has become to go to a diner in every state.  Yes, they do exist!  I’m not obsessed with the goal, but it allows me to see various parts of the country.  Am I ever going to spend thousands to go somewhere to go to a diner?  No, but if I am in the state, I’m going to go.

During my brief trip through New Hampshire, I decided to stop at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth.

Roundabout Diner Atmosphere: A
The Roundabout Diner is precisely where you would think it is, on a roundabout.  It’s also attached to a Best Western Hotel which makes for a great stop if you are driving somewhere and need to stop for the night.  That’s precisely what we did.

Roundabout diner portsmouth nhThe diner has everything you picture in a restaurant.  The interior is retro, with plenty of metallic signs, and memorabilia.

Roundabout diner portsmouth nh

Roundabout Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Roundabout Diner was brewed hot, and fresh.  One thing that impressed me was the New England logo mugs.  In all, it was an excellent coffee.

Roundabout diner portsmouth nh

Roundabout Diner Food: A
The Roundabout Diner menu has everything you would want in a diner.  There are plenty of comfort food favorites and breakfasts, lunch, and dinner options.  Since it is New England, they did have plenty of Lobster options as well.

A few Roundabout Diner menu options that stuck out to me:

  • Pigs Fly
  • Thick cut home fries and waffle fries
  • Vermont maple syrup
  • Sugar Cured bacon
  • Cage free eggs
  • English muffins with whipped butter

I opted for the “Pile Up Burger” sandwich because it was one of the “staple” choices.   It came on Sourdough bread with 1/2 lb. Burger, pulled pork, turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, egg, slaw and Russian Dressing.

Roundabout diner portsmouth nh

It was a lot of food.  I finished the majority of it and saved the rest in our hotel fridge.  There are only a few diner meals I haven’t finished before!

Roundabout diner portsmouth nh

Roundabout Diner Service: A
On a Friday night, the Roundabout Diner was busy.  The waitress was moving between tables, and we could see her working extremely hard.  I was impressed, but she made time for every single table.

Roundabout Diner Cost:
For my burger and coffee, it was 20.  For the amount of food, it was a good deal.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Roundabout Diner:
In all, I’m pleased with my food, and I have no complaints.  It is in the top 10% of diners I’ve been too ever (in NJ or out of state), and I have no complaints!

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

You Can See All Diner Reviews Here. 

Questions for you:
Have you ordered a restaurant specialty?
Have you gone to a restaurant located in a hotel?

Clinton Station Diner

Clinton Station Diner

Clinton Station Diner (Clinton, NJ)

Recently I went to the Clinton Station Diner in Clinton.  The Clinton Station Diner was actually on the Food Network a few years ago.  The Clinton Station Diner has 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 a while.  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.

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

The Clinton Station Diner itself has two sections: the main dining area as well as an old train car.  We sat in the main dining area of the Clinton Station Diner, 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!

Clinton Station Diner 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 excellent, and I have no complaints.

Clinton Station Diner 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 the Clinton Station Diner menu has 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 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 wasn’t anything unique or special.  Even the presentation wasn’t excellent!  It wasn’t to the same standards of the rest of the meal at the Clinton Station Diner.   It wasn’t a bad milkshake, just incredibly boring.Clinton Station Diner

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Clinton Station Diner:
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
 

You can see more of the diner reviews here.

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

Maurice River Diner

Maurice River Diner

Maurice River Diner

I haven’t been to many Cumberland County Diners lately, so one of my goals this summer is head south occasionally.  So when the opportunity presented itself, I decided to drive down.

Cumberland County is a beautiful area of New Jersey.  It’s right along the water and an area that many people realize doesn’t exist in NJ. There are far more trees then traffic and parts border the water.

Maurice River Diner Atmosphere: A
The Maurice River Diner is right along the main road and water.  It’s a big, clean diner with plenty of seating.  Both the inside and outside is modern. It’s wide open so you don’t sit here on top of each other either.  In fact, it’s one of the biggest diners I’ve been too in awhile.

Maurice River Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Maurice River Diner was brewed hot each time and there were plenty of refills.  It was everything you could want and hope in diner coffee.Maurice River Diner

Maurice River Diner Service: A
The waitress at the Maurice River Diner was kind and hilarious.  She refilled our beverages often and one of the friendliest servers we’ve had in a while.  I have no complaints.

Maurice River Diner Food: C
The Maurice River Diner menu has most typical diner options: breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and seafood.

The burger came with soup.  I decided on their tomato bisque.  I wasn’t expecting it to be creamy but it was good. Maurice River Diner

At the Maurice River Diner, I decided to order the black and blue burger with sweet potato fries. Maurice River Diner

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.  In fact, I wanted to like the Maurice River Diner food more than I did.  It was edible, but the burger was far from my favorite. I was actually somewhat disappointed since I had hoped it would match the expectations of the service and atmosphere.  You can’t judge a book by its cover.  The food was edible, but it was not my favorite.

Maurice River Diner Dessert: B
I initially asked for red velvet cake but they didn’t have any.  So I went with bread pudding.  It was good and I enjoyed the pieces of bread crumbled in.  It was nothing unique, but it was good.Maurice River Diner

Maurice River Diner Price: $
For my burger, coffee and bread pudding the cost was $14.  It wasn’t bad for the amount of food I received but I do wish it was better quality.

Overall Thoughts of the Maurice River Diner:
I like the Maurice River Diner but I was hoping to like the food more than I did.  I would go back if the opportunity presented itself but probably try something new.

Overall:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Service: A
Food: C
Dessert: B
Cost: $8-12
Maurice River Diner Overall: B

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:

What is the best coffee you’ve had recently? 

Many people don’t realize New Jersey is the Garden State.  Albeit, most of the gardens/farms are in Southern New Jersey.

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