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Orangetown Classic Diner (Orangetown, NY)

Orangetown Classic Diner (Orangetown, NY)

Last month I had the opportunity to go to the Orangetown Classic Diner in Orangetown, NY.  I know, occasionally I make it to the other states for diners too.  In fact, for the next few Sundays, I have several out of state diners.  We were up that way for the weekend, and I heard that the Orangetown Classic Diner was a good stop.  It definitely did not disappoint.

Atmosphere: A
The Orangetown Classic Diner is everything you expect in a classic diner.  The outside is large, metallic, and shiny.  The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  There is a massive dessert case and dessert bar that I stared at for my entire meal.

Orangetown Classic Diner NY

Coffee: B
The coffee was good but not great.  With all of the homemade desserts, I expected homemade whipped cream.  Other then that, it was good coffee.

Orangetown Classic Diner NY

Food: B
The menu at the Orangetown Classic Diner is relatively standard for many diners. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for and ultimately decided to order a Reuben. I can’t remember ever ordering one at a diner, so it seemed like a good idea.

Orangetown Classic Diner NY

When it came out, it had plenty of meat. It wasn’t the best or the worst Rueban, but it was filling.

Service: C
Our waitress was friendly, but she was loud, and she was having issues with another employee.  We could hear across the restaurant.  She was always friendly to us. However, it was just a strange situation.

Dessert: A
Orangetown Classic Diner is well known for their desserts, so I wanted to get something. Ultimately I chose the rainbow cake with ice cream.  I do not have any regrets.  The cake was one of the best diner cakes I’ve had in a while.

Orangetown Classic Diner NY

There was a fruity topping underneath which tasted great.

Orangetown Classic Diner NY

Cost: $
For my sandwich, coffee, and dessert the cost was about $25.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Orangetown Classic Diner, and if I’m ever in the area again, I would definitely go back.

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

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of sandwich?
What is your favorite type of cake?

 

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Northvale Diner

Northvale Diner

Recently I found myself in Northern NJ at the Northvale Diner.  By that, I mean the Northvale Diner is one of the most Northern diners I’ve been too.  The State Line Diner is just as far North but a little further west.

northvale diner

Anyway, I arrived at dinner time, and the Northvale Diner wasn’t crowded.  I was excited because I was hungry.

Atmosphere: A

The Northvale Diner is a typical Nj diner.  You walk into the building next to a giant dessert case.  Immediately I saw the red velvet mini cakes which called my name.

The diner itself has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  It’s modern, clean, and open.   It’s a nice clean restaurant, and you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone.

Coffee: A
The coffee is Lacas Coffee from South Jersey!  I was surprised because Lacas is brewed over 100 miles away, but I didn’t complain.  The coffee itself was good, and the waiter brought plenty of refills.

northvale diner

Food: A
The Northvale Diner has a lot more unique and upscale options than many diners. There are salmon burgers, goat cheese salads, and many other modern and upscale options.

northvale diner

For an appetizer, I ordered one of my favorite appetizers: The Mezze platter.  It came with four types of hummus, pita bread, olives, and grape leaves.  I thought it could use a bit more pita bread but other than that it was good.  The sundried tomato hummus was my favorite!

I decided to order the tuna burger which came with sweet potato fries.  I don’t know the last time I ate a tuna burger!  The tuna burger was cooked perfectly.  I appreciated how crispy the fries were too.

northvale diner

Dessert: A
After walking in next to the dessert case, the red velvet cake caught my eye.  I ordered the red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream.  As most people know, red velvet cake is my favorite, and I have high expectations for it!

northvale diner

The red velvet cake was delicious, and the frosting was thick but still sugary.  One of my favorite cakes so far!  I appreciated how much frosting was on the cake.

Service: A
The waiter was friendly, and the food came out quickly.  I have no complaints there.

Cost: $
For my burger, coffee, appetizer, and dessert, the cost was $30.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Northvale Diner, and it was one of my favorite diners so far.  If I’m up in the area again, I’ll be back!

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Dessert: A
Service: A
Overall: A
Price: $15-20

You can see all of the diners I’ve been too here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite appetizer?

Have you ever had a tuna burger?

The Broad Street Diner (Hamilton)

Recently I went to the Broad Street Diner in Hamilton.  It’s only about 30 minutes from my house, however, it’s taken me about 3 years to get there.

Atmosphere: A

The inside is a lot bigger than anticipated.  It’s one of the top biggest diners I’ve been too.  The outside is a very tall building.  It’s  a big, shiny, metallic diner, but it’s a clean diner.  The inside has plenty of seating with a full-length bar, with plenty of tables and booths.  It’s one of the most spacious diners I’ve been too.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and the waitress brought over a container with whipped cream.  There wasn’t anything too special or exciting about it, but it was good.

Food: B
The menu at the Broad Street diner has pretty much anything you could ask for in a diner.  They have breakfast, lunch, dinner including seafood, steak, pasta, really whatever you want.

I haven’t had pasta in a while so I decided to order pasta with meatball.  I don’t think I’ve ever ordered that a diner.

The meal was good but was bland.  It could have used some sort of seasoning (anything!) or maybe more sauce.  It looked and tasted as if they poured a half a can of sauce on top of pasta and cooked giant meatballs on top.  The meatballs were good.  In all, it was a decent meal but I would probably order something else next time.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Service: B
Our waitress was very friendly but at some points she was extremely quiet and it was hard to hear what she was saying.  I felt like I was constantly asking, what?

Dessert: B
I had been back and forth with dessert and ultimately decided to order the chocolate fudge cake with ice cream.  One thing unique about the diner is they have several flavors of ice cream instead of just chocolate or vanilla.  I decided to go with cookie dough ice cream which was a good choice.

The cake itself was excellent.  It was rich and tasted homemade.  The ice cream was definitely suffering from freezer burn.  It needed to dethaw for a few minutes.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Cost: $
For my coffee, meal, ice cream, and cake the cost was $20 which was a good deal.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Broad Street diner and it was a good choice.  Next time I’ll get a different meal but in all, I liked it.  Having several different ice cream flavors to choose from makes it unique!

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

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Two Peter’s, Daphne’s 

You can see all 161 NJ Diners I’ve been too here.

Questions for you:
Where is the best pasta you’ve had?
What is your favorite type of cake?

Cap City Fine Diner (Columbus, OH)

Cap City Fine Diner (Columbus, OH)

After running the Air Force Half Marathon, my husband and I stopped at the Cap City Fine Diner in Columbus, Ohio.  I had seen they had the best dessert, and that’s all I wanted after my longest race and run. Plus, traveling means a new diner in a different state right?

Atmosphere: A

The Cap City Fine Diner has three locations, and we stopped at the newest in Dublin.  It’s attached at the bottom of high-rises, so it’s not the stereotypical, big metallic diner. However, the inside is shiny, metallic and everything you could want in a diner.

Service: A

The waitress was one of the best we’ve had in a while.  She came to our table, refilled beverages, and was just extremely friendly.  She was in the top 5% of waitresses I’ve ever had the pleasure of having.

Coffee: C

The coffee, however, wasn’t the greatest.  It wasn’t as hot as I hoped (lukewarm coffee isn’t good) and there were grounds in a couple of the refills.  It wasn’t the worst but having grounds in the coffee is a turnoff. (Sorry, no photo)

Food: B

There are plenty of menu options at the Cap City Fine Diner.  The menu isn’t overwhelming, but they have the standard, breakfast, lunch and dinner options plus a few unique ones.

We ordered the smoked salmon spread to split.  It came with salmon spread (almost like a cream cheese), hard bagel chips, a deviled egg, and pickles.  The salmon spread had huge chunks of salmon which I appreciated.

I decided to order the fish and chips, and it was one of the better fish and chips I’ve had lately.  It wasn’t the best, but it was good.  The fish itself was cooked well with a crispy outside.  Personally, I like a lot of crunch without being burnt.  The French fries tasted good, they weren’t overcooked or soggy.

Cap City Fine Diner Columbus Ohio

Dessert: A

I went a crazy and ordered both a milkshake at the beginning of the meal and my husband and I split the carrot cake.

The milkshake was good.  It was thick, and she brought the extra in a mug to continue to refill.  It had a banana, caramel and vanilla ice cream.

My husband wanted to try the carrot cake.  Since he ran a marathon, he got to choose.  While carrot cake is not my first pick, I do like it.  This was one of the best carrot cakes I’ve ever had.  Cap City Fine Diner Columbus Ohio

The frosting was tangy, and the cake had plenty of real carrots and raisins cooked in.  The cake made me recent carrot cake convert!

Cap City Fine Diner Columbus Ohio

Price: $

For the appetizer, coffee, milkshake, entree, and cake the cost was $34.  Considering the amount of food as well as the quality, of what I ordered, it wasn’t pricey at all.

Overall summary/Would I come Back:

I enjoyed the Cap City Fine Diner.  Next time, I probably wouldn’t order the coffee but other than that I enjoyed it and will probably go back every year I run the Air Force Half.

I haven’t been to any diners closeby, but it does remind me a lot of the Tenafly Diner in Tenafly, NJ.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of cake? 

What do you crave after a hard workout or race? 

Papermoon Diner (Baltimore, Md)

Papermoon Diner (Baltimore, Md)

Recently I finally made it to the Papermoon Diner in Baltimore, Md.  Personal friend Sarah (and once blogger), recommended it to me and I’ve been dying to go since.

I knew they had good red velvet cake, so I was already excited about that.

Atmosphere: A
The Papermoon Diner is one of the quirkiest and unique diners I’ve ever been too.  It looks like something right out of a movie.

Papermoon diner baltimore

The outside is filled with unique items ranging from a bike in a tree or garden gnomes.  It’s not a traditional big metal diner, but it definitely stands out.

The inside looks like it’s right out of the movies.  There are random mannequins, army men and dozens of odds and ends dangling from the wall.

The atmosphere is definitely one of the best and most unique of any diner I’ve been too.

Service: A
The waitress was extremely friendly and refilled everything as needed.  I couldn’t ask for a better experience.  Our food was brought out quickly and overall it was a positive experience.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed fresh, and the whipped cream was homemade.  It’s hard to top that except they used personalized coffee mugs.  It can’t get any better than that.  It was definitely one of the best diner coffees I have had in a while. Papermoon diner baltimore

Food: A
I was hungry when I arrived, so I ordered the hummus appetizer.  I’ve been enjoying hummus lately. It came with the largest portion of hummus I’ve received as well.  Also included were onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and a unique olive dip.  Everything tasted great and I would order it again. Papermoon diner baltimore

For my entree, I decided to order off the specials.  I had never heard of a lamb hash at a diner, so I decided to order that.  The lamb hash came with two eggs over easy, lamb and hash browns.  The meal itself was delicious! I could have used some bread, but other then that I have no complaints.Papermoon diner baltimore

Dessert: A
I knew the dessert at Papermoon was delicious so I planned to order red velvet cake.  I am so glad I did!  When I say this was in the top 5 cakes I’ve had, it was.  There was a lot of frosting, the cake itself was dense, and there was plenty of ice cream.  It’s definitely one of the best diner cakes I’ve had except Mastoris and the Jefferson Diner.Papermoon diner baltimore

Cost: $$
For my appetizer, entree, coffee, and dessert that cost was $33.  Definitely more pricey but the quality of food was high and I have no complaints.

Overall/Would I come back?
The Papermoon Diner is one of my favorite diners to date.  I don’t have any complaints, and every part was perfect.  It’s such a quirky and unique diner that I would recommend it to anyone!  In fact, I’m looking at races in the Baltimore area just so I can go back.

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

Questions for you:
What’s the best cake you’ve had?
Do you like lamb?

Landmark Diner (Charlotte, NC)

Landmark Diner (Charlotte, NC)

While traveling through Charlotte, my husband and I chose to stop at the Landmark Diner. It’s been on a Diners, Drive Ins and Dives so we figured it must be good. We got there around 7 pm, and the hostess told us there was a 25-minute wait. We were surprised but thought it must be good.

As we were waiting, the hostess rudely told multiple customers they needed to wait outside. Then she couldn’t remember or find the people she was looking for. For the 25 minutes we waited, we noticed multiple tables that weren’t being used and were perfectly clean. Needless to say, we started off on the wrong foot.

Atmosphere: C
The atmosphere of the Landmark Diner is outdated. They could use a makeover.

The outside has plenty of lighting and is easily spotted from the highway.

Service: F
I will preface this by saying our waitress was extremely friendly. She clearly had too many tables, but she took great care of us.

I can’t overlook how rude the hostess was. She threw our menus on the table, told guests they needed to wait outside and couldn’t care any less. Unforatetely, the hostess, is the first person we saw, and we watched her for close to half an hour.

The food in the kitchen also took almost an hour to come out. We saw multiple larger parties receive their food much quicker. By the time we received our food, we had been in the Landmark Diner for nearly 90 minutes.  With the exception of our actual waitress, it was by far one of the worst experiences I’ve had while dining out.

Coffee: A
The coffee at the Landmark Diner was good. There was nothing unusual about it, but it was often refilled and always warm.  It took a while to come out, but once it arrived, it was good.

Landmark diner charlotte

Food: C
After waiting about an hour for our food, I had no idea what to expect. The Landmark Diner has every stereotypical diner option you could imagine. I wanted to order the roasted leg of lamb, but they were out. I decided to go with their land and sea special. It came with 10 ounces of steak and shrimp.

The steak was good for a diner and seasoned well. Sometimes diner steak can be hit and miss.  The side of shrimp side was just as good. It was well seasoned with just a touch of old bay seasoning.

Landmark diner charlotte

The sides, however, were dry and stale. The sweet potatoes were doused in butter, and the French fries and onion rings were cold. Landmark diner charlotte

I liked the main entree but left the fries.

Dessert: B
While waiting to be seated, we had stared at the dessert for 30 minutes beforehand, and I knew I wanted the red velvet cake. We ordered the red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream. Like the mean, the main component (red velvet cake) was delicious. There was plenty of frosting, and the cake itself was moist. The ice cream, however, had freezer burn.

Landmark diner charlotte

Price: $$
For the coffee, meal, cake and ice cream the cost was $28.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
The food was decent but I was so turned off by the hostess attitude as well as the lengthy wait, I probably won’t be back.

Summary:
Atmosphere: C
Service: F
Coffee: C
Food: C
Dessert: B
Price: $15-25
Overall: C

Questions for you:
Have you ever had a rude hostess or be asked to wait outside?
What’s the longest you’ve waited at a restaurant?

Sherban’s Diner

Last week, the owner of New Jersey and I met up at the Sherban Diner in South Plainfield.  We’ve both been to most of the diners in Somerset and Middlesex Counties, so Sherban’s was one of the few we haven’t been too.

We met up around 6 pm on a weekday. There were only a few people in the restaurant.

Her website, New Jersey Isn’t Boring, has opened my eyes to so many different things the state has to offer.  If you ever venture off of the turnpike, I highly suggest you check out her website.

Atmosphere: B
Sherban’s Diner has an older atmosphere too it.  Not in the traditional old dining car way but it is in an older building with an older design to it.  It was clean, and there was nothing bad about it, but it could use a remodel.  It reminded me of a casual “mom and pop” restaurant.

Sherban's Diner

Service: C
When we arrived at Sherban’s, there were only three other parties in the restaurant.  After waiting several minutes for a waitress to come over, a waitress asked if anyone had helped us.  We said no, and she said she guessed she would do it.  She didn’t come around often, and I felt as if I was begging for drink refills.  She also never asked if we wanted dessert and assumed we did not. It took another 10 minutes for dessert.

Coffee: B
There was nothing unique about the coffee flavor.  I did like the cute tea mugs they used.

Sherban's Diner

Food: C
When I arrived at Sherban’s Diner, I wasn’t that hungry.  They had several options.  I knew the “cucumber salad” was one of their signature dishes, so I ordered it, and honestly, there was nothing interesting about it.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t unique or interesting.

Sherbans Diner Cucumber salad

I also ordered the “famous” Greek Salad with chicken.  The salad didn’t come with anything unusual. I don’t know why the menu states it is as: famous.  It was one of the most boring salads I’ve had.  Plus, they didn’t give any pita bread with the salad.  It might be the first Greek salad without pita I’ve had. Sherban's Diner

I ordered the Greek bread as a side which was honestly my favorite part of the meal.  Sherban's Diner

Dessert: C
I ordered the Coconut cake as a dessert to go.  The actual cake was dry, but the whipped cream frosting was good.  The shredded coconut was overpowering.  The cake was decent but once again, it wasn’t that unusual.

Sherban's Diner

Sherban's Diner

Price: $$$
For my cucumber salad, Greek salad, bread, cake, and coffee the cost was $25.  Honestly, it wasn’t worth the price at all.  Something I found entertaining, is they charged 25 cents for a to go box.  Sherbans diner recipt

I’ve never been charged for a to go box before.  Was the price worth the meal? No.

Summary/Would I come back?
Sherbans Diner wasn’t anything to write home about. It wasn’t terrible, and everything was edible. However, it isn’t somewhere I would go out of my way to go too.  In fact, personally, I probably won’t be back.  You have to take the good with the bad, though.

I had a great time catching up which was the important part to begin with…You can see Cyd’s review here.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Service: C
Food: C
Dessert: C

Overall:C
Questions for you:
Have you ever been charged for a to go box? 
Do you like coconut cake?

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