Colony Diner and Restaurant (Wallingford, CT)

Colony Diner and Restaurant (Wallingford, CT)

Coming home from the trip to New England, we decided to stop at one last diner in the Northeast: The Colony Diner and Restaurant.  It’s located close off the highway, so it seemed like the perfect stop.

Colony Diner and Restaurant Wallingford CT

Atmosphere: B
When we arrived at the Colony Diner, it was packed. We had to wait for a table for about 15 minutes which wasn’t a big deal.  The front has minimal wait space which made it awkward for both the people waiting and the people eating in surrounding booths.

Colony Diner and Restaurant Wallingford CT

The Colony Diner has plenty of tables, booths, and even a full-length bar.  It would blend right in with any diner in NJ.

Coffee: A
The coffee was good, but there was nothing to write home about.  What impressed me the most was the waitresses bringing out bottomless refills.  It was nearly every 5 minutes a different waitress came around asking if we needed more coffee.

Colony Diner and Restaurant Wallingford CT

Food: A
The Colony Diner has everything you want in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  There were a few specials, but nothing spoke to me.  There were so many unique pancake items that you don’t often see that I wanted to try the “cinnamon bun pancakes”.

Colony Diner and Restaurant Wallingford CT

The cinnamon bun pancakes were essentially pancakes with cinnamon and frosting on top.  What made the cinnamon bun, was the toppings but they were great.  The pancakes themselves were huge, and I have no complaints.

Service: B
Our primary waitress didn’t come over much.  She was friendly, but there was a point we could have used more water and napkins.  We did, however, get plenty of coffee.  The staff we interacted with were all friendly.

Cost: $$
For the pancakes and coffee, it was $14. It’s a little more for pancakes than I was expecting but they were good, and I was full all the way home.

Overall Summary/Thoughts:
I liked the Colony Diner and Restaurant, and I would definitely go back. They had plenty of options that I would love to try more of!

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $10-25
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Where are your favorite pancakes from?
Do you like cinnamon buns?

Nick’s Diner II (Surprise, AZ)

Nick’s Diner II (Surprise, AZ)

While in Phoenix, I wanted to go to a new diner. I had been to the with Matt and Adam a few years ago, but we stayed on the opposite side of town towards Phoenix. Surprise is located near Luke Air Force Base and relatively close to the White Tank Mountains.

My brother, Husband, and I arrived on a Sunday, and they were packed. We waited about 20 minutes for a table.  It was one of the busiest diners I have ever been too, but we got a table much quicker than anticipated.

nicks diner 2 surprise az

Atmosphere: B
Nicks 2 is located in an outdoor shopping mall near a movie theater. Despite being packed, we were never sat on top of anyone which was nice.  The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. It looks like a modern restaurant versus a diner.  There is a giant chalkboard with specials, and it’s written on their menu too.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed fresh and hot every time. I appreciated the table also had plenty of creamers including small packages of hazelnut and vanilla.  Not many diners have flavored creamers, and I definitely value when they do.

nicks diner 2 surprise az

Food: A
Everything at Nicks 2 Diner looked good. Nicks 2 has plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Since we were there on Sunday, they have a cinnamon bun special. Little did I know, how massive that “special” was. When it came out, it was enough for the entire table. It’s not your average cinnamon bun. nicks diner 2 surprise az

If you ever go to Nicks 2, go on a Sunday and treat yourself to the cinnamon bun.

nicks diner 2 surprise az

Not only was it massive, but it was one of the best cinnamon buns I’ve had.

nicks diner 2 surprise az

coffee mug for comparison

For my meal, I ordered another special that included bacon, hashbrowns, and eggs. Between that and the cinnamon bun, it was enough food. Everything was cooked well, and I have no complaints. nicks diner 2 surprise az

Service: A
Despite being busy, the waitress always made sure we had plenty of refills. After ordering, it didn’t take long for the food to come out either. I think we waited longer to be seated than for the food to come out.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked Nicks 2 a lot, and went back once while we were out in Phoenix. It’s a good diner, and I hope to go back again.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $6-12
Overall: A

Questions for you:
Do you like cinnamon rolls?
What is the longest you’ve waited before being seated?

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