Mel’s Diner (San Francisco)

Mel’s Diner (San Francisco)

While in San Francisco, I knew I wanted to go to another diner. I hadn’t picked any out, but a quick google search led me to Mel’s Diner. There are a few locations in the Bay area, but the location on Lombard street seemed like our best bet.

When we arrived for breakfast, it wasn’t too crowded. Getting through San Francisco traffic is another story, but the diner itself was quiet.

Atmosphere: A
Mel’s Diner and Drive in the sticks out like in San Francisco. You can’t miss the shiny, chrome, exterior, and the large Mel’s sign.  The inside is just as retro, and you feel like you’re in a flashback.  There are big metal booths, shiny bars, and tables, and you can see the kitchen.

Mel's Diner and Drive In San Francisco

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and there were plenty of refills.  I appreciated everyone from the waitress, to the manager, and other wait staff came around each table to bring coffee refills.

Mel's Diner and Drive In San Francisco

Food: A
Mel’s Diner and Drive-in has all of the diner favorites. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. They are well known for their chicken.  I decided to order the chicken and waffles. After living in Alabama two years ago, and going to John’s City Diner, I’ve been looking for good chicken and waffles.

Mel's Diner and Drive In San Francisco

These were delicious.  The chicken was crispy without being overdone, and the waffle was nice and crisp without being burnt. Burnt waffles and soggy waffles are my least favorite.

Service: A
Our waitress was friendly and brought plenty of refills, and the food came out quickly. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, it was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked Mel’s Diner and Drive-In, and if I’m ever in the area again, I’ll be back.

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Questions for you:
Have you had chicken and waffles before?
What is your favorite diner in your area?

 

Golden Palace Diner (Millville)

Golden Palace Diner (Millville)

Last week, I went to the Golden Palace Diner in Millville, NJ. It’s one of the few diners I haven’t been too in super south Jersey. In fact, it might be the last one I needed to go too in Cumberland County. Anyway, I arrived around dinner time, and it wasn’t too crowded.

golden palace millville nj

Atmosphere: A
The Golden Palace Diner is a clean and modern diner. There are plenty of booths and tables. There is a full-length bar as well as a large dessert case too. It’s as much as a stereotypical NJ diner as you can get.

golden palace millville nj

Coffee: B
The coffee was given in a tiny mug. It was good coffee, but I felt like I finished a cup in one small sip. The waitress gave refills, but I hate when restaurants give tiny cups for both water or coffee. Give a regular size cup, not 4 ounces.

golden palace millville nj

Food: A
The Golden Palace has everything a typical NJ diner would have. There is all day breakfast, lunch, and plenty of dinner options too.  I noticed the “salmon sizzler” which intrigued me.  The dinner meals came with a bread basket. I must admit, it was one of the better bread baskets I’ve had!

golden palace millville nj

I’ve never seen a salmon sizzler anywhere. I’ve seen poultry and beef sizzler but never seafood. I decided to order it.

golden palace millville nj

When it came out, it was hot and definitely sizzling. There were mixed vegetables on top of two filets of salmon. It was a lot of food.  It was cooked well, and I enjoyed the meal.

golden palace millville nj

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often. The food came out quickly, and I have no complaints.

Cost: $
For my sizzling salmon and coffee, it was $19.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come back?
I liked the Golde Palace Diner, and it’s definitely one of my more favorite diners in the area. It’s a great stop if you’re coming home from the shore.

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

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Questions for you:
Have you tried a sizzling meal?
What is your favorite type of fish? 

Main Street Diner (East Brunswick)

Main Street Diner (East Brunswick)

Amelia, Danielle, and I were looking for a diner somewhat in the middle of north and south jersey. The Main Street Diner (and now Pizzeria) seemed like a good bet.  The reviews looked good, and the photos were fine.

Atmosphere: C
When we arrived, we were the only people in the restaurant. That’s how it stayed the entire time! It’s a tiny diner that fits about ten parties. There are a few booths and a few tables. The booth we sat in, we cramped, but it was the size of all of them. The Main Street Diner could use an update.  It’s clean, but it’s outdated.

Main street diner east brunswick

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. There wasn’t anything special about it, but it wasn’t bad either.

Main street diner east brunswick

Food: A
When I arrived for dinner, I had no idea what I wanted. Did I want breakfast? Lunch? Or the unique pizza option? The menu at the Main Street Diner has a little bit of everything. They have all of the diner specials and well as the unique pizza.

I originally ordered pork chops but they were out, so I decided to order the chicken souvlaki instead. It was a stuffed pita with chicken, lettuce, tomato, and Tzatziki sauce.  I was feeling healthy, so I ordered a side Greek salad as well. The dressing was one of the best I’ve had in a while, and the souvlaki was stuffed. My meal was great.

Main street diner east brunswick

Service: A
The Main Street Diner is unique in that when we came, the hostess was also the waiter, chef, and part owner. It was a one-person show! I can only imagine how tough that can be when it was busy, but he was friendly and great. We had a delightful experience.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
In all, I had a great experience at the Main Street Diner in East Brunswick. I wasn’t sure what to think of it at first, but it was a pleasant experience, and I’ll be back.

Atmosphere: C
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-16
Overall: B

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Question for you:
Have you ever been the only party in a restaurant?

The Pit Stop Diner (Oceanside, CA)

The Pit Stop Diner (Oceanside, CA)

While in California, I knew I wanted to get to a new diner. I’ve already been to both the Studio Diner as well as my very first diner ever: The Corvette Diner (I was born in San Diego, and my dad would always take us there).  Anyway!

We weren’t going as south as San Diego, so it made it fairly easy to find a new diner.  I found the Pit Stop Diner in Oceanside.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

Atmosphere: A
On the outside, the Pit Stop Diner appears to be a “regular” nice restaurant.  It’s clean, modern, and fits the look of the plaza.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

On the inside, however, it’s more diner than you know how to get ahold of?  (After over 300 diner visits, I guess I can use diner as a verb?). The Pit Stop Diner has every license plate, car part, and even a full car inside. Of any inside, it’s definitely one of my favorite atmospheres.

Service: A
Instead of being seated and picking from a menu at your seat, you stand at the front, order, and go sit down. I’ve actually never been to a diner like this, and it was a great experience. The hostess/cashier was friendly and funny, and the food came out quickly.

Coffee: B
Since you ordered at the front, the Pit Stop Diner gave you your own refillable cup to the coffee. They actually didn’t have whipped cream, but the fact I could refill my coffee at my choosing and with a large to go cup), was a huge perk for me.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

Food:
The Pit Stop Diner has every type of food you can imagine.  One thing I appreciated was breakfast and lunch all day.  If you want a huge burger at 8 is, go for it!  Omelet for dinner, go for it!

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

I decided to order the Steak and Eggs. It came with toast, steak, and eggs. I ordered over medium eggs.  My meal was huge, and everything was cooked well.  It’s one of the better steak and eggs I’ve had in a while.  I would order it again.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Pit Stop Diner, and it’s one of the better diners I’ve been too overall. I would go back.

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

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Questions for you:
What is the best atmosphere of a restaurant you’ve been too?
Favorite state license plate?

After staring at 10,000 during my meal, I’ve come to terms I like the simplicity of Texas, Hawaii, and NYS (Yes, I know most people hate New York…most people hate my fashion too 😉

 

John and Elaines Restaurant (Point Pleasant)

John and Elaines Restaurant (Point Pleasant)

Recently I was in Point Pleasant and met up with Cyd, from NJ Isn’t Boring to go to a diner. We attempted to go to John and Elaine’s Restaurant a while ago, but we couldn’t find it. This time, we were able to find it. Point Pleasant is somewhat confusing for those not from the area and has a lot of one-way roads.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

Anyway, we arrived around lunchtime, and it wasn’t too crowded. There is both a seating area and a bigger, fancier, dining room.

Atmosphere: A
John and Elain’s Restaurant reminds me of an old dive seafood restaurant. It has plastic fish, and photos plastered all over a wooden wall. It’s cute, and a fun stop, but it’s not a big, metallic shiny diner you would picture.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

The dining room appeared to be fancy.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

Coffee: B
I liked the coffee, but I needed more. I felt as though I had to beg the waitress for refills. Other then that, it was fine. Nothing of note.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

Food: B
The menu at John and Elaine’s is much smaller than the average diner menu. In fact, for breakfast and lunch, it’s only a single page front and back.  I decided to order the veggie omelet with a cup of the split pea (I can never say no to split pea).

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

The split pea was ham based and was good. It was hot, which I can always use.

The omelet was somewhat overcooked. It was visible from the hashbrowns and toast, that were both burned.  The food was good, and minus the overcooking, it was fine.  The omelet had a mixed medley of vegetables which included mushrooms and tomatoes, plus a lot of cheese.  Both the hashbrowns and toast were overcooked and somewhat burnt, so they weren’t my favorite.

John and Elaines Diner Point Pleasant

Service: B
The waitress was nice but appeared if she was having a rough day. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but it didn’t seem like she was thrilled to be there.  Our food came out quickly, and other than that, it was good.

Cost: $
For my soup, omelet, and coffee the cost was $17.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked John and Elaine’s, and it was a good stop for breakfast. It wasn’t my least or favorite, and somewhere right in the middle.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: B
Cost: $8-17
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of omelet? 
What is your favorite breakfast food? 

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