Oddfellows (Dallas, Tx)

It wouldn’t be a vacation without going to a new Diner right?

The rest of my Dallas trip is here and the Dallas Half Marathon Race Recap (1:23.44) here.

While in Dallas, my husband and I decided to go to Oddfellows.  It’s one of the gray area restaurants that same may consider it a diner while others may consider it a cafe.  Life is rarely black and white anyways…

Atmosphere: A
The outside o Oddfellows is neat and clean.  It’s painted bright yellow, and they have an outdoor patio with seating as well.

The inside is all wooden seats, and it’s centered around a giant bar which serves coffee too.  The giant silver espresso machine is almost like the centerpiece of the restaurant.

Coffee: A
The coffee itself is home brewed.  You can order any sort of fancy espresso, latte or anything else coffee-related.  They would probably do a decent business as just a coffee shop. img_2257-1

I ordered my staple coffee with whipped cream.  The whipped cream is homemade, and it was great.  Not surprisingly, Oddfellows has some of the best coffee I’ve had to date.  If I lived locally,
it would become a staple for me.

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, comical and refilled out beverages.  I have no complaints.

Food: A
Oddfellows has a small menu.  They serve their entire menu all day which was great.  We got there around brunch, and I had no idea what I wanted.  Breakfast? Lunch?

The Pork Belly Benedict caught my interest.  I enjoy pork belly, and it seemed like a unique choice I hadn’t had before.  It came with homefries and on a bed of arugula.  The pork belly was delicious, and the poached eggs made a great combination.  It also had a small kick with siracha sauce.  I enjoyed the cubed homefries as well. The portion size was a little smaller than usual diners, but it was fresh.

oddfellows Dallas Texas

Cost: $
For the pork belly and coffee, the cost was $15. It’s one of the cheaper diner meals I’ve had.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
I enjoyed Oddfellows, and if I lived locally, I would be back.  In fact, I would be back a lot.  I don’t have any complaints.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Service: A
Food A
Cost: $10-15
Overall: A

Questions for you:
Do you like pork belly?
Where is the best coffee you’ve had?

Happy National Coffee Day

There are very few “foodie” holidays I celebrate.

National Coffee Day

Why?  Because there are so many, in fact, there is a food “holiday” almost every day…See this master list.  Thinking out loud, it’s no secret that I enjoy coffee.

National Coffee Day

Coffee, however, is one that I do.  I drink coffee almost every day.  I like the taste.  I’m also in the minority that drinks decaf after noon because I want to sleep.

My top 3 favorite places to get coffee are Wawa, Starbucks and a local place down the road.  Oh look, even at my wedding, we had a coffee bar.

coffee station

There isn’t a lot of coffee I don’t like.  My favorite way is to top with whipped cream.  It gives a little bit of sugar, and the bottom is more creamy since the whipped cream eventually melts into the coffee.  So it’s dark and bold at first, then more creamy and “dessert like” at the end.

Mustache Bills Coffee
At Mustache Bills Diner
Want free coffee?  Here are a few places celebrating the day.

Wawa: free (any size) coffee today

Krispy Kreme: free 12-ounce cup of coffee and a free glazed doughnut

Dunkin Donuts: Dunkin Donuts is celebrating National Coffee Day and being in business for 66 years.  They priced a medium hot coffee for 66 cents on Thursday.

Starbucks: Starbucks is not giving free coffee but will donate a coffee tree for every brewed cup of México Chiapas coffee you buy.  Today’s cup can help a farmer’s future.

national coffee day

Finally because who doesn’t like a little bit of history about the beverage they love? 

History of Coffee: “According to a coffee history legend, an Arabian shepherd named Kaldi found his goats dancing joyously around a dark green leafed shrub with bright red cherries in the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.”

History of Coffee and How is Spread Worldwide: Interesting video documentary/video

national coffee day

Questions for you:

Are you Celebrating National Coffee Day?

How do you like your coffee? 

Sage Diner (Eastern Shore, VA)

Recently I went to the Sage Diner with my parents on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  This Sage Diner is not to be confused with the Sage Diner in Mount Laurel.  Coincidentally, my parents went too a few years ago. I drive down the Eastern Shore (from New Jersey to my hometown of Virginia Beach) regularly, but I haven’t been to a lot if diners on the Eastern Shore.

Atmosphere: B
The sage diner is located right on Route 13 and has a huge sign located outside, so it’s hard to miss.  There are several locations.

The building reminds me of a local family is owned business  It’s a casual brick building with a sign that says Sage Diner.  The inside is a large square room with several booths and tables as well as a bar.  There is nothing unique about it but does have a cute small town feel to it.

Coffee: B
The waitress brewed a fresh pot and it was brewed hot. There was nothing unique about the coffee and there were a few grounds inside.  Other then that, it wasn’t too bad.

Sage Diner Virginia

Service: B
Our waitress was very friendly but she got several parts of our order wrong including my parents soup as well as my pudding.  She blamed it comically on “being senile”. (Her words not mine).

She was friendly and treated us as if she had known us for years.

Food: B
The Sage diner has a huge dinner menu.  They have the basic breakfast staples such as eggs and pancakes but nothing unusual.  I decided to try the special, “The chicken souvlaki.”  To be honest I had no idea what would come out!

Sage Diner Virginia

I assumed there would be chicken but after that…I had no idea.  The chicken souvlaki had grilled chicken with roasted vegetables and a very thick and heavy oil.  To be honest, there was so much oil it turned into a soup at the bottom of my plate.  The meal itself was good though.  I enjoyed the roasted vegetables and chicken.  It oddly enough reminded me of a grilled fajita on a pita (diner rhyming?).

Sage Diner Virginia

It also came with a side salad which was a perfect compliment.  The menu stated the special came pudding, however, the waitress forgot and by the time she remembered it was time to go.

In summary, I enjoyed my food and it was typical of a diner.

Cost: $
For my special and coffee, the cost was $13.  It was a lot of food for not a lot of money so I can’t complain.

Summary/Would I come back?
I enjoyed the Sage Diner and it’s a great stop on the Eastern Shore.  If you are heading through the Eastern Shore, I would recommend stopping.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: B
Cost: $10-15
Overall: B

Questions for you:
Have you ordered anything off a menu having no idea what to expect?
Have you ever traveled down route 13 on the Eastern Shore?

Stafford Diner

Recently my husband and I decided to try the Stafford Diner.  A few friends live around there, and I drove by on my way to Mustache Bills Diner.  The outside is retro, and it definitely fits the “diner look”.

Image via Stafford Diner Website
Image via Stafford Diner Website

Atmosphere: A
The outside of the Stafford Diner is attractive.  It’s a shiny metallic building.  The reason I added the Stafford Diner to my list was because the outside was so appealing.

stafford diner 1

The inside is typical of a diner.  It is a long building with a bar, plenty of booths and plush seating.  It meets the stereotype of a diner.

Service: F
The service was a turn off for me.  The waitress brought drinks than disappeared for extended periods of time.  It took 15 minutes just to order food.  Our food took 40 minutes to come out and when the order was mistaken, another 15 for new food.  It was disappointing.  Sometimes people have bad days. However, the service at the Stafford Diner was one of the worst I’ve had.

Coffee: B
The coffee was good but nothing unusual or unique. It wasn’t good or bad, and I’m indifferent about it.

Stafford diner coffee

Food: B
The menu at the Stafford Diner is huge.  The menu is about ten pages long and serves everything.  They seem to focus more on seafood which makes sense since it’s located near the shore. I did notice, however, limited options on appetizers as well as desserts.  They had plenty of entrees, but not a lot of appetizers, and I was hungry.

stafford diner appetizer

I ordered the trio appetizer because I was starving.  It came with two mushrooms, two shrimp and two clams all stuffed with crab meat.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was a big pile of fried crab meat.  It tasted and appeared as if it came from the frozen food aisle. The butter made it decent, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.  For nearly $10, I would not order it again.

I ordered the stuffed shells.  After 45 minutes of waiting for the food, they originally brought the wrong dish over. After a total of an hour waiting to eat, I finally chowed down.  I was pleasantly surprised with how well the marinara sauce was seasoned.  The shells were good, and the sauce was tasty too.  It was filling as well.

stafford diner baked shells

Cost: $$
The meal itself was only $10 but the app was $9.50.  My meal with the coffee cost was $22.50.  It was pricy for the appetizer, but the entree was inexpensive.  Next time I just won’t order the app.

Summary/Would I come back?
The Stafford Diner is an easy stop before getting on the Garden State Parkway, but it’s not my favorite diner.  I would probably go down the road to Mustache Bills.

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

Questions for you:
What’s the longest you’ve waited for food?
Do you like marinara sauce or white sauce with pasta?

Voorhees Diner

The Voorhees Diner opened a few years ago. Before last week, I had never seen the diner and none of my local friends had even heard of it! A couple of people had mentioned the diner but I I didn’t pay it a lot of attention. Last week, I finally bit the bullet and went. I met a friend for dinner and when we arrived at 7, the diner was empty.

Atmosphere: A

The outside is large and welcoming.  The Voorhees diner is right on the main road and near the hotel so it sticks out.

Image from their website
Image from their website

The inside is spacious.  There is a bar as well as two main dining rooms filled with booths and tables.  It’s a combination of metallic retro and modern.

Service: C

The service at the Vorhees diner wasn’t great.  It wasn’t busy, but the waiter didn’t come back often.  We had to ask if he would take away several plates and mugs.  There was a point that we had two empty plates, two soup bowls, and three empty mugs on our table.  He brought out our food and there wasn’t any room to put it.

Coffee: A

The Vorhees diner has its own espresso machine, and the coffee was brewed perfectly.  I can appreciate a restaurant with their own logo mugs.  Many diners use plain coffee mugs so using a unique mug is a great touch. 

Voorhees Diner coffee

Food: B

The menu is huge.  The Vorhees Diner has everything from breakfast and lunch to seafood and dinner.

We ordered the grape leave appetizer to start.  It came with all the Greek staples of grape leaves, seasoned tomatoes, big bricks of feta cheese, hard boiled eggs, olives and lettuce.  It didn’t taste as fresh as I anticipated but we were at a diner.  It wasn’t my favorite appetizer or my least favorite.  It was okay.

Voorhees diner greek appetizer

I decided to try their “specialty” burger which was a pretzel bun burger.  Philadelphia is well known for their pretzels, so pretzel buns are a big deal.  The bun itself was dense and great.  I enjoyed the fried onion rings stacked on top of the tomato and lettuce too. I also appreciated it came with steak fries too.  Steak fries are my favorite type of fry!  The entree was better than the appetizer and I was happy.

vorhees diner pretzel burger

It also came with soup.  I chose minestrone, and it was good.  It was nothing out of the ordinary.

voorhees diner minestrone soup

Cost: $$

For the coffee, burger, fries and appetizer the cost of the meal was $23.  I thought the appetizer was overpriced, but the rest of the food was a good value.

Overall thoughts:

I liked the Vorhees diner, and I would come back.  There are plenty of options I want to tr from their seafood to breakfast but I don’t think I would get the appetizer again.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: C
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $10-15
Overall: B

Questions for you:
Have you had a pretzel bun before?
What is your favorite type of soup?

Hollywood Diner (Dover, De)

I have been to the Hollywood diner before. When my family and I were driving up to college over eight years ago, we stopped there! I honestly don’t remember many details, but I knew I had been there! This time period was far before I knew how awesome diners were. We decided to stop at the Hollywood Diner because who doesn’t like a trip to Hollywood?

Atmosphere: A

The diner is an old train car. As I’ve said many times before, it’s hard to beat the diner atmosphere of a train car. The restaurant was clean, and the car was adorable. We arrived on Saturday around 11:15. It was crowded but nothing unreasonable. We received a table quickly.

Metallic background for the win
Metallic background for the win

Service: A

The Hollywood diner’s waitress one of the best I’ve ever had. She was polite, friendly and refilled our coffee. Despite being busy, she made sure we were happy. Honestly, she was one of the best waitresses I’ve had at any restaurant!

Coffee: A

The coffee was a local brew to me in New Jersey. Lacas Coffee has become well known in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. In fact, they sponsored the Scott Coffee 8k in Moorestown last May. The coffee was delicious, and the whipped cream was perfect.

Hollywood Diner Coffee

They also gave plenty of creams.  Never enough I guess?

More cream?
More cream?

Food: A

The Hollywood Diner has a smaller menu. While it doesn’t have ten pages of food, there are plenty of options. I ordered one of their specials that included: pancakes, eggs, bacon sausage and unpictured rye toast.  Everything was home cooked and tasted great.  I like soft fatty bacon versus crispy.  The pancakes were light and fluffy as well.  It satisfied my diner craving.

pancakes eggs toast bacon

Cost: $

For both Tim and I’s meal and coffee, the cost was $20. It was an inexpensive stop, and I have no complaints. Honestly 20 dollars is usually the cost of a meal for just me.

Would I come back?

Overall: A

The Hollywood Diner was a smart stop. I am glad we stopped, and we will be back. It’s a cute stop for anyone nearby or traveling.

Cliffs Notes:
Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Overall: A 
Not many diners get all “A”s.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite themed restaurant?
What is your favorite kind of coffee?

National Coffee Day

There are only a few foodie holidays I like to celebrate or even point out.  Every day is a different food day if you google it.

But seriously: Here is a list of “National Foodie Days” incase you ever wondered.

Anyways National Coffee Day is a “Holiday” I will celebrate proudly.  Most people know I drink a lot of coffee but what they don’t realize is a lot of it is decaf.  I truly enjoy the taste of coffee but honestly don’t need or want that much caffeine every day.

Personally I love the taste of coffee.  Whether it’s decaf, flavored, with lots of cream or minimal…I enjoy coffee a lot! I don’t discriminate. 

The coffee life
The coffee life

My current favorite coffee is obviously the seasonal pumpkin spice with whipped cream.

Why the whipped cream?  As you drink the coffee, it gets more creamy (since the whipped cream melts).  It’s more bitter at first and then creamy towards the end.  It’s the perfect combination in my opinion.

Blue Swan Coffee

Here is a list of deals you can score today.  **Plus my favorite gas station Wawa is giving out free coffee all day too!  

Articles about Coffee: 
Why You Should Be Drinking Coffee Right Now
Buzzfeed: 22 Facts About Coffee
The Oatmeal: Infographic About Coffee

In summary by writing this post I learned the following:

  • Coffee was first discovered by research in Goats
  • Coffee was originally eaten in the form of berries.  Hashtag coffeeberries

And of course no National Holiday would be complete without the memes.

coffee meme 1

coffee meme 2

drink coffee 1

drink coffee meme

Do you drink coffee?  What is your favorite kind?