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Lake Side Diner (Forked River)

Recently my friend Cyd, and owner of NJ isn’t Boring, and I met up for another diner trip. She’s been to more than me (268). We’ve been to somewhere between 20-30 together over the last few years.

Atmosphere: A
The Lake Side Diner is a cute shore diner. I believe it’s gone through a name change recently as there are reminents of the old “Colonial Diner” name. It’s a little white house, and the inside is almost entirely wooden. It’s got such a fun and unique vibe.Lake Side Diner Forked River
Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but there was nothing to write home about. The waitress refilled it often, which was nice.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

Food: B

The Lake Side Diner has plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  While it was around 11, I wasn’t craving lunch yet. I was craving pancakes and eggs, so I ordered that and substituted the meat (bacon/sausage) for fruit.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

The meal was good, but it was kind of bland. It wasn’t bad, but it felt like something I could whip up at home. I asked for pancakes with whipped cream but the waitress forgot, so she came back and added it.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often. Plus our food came out quickly so I can’t argue with that.

Cost: $$
For my breakfast and coffee, it was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
The Lake Side Diner is a cute stop if you’re going down the shore. I would go back.

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

You can see all 246 NJ Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?
What is your favorite breakfast?

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Scott Coffee 8k (33:03)

Scott Coffee 8k (33:03)

On Saturday, I ran the Scott Coffee 8k. Even though my local running store sponsors it, I’ve only run the race one other time in 2015. It’s always a hot, humid, weekend and this year was no different. That being said, Moorestown is beautiful and I enjoy the race and seeing friends. Plus, every race participant gets a free bag of coffee.

Anyway, I arrived around 7:30, did 2 miles of warmup and then relaxed. The race starts at 8:35. I chatted with a few friends and before I knew it, we were off.

I’ve been attempting to find a new racing shoe, and this time I used the Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro. I don’t regret that decision and I liked it for the race distance. By the end, my feet were burning so I doubt it will be a marathon shoe for me.

As we were off, I realized I felt decent. I hadn’t felt great all week so I was surprised my legs actually didn’t feel too bad. Since the race is bigger, I was surrounded by people including some random guy who couldn’t stop yelling. He wasn’t really talking to anyone but just talking for the sake of talking. Thankfully, I dropped him after about a mile. We hit the first mile in 6:29 which I was pleased with.

The next mile, I stuck with a couple of women and we ultimately ran the entire race together. At each water station, I grabbed water. It was so hot and humid. There was also a sprinkler and I ran through that too.  I hit the second mile in 6:31 and was pleased.

The next mile went through the backroads of Moorestown and this is where it gets hilly. I was surprised I wasn’t feeling like I was dying, which I’ve struggled with the last couple of 10ks. My legs felt decent and I told myself: “just a 5k left”. I hit the 3rd mile in 6:47. I thought I was moving faster but I guess not.

The next mile felt decent and everyone kept shouting: “you’re almost there”. LOL, please don’t tell me that unless I’ve crossed the finish line. I told myself, less than 15 minutes of hard work to go. I passed a couple of people. I didn’t feel bad and I was pleased that I finally felt like I was having a decent race.

As we crossed mile 4, I remembered I wasn’t doing a 5 miler but an 8k which is a few feet shorter. Somehow knowing I had less than a mile to go always feels better to me. The last mile is downhill through the streets of Moorestown and I just charged to the finish line. Main Street is closed due to a craft fair so you run by multiple crafters who are confused by what is happening.

I crossed the finish line in 33:03 which I’m pleased with. It’s over 10 seconds per mile faster than the last 10k I did and it was on a harder and more humid day. Fitness is taking longer to come back than previous times but I do know it will come back. I’ll continue racing through the summer in hopes for a few good races.

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Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of coffee?

Have you run an 8k before? 

Park Place Diner (Denver, PA)

Park Place Diner (Denver, PA)

While traveling through PA, I decided to stop at the Park Place Diner in Denver, PA.

It’s right off the Pa Turnpike if you’re driving through. I was looking for something easy and right off the road.Park Place Diner Denver PA

Atmosphere: A
The Park Place Diner is everything you picture in a diner. It’s big, cobblestone, and has plenty of windows.

The inside has rows of booths, tables, as well as a full-length bar. You walk by the dessert case, and it was enough to have me committed.

Park Place Diner Denver PA

Coffee: A
The waitress brewed a fresh pot of coffee. The coffee mug was a logo mug, and the coffee was just plain good, if not one of the best I’ve recently.

Park Place Diner Denver PA

Food: A

The Park Place Diner has everything a diner would have. There is breakfast all day, plenty of lunch and dinner specials.

I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. I ultimately decided I wanted some greens and ordered the Greek salad was salmon. The salad was huge and also came with both anchovies and grape leaves. Having a Greek salad without grape leaves seems naked. In all the salad was excellent and I have no complaints.

Park Place Diner Denver PA

Dessert: A
I ordered a raspberry mousse cup to go, and it was delicious. The outer shell was a chocolate shell which made it even better. After cake, I like mousse and frosting type of desserts.

Park Place Diner Denver PA

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and my food came out quickly. It felt like I blinked, and it was there.

Cost: $
For my salad and dessert, it was $22.

Summary/Overall Thoughts:
I enjoyed the Park Place Diner, and I’ll be back again.

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

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What are your favorite salad toppings?
What is your favorite dessert?

Lancers Diner (Horsham, PA)

Lancers Diner (Horsham, PA)

Recently I found myself just north of Philadelphia in Horsham. There were a few diners, and since it was around lunch, I thought I would check one out.

When I arrived at the Lancers Diner, it was packed! It’s one of the few diners I’ve waited for seating.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA

Atmosphere: B
The Lancer Diner is huge with a large parking lot as well. There is plenty of seating. After waiting for about 20 minutes, I sat in a nice booth by the window.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA

Waiting around, it felt very cramped in the diner, but once I sat down, there was plenty of space.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot, and the waitress brought plenty of refills. Plus bonus, it was locally brewed Lacas coffee.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA coffee

Food: B
The menu at the Lancers Diner is actually on the smaller side! There is a salad bar and the regular diner options like omelets, sandwiches, and dinner options but there is nothing out of the ordinary.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA omelet

There wasn’t anything that spoke to me, so I ordered the smoked salmon omelet. It came with hash browns and toast. The omelet itself was good and had plenty of salmon and onions. The hash browns were fine. Was it the best diner meal ever? No, but it was good.

Lancers Diner Horsham PA omelet

Service: A
It took about 20 minutes to sit down, but the food came out in maybe 5. Our beverages were filled often. The waitress was friendly and funny which are both bonuses.

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

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Lancers Diner, and I would go back. It’s a well-kept diner and great for a quick bite to eat.

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

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Questions for you:
How do you like hash browns?
What is the longest you have ever waited to sit down at a restaurant?

Prestige Diner (New Providence)

Prestige Diner (New Providence)

Recently, I met with my friend Christine at the Prestige Diner in New Providence. The Prestige Diner has been on my “to do list” for a while. I’ve heard nothing but positive things!

prestige diner new providence nj

Atmosphere: A
When we arrived almost every parking spot in the lot was taken. It was busy, but it was also a Sunday around lunch. We both managed to get a spot and waited at the front for about 15 minutes for a table.

The Prestige Diner is cute. It’s got a large cobblestone exterior. The interior has plenty of seating with booths, tables, and a bar. We sat at a table in the back.

Coffee: A
The coffee was hot and fresh. There wasn’t anything especially good or bad about the coffee. The waitress did add plenty of whipped cream.

prestige diner new providence nj

Food: B
The Prestige Diner has everything you expect in a diner. From multiple breakfast options to lunch, and dinner you’ll find everything.

prestige diner new providence nj

We were hungry, so we decided to order the Mediterranean appetizer. It came with a bowl full of olives, pita bread, feta cheese, and tomatoes. The number of olives alone made it worth it.

For my entree, the entire page of salads intrigued me, so I decided to order the “mama besides salad.” It came with Grilled Chicken, Baby Spinach,  Diced Tomatoes, Red Onions, Walnuts and Creamy Goat Cheese with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

prestige diner new providence nj

It was a good salad.  I could have used bread with it, but it was filling.

Service: C
While the Prestige Diner was busy, it felt as though the waitress had no interest in being there and was having a bad day. We asked for a few things, like drink refills that took a long time and our food came out fairly slowly.

Cost: $
For my salad, coffee, and appetizer, it was $25.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Prestige Diner, and there is a lot I want to try on the menu. I would go back if I were in the area.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: C
Cost: $12-20

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Questions for you:
What are your favorite salad toppings?
What is the longest you’ve waited in a restaurant? 

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