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Diners

The Point Diner (Fairview)

The Point Diner (Fairview)

Recently I went to the Point Diner in Fairview, NJ.  I was in the area, and it looked like a great diner. Not to be confused with the Point 40 Diner in Monroeville.

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The Point Diner (Fairview) Atmosphere: B
When I arrived at the Point Diner around noon, it wasn’t crowded; in fact, there were only a few other parties in the restaurant.  The hostess put me in the corner, which was okay, but I felt as though it was kind of weird and isolating.

The Point Diner has an outdoor patio, which makes it unique.  Inside there is a full-length bar, small dessert case, and plenty of booths and tables.

The Point Diner (Fairview) Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but I could have used more.  Being in the corner, I think the waitress forgot about my table often.  I liked the coffee, and it was hot and fresh.

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The Point Diner (Fairview) Food: B
The Point Diner menu has everything you want or need in a diner.  They have a lot more breakfast menu specials that many diners, including more omelets, eggs, and french toast.  The Nutella french toast sounded intriguing.  They also have plenty of lunch and dinner options too.

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I decided to order the steak benedict, which was good.  Often times diner steak is rubbery, but the steak at the Point Diner was good.  The meal came with hash browns which tasted like regular hashbrowns.

The Point Diner (Fairview) Dessert: A
I decided to get a split cookie to go.  The cookie was good. I ate it about halfway through my hike at the Palisades.  If the cookie tasted lousy midway through a hike, you know it was terrible to start with.

the point diner fairview nj

The Point Diner (Fairview) Service: B
While the waitress at the Point Diner was friendly, I felt as though sitting in the back made her overlook our table frequently.  I could have used more drink refills.  I was surprised about the length of time it took for food to come with how quiet the restaurant was too.

The Point Diner (Fairview) Price: $
For my breakfast, coffee, and cookie, the cost was $13.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of The Point Diner (Fairview):
I liked the Point Diner and would go back.  I thought I was a good diner and in the top half of diners I’ve been too.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Dessert: A
Service: B
Cost: $10-23
The Point Diner (Fairview) Overall: B

You can see all of the diner reviews here. 

Questions for you:
Where is the best restaurant steak you’ve had?

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Galloway Diner and Cafe
Diners

Galloway Diner (Absecon)

Galloway Diner (Absecon, NJ)

On August 21st, Cyd of New Jersey Isn’t Boring, and myself went to the Galloway Diner.  How do I know that precise date?  We also went and watched the Eclipse.  I took a photo that I’m proud of, which you can see here.  Around lunchtime at the Galloway Diner, it wasn’t crowded at all.  Out of all of the diners I’ve been too, this is one of the biggest.

Galloway Diner Atmosphere: A
The Galloway Diner is a stereotypical NJ diner.  The outside of the Galloway Diner is chrome, and the inside has multiple booths, tables, and a full-sized bar.  It’s beautiful and open, so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone. As I mentioned, it’s one of the biggest diners I’ve ever been too or even seen!

Galloway Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Galloway Diner was hot and brewed fresh.  The waitress also refilled our beverages often.  It came from my favorite coffee roaster: Lacas.  I have no complaints.

Galloway Diner and Cafe

Galloway Diner Service: B
It was the hosts first day, and she did a great job.  She was friendly, and I would never have guessed it was her first day on the job.  The waitress at the Galloway Diner was friendly and gave us several recommendations.  However, the food was much slower to come out than anticipated.

Galloway Diner Food: A
The Galloway diner menu has several pages including a specials page.  I had eaten a few hours earlier and wasn’t running much at the time, so I opted for something lighter. I decided to order the Greek salad with salmon, which was a great size, and the presentation was excellent.  I will say it’s one of the largest pieces of salad salmon I’ve received.  Definitely one of the better diner salads I’ve had.  It had everything I liked and nothing I didn’t.  The waitress even asked if I wanted anchovies which rarely happens.

I will say it’s one of the largest pieces of salad salmon I’ve received.  Definitely one of the better diner salads I’ve had.  It had everything I liked and nothing I didn’t.  The waitress even asked if I wanted anchovies which rarely happens. I’m a huge anchovy fan!

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Galloway Diner Dessert: A
At the Galloway Diner, I decided to take a black and white cookie to go, and it was great.  The cookie was soft with plenty of frosting.  It was one of the best cookies I’ve had!  Of course, I forgot to take a photo of the actual cookie.
Galloway Diner and Cafe

Cost: $$
For my coffee, salad with salmon and cookie, the cost was $22.  It was a bit more pricey than I anticipated, but it wasn’t bad.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back to the Galloway Diner (Absecon)?
I enjoyed the Galloway Diner, and I would go back.  The waitress was friendly, and there was plenty of space.  While it’s a bit more pricey for a diner, I don’t have any complaints about the Galloway Diner (Absecon).

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

You can see more of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What’s the biggest restaurant you’ve been too?
Do you like anchovies?

Diners

Suburban Diner (Paramus)

Suburban Diner (Paramus)

A few weeks ago, I was in North Jersey around lunch. It was the perfect excuse to try another diner. I browsed the internet to see which diners were the closest and decided upon the Suburban Diner.  Anytime you go to a diner for brunch on the weekend, you know it’s going to be crowded. When we arrived, they said it would be about a ten-minute wait. It the 113 diners I’ve been too, I’ve only had to wait twice. Ten minutes ended up being two, and we were quickly seated.

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Suburban Diner (ParamD

The outside of the Suburban Diner was modern with plenty of parking. It draws your attention in from the main road. The inside of the Suburban Diner is modern and spacious. The diner is centered around the bar. They have a unique mix of high and low tables as well as booths and counter space. However, the walls of the diner were noticeably dirty with smeared food on the wall.

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Suburban Diner (Paramus) Coffee: A
The coffee at the Suburban Diner was hot, fresh, and constantly refilled. It was good, and I have no complaints.

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Suburban Diner (Paramus) Service: A
Everything about the service at the Suburban Diner was excellent. We were sat quickly after arriving; our orders were taken immediately, and the food came out quickly too.  Unlike the diner last week, the food came out quickly.  This would even be considered fast service for an empty diner, but it was more than impressive since every table was being used.

Suburban Diner (Paramus) Food: A
Since we arrived at the Suburban Diner around 11, I was still in breakfast mode. The Suburban Diner menu has breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time. I thought I was going to order the eggs benedict, but then I decided to order something off the menu I haven’t seen at a restaurant before. “The Orginal bowl.” The bowl contained potatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, and I ordered over hard eggs. All of the ingredients were mixed into one giant bowl.  It reminded me of garbage plates in Rochester.  Everything tasted good, and I enjoyed the ingredients blended together.  It was a unique but delicious menu item.

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Suburban Diner (Paramus) Dessert: A
While walking by the Suburban Diner dessert case, the red velvet cookie caught my eye. The cookie was dense and massive. I saved it for my hike later in the day.  Honestly, the cookie by itself was great, but it also gave me energy mid-hike.  My only complaint was it did taste like a giant red sugar cookie versus red velvet.  That being said, it was a good cookie and kept me energized during the hike.

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Suburban Diner (Paramus) Cost: $
For the coffee, eggs, and cookie, the cost was $12.  That’s extremely cheap for the amount of food I received.

Summary/Would I come back to the Suburban Diner (Paramus)?

I enjoyed the Suburban Diner, and I would go back.  There wasn’t anything I disliked.  It has excellent food, quick service, and presentable.  In fact, it’s in my top 10 diners in the entire state.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Service: A
Food: A
Dessert: A
Cost: $12-20
Overall: A

You can see all of the diner reviews here. 

Questions for you:
What’s the fastest service you’ve received?
What is your favorite type of cookie?

Running, Training

16 Miles of Doom

No I did not bike 16 miles.

Wouldn’t that really be doom?

But.

I ran 16.25 miles on Sunday for my long run.  That is a new length distance record for me by 2.5 miles.  Assured-I did it extremely smartly too.  As I could have run Monday because my legs don’t hurt.

Also something I didn’t do.  (I am learning this whole running thing slowly).

I ran today too and felt awesome, but anyways.

Don’t worry, I am just as shocked as you are.  I have no doubt spent countless 2 hour practices of swimming, but never ever in my wildest dreams would I imagine I would spent over 2 hours running on trails, on hills, and on the side of the road like I was running from the police.  Just kidding.  I spent it running with one of my closest friends at school.  The man who taught me that there are more races than 5ks (thank the high heavens).  Who has run most of my half marathons with.  Basically Justin is fantastic.

He runs marathons often.

He jogs marathons often.

He mostly just spends time on the Arctrainer in the gym though.

I would be lying to you if I said Justin probably could knit pick my brain better than 99% of people I know.  I could call him and be like Justin, I don’t want to go out to the bars tonight because I want to jog at 6 am and he would always respond with okay pick you up at 5:55. Similarly, he says Hollie I’m staying at your house over winter break so I can run a 50k race near your house.

Fine with me.  My parents might think I have real life friends.

It’s just how we roll.

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Right then.  So I had to choose the perfect oufit to do my long run in.  By had to choose, I mean I need to choose to do laundry and this was the only one I had left.  I had lovely photos of it, but this one just shows how technology stupid I am.

And yes I wear my hair like that when I run and no it doesn't get in my face (it's too nappy for that).

 

So anyways, we were off to the neighboring town (because I’ve logged way to many miles up in this town for a long run).  By neighboring, it was 10 minutes away.

We had originally decided that we would run for roughly an hour and a half.  I have a weird mental block against running by myself longer.  I don’t know why-but I get super nervous like I’ll drop dead or something if I run for over 1:30 in a training run. We all have mental fears mine is running for long times, birds, and getting so lost that you never make it home.

But we got to life talking and chatting.   And talking…and chatting…and running…and talking…and chatting…and still running.  See where I’m going with this?

It was at 1:31.  I was alive and we kept running.  I took a momentary stop and talked about how cool we were.  Justin is the type of fella that does not stop running.  He doesn’t take stretching breaks, stop light breaks, or you know…nap breaks.  I needed to take this moment to congratulate myself (what..you don’t do that?)

Around 1:50, I began to become cracked out.  Like I had the creepiest smile on my face, I had bulging eyes, I was running through the woods (passerbyers seemed to run further and further on the other side of the trail).  But I finished.

During this time, I thought to myself one day I’ll be capable of running a full marathon.  It made me excited.  I made my goal to conquer the half first (ie: run a sub 1:30) then move on up to train for a full.  I seemed reasonable (in my mind at least).

And I haven’t been this proud of a run in a long time. 

So Justin and I went to my favorite place ever afterwords.  The Balgary!

Where I put down a cookie bigger than my head in all of five minutes (maybe..but I’ll go with 3 minutes).

What...you don't take photos of yourself with hugh jass cookies?

So after my not so pleasent running experience on Saturday, I had the best running experience on Sunday.  Funny how life works like that.  It should stop living my life in my own world…oh wait.

Never.

Enjoy this photo of our last race. I seem to somehow miss the "sexy pose" every single time.

Question for you:

What mental blocks have you gotten over recently?