Maple Valley Diner (Clifton, NJ) rainbow cake
Maple Valley Diner (Clifton, NJ)

Maple Valley Diner (Clifton, NJ)

Recently my good friend Cyd (who owns the website New Jersey Isn’t Boring) and I went to the Maple Valley Diner in Clifton, NJ. She heard it was good so we decided to give a shot. We’ve been to over 30 diners together now so it’s becoming harder and harder to find new ones that we both haven’t been too.

Maple Valley Diner (Clifton, NJ)

Maple Valley Diner (Clifton, NJ) Atmosphere: A
The Maple Valley Diner looks modern and well kept. It sticks out on the highway. The interior of The Maple Valley Diner looks fairly modern with plenty of booths, tables, a full-length bar, and a dessert case. I always appreciate a diner with a dessert case, although it makes me want to order dessert more (not a problem though).

The Maple Valley Diner Coffee: A
The Maple Valley Diner coffee was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress brought plenty of refills. I could haven’t asked for a better experience.Maple Valley Diner (Clifton, NJ) coffee

The Maple Valley Diner Food: B
The Maple Valley Diner menu has most things you expect in a diner. There is an all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I expected there to be more specials as well as seafood options, but there weren’t as many. The Maple Valley Diner is known for their sweet potatoes, french fries, french toast, egg platters, and cake.

Maple Valley Diner (Clifton, NJ) steak kabob

I decided to order the steak kabob (I think I’ve ordered it once at the Galaxy Diner). It came with grilled steak, grilled vegetables, on top of rice, as well as a side greek salad. I was happy with the steak kabob, although I asked for the steak for medium-rare, and it was much closer to medium or even done. Other than that, the meal was excellent.

The Maple Valley Diner Dessert: B
We heard the Rainbow Cake was excellent (also known as Italian cake) so we decided to order that. I like a good rainbow cake and I have no complaints. It also had a hint of raspberry, which was tasted great. I did think it was a small piece for the cost ($6).

Maple Valley Diner (Clifton, NJ) rainbow cake

The Maple Valley Diner Service: A
Our waitress at The Maple Valley Diner was friendly and our food came out fast. Plus, the manager came to check on us. In all, it was a great experience.

The Maple Valley Diner Cost: $$
For the steak kabob, coffee, and cake it was $30, which I did think the cake was much pricer for the size.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to The Maple Valley Diner?

I liked The Maple Valley Diner and I would go back if I’m in Clifton again. It’s slightly more expensive but worth the price. It was a great diner and experience.  I would go back just for the rainbow cake.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Dessert: B
Service: A
Cost: $15-25

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Do you like rainbow cake?

Have you ever tried a steak kabob? 

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale) broiled seafood
JB’s Diner on 33 (Farmingdale)

JB’s Diner on 33 (Farmingdale)

Recently my good friend and I met up at JB’s Diner on Route 33 in Farmingdale, NJ.  There is also a JB’s Diner on 57 and even a JB’s Cousin’s Diner. This is my first JB’s Diner.

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale)

Atmosphere: A
JB’s Diner on 33 in Farmingdale has the big, metallic, diner atmosphere you know and like. It’s easily recognizable from the road. JB’s Diner on 33 is right on the way to several shore towns, so it makes it a good stop if you’re heading to the shore.

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale)

The inside of JB’s Diner on 33 is clean, retro, and a step back in time. Everything about the diner from the exterior, to interior screams diner.

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale)

 

JB’s Diner on 33 Coffee: A
The coffee at JB’s Diner on 33 was brewed hot and fresh. The waitress refilled our coffee often.

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale)

JB’s Diner on 33 (Farmingdale) Food:
The JB’s Diner menu as everything you want and need in a diner. There is all-day breakfast menu, lunch, and sandwiches. Plus JB’s Diner menu has plenty of dinner specials.

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale) broiled seafood

I decided to order the broiled seafood platter, which comes with broiled shrimp, scallops, flounder, stuffed clam, and grilled feta tomato.

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale) broiled seafood

The meal was delicious. Sometimes ordering a seafood dish at a diner can be risky, but this was good. I was most fascinated by the tomato with feta cheese. It was unique and added some fun to the meal.

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale) sides

JB’s Diner on 33 Dessert: B
JB’s Diner on 33 in Farmingdale is known for milkshakes so I decided to order one, because why not? I ordered a vanilla milkshake which came with topped with whipped cream. I was disappointed with no cherry but not the milkshake itself was thick with plenty of ice cream.

JB's Diner on 33 (Farmingdale) milkshake

JB’s Diner on 33 Service: A
The waitress at JB’s Diner on 33 was nice, and our food came out quickly. I have no complaints.

JB’s Diner on 33 Cost: $
For my coffee, milkshake, and broiled seafood meal, it was $30.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to JB’s Diner (Farmingdale)?
I liked JB’s Diner on 33, and I’ll be back at some point. There are so many items I want to try like their french toast waffle.  Plus Farmingdale is a cool town.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Dessert: B
Service: A
Cost: $12-25
Overall: A

You Can See All 259 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like seafood? What is your favorite kind?
What is your favorite type of milkshake? 

Park Place Diner Denver PA
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.

The Park Place Diner is 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

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

Park Place Diner (Denver, PA) Food: A

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

A few of the Park Place Diner menu items that caught my eye:

  • french toast
  • prime rib
  • baked ham
  • fried chicken

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

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 of the Park Place Diner (Denver, PA):
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?

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj
Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Recently I went up to Scotch Plains and met NJ Isn’t Boring at another diner.  I’ve heard the Scotchwood Diner is good so when she suggested it, I agreed!

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Atmosphere: A
The outside of the Scotchwood Diner is exactly what you picture in a diner.  It’s a giant metallic chrome building.  The inside of the Scotchwood Diner has plenty of booths, tables, a giant dessert case, and bar.  If you’re looking for stereotypical diner then the Scotchwood Diner is ideal.

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The exterior of the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Coffee: A
The coffee at the Scotwchwood Diner was brewed hot and fresh each time.  There was nothing special or extraordinary about the coffee but it was good.

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Coffee and menu at the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Food: A
The Scotchwood Diner menu has everything you would want in a diner.  Breakfast is all day and there are plenty of lunch and dinner menu options too.  It has at least a dozen pages of food.  I’ve been eating out a lot lately so wanted a healthy salad.

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Greek salad with chicken at the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

I ordered a Greek salad with chicken which was presented beautifully.  Usually when I go to a diner with Cyd and get a salad, they have an awesome presentation.

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Up close of the Greek Salad at the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Service: A
The waitress was extremely friendly and refilled our beverages often. She was one of the best waitresses I’ve had in a while.

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Dessert: B
Cyd’s meal came with dessert and as the waitress was explaining the options, I thought the bread pudding sounded great. With the exception of cake, bread pudding is my favorite dessert!

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Bread pudding at the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

So much for my decision of eating healthy.  The bread pudding at the Scotchwood Diner was good, and there was less bread than pudding.  Personally, I prefer more bread.  It was good and I would order it again.

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Cost: $$
For my coffee, salad, and dessert the cost was $22 which was a bit pricer.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains):
I liked the Scotchwood Diner and I would definitely go back.  They have a lot of options I want to try.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Dessert: B
Cost: $10-20
Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like bread pudding?
What is a healthy food you enjoy?

J&G Diner (South Bound Brook)

J&G Diner (South Bound Brook)

Recently I went to the J&G Diner in South Bound Brook.  To be honest, I’ve had to remember the exact letter combination every time I go to type out a post.  Anyway, when I arrived at the J&G Diner for lunch, I was the only person in the J&G Diner.  I met the owner of the website, NJ Isn’t Boring, and while we were dining more customers came in.  Cyd and I have reviewed close to 20 diners if not more.  I believe she is coming close to going to 200 diners!

Neither of us had been to the J&G diner, so it was the perfect stop.

J&G Diner Atmosphere: B
The diner is located on the corner.  It’s not a big metallic building but a regular building attached to several other restaurants.  Inside, it’s clear the diner used to be an old Mexican or Spanish restaurant.  The atmosphere of the J&G Diner had hand-painted murals are a giveaway.  Plus J&G Diner has several specials such as a burrito or flan.

J&G Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at the J&G Diner was decent and warm.  There wasn’t anything exciting or unique about it, and I could have used more refills.

J&G Diner Food: C
The J&G Diner menu has all sorts of options from breakfast to lunch and dinner.  Unique to the J&G Diner menu is a lot of different Mexican and Spanish options.  As most people know at this point, I’ve been suffering from food poisoning.

If I wasn’t suffering from that, I probably would have ordered something new or unique.  I decided to order their Mediterranian salad with salmon.   When my food came out, I regretted the situation.  The salad was boring, and the salmon tasted as if it was reheated.  I had to request to extra dressings because there was barely any on there.  The food wasn’t bad but probably not something I would order again.

J&G Diner Service: B
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out quickly.  I could have used more drink refills, but other than that, I have no complaints.

Dessert: A
Cyd wanted to order dessert.  I probably wouldn’t have, but when she ordered dessert, it sounded like a good idea.  I decided to go with the bread pudding, which came with ice cream.

I like bread pudding; however, after food poisoning, it’s something I need to be more mindful of especially with ice cream.  The dessert was tasty, and it saved my overall opinion of the J&G diner.  I appreciated how many raisins (yes I like them) were in the bread pudding.  However, afterward, my stomach was not all that thrilled with me.  Oh well, live and learn.

Cost:
The J&G diner charges for everything including whipped cream in the coffee as well as extra dressings.  While I do understand they are extra items, it seemed a bit ridiculous when the salad was very dry, to begin with. For the coffee, salad, dessert, and extras the cost was $22.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the J&G Diner (South Bound Brook):
I liked the J&G Diner, and I would go back.  The bread pudding was delicious, and I would like to try some of their more unique items when I feel better.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: C
Service: B
Dessert: A
Cost: $8-18
Overall: B

You can find all 162 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite Mexican dish?
What is your favorite salad dressing?

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