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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?

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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!

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 has plenty of booths, tables, a giant dessert case, and bar.  If you’re looking for stereotypical diner then the Scotchwood Diner is ideal.

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh each time.  There was nothing special or extraordinary about the coffee but it was good.

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

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

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

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.

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

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.

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!

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

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

Cost: $$
For my coffee, salad, and dessert the cost was $22 which was a bit pricer.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
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
Overall: A

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

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 for lunch, I was the only person in the 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.

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 and hand painted murals are a giveaway.  Plus J&G Diner has several specials such as a burrito or flan.

Coffee: B
The coffee was decent and warm.  There wasn’t anything interesting or unique about it, and I could have used more refills.

Food: C
J&G has all sorts of options from breakfast to lunch and dinner.  Unique to the diner 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.

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:
I liked the J&G Diner, and I would go back.  The bread pudding was extremely good, 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

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Time to Eat DinerSomerset, 

You can find all 162 Diner reviews here.

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

Treno Pizza Bar

Recently I’ve had a few more opportunities to go to local restaurants in South Jersey.  This particular time, my husband and I were invited to go to Treno Pizza Bar in Westmont, NJ.

We’ve been before, and it’s one of the best pizza spots in the area, but we were invited to try the new menu.  When looking at possible days, I thought after the Runners World Festival would be ideal.  The last thing I really want to do is cook and Treno sounded much more appealing.  But really, when doesn’t it?

We arrived at Treno around 5:30 pm.  The area of Westmont has had lot of construction lately, including brand new shiny high rise apartments next door.  Honestly, if my husband didn’t need a garage, I would love to live there.Those apartments are in a prime spot to walk to several bars or fancier restaurants that serve alcohol such as Treno.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the hostess, and since it was a beautiful evening, we opted to sit on the patio. Treno pizza bar westmont nj

The manager came over and gave us personal recommendations including the veggie pizza and Treno Board.

As I mentioned, Treno serves alcohol including craft beer.  I immediately noticed Flying Fish beer, which I ran a local 5k at the brewery last month.

After chatting with the manager, the Treno board came out quickly with a variety of different bites including prosciutto di parma, house-cured meat, robiola, caciocavallo, roasted peppers, olives, crostini.  Everything on the board was delicious.  As someone who loves olives, they were my personal favorite.  The types of cheeses were both unique and I hadn’t had either.  Definitely a great starter! Treno pizza bar westmont nj board

As the manager recommended, I ordered the Veggie pizza.  Veggie pizza isn’t typically my first choice as I love pepper, sausage, and meat pizzas.

Heck, I even like pineapple pizza but I always like trying new things, and the Brick Oven Veggie Pizza came with butternut squash, onions, and goat cheese.  It reminded me a lot of a flatbread and something that would be perfect for a half marathon or marathon.  The pizza itself isn’t huge, which I appreciated.

Treno pizza bar westmont nj

My husband ordered the new Wood Oven Calabrian pizza which had house-made chili sausage, red onion, mozzarella, roasted corn, red sauce.  The manager mentioned a lot of people have come in loving spicy foods, so they want to incorporate more of that and to be honest, I agree.  I’m all about anything spicy.

Treno pizza bar westmont nj pizza

Both pizzas were great and I would order either of them again.  In fact, I think the veggie pizza might become a staple for before races for me.

We also decided to split the Tiramisu dessert and scoop of their vanilla gelato.  The Tiramisu came in a mason jar and had whipped cream (you know I love that!), fig jam and a biscotti cookie.  Both the gelato and tiramisu were great.

Treno pizza bar westmont nj pizza tiramisu

I had such a pleasant experience at the Treno, and I appreciate the invitation to try their new menu.  Everything from the food, to the service to the atmosphere, is so welcoming.  I like the idea of having smaller plates to split and snack on.  As someone who likes to try a lot of different items, this is awesome.  Plus, serving alcohol, many people need food but don’t want anything heavy.  If you are ever local, I recommend it.

Thank you for the invitation Treno and I look forward to coming back!

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of pizza?

Have you tried tiramisu before?

Jersey Diner

The Jersey Diner in New Jersey?  

A few weeks ago, Cyd of New Jersey Isn’t Boring, and I met at the Jersey diner in Cinnaminson, NJ.  Amazingly enough, this diner isn’t far from me yet I hadn’t been before.  When she first told me about it, I was shocked it was one I haven’t been too.

Atmosphere: A

The diner itself is picture perfect NJ diner.  It is after all called, the Jersey Diner! The outside is a shiny metallic building, and inside is filled with booths, tables, and a long bar.  It’s everything you picture from a diner.

Jersey Diner

Jersey Diner

So shiny…

Service: A

I’ve been extremely lucky with waiters and waitresses lately, and this was no exception.  Our waitress was extremely friendly, and I have no complaints.  She was one of the kindest and friendliness servers I’ve had to date.

Coffee: A

The coffee was excellent, and I have no complaints.  The waitress added a lot of whipped cream, possibly more than actual coffee.  Let’s be honest; we all know that was okay by me.

Jersey Diner

Food: A

The Jersey diner has a lot of unusual foods and a lot of Mexican food.  I haven’t seen a lot of diners with that.  I decided to order a gyro quesadilla.  The quesadilla came with gyro, feta cheese, onions and French fries.  The quesadilla itself was good but messy. Jersey Diner

 It was filled with feta cheese and chicken that seemed to spill everywhere.

The French fries were nice and soft.  Personally, I like soft, large fries versus small crispy ones.  These fit the bill.  It also came with soup, and I ordered the beef barley.  It was good but nothing out of the ordinary.

Jersey Diner

Dessert: A
We had been sitting right next to the dessert case so it was hard not to stare.  I ultimately decided to get a “puff pastry” which is something I’ve never had before.  It was like a giant pastry filled with frosting and whipped cream so for me it was perfect.  This was one of my favorite “noncake” desserts to date.

Jersey Diner

Price: $

For my quesadilla, coffee, and pastry the cost was $14.  The pastry was only $2.99, I could not believe it.

Summary/Overall:

The diner was good and a very stereotypical diner.  The puff pastry was one of the best desserts I’ve had, and I will be back.

Atmosphere: A

Coffee: A

Service: A

Food: A

Dessert: A

Overall: A

Questions for you: 

What is your favorite type of cake?

Do you like quesadillas? 

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