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Sand Castle Diner (Beachwood)

A few weeks ago, before walking around Cattus State Park, I went to the Sand Castle Diner in Beachwood.  I remember reading the Sand Castle Diner making one of the “top 40 NJ diners” so I was excited to have the opportunity to stop by.

Atmosphere: A
The exterior of the Sand Castle Diner is cobblestone.  It’s not a big shiny diner, like many, but it’s a nice modern diner.  The inside is big with plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  It’s a very modern building, and it appears to have had been updated.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh each time. There wasn’t anything unusual about it, but it was good coffee.

Sandcastle Diner toms river

Food: B
The Sandcastle Diner has every type of food you can imagine in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  I was indecisive of what I wanted.  Ultimately I decided to order a breakfast special which came with eggs, pancakes, and ham.

Sandcastle Diner toms river

The special was good.  It’s hard to mess up breakfast but everything was cooked well.

Sandcastle Diner toms river

Service: B

The waitress was friendly and brought us refills when we needed them.  In all, the food came out and quickly, and I have no complaints.

Price: $
For my salad and coffee, it was $16.

Summary/Would I Come Back:
I liked the Sandcastle Diner, and it’s definitely one of my more favorite diners along the shore. I would go back!

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

You can see all 186 diners I’ve been too here.

Questions for you:
Where is the biggest salad you’ve gotten?
Do you have many beach trips planned for the spring and summer?

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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.

the point diner fairview nj

Atmosphere: B
When I arrived 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.

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.

the point diner fairview nj

Food: B
The Point Diner has everything you want or need in a diner.  They have a lot more breakfast 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.

the point diner fairview nj

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.

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

Service: B
While the waitress 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.

Price: $
For my breakfast, coffee, and cookie the cost was $13.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
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
Overall: B

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

Franklin Park Diner (Kendall Park)

Franklin Park Diner (Kendall Park)

Recently I went to the Franklin Park Diner in Kendall Park, NJ.  I’ve wanted to go for a few months now, but it never works out.  When I found myself in central Jersey a few weeks ago, it seemed like the perfect time.

Franklin park diner kendall park nj

Atmosphere: B
The Franklin Park Diner is small but cute.  It has an exterior sign marked: diner.  The inside is open, and you can see the entire kitchen from the booths and tables.  There aren’t many diners like that anymore, so I appreciate it!

Franklin park diner kendall park nj

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh each time, and I have no complaints.

Franklin park diner kendall park nj

Food: A
The Franklin Park Diner has most anything you could picture in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  There were several dinner specials, but nothing spoke to me.   I decided to order a simple beef gyro.  It came with french fries, and a small side greek salad.  I liked the beef gyro, and I have no complaints.

Franklin park diner kendall park nj

Service: A

The waitress was very attentive, funny, and friendly.  My food also came out in a blink of an eye.  I couldn’t have asked for better dinner service.

Price:
For my gyro and coffee, the cost was $10 which is hard to beat.

Overall thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Franklin Park Diner and would definitely come back.  I enjoyed how open the entire diner is and the ability to watch your food being made.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Price: $8-12
Overall: A

You can see all 182 Diner Reviews here.

Questions for you: Have you ever been to a restaurant you can watch the food being made?

Northvale Diner

Northvale Diner

Recently I found myself in Northern NJ at the Northvale Diner.  By that, I mean the Northvale Diner is one of the most Northern diners I’ve been too.  The State Line Diner is just as far North but a little further west.

northvale diner

Anyway, I arrived at dinner time, and the Northvale Diner wasn’t crowded.  I was excited because I was hungry.

Atmosphere: A

The Northvale Diner is a typical Nj diner.  You walk into the building next to a giant dessert case.  Immediately I saw the red velvet mini cakes which called my name.

The diner itself has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  It’s modern, clean, and open.   It’s a nice clean restaurant, and you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone.

Coffee: A
The coffee is Lacas Coffee from South Jersey!  I was surprised because Lacas is brewed over 100 miles away, but I didn’t complain.  The coffee itself was good, and the waiter brought plenty of refills.

northvale diner

Food: A
The Northvale Diner has a lot more unique and upscale options than many diners. There are salmon burgers, goat cheese salads, and many other modern and upscale options.

northvale diner

For an appetizer, I ordered one of my favorite appetizers: The Mezze platter.  It came with four types of hummus, pita bread, olives, and grape leaves.  I thought it could use a bit more pita bread but other than that it was good.  The sundried tomato hummus was my favorite!

I decided to order the tuna burger which came with sweet potato fries.  I don’t know the last time I ate a tuna burger!  The tuna burger was cooked perfectly.  I appreciated how crispy the fries were too.

northvale diner

Dessert: A
After walking in next to the dessert case, the red velvet cake caught my eye.  I ordered the red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream.  As most people know, red velvet cake is my favorite, and I have high expectations for it!

northvale diner

The red velvet cake was delicious, and the frosting was thick but still sugary.  One of my favorite cakes so far!  I appreciated how much frosting was on the cake.

Service: A
The waiter was friendly, and the food came out quickly.  I have no complaints there.

Cost: $
For my burger, coffee, appetizer, and dessert, the cost was $30.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Northvale Diner, and it was one of my favorite diners so far.  If I’m up in the area again, I’ll be back!

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

You can see all of the diners I’ve been too here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite appetizer?

Have you ever had a tuna burger?

Talk of the Towne Diner

Talk of the Towne Diner

After the Adrenaline 5k, I headed down to Virginia.  I knew I needed to get food for the drive and took it as the perfect chance to further my dinering.

I found a diner in Salem County, the “Talk of the Towne Diner.”  When I stopped around lunchtime on a Saturday, it wasn’t too crowded, and I was quickly seated.  Since I had just raced, I was hungry.

talk of the towne diner new jersey

Atmosphere: B
The Talk of the Towne looks like many South Jersey Diners with a cobblestone exterior and multiple rooms. Inside there are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

There was also a full salad bar as well as a “hot foods breakfast bar” which looked like it might be for a catering event or party.

talk of the towne diner new jersey

Coffee: A
The Talk of the Towne Diner served the local Lacas coffee which is one of my favorite coffees.  The waitress brought plenty of refills, and I had no complaints.  It was one of the better coffees I have had in a while.

talk of the towne diner salem county

Food: A
The Talke of the Town has everything a diner usually has.  There are plenty of breakfast options, as well as a full salad bar, lunch, and dinner options.  There aren’t too many unique options at the Talk of the Town Diner, but there also isn’t anything it’s missing either.

talk of the towne diner salem county

I opted for one of their skillets which came with eggs, potatoes, sausage, and vegetables.  When the skillet came out, it was sizzling and hot, it actually reminded me of something I would get a Mexican restaurant.

talk of the towne diner salem county

I also decided to get a cinnamon bun which was great.

The Talk of the Towne was definitely one of the most surprising diners, food wise.  It was much better than I anticipated and I was very pleased.

Service: A
The waitress was extremely friendly, and the food came out within 15 minutes.  To be honest, I could not have asked for a more pleasant experience.

Cost:
For more meal, cinnamon bun, and coffee, the cost was $20.

Overall thoughts/would I come back:
I liked the Talk of the Towne Diner and would go back again.  It’s a great stop if you are near the Delaware Memorial Bridge and need a quick bite to eat or break from the roads.

 
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-12
Overall: A

See all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite post-race food?
Do you like cinnamon buns? Where is your favorite?

Pat’s Original Diner (Trenton)

Pat’s Original Diner (Trenton)

Recently, I rounded out Mercer County by going to my last diner (as of now) in the County.  Even though Mercer County is one of the smaller counties, it is the first county I’ve completed.

I arrived on a Sunday around brunch time, and it wasn’t overly crowded.  I was hungry and happy to quickly get a table.

Pats original diner trenton

Atmosphere: C
The diner looks like a local favorite.  The outside is plenty of windows.  It’s reasonably big with plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  The booths are cramped, and I felt like I was sharing my meal with everyone.  The inside could use an update and several of the booths had rips and tears in them.

Coffee: A
The coffee took a while to get to us but once it did; it was one of the better coffees I’ve had.  The whipped cream was also homemade which made a huge difference.

pat's original diner trenton

Food: B
Pat’s Original Diner has many different options for breakfast, to lunch, and dinner.  They don’t have a lot of healthy choices so if you’re looking for that, this might not be your stop.

pat's original diner trenton

I have been twice now, and the second time I decided to order the French toast and Taylor ham.  The French toast had cinnamon baked in which I definitely appreciated.  It was light and fluffy.  The scrambled eggs and Taylor ham were both good.

pat's original diner trenton

Service: C
The waitress was nice, but she didn’t come around much.  I could have used a lot more water and refills.

Cost: $
For the coffee, French toast, eggs, and Taylor ham the cost was $10.

Overall/Summary:
In all, Pats Original Diner started off rough, but it did get better.  The homemade whipped cream in the coffee definitely boosted it up.

Atmosphere: C
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: C
Cost: $8-12
Overall: B

Questions for you:
Do you like French toast?
What is your favorite brunch item?

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?

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