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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?

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Country Town Diner (Berlin)

Going to a new diner can always be hit or miss.  Usually, I like to give diners a few weeks before going in.  The Country Town Diner in Berlin opened a couple of months ago.  It’s another somewhat nearby diner to me.

Atmosphere: B
The outside looks like a regular building.  It doesn’t look like an exciting, metallic or shiny building but it looks nice with plenty of parking.

The inside has plenty of booths and tables with a full-length bar.  The diner had an odd smell to it which I couldn’t pinpoint.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed extremely hot, and the waitress brought a bowl of whipped cream.  It was hot, brewed well, and who can argue with that much-whipped cream.  In all, I enjoyed it.

Food: A
The Country Town Diner has everything a standard diner has.  Breakfast all day, lunch anytime, plenty of seafood and steak options.  There is very little diner food you can’t find.

I decided to order the Hungry Man breakfast.  It came with eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, bacon, pancakes and pork roll. I had to look at the photo to remember everything!

The pancakes were light and fluffy and some of the best pancakes I’ve had.  It’s only my second time having pork roll, but I enjoyed it.  In all, I enjoyed my meal a lot.

Service: A
Our waitress was friendly and kept our beverages refilled at all times.  Plus our food came out quickly, she was one of the best waitresses I’ve had.

Cost: $
For my coffee and breakfast, the cost was $12.

Summary/Would I come back?
The Country Town Diner is a great addition to the area, and I would come back.  I do hope whatever the smell is taken care of.

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: New Berlin Diner, Palace Diner, Vorhees Diner

See all Diners here.

Atmosphere: C
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: C
Cost: $8-15
Overall: B

Questions for you:
Have you ever tried pork roll?
Have you been to a new restaurant lately?

King Chefs Diner (Colorado Springs)

While driving through Colorado Springs, I knew there was one diner I wanted to go too: The King Chef Diner.  It had been on the Food Network before!

Atmosphere: A
It’s a small, purple, castle located on the main road.  If you aren’t familiar with it, you’ll wonder what you are driving by.  That being said, it’s one of the best atmospheres out there!

King Chef Diner Colorado Springs Outside

The inside sits 13, and everyone must sit at the bar.  You can watch the chef in the back or talk to the waitress.  Everyone speaks to everyone, and you immediately meet new friends.  It’s clear that it’s a local favorite.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, with plenty of whipped cream.  I have no complaints.

Service: A
For the entire diner, there is one waitress and one cook.  Which makes sense because it’s so small!  Our waitress was extremely friendly, knew almost everyone, and our food came out quickly.

Food: A
The King Chef diner is open for breakfast and lunch (not dinner), and you can order anything at anytime.  The King Chef diner has unique options such as a burrito that appeared on the Food Network.  Since the burrito was on the Food Network, I knew immediately what I needed to order. If you are looking for something healthy, you probably won’t find it there.

The portions are huge. The burrito had a flour tortilla stuffed with: two scrambled eggs, sausage, grilled onions, hash browns & shredded cheese. I choose to top mine with their signature green chili!  It was spicy (which I like!).  It was one of the best burritos I have ever had.  I had watched the Food Network episode so I knew to come hungry.  My husband and I had also run earlier and I even I struggled to finish the burrito.

King Chef Diner Colorado Springs

Cost: $
For the coffee and burrito, the cost was $13.  Most people would get two meals out ofit.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:

I enjoyed the King Chef Diner, and I would go back anytime I’m in Colorado Springs.  It’s definitely a unique experience!

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $6-12
Overall: A

Other Diners I went on the Trip:

Sams 3 (Denver)

New Castle Diner (New Castle, Co)

Questions for you:
What is the smallest restaurant you’ve been too?
Have you ever been to a restaurant on the Food Network?

Corner Post Diner (Brick)

Corner Post Diner (Brick)

Last week I went to the Corner Post Diner in Brick, NJ.  I have wanted to go to the Corner Post Diner for a while.  The menu at the Corner Post has a lot of fun and unique options including 150 omelets.

Atmosphere: A
The Corner Post Diner is literally a corner restaurant in an outdoor shopping mall.  It’s the corner…and the post.

Unknowing to me, I went during their “roaring 20s” theme month. The inside was completely decorated.  I’ve been to restaurant themed nights before, and the Corner Post Diner did it well.

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

Coffee: B
The coffee was decent.  It was hot, but I could have used more.

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

Service: C
Our waiter was friendly but didn’t come back for long periods.  We were left without drink refills for most of the time, and our food was a bit slower coming out.  The waiter was friendly though.

Food: A
The Corner Post Diner has everything a diner has.  It has a huge list of breakfast options (including 150 omelet choices), lunch, and dinner.  Since I was getting over food poisoning, I opted to get something a bit less exciting.

When they mentioned the soup of the day was split pea, I knew what I wanted.  I went with their soup and sandwich option.  The split pea was good and nice and hot (lukewarm soup is the worst).

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

I ordered the half BLT which was good as well.  Everything was cooked well, and I had no complaints.

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

On a side note, the Corner Post Diner menu was interesting.  It was a large wooden menu with jokes and LOL written in the posts.  How can I hate that?

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

Cost: $
For my soup, sandwich, and coffee, the cost was $10, so I can’t complain about that.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Corner Post Diner and had a positive experience there.  I could have used more drink refills, but other than that, it was a good experience.

Atmosphere: A
Service: C
Coffee: B
Food” A
Cost: $8-10

Closeby Diners I’ve Been:
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Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a restaurant themed night?
What is your favorite type of soup?

Red Rose Diner (Phillipsburg)

The Red Rose Diner in Phillipsburg has recently undergone a management change.  I thought the management change was recent due to the lack of reviews, plus the giant streamers on the outside.  When I asked the waitress about it, she said it was about 6 months ago.  I guess that begs the question of how long can it be considered “recent.”  Not that is matters…

I got to the Red Rose Diner around 5 pm, and there were only a couple of other parties.

Atmosphere: B
The Red Rose Diner definitely is hard to miss on the road.  It’s a big metallic diner with giant streamers and ribbons on the outside.  It also had a rock garden that says “Red Rose Diner” and signs with both Salad Bar and Under New Management.  The exterior has a lot going on.

The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a small salad bar.  It appeared to be a decent salad bar, however, if the main draw is the salad bar it needs more toppings and salad.

Red Rose diner Phillipsburg

Service: D
When we walked in, the hostess and possibly owner instructed us to turn around and look at the specials.  It was just awkward.

The waitress took our order.  Since there weren’t many people in the diner, I expected the food to come out faster than it did.

Not to skip ahead but I ordered a Caesar salad for an appetizer.  The salad came out with the meal and wasn’t a Caesar.  When I asked the waitress about it, the waitress simply said: the caesar was a big salad so she changed my order for the side salad.

So she changed my order, didn’t inform or ask me if that’s what I wanted and brought it out anyway.  That wasn’t acceptable in any form with anything.

Coffee: B
The coffee was good but wasn’t anything to write home about.  It was hot, and I had a few refills.

Red Rose diner Phillipsburg

Food: C
As I mentioned with service, I was less than impressed by the service and salad.

Red Rose diner Phillipsburg

The Red Rose Diner has plenty of options: all day breakfast, lunch, dinner, salads, seafood, pasta, the list is pretty much endless.

I ordered something along the lines of the Athenian sandwich.  I don’t remember the exact name.  It was Greek sandwich with beef, feta, on pita bread.  It was much bigger than I anticipated.  I also ordered the sweet potato fries which were good. Red Rose diner Phillipsburg

My main entree was good, but I was still not in the best of moods after the waitress changed my salad order.  The sandwich was good.

Cost: $
For my sandwich, salad, and coffee the cost as $13.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?

The Red Rose Diner wasn’t the worst diner I’ve been too, but the waitress changing my order as well as awkward quirks with the specials board and limited salad bar made it in the bottom half.

I would probably give it a second chance if I’m in the area again though.  I do believe they need to beef up their salad bar, change the way they do their specials, and have their wait staff make sure customers receive what they ordered.  That is strange for anywhere.

Overall:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Service: D
Food: C
Cost: $8-20
Overall: C

Closeby Diner I’ve Been: Key City Diner 

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Questions for you:
Where is the best salad bar you’ve had?
Has a server ever changed your order without you knowing?

Fast Break Diner (Toms River)

Fast Break Diner (Toms River)

Recently I went to the Fast Break Diner in Toms River with Cyd of New Jersey Isn’t Boring.  We have been to around 20 diners together, and it’s becoming increasingly more challenging to find diners neither of us has been too.

As many long-time followers know, in a distant life I used to live much closer to Toms River.  My regret is not going to more shore diners.  Now it’s about 75 minutes to get out there.

We met at the Fast Break Diner around 11 am on a weekday, and it was crowded.  When we asked the host about it, they said it actually wasn’t as crowded as usual.

Atmosphere: A
The atmosphere of the Fast Break Diner is more intriguing than anything.  The outside is one large open window, and you can see everything inside.  The inside is a bright seashore blue.  It reminds me a lot of the Papermoon Diner in Baltimore.  There are a lot of odds and ends trinkets around, but it fits the atmosphere.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

Service: A
Our waiter was great.  He refilled our beverages, and our food was out within minutes.  Definitely one of the better services I’ve had at a diner.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot every time, and the waiter gave me a giant cup of whipped cream, so it’s hard to argue with that.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

Food: B
The menu at the Fast Break Diner is more limited than most diners.  They have a few pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and a few salads.  There wasn’t a lot of unique or exciting options minus the fried cheddar cheese balls.  Cyd and I opted to split them which we quickly realized we ordered a lot of food.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

At the time, I’m not exactly sure what I was craving.  We went at off time, so they were also out of a lot more food items including pumpkin pancakes.  Nothing on the menu spoke to me, so I decided to order a roasted red pepper and artichoke omelet and an Indian summer salad.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

I ended up taking most of the omelet home.  It was great and had a lot of artichokes, roasted red pepper, as well as melted cheese.  It wasn’t greasy and one of the better diner omelets I’ve had.

I’ve never had an “Indian Summer Salad,” but it had lettuce, dried cranberries, pears, walnuts, and feta cheese.  It was a good diner salad, and I’ve had much worse.   Despite ordering a bit of everything, I was happy with my choice.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

In all, my food was good, but I do wish they had a few more options.

Cost: $
For my salad, omelet, coffee and the fried cheese balls, the cost was $20 which isn’t bad considering I had almost an entire second meal.

Overall Summary/Would I come back?

I liked the Fast Break Diner and would go back.  I do wish the menu was bigger or had more of the specials in stock but other than that, I have no complaints.

Overall:
Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Price: $6-12
Overall: A

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: New Crystal Diner, Four Seasons Diner

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of omelet?

 

The Diner (Jamesburg)

The Diner (Jamesburg)

With a name like “The Diner,” it must be good right?

A few weeks ago, my good friend Christine and I met at “The Diner” in Jamesburg.  It just so happened to be Christine’s birthday too!

Atmosphere: A
The Diner is very different than any other NJ diner I’ve been too.  It’s located on the main street of Jamesburg, and you feel as though you’re entering grandmas kitchen.  It even has a front door resembling a house. The inside is all hardwood floors with wooden chairs and tables.  While it’s not a stereotypical, diner, it’s nice, and I appreciated it.

Service: B
Our waitress was friendly. However, it took her a while to come back to our table for refills and a couple of requests.

Coffee: B
The coffee was good.  There was nothing unique about it, but it was decent diner coffee.

The Diner Jamesburg NJ

Food: A
The diner has most everything you want in a diner.  They have plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They even have fajitas.  I did, notice, they were missing a large selection of seafood (which is usually common in diners).

There was also a handwritten page specials.  When I saw a Greek Salad with soup and a dessert for $11.50, I knew I couldn’t beat that price. Originally I wanted something else that would have cost $20+.

The Diner Jamesburg NJ

When the waitress mentioned split pea soup, I knew it was the soup for me.  Split pea soup is one of my favorite soups (next to lentil), and when it’s offered, I take advantage.  The soup was good, and I have no complaints.

Both Christine and I ordered the same Greek Salad and were pleasantly surprised by the size.  Normally on the specials menu, meals are smaller, but the salad was one of the bigger ones I’ve had.  Plus it had both chicken and sardines.  The salad was one of the better Greek diner salads I’ve had.  Special or not, the salad was good and one of the cheapest diner salads I’ve had to date.  It is definitely hard to beat.  Plus the garlic bread was delicious.  Typically greek salads come with pita, and while I missed I like pita bread, the garlic bread was a great substitute.

The Diner Jamesburg NJ

Dessert: A
For dessert, I opted for bread pudding and I must say it’s in the top diner bread puddings I’ve had too.  The Diner Jamesburg NJ

It wasn’t extremely mushy or soggy and still had the texture of bread. I was surprised by that too, especially, for it on the specials menu.

The Diner Jamesburg NJ

Cost: $
For my meals and coffee, it was $13.  That was extremely cheap for the amount of food I got.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I really enjoyed The Diner, the food, price, and atmosphere is great.  I would go back.

Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Dessert: A
Cost: $8-14
Overall: A

Questions for you:
Do you like sardines?
What is your favorite soup? 

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