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Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Recently I was in Wilmington and decided to stop at the Hollywood Grill. It’s ranked as one of the best diners in Delaware, so I needed to stop at some point.

Atmosphere: B
The diner itself is located in a shopping center. There is plenty of parking, but it barely stands out on the main road located next to an IHOP.

Hollywood grill wilmington

The inside is that of a typical diner. There are plenty of tables, booths, and a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and there were plenty of refills. There was nothing unique or unusual, but it was good.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Food: A
The Hollywood Grill has everything you could want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  They have the greasy spoon eggs and the healthy salads.

Hollywood grill wilmington

I arrived around brunch time so decided to order blueberry pancakes. When the pancakes came out, the pancakes were big and fluffy. There were delicious, and I couldn’t ask for better pancakes.  It also came with real maple syrup which is always a nice touch.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out extremely fast. Even though the diner was busy, we were in and out within 30 minutes.

Cost: $
For my pancakes and coffee, the cost was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Hollywood Grill and when I am back in the area, I’ll definitely be back.

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

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Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?

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Bridge-Way Diner (Old Bridge)

Bridge-Way Diner (Old Bridge)

Recently I went to the Bridge-Way Diner and restaurant in Old Bridge, NJ. I was in the area and wanted to miss the traffic, so I begged, Jess, to meet up with me.  After a confusing few turns, I made it into the parking lot.  Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

Atmosphere: B
The atmosphere of the Bridge-Way diner is typical of many NJ diners. The outside is a typical building with a giant metallic sign. Something comical to me is there is no “Bridge-Way” sign on the front of the building. I feel like most restaurants have that.

Anyway, the inside has a full bar and plenty of booths and tables. What I do appreciate is you walk next to the dessert case, and there is a full salad bar.  Not many diners have either!

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it often. She also included an overflowing amount of whipped cream, which in my book is A++.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

Food: A
It took both us a long time to order because we had no idea what we wanted. There were so many options.  I knew I wanted the salad bar so I decided to order off the specials menu. I haven’t ordered a lot of chicken specials at diners, so I opted for the greek chicken that came with 3 chicken breasts topped with olives, feta, and spinach.  It also came with the salad bar, soup, potatoes, a side, and dessert. Oh. My. Word.

For my soup, I chose the seafood bisque. It was good and had a slight kick to it. It was one of the better seafood bisques I’ve had, and there was plenty of crab.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

The salad bar was my favorite because they had a well-stocked salad bar with dressed salad, three bean salad, beets, grape leaves, and even bread. As far as restaurants go, it’s one of the better salad bars I’ve been too.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

My chicken was delicious, and I’ve never had a Greek chicken special, so I don’t have anything to compare it too.  The chicken was cooked well, and there was plenty of olives, feta, and spinach.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

I chose the mixed vegetables and homefries for my sides which were both excellent. By that point, I was pretty much full.

Service: A
The waitress was kind and refilled our beverages often. I always appreciate waitresses and waiters that show their personality and she definitely did.

Dessert: A
Since my meal came with dessert and I’m a cake fiend I decided to get the Bridge-Way cake. It was a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.  It was definitely good and not too dry.

Bridge-Way Diner Old Bridge NJ

Jess got the seven layer cake which was extremely good. I think next time I go, I’ll get the 7 layer cake. Each layer was filled with mouse frosting. As a frosting fiend, that’s my type of cake.

Price: $
For my entire meal and coffee, it was $17. For the average person that would be 2-3 meals.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back?
I really liked the Bridge-Way Diner, and it’s definitely one of my more favorite diners in the area. I would come back if I’m in town!

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Dessert: A
Price: $10-20
Overall: A
You can see all 218 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of cake?
Do you usually order off the specials? 

Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)

Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)

Recently I went to the Harbor Diner in Egg Harbor City. A quick search indicated it was close by and so I decided to stop. When I arrived on a Sunday morning, it wasn’t too crowded, and I quickly received a booth.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Atmosphere: A
The Harbor Diner is everything you hope and expect in a diner. The exterior is a big, shiny, metallic, retro building.

Inside, there is a full-length bar and plenty of booths and tables.  The center has a bar shelf, and you walk by a good looking dessert case.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I could have used more. Other than that, it was great, but I would have preferred a few more refills.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Food: B
The Harbor Diner has everything you want or need in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  I arrived around noon and wasn’t sure what I wanted. I was between pork chops and a gyro.  Different options but I decided to go with the Gyro.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

The Gyro was good, but it had so much Tzcahki sauce. I like Tzatiki it had too much.  I would order it again, but I would ask for the sauce on the side.  It came with potato chips which were good, and I have no complaints.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out quickly. While I could have used more drink refills, it wasn’t the end of the world.

Cost: $
For my gyro and coffee, it was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Harbor Diner, and it was a cute stop on my way back home. It’s a great diner and you’ll find something for everyone.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Price: $5-12
Overall: B

You Can See all 217 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like Gyros?
What is your favorite chip?

Golden Star Diner (Ringoes)

Golden Star Diner (Ringoes)

A few weeks ago, I went up to the Golden Star Diner in Ringoes.  I haven’t been up that way, but my good friend Eric and I drove up.  It was nice to catch up.  The Golden Star is just under an hour north.

We got there around 5:30, and it wasn’t too crowded.

Golden star ringoes nj

Atmosphere: B
There isn’t anything too unique about the diner. It’s an old building, with outdated furnishings. It does have a cute little outdoor pond, and they were decorated for the outside.

The inside has a bar with plenty of booths and tables. We sat in a peaceful booth which was nice.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and I have no complaints. The waitress refilled it often.  There wasn’t anything too special about it, but it wasn’t bad.

Golden star diner ringos nj

Food: B
The Golden Star Diner has everything of a typical diner.  There are a lot more breakfast options including several omelets.  There were also several wraps, sandwiches, and Greek specialties.  I decided the Greek Gyro Platter caught my eye and ordered that.

I also added Manhatten clam chowder. The clam chowder was good, and I actually like Manhatten clam chowder more than New England. There were plenty of clams and potatoes.Golden star diner ringos nj

The Greek Gyro platter came with a Greek Gyro and Greek salad.  I was indifferent about it.  I could have used more food, and I hesitate to call it a “platter.”  I don’t know why I think gyros will ever be easy eats but I was able to not be as messy as possible.

Golden star diner ringos nj

Dessert: C
I was still hungry so decided to order bread pudding. The bread pudding was decent, except it was doused with too much cinnamon.  It wasn’t my least favorite but not my favorite either.

Golden star ringoes nj

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often.  Our food also came out exceptionally quickly, which is always wonderful when you’re hungry.

Cost: $
For my soup, platter, coffee, and dessert it was $20.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
The Golden Star Diner was right in the middle as far as diners go.  It wasn’t especially good or bad. I wouldn’t be opposed to going back, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

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

You can see all 215 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite soup?
What is your favorite type of pudding?

Barrington Diner

Barrington Diner

I’ve driven by the Barrington Diner dozens of times. I used to live down that way and would go to the gym down the road. I never stopped though.  Anyway, my friend and famous writer Jen Miller asked if I wanted to go and the timing worked out. (Side note, Jen wrote: Running: A Love Story if you need a good running and life book).
Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Atmosphere: A
We went for lunch, and it wasn’t too crowded. It’s located on the main street on Barrington and attached to a cute antique shop. The inside is small but has metallic gold seats.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and even a full-length bar.

Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Coffee: B

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress kept it refilled. They were out of whipped cream but other than it was good coffee.Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Food: B
The menu for the Barrington Diner isn’t anywhere online. They do have plenty of breakfast options as well as lunch options like sandwiches. They had one salad option too. It’s a small menu, and the Barrington Diner is only open for breakfast and lunch.

I decided to order the spinach and feta omelet with toast and tomatoes. Everything was good, and I have no complaints. It’s a “no frills diner,” but everything was fine.  There was plenty of butter on the toast too.

Service: A
The waitress was kind and friendly and came to our table frequently. Our food was also out fast.  The waitress was nice and it was clear the staff was all friends.

Cost: $
For my omelet and coffee, it was $8. Do keep in mind, it’s cash only.  (I didn’t realize that and had to break a $100 for an $8 meal…)

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Barrington Diner and would go back. It’s funny how long it took me to get there after living close for several years.  It’s a quiet, but cute, small-town diner.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $5-10
Overall: B

You Can See All 215 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is one restaurant near you, that you haven’t been?
What is your favorite type of omelet? 

Metuchen Diner

Metuchen Diner

If you must know, it’s taken me a very long time, and many spell checks, to be able to spell the town of Metuchen. It’s taken me equally as long to be able to say it. Anyway, not that it’s relevant to the diner, but I met my good friend Christine at the Metuchen Diner a couple of weeks ago.

It’s only about an hour north of me, and it was an easy drive on the turnpike.

Atmosphere: B
There is nothing unique or exciting about the Metuchen Duner. It’s a stereotypical NJ diner.  The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. It’s cleanly and there is plenty of space but nothing too exciting.

metuchen diner

Coffee: A
The coffee was great.  The waitress kept it refilled all of the time, and I have no complaints.

Metuchen Diner

Food: B
The Metuchen Diner has everything a diner wants or needs.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. I was feeling “somewhat” healthy and decided to order the grilled portobello salad. The salad came with grilled portobello; I added salmon.

Metuchen Diner

The salad was good, but I wish it were a little larger.

It also came with soup, and I decided to choose Matzah Ball soup. I haven’t had it in a while.  It was nice because it came with two actual Matzah balls which you rarely see.

Metuchen Diner

Dessert: A
We both decided to order dessert.  I chose the bread pudding, and I will say, it was one of the best bread puddings I’ve had in a while.  There were huge pieces of bread, as well as raisins which I really enjoyed. I would go back just for the bread pudding.

Metuchen Diner

Service: A
The waitress was one of the best waitresses I’ve had.  She was friendly, refilled everything, and our food came out quickly.

Cost: $
For my coffee, meal, and bread pudding it was $20.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I really enjoyed the Metchuen Diner, and I would go back if the opportunity presented itself.

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

You Can See All 214 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of soup?
What is one town or city in your state you struggle saying?

 

Golden Pigeon Diner (Bridgeton)

Golden Pigeon Diner (Bridgeton)

A couple of weeks ago, I finally made it to the Golden Pigeon Diner in Bridgeton, NJ. Why finally?  I’ve been excited to make the Golden Pigeon work because of the name. Except for the “Time to Eat” diner, The Golden Pigeon has one of the coolest names.

Atmosphere: B
The Golden Pigeon is typical of a New Jersey Diner.  The outside is a mixture of both cobblestone and metallic in the front.  There is a huge sign that says “diner” and fresh baking on premises.  The promise of fresh baking is enough to lure anyone in.

Coffee: C
The coffee was good. However, they were out of whipped cream!  A diner with fresh baking and no whipped cream?  Oh well, it’s only happened a few times.  I don’t always get coffee with whipped cream, and I do prefer it.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

Food: A
The Golden Pigeon has everything you can imagine in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  I’ll warn you that the portions are huge. I decided to order the Pork Chop special, and it did not disappoint.

I’ve never had anything like it! It started off with the choice of salads, and I chose a Greek which came with anchovies (off to a good start). Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

I also got fresh cheese bread which was amazing. If you have never had cheese bread, it’s bread baked with cheese in the center.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

My three pork chops came with sautéed onions and on top of hashbrowns as well as french fries.  It was unique, ultra filling, and I have no complaints. I wasn’t expecting the french fries, so it was definitely a filling addition. Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

For my side, I chose beets.I’m happy I did because I knew it would be a lot of food and I like good beets.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

Service: A
The server was nice. I think he might have also been the manager, but he was friendly, chatted often, and made sure I had plenty of refills and that my food came out quickly.

Cost: $

For my entire meal and coffee, it was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I enjoyed the Golden Pigeon a lot, and it’s one of my top diners in the area. I’ll be back if it works out.

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

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Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?
What is one of your favorite restaurant names?

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