Beach Diner (Point Pleasant)

Recently, my good friend Cyd from New Jersey Isn’t Boring, and I met up at the Beach Diner in Point Plesant, NJ. We had originally planned to meet at another diner, but it was closed for good. Luckily, a quick google search led us to the Beach Diner.Beach diner me point pleasant

Atmosphere: A
The Beach Diner is located close to Point Plesant Beach. It’s not a big, metallic diner, but a cute beachy restaurant. The inside has local paintings and photos. It fits the area.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it often. I appreciated how much whipped cream she gave as well.

Beach diner me point pleasant

Food: B
The Beach Diner has a smaller menu. There aren’t many unique or special items, but the Beach Diner has everything a stereotypical diner has with plenty of lunch specials.

Beach diner me point pleasant

Both Cyd and I were craving something healthy, so I decided to order their specialty salad which came with lettuce, apples, cranberries, walnuts, cucumbers, feta cheese, and chicken. The salad was good, but somewhat small and I was left hungry afterward. It could have used bread or more lettuce.

Beach diner me point pleasant

Service: A
Our waitress was friendly, and our food was brought out quickly. It was a pleasant experience.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Beach Diner, and it turned out to be a positive experience. It’s a great local diner, down the shore. I’m sure it’s busy during the summer!

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

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Questions for you:
Have you ever showed up somewhere and it was closed?
What is your favorite salad?

Elmwood Park Diner

Elmwood Park Diner

While on the way to Upstate, NY my husband and I stopped at the Elmwood Park Diner in Elmwood Park. Road trips can be nice because we can hit some of the most northern diners in NJ.

It was around dinner time, and the diner itself wasn’t crowded.

elmwood park diner

Atmosphere: A
The Elmwood Park Diner looks like it was bought off a diner website. It’s a big, shiny, metallic diner and looks like something you might see in the movies.  If you are in the area and just looking for a diner that meets the stereotype: diner, the Elmwood Park Diner is for you.

The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. There is a good looking dessert case too.

Coffee: B
The coffee at Elmwood Park Diner was good, but I wanted more. I finished my coffee and could have used more refills.

Elmwood Park diner

Food: B
The menu is at the Elmwood Park Diner is overwhelming. I’ve been to over 300 diners and the Elmwood Park Diner had one of the biggest menus of any diner I’ve been too.  There is a page dedicated to salads, pancakes, waffles, seafood, and steak…there is an option for everyone.

Elmwood Park diner

I decided to order the land and sea option which came with both steak and scallops.  I started with a salad and soup.  The salad was very dry and bland. I was worried my meal wouldn’t be great based on the salad.

Elmwood Park diner

The land and sea entree was great. I appreciated the large portion of steak as well as the seasoned scallops (which I believe was just extra salt). I also enjoyed the side of cabbage. In all, it was a good meal.

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Service: B
The waitress was friendly, and our food came out relatively fast. It wasn’t especially good, nor bad.

Cost: $
For my entree and coffee, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Elmwood Park Diner, and I would come back. It wasn’t the best diner ever, but not a bad stop either. It falls somewhere in the middle.

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

Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is the biggest restaurant menu you’ve ever seen?
Do you like Scallops? 

Talk of Broadway (Redwood City, CA)

The last diner I went to while in California, was the Talk of Broadway. We were on our way south and wanted to eat before hiking.  The Talk of Broadway was right on our route.

Talk of Broadway Redwood City ca

Atmosphere: B
The Talk of Broadway is located in downtown Redwood City. Redwood City is a lovely town, filled with restaurants, and shopping. The outside blends in other restaurants and the inside is a no-frills diner. There are a few booths, tables, and a small bar to sit. When we arrived around lunchtime, it was crowded but not overwhelming. I appreciated no one sat on each other.

Talk of Broadway Redwood City ca

Coffee: B
The coffee at the Talk of Broadway was brewed hot and fresh. In fact, the coffee station is in plain sight, so I watched them do it.  It was a little darker than I would like but in all good.

Talk of Broadway Redwood City ca

Food: C
The Talk of Broadway has plenty of breakfast and lunch options. They are only open until 3 pm, so there isn’t anything heavy or dinner related.

There were many different unique pancake options including “pigs in a blanket” and sweet potato. The pigs in a blanket intrigued me, and it was a sausage wrapped in a pancake. I decided to order it because I don’t remember the last time I saw it.

Talk of Broadway Redwood City ca

I wish the pigs in the blanket had lived up to their excitement. They were kind of bland and boring. I was still relatively hungry afterward.  I could have probably eaten two meals of them.  Was it bad? No. Was it my favorite thing I’ve ordered from a diner? No.

Service: A
The waitress and entire staff were friendly.  We had plenty of refills on coffee, plus our food came out fast. The staff was the highlight of the experience.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
The Talk of Broadway was a decent diner. It wasn’t my favorite of the trip, but I would be willing to go back and order something different.

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

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Questions for you:
Where are your favorite pancakes from?

Mel’s Diner (San Francisco)

Mel’s Diner (San Francisco)

While in San Francisco, I knew I wanted to go to another diner. I hadn’t picked any out, but a quick google search led me to Mel’s Diner. There are a few locations in the Bay area, but the location on Lombard street seemed like our best bet.

When we arrived for breakfast, it wasn’t too crowded. Getting through San Francisco traffic is another story, but the diner itself was quiet.

Atmosphere: A
Mel’s Diner and Drive in the sticks out like in San Francisco. You can’t miss the shiny, chrome, exterior, and the large Mel’s sign.  The inside is just as retro, and you feel like you’re in a flashback.  There are big metal booths, shiny bars, and tables, and you can see the kitchen.

Mel's Diner and Drive In San Francisco

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and there were plenty of refills.  I appreciated everyone from the waitress, to the manager, and other wait staff came around each table to bring coffee refills.

Mel's Diner and Drive In San Francisco

Food: A
Mel’s Diner and Drive-in has all of the diner favorites. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. They are well known for their chicken.  I decided to order the chicken and waffles. After living in Alabama two years ago, and going to John’s City Diner, I’ve been looking for good chicken and waffles.

Mel's Diner and Drive In San Francisco

These were delicious.  The chicken was crispy without being overdone, and the waffle was nice and crisp without being burnt. Burnt waffles and soggy waffles are my least favorite.

Service: A
Our waitress was friendly and brought plenty of refills, and the food came out quickly. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, it was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked Mel’s Diner and Drive-In, and if I’m ever in the area again, I’ll be back.

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Questions for you:
Have you had chicken and waffles before?
What is your favorite diner in your area?

 

Diner of Los Gatos

Diner of Los Gatos

Before making it to San Fransico, we decided to stop at the Diner of Los Gatos. It felt like midnight to me, but it was only 5:30 pm.  When we arrived, there were only a few parties in the diner which was nice because I was hungry.

Atmosphere: A

The Diner of Los Gatos looks like a diner from both the outside and the inside. When you drive by the Diner of Los Gatos, you immediately see a somewhat out of place diner (in a good way).diner at los gatos ca

The entire inside is chrome, with red booths, tables, and a lot of photos of Elvis. There is a giant cardboard cutout at the front, that I thought was a real person, many many times.

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Coffee: B

The coffee was hot and fresh but nothing too exciting. It was good, but there was nothing to write home about.

Food: A

The Diner of Los Gatos has a small selection listed on a trifold laminated menu. There are all of the diner usuals from pancakes and waffles, to burgers, salads, and a few blue plate options.

We were hungry so decided to order the Greek platter. It came with gyro meat, pita bread, french fries, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. It came only a minute before our meals, so weren’t able to enjoy it as much as I hoped.  In all, it was good. I’ve never had french fries including in a greek platter, but sure why not?

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For my entree, I ordered the Garlic Burger. We were only an hour or so, from the Garlic Captial of the Country so it seemed appropriate.  The Garlic burger was massive, and there was plenty of garlic. It was cooked perfectly, and I have no complaints. It was one of the better burgers I’ve had.

diner at los gatos ca

Service: B

It took longer than anticipated to order our food, but once we did, it came out quickly. I would have preferred to enjoy my appetizer versus taking one bite, and the entree was there, but there isn’t a need to complain about food coming out too fast.

Cost: $

For my entree, appetizer, and coffee, the cost was $30.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:

I liked the Diner of Los Gatos, and it was a great stop just south of San Fransico. I would go back again.

Atmosphere: A

Coffee: B

Food: A

Service: B

Cost: $12-20.

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Do you like garlic? 

What is your favorite restaurant appetizer? 

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