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Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT)

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT)

When in Connecticut for the Sea Legs Shuffle 10 Miler, Alexis and I wanted to go to a new diner. I’ve been to a bunch of diners in Connecticut, but new diners are always fun.  We noticed the Shoreline Diner was conveniently located near the race start and it looked interesting. How many diners also promote a vegetarian menu?

We arrived around dinner time, and it wasn’t too crowded.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct

Atmosphere: A
The Shoreline Diner exterior is bright purple and retro. It’s not metallic or shiny, but any purple building stands out.

The inside is that of a typical dining experience. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. It’s bright and open, so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and I enjoyed it. The whipped cream tasted good too.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct coffee

Food: A
The Shoreline Diner is unique that they have many different vegetarian options. You don’t see that very often. Everything is fresh and one of the freshest I’ve seen for a diner.  They are known for their vegan breakfast, greek salad, sweet potato fries, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. How many diners do you know, known for their vegan options? If you need to follow a special diet, they have plenty of safe options and the waitress even asked if we were allergic to anything before taking our order.

I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for so I decided to go for a salad and their chicken souvlaki.

The “Super Salad” was fresh and had organic baby kale, strawberries, walnuts, and goat cheese with a balsamic dressing.  It was one of the better salads I’ve had a diner.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct super salad

The chicken souvlaki was good. There were plenty of sautéed vegetables with chicken and all on a pita. It tasted great and was filling.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct chicken souvlaki

Service: A
Our waitress was friendly, and the food came out fast. I couldn’t ask for a better experience.  She refilled our beverages, and I have no complaints.

Cost: $
For my salad, coffee, and chicken souvlaki, it was $30. I technically did order two meals, though.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave. It is one of my more favorite diners in Connecticut.  It’s one of the more unique diners I’ve been to. I would love to come back sometime and explore some of the vegan and vegetarian options.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: 13-20
Overall: A

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Have you tried a vegetarian restaurant before?

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Town Square Diner (Matawan)

Town Square Diner (Matawan)

Recently I went to the Town Square Diner in Matawan. One of my goals is to go to a few more diners in that general area.  Previously the Aberdeen Diner, a few years ago, it was reopened under the name Town Square Diner.

Town Square Diner Matawan

Atmosphere: B
The Town Squire Diner is located in the Aberdeen Shopping Center. It’s not a standalone diner and just blends in with the rest of the shopping center.

Town Square Diner Matawan

Once you get inside, it looks like a diner. It’s dimly lit with plenty of booths, tables, and a bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee at the Town Squire Diner was brewed hot and fresh. It wasn’t anything unique or unusual but it was good. I could have used more refills but other than that, it was good.

Town Square Diner Matawan coffee

Food: B
The menu and food at the Town Squire Diner has everything you would expect in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Plus there were several different menu specials.  In fact, the specials are what spoke to me.

Town Square Diner Matawan

I arrived around lunchtime and didn’t know what I was craving. One of their specials: The Shrimp Salad caught my eye. It came with arugula, shrimp, avocado, and artichoke hearts. The salad was good but I do wish it was bigger.

Town Square Diner Matawan

It also came with soup and I chose lentil. The lentil soup was delicious but it was hot, so hot in fact, that I burned out my tongue. That was my fault though.

Town Square Diner Matawan

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

Service: A
Our waitress at the Town Square Diner was friendly and our food came out fast. Without rushing, I was in and out within 45 minutes.

Overall Thoughts:
I liked the Town Square Diner. The meal was fresh and the food came out fast. I would go back.

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

You can see all 255 diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you ever order from the specials menu?
Do you like shrimp?

A Recap of 250 NJ Diners

A Recap of 250 NJ Diners

Since starting my NJ Diner quest, I’ve been to just over 250+ diners in New Jersey and about 50 diners in other parts of the world.  There are approximately 600 diners in NJ, but that changes from month to month.  I’ve been to at least ten that have since closed!

You can see reviews here or use the link at the top of the blog.

How did it start? Why do I go to diners?

I get this question a lot. 

My husband and I moved to New Jersey in October 2013.  Before moving to NJ, we didn’t know much about the state.  I had no ties to NJ. Like most people, I assumed it was just a densely populated state with a lot of traffic.

That’s just one misconception of the state. NJ is the most densely populated, but it also has hundreds of small towns, each having its own personality.  New Jersey is known as “the garden state,” and there are miles of fields and gardens.

stairway to heaven nj

We started going to different diners to see different parts of the state.  A diner along the shore of NJ is going to be far different than one on the outskirts of New York City.  It’s been a fun way to explore the state and see all different areas.

Do I only eat at diners?  No, of course not.  Have there been many weeks where I haven’t made it to a new diner?  Of course but it’s been a fun hobby to do. Plus I’ve seen so much of New Jersey!  I’ve traveled the majority of roads in NJ.

I started reviewing diners in March of 2014.  Keep in mind, this just a personal experience.  An experience at any restaurant is different depending on the day, time, or who you go with.  I’m not a diner professional, food critic, or anyone other than a person who likes diners.  I don’t eat the same thing at every diner. I used to think that was a good way to review, but then got tired of that very quickly.

Here are a Few Highlights and Lowlights:

First some of my favorite meals:

Favorite Diner Drink: Coffee, although some diners do have their liquor license
Favorite Breakfast: Omelets or steak and eggs
Favorite Omelet: Nova lox (smoked salmon)
Favorite Appetizer: Appetizers with a greek flair with hummus, pita bread, grape leaves. Many have a Greek flair to begin with.
Favorite Lunch: Gyro
Favorite Salad: Greek salad
Favorite Dinner: Pork chops, salmon, steak, (whatever I’m in the mood for)
The most unusual thing I’ve ordered at a diner: Octopus
Favorite Dessert: Cake followed by bread pudding

All-Time Favorite Diner: Mastoris

Mastoris isn’t a typical diner. It was one of the first 50 diners I went too and still one I frequent. It’s more of a modern and upscale restaurant, but I like their food and cake.   I think the food is excellent at Mastoris. However, I think the service is lackluster.  Is it the best overall? Due to service, maybe not but I like the food.

Mastoris Cake

But which cake to get?

Least Favorite Diner: The Ridge DinerLakehurst Diner, or Garden State Diner

Each diner was a letdown.

Diner review number 200, the Ridge Diner, had burnt crusty steak, poor service, and sitting on top of people.

The Lakehurst Diner outside of the Navy Base, Lakehurst, looked like a meal served right out of a deployment. Luckily, my company was good. Lakehurst Diner lakehurst nj

Diner went to the most times: Vincentown

I used to live closer to Vincentown.  Sadly, the quality of the food and service has gone downhill, so I haven’t been much at all.  I went from going three times a month to maybe once every few months.  Once the wait staff essentially assumed I was too young to afford my meal.  The woman said to me, do you realize how much this will cost? Yes, that is a true story, and yes the meal was less than $20.

Another time, we overheard another waitress talking about her stripping job.  Personally, I don’t care, but when you hear a waitress talking about that to co-workers, it’s a unique experience.

Here are a Few Diners that Stand Out to Me:

I guess many of my favorite diners are due to their cake.

Northwest:

Stateline Diner: Great cake and service

Jefferson Diner: Great food and service

Northeast (NYC area):

Brownstone: Best pancakes in the state

Chit Chat Diner: Fun and unique diner

Shore:

Mustache Bills: You can’t argue with mustache shaped pancakes

Mustache pancake

 

Central:

Tropicana: Most unique and Carribean themed!

Mastoris: Best all around

South:

Larrys 2: Great food, fast service

Larrys 2 vineland

Monarch Diner:

The Monarch Diner replaces PB Diner and it was a great replacement. The food is fresh and they have a lot of fun options like cauliflower bread.

monarch diner glassboro

Healthiest Diner: Silver Diner

The Silver Diner is a small chain, and there are a few across the east coast.  How many diners have Quinoa pancakes or a roasted vegetable salad?

Best Coffee: 

Any diner that serves the local Lacas coffee and has homemade whipped cream.

Worst Coffee: 

Princetonian: they charge for refills!

Biggest portions: 

Tropicana: For $24, I received all of this food.  I had run 15 miles and still made a full meal out of leftovers. 

Best Pancakes: 

Four Seasons in Toms River.  Any pancakes with red velvet in them are always good to me!Four Seasons Diner Toms River

Best Egg Breakfast: Amys Omelet House (Over 200 omelet choices!)

My nova lox and rye toast

Pauls Family Diner had great steak and eggs

Pauls family diner mountain lakes nj

Best Dinner Option:

The Pork Chops with NJ fresh Blueberries from Larrys 2

Larrys 2 vineland

Cheapest Diner: Angelos (around $5 for a meal)
Most Expensive: Alexis Diner or Vincentown (typically $20+ for a meal)
So cheers to 250 diners. Hopefully, I’ll make it another 100 but who knows what will happen.

Questions for you:

Have you been to a diner before? 

Where is your favorite place to eat? 

DeLuca’s Diner (Pittsburgh)

DeLuca’s Diner (Pittsburgh)

Recently I was in the greater in the Pittsburgh area, and I wanted to try a new diner. A quick google search found the DeLuca’s Diner.

Atmosphere: A
DeLuca’s Diner is located in a large shopping center. The inside is brightly painted with the solar system. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a small bar as well.  It is stereotypical of a diner.

DeLuca's Diner Pittsburgh

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it often. In all, I have no complaints.  While the mugs given were not personalized, they have many options for sale.

DeLuca's Diner Pittsburgh coffee

I ended up purchasing a personalized coffee mug (which the proceeds go to a local animal shelter!).  How awesome is that?

Food: A
There are plenty of options from all day breakfast and lunch. All day lunch isn’t something you find everywhere! From the tables around me, everything looked delicious.

DeLuca's Diner Pittsburgh breakfast sandwich

I decided to order a breakfast sandwich. It came with meat, cheese, and an egg, all on a homemade piece of bread. It was a great sandwich, and I have no complaints.

DeLuca's Diner Pittsburgh breakfast sandwic

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

Cost: $
For my sandwich and coffee, it was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I enjoyed Deluca’s Diner, and if I’m in Pittsburgh again, I will be back.  The pancakes at a table nearby looked amazing, and I want to try those next.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $7-12
Overall: A

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite breakfast sandwich?
Have you been to Pittsburgh before? 

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

While traveling through PA (the first time?) of my summer driving, I stopped at the Lyndon Diner in York. They have two locations in York and Lancaster. The Lyndon Diner has been on my to-do list for a while now, but the timing never works out.

I was excited that the timing worked out.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

Atmosphere: A
The Lyndon Diner looks like a stereotypical diner. The outside is built with chrome and is a big, shiny, metallic, exterior.

The inside has plenty of booths, tables, a full-length bar, and dessert case. It’s a picturesque diner in all of the best ways.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. Plus, the whipped cream is homemade. The waitress brought plenty of refills. In all, it was one of the best coffees I’ve had in a while.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) coffee

Food: A
The Lyndon Diner has everything you would want and need in a diner. From all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was hard to choose! I decided with the BLT.

First, the meals came with a bread basket with pumpkin bread. It might be the best pumpkin bread I’ve tried. It seemed odd to have pumpkin bread in May, but I won’t complain because it was delicious.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) pumpkin bread

I also ordered the Greek platter, which came with pita bread, hummus, olives, grapes leaves, lettuce, and tomatoes. It was huge and worth it.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) greek platter

The BLT was packed full of meat.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) BLT

It also came with a mixture of nuts and sweetener (I think). I still don’t know exactly what it was or what it was for, but it was delicious.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

I also ordered sweet potato fries, which I think were the best fries I’ve had. They were crunchy, and you could taste the sweet potatoes.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) fries

My meal was delicious, and I would order it again.

Service: A
The waitress immediately introduced herself, and she said she was new. Truthfully, I would have never guessed if she never told me. She refilled our beverages fast, our food came out quickly, and she was friendly.

Cost: $
For my coffee, Greek platter, and BLT, the cost was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Lyndon Diner, and I’m glad I stopped. I would love to go back, and it was a positive experience. I highly recommend if you’re going through Lancaster and York.

Atmosphere: A
Cost: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-17
Overall: A

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like pumpkin bread?
What’s your favorite bread?

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