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The Thunderbird Restaurant (Mt. Carmel, Utah)

The Thunderbird Restaurant in Mount Carmel Junction is one of the most small-town diners I’ve been too.  It’s attached to the Best Western, and when we stopped in, it seemed like the happening spot to stop.  We had opted to stay at the Best Western and didn’t know there was a restaurant/diner attached.

We decided to go in the morning when they opened at 7.  For the short time, we were there, we were the only people in the entire restaurant!

Atmosphere: A
If you are looking for a small town diner, where everyone knows everyone, this is your diner.  The Thunderbird Café is cute, and they are known for their “Ho-Made” pies.  It’s attached to the Best Western so you can see it from the side of the road.  The inside has plenty of booths and tables.

Service: A
Our waitress was friendly, brought plenty of refills, and our food came out quickly.  She was great.

Coffee: B
The coffee at the Thunderbird Café was strong and tasted good.  I could have used a few more refills but other than that, I had no issues.  Strong coffee in the morning is important.

Food: A
For breakfast, I decided to order two eggs, toast, and a blueberry muffin.  Since it was a bit early to order a pie, I thought a muffin would suffice in trying their homemade baked goods.  The muffin was delicious.  It was cooked just enough that the top was crispy.

thunderbird cafe mount carmel junction utah breakfast

The bread was homemade and thick.  It was some of the best diner bread I’ve had, and the eggs were cooked well too.

thunderbird cafe mount carmel junction utah muffin

In all, my food was excellent.

Cost: $

For the coffee, breakfast, and muffin, the cost was $14, which was a little bit more expensive than I expected.
Overall/Would I Come Back?

I liked the Thunderbird Café, and if I’m ever traveling through, I would go back.  I had a positive experience there, and it’s a great stop.  If you’re looking for a local stop, and a friendly hotel too, this is your place.

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

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of muffin?
Have you ever been to a local favorite?

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The Broad Street Diner (Hamilton)

Recently I went to the Broad Street Diner in Hamilton.  It’s only about 30 minutes from my house, however, it’s taken me about 3 years to get there.

Atmosphere: A

The inside is a lot bigger than anticipated.  It’s one of the top biggest diners I’ve been too.  The outside is a very tall building.  It’s  a big, shiny, metallic diner, but it’s a clean diner.  The inside has plenty of seating with a full-length bar, with plenty of tables and booths.  It’s one of the most spacious diners I’ve been too.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and the waitress brought over a container with whipped cream.  There wasn’t anything too special or exciting about it, but it was good.

Food: B
The menu at the Broad Street diner has pretty much anything you could ask for in a diner.  They have breakfast, lunch, dinner including seafood, steak, pasta, really whatever you want.

I haven’t had pasta in a while so I decided to order pasta with meatball.  I don’t think I’ve ever ordered that a diner.

The meal was good but was bland.  It could have used some sort of seasoning (anything!) or maybe more sauce.  It looked and tasted as if they poured a half a can of sauce on top of pasta and cooked giant meatballs on top.  The meatballs were good.  In all, it was a decent meal but I would probably order something else next time.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Service: B
Our waitress was very friendly but at some points she was extremely quiet and it was hard to hear what she was saying.  I felt like I was constantly asking, what?

Dessert: B
I had been back and forth with dessert and ultimately decided to order the chocolate fudge cake with ice cream.  One thing unique about the diner is they have several flavors of ice cream instead of just chocolate or vanilla.  I decided to go with cookie dough ice cream which was a good choice.

The cake itself was excellent.  It was rich and tasted homemade.  The ice cream was definitely suffering from freezer burn.  It needed to dethaw for a few minutes.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Cost: $
For my coffee, meal, ice cream, and cake the cost was $20 which was a good deal.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Broad Street diner and it was a good choice.  Next time I’ll get a different meal but in all, I liked it.  Having several different ice cream flavors to choose from makes it unique!

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

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Two Peter’s, Daphne’s 

You can see all 161 NJ Diners I’ve been too here.

Questions for you:
Where is the best pasta you’ve had?
What is your favorite type of cake?

Snooze (Colorado)

While in Denver, we tried to make our rounds to a couple diners.  I’m not 100% sure Snooze is considered a diner.  It more or less falls into the gray area.  Anyway, Snooze was right near our hotel and my good friend, Kevin, said it was good so we decided to give it a try.

We arrived at Snooze in Westminster on a weekday, and it was busy but not chaotic.  They quickly sat us in one of the modern booths.

Atmosphere: A
Snooze has several locations, and the one at Westminster is the newest. The inside has a full-length bar, is very open, and plenty of booths and tables.

Snooze Denver colorado

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot with plenty of whipped cream.  It was good.  I appreciated how large the coffee mugs were too.

Food: B
The menu at the Snooze is unique and fun.  They have several breakfast and lunch options including pancakes, omelets, and small salads.  I ordered the B.E.A.T Sandwich which came with bacon, fried egg, arugula and sliced tomato served with bacon-tomato aioli on a toasted ciabatta roll.

Snooze Denver colorado sandwiches

I liked the food and the ciabatta roll was great, however, the portion size was small.  I could have used a little more food.

Service: A
Even though it was busy, our waitress was kind and attentive.  She refilled everything quickly and our food came out fast as well.  I have no complaints.

Cost: $$$
For my sandwich and coffee, the cost was $12, which I did find more pricy for the amount of food.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked Snooze and if I’m in the Denver/Colorado area I would go back.  I might end up ordering two entrees though.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $12-$20
Overall: A

Closeby diners I’ve Been:
Sams 3 (Denver)
New Castle Diner (New Castle, Co)
King Chefs Diner (Colorado Springs)

See all Diner Reviews Here.

Question for you: What is your favorite breakfast?

 

New Castle Diner (Colorado)

While visiting Angela in New Castle, Colorado, she recommended we try the New Castle Diner.  I can never argue with Angela or diners.  New Castle is a small Colorado mountain town that reminds me of my college town in upstate, NY but surrounded by mountains.  It’s a whole different world than New Jersey.

The New Castle Diner is one of the few restaurants located in town, but if a town has a restaurant, it has to be a diner right?

Atmosphere: A
Of any diner I’ve been too, the New Castle Diner is the most small town, perfect diner you can imagine.  While it’s in a small strip mall, the inside looks like a step back into a time machine with cardboard cutouts of Elvis, vintage posters, shiny red booths and of course the stereotypical: “diner tables”.

new castle diner colorado

Service: A
Our waitress was great.  She was funny, a little sarcastic and refilled everything.  Our food came out quickly, and I have no complaints.

Coffee: A
The coffee at the New Castle Diner was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress gave us plenty of whipped cream in our coffee.

Food: B
The New Castle Diner has a small menu with a few breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  They don’t serve breakfast all day which is upsetting because they had several delicious breakfast options including breakfast wraps and omelets.

I decided to try their soup of the day and “tri-tip salad”.  The soup of the day was the garden vegetable, and it had a small kick with plenty of carrots, onions, and celery.  It was one of the better soups I’ve had.

new castle diner colorado

The Tri-Tip salad is one of the New Castle Diner specialties.  It came with steak, onions, croutons, red peppers, fresh lettuce, and a roll.  The steak was a difficult to cut, but not bad.  It all the salad was good, and I can see why it was one of their specialties.  The roll was one of the better salad rolls I’ve had.  In all the food was good.  Was it 5 stars?  No, but it was good.

new castle diner colorado

Cost: $
For my soup, salad, coffee, it was $15.

Summary/Would I Come Back?
I enjoyed the New Castle Diner, and it is definitely a hidden gem in New Castle.  If you’re on the road on I-70, I would recommend it.

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

Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a small town diner?
What is your favorite soup?

Sams 3 Diner (Denver)

While in Denver, somewhere that came highly recommended to me (thanks, Danielle) was Sam’s 3.  It’s been on the Food Network and one of the few diners in Denver.  Since I was traveling, I did want to go at least one “out of state” diner.  Not that it really matters.

Sam’s 3 has three locations in downtown Denver, Glendale, and Aurora.  We happened to be near the Aurora location so opted to go there.

Atmosphere: B
Sam’s 3 is half bar and half diner.  There is a massive bar in the center, which is cool and the rest has plenty of booths and tables.  It’s a very different atmosphere than anything in NJ (maybe closest to PBs Tap Room and Diner).  Not in a wrong way, just different.

Service: B
Our waitress took a while to get to us and only came back a couple of times.  Even though the waitress didn’t come to our table as often, our food came out fast.

Coffee: B
The coffee out west is different than back east.  At Sams 3, it was stronger which wasn’t a bad thing.  I enjoyed the coffee.

Sams 3 denver colorado

Food: A
Sams 3 has many different options from breakfast to lunch and dinner.  One unique aspect that Sams 3 has is multiple different Spanish dishes.  You don’t see that often at a diner!

I started off with a Caesar salad which was good.  It was well dressed and I have no complaints.

Sams 3 denver colorado

Sams 3 denver colorado

Since it was unique, I decided to order the Carne Tacos (as indicated by the menu: “yumm”) with refried beans.  The tacos were good, and the refried beans were spicy.  I didn’t realize how big of a Spanish influence Denver had, but the food was excellent.

Cost: $
For the tacos plus coffee, the cost was $15.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back?
I enjoyed Sams 3, and I would love to check out their other locations as well.

Atmosphere: B
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $
Overall: B

See More Diner Reviews Here

Questions for you:
Do you like soft or hard tacos?
What is your favorite type of coffee?

Toast City Diner (Red Bank)

Toast City Diner (Red Bank)

Recently I went to the Toast City Diner in Red Bank, NJ.  They have a few locations along the Jersey shore, and the menu looked good. Before recently, I hadn’t heard of Toast, but I believe it’s only a couple of years old.

I got there around 11 am and it wasn’t too crowded.  I’ve heard on weekends it’s hard to even get a table.

Atmosphere: A
Toast is located in the downtown of Red Bank.  It’s a cute, metallic, shiny building.  It stood out in a good way.

The inside is metallic interior, with a full-length bar, plenty of booths and tables.  One of my favorite diner features is built in table jukeboxes which toast had.

Toast City Diner Red Bank

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed fresh and hot each time.  There was nothing unique or unusual, but it was still good.

toast city diner red bank nj

Service: A
Our waitress was one of the best I’ve had in awhile.  She was extremely friendly, brought plenty of refills, and our food came out quickly.  Granted we were in Toast at a quiet time, but everything came out fast, and it was a great experience.

Food: A
Toast isn’t open all day and only serves breakfast and lunch.  They have several different unique breakfast options such as carrot cake pancakes and vegetarian wraps.

I was intrigued by the carrot cake pancakes as well as the grilled cinnamon rolls, so I ordered both.

The grilled cinnamon buns were delicious.  It came with three with melted frosting.

The carrot cake pancakes were some of the best pancakes I’ve had.  Often times when you order a flavored pancake like carrot cake or red velvet, it rates artificial or it doesn’t taste any different than a regular pancake.  This was not the case with toast.  The carrot cake pancakes had coconut and actually shredded carrot in them.  They were some of the best pancakes I’ve had in a restaurant.

toast city diner red bank nj

In all, my food was in the top percentage of diners I’ve been too.

Cost: $
For my coffee, pancakes and cinnamon cubs, the cost was $20.  For the amount of food as well as the quality, it was worth it.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back?

I enjoyed Toast, and it was one of the better diners I’ve been too.  I highly recommend it.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Service: A
Food: A
Cost: $12-20
Overall: A

Nearby Diners I’ve been:

See More Diners Here.

Questions for you:
Where are the best pancakes you’ve had? Do you like carrot cake?

Key City Diner (Phillipsburg)

Key City Diner (Phillipsburg)

Recently I went to the Key City Diner in Phillipsburg.  It came highly recommended so when the opportunity presented itself, I drove a bit out of my way to go.

I arrived around 5 pm.  It wasn’t too crowded, and there was plenty of seating.

Atmosphere: A
You can’t miss the Key City Diner.  When driving by, there is a giant Key Sign, and it looks like a stereotypical diner.  It’s a big metallic, shiny, diner and is definitely everything you picture in a diner.  If you’re looking to bring friends to a picture perfect NJ diner, this is your spot.

Key City diner phillipsburg

The inside feels as if you stepped into a time machine when diners were created.  Interestingly enough, there was also a decently sized salad bar too which is something many now lack.

Service: B
The waitress was a bit awkward and either new or not comfortable.  She did refill our beverages, and the food came out quickly, but every interaction was awkward.

For instance, I ordered a beef gyro, and she miscorrected me of how to pronounce gyro.  Then later, she pronounced it a different way.  Not a big deal, just many small awkward interactions.

Coffee: B
There was nothing unusual or unique about the coffee but it wasn’t bad either.  The waitress brewed it hot and kept it refilled.

Key City diner phillipsburg

Food: B
The Key City Diner has everything you could picture in a diner.  There is breakfast all day, multiple dinner meals, salads, and seafood.  As I mentioned, it also has a salad bar too.

Key City diner phillipsburg

I opted for a beef Gyro with a Caesar salad. The gyro itself was good and had plenty of beef.  It came with fries which they gave me an entire plate.  The Caesar salad was filled, and I appreciated they already added the dressing.

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

Overall Summary/Would I come back?
I enjoyed the Key City Diner, and if I’m back in the area, I would come back.  It’s above average, and in the middle of diners, I’ve been too

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

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: Red Rose Diner (Review to come)

PA Local Diners: Diner 248, Trivet, Jumbars

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of salad?
What is the coolest restaurant sign you’ve seen?

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