South Star Diner (Mount Holly) pork chops
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South Star Diner (Mount Holly)

South Star Diner (Mount Holly)

Recently I was at the South Star Diner in Mount Holly. The South Star Diner has gone under new ownership and has a new name, new manager, and is entirely new. Which is great because when it was previously the “, “I can’t say my experience was all that great. I haven’t been to the diner in 6 years (and my time in New Jersey flies).

South Star Diner (Mount Holly)

South Star Diner (Mount Holly) Atmosphere: B
The South Star Diner has been remodeled. Outside it has a large, shiny, sign that says “South Star Diner.” There is a reasonably open parking lot and it sticks out on Route 38.

Inside there are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. They’ve done remodeling, so it appears to sit more people than previously.

South Star Diner (Mount Holly) Coffee: A

The South Star Diner serves Lacas Coffee, which is brewed right in Pennsauken. It was great and the waitress refilled it often. In all, it was good coffee.

South Star Diner (Mount Holly) coffee

South Star Diner (Mount Holly) Food: B
The South Star Diner menu is massive and has everything you typically have in a diner menu. There is all-day breakfast, seafood, wraps, a full page of salads, and steaks. I was in a pork chop mood, so I decided to order the broiled pork chops.

The broiled pork chops came with soup or salad, two sides, and the pork chops.

I decided to order the Greek salad and it was a great starter salad. It was bigger than some diner salads I’ve had before. Plus, it even included anchovies, which most people know how much I like those.

South Star Diner (Mount Holly) greek salad

The broiled pork chops were decent. They weren’t my favorite nor my least favorite, but they were plenty there.

South Star Diner (Mount Holly) pork chops

For my sides, I chose the beets and baked potato. If beets are a side, chances are I’ll choose them. Both were fine, but nothing special about them.

In all, my meal was good and I was most impressed with a starter salad.

South Star Diner (Mount Holly) Service: A
Our waitress was friendly and slightly funny, plus our food came out fast. I couldn’t ask for better service.

South Star Diner (Mount Holly) Cost: $

For my pork chops and coffee, it was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come back to the South Star Diner (Mount Holly)?
I liked the South Star Diner and they’ve definitely made big improvements to it. It now stands out on Route 38 and is a spot I would want to stop.

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

You can see all 292 Diner Reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?
Do you prefer soup or salad? 

 

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Arlington Diner (North Arlington)
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Arlington Diner (North Arlington)

Arlington Diner (North Arlington)

The Arlington Diner in North Arlington, NJ, has been on my diner “to do” list for a while. In New Jersey, it’s known as one of the best with one of the most iconic lights out there. I’ve wanted to go for years! Wow, time flies that I can say I’ve reviewing NJ diners for “years.”

Arlington Diner (North Arlington)

Anyway, when I was in North Arlington, the time finally worked out and we decided to go.

Arlington Diner (North Arlington) Atmosphere: A

The Arlington Diner has one of the best atmospheres of any NJ diner. The exterior has all chrome with a huge: “Arlington Diner” sign. The inside is everything you expect in a diner; there are plenty of booths, tables, a full-length bar and even several jukeboxes at various tables.

Arlington Diner (North Arlington) Coffee: A
The coffee at the Arlington Diner was good. The waitress brought out a few refills and it tasted good.

Arlington Diner (North Arlington) coffee

Arlington Diner (North Arlington) Food: B
The Arlington Diner menu has everything you picture in a diner. There are all plenty of breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. Plus there are several pages of salads and healthier options too.

Arlington Diner (North Arlington) greek platter

I decided to split the Greek Sampler platter with the table and it was something. The greek platter came with olives, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, anchovies, and pita bread. It felt as though the cook just slapped some things together, and added hunks of feta cheese. It was okay, not great and I wouldn’t order it again.

I was craving a salad and decided to order the grilled mushroom salad with salmon. The grilled mushroom salad came with portabella mushrooms, mixed greens, mozzarella, sundried tomatoes. After the Greek Sampler platter, it wasn’t sure what to expect, but the salad was good. It was actually one of the better diner salads I’ve had recently.

Arlington Diner (North Arlington) salad

Arlington Diner (North Arlington) Service: C
The waitress at the Arlington Diner seemed as though she wasn’t having the best day and she was ready to leave. Our food came out relatively fast, but it wasn’t the best diner service I’ve received.

Arlington Diner (North Arlington) Cost: $$
The Arlington Diner is expensive. For the salad, Greek Sampler, and coffee, it was $30. The Greek Sampler alone was $11, which was expensive for the amount of food and quality of food.

Would I Come Back to the Arlington Diner (North Arlington)?

I liked my salad at the Arlington Diner and I thought that component of the meal was decent. Did I think it was one of the best NJ diners? No, but I would come back to give it a second chance.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: C
Service: C
Cost: $15-20
Overall: B

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

The Truck Stop Diner (Kearny) veggie wrap
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The Truck Stop Diner (Kearny)

The Truck Stop Diner (Kearny)

Recently I was in the Hackensack, Kearny, and Jersey City area. Since it was around lunchtime, I decided to stop. I was hungry but not starving. The Truck Stop Diner is unique because, as the name indicates, it’s located at a real Truck Stop. When we arrived, there were dozens of trucks parked in the massive parking lot.

The Truck Stop Diner (Kearny)

The Truck Stop Diner Atmosphere: B
The Truck Stop Diner has a stereotypical diner atmosphere. The outside is relatively boring and just has the name “The Truck Stop Diner.”

The Truck Stop Diner (Kearny)

The inside of The Truck Stop Diner is everything you imagine in a diner. It’s all metallic with chrome seating. There are old schools, booths, tables, and a full-length bar. At the front of The Truck Stop Diner, they sell lottery tickets and candy-like an old school gas station.

The Truck Stop Diner (Kearny)

The Truck Stop Diner Coffee: C
The coffee at The Truck Stop Diner was ok but not great. It was nothing to write home about.

The Truck Stop Diner (Kearny) coffee

The Truck Stop Diner Food: C
The Truck Stop Diner menu has everything you picture in a diner and more. There are plenty of breakfast and dinner options. There is a smaller menu at the top of the diner, which at first I thought we were limited too, but then the waitress brought over a full menu. The Truck Stop Diner is known for their “great food”.

When I went to order something, the waitress laughed and said: “oh, we don’t serve that anymore. They try new things and they don’t usually work’. I laughed and tried to order something else which they didn’t sell anymore either. Finally, I just asked the waitress what they did sell and ended up with a vegetable wrap with sweet potato fries.

The wrap was better than I anticipated and the sweet potato fries were nice and crispy. In all it was good food, but I do wonder how many options on The Truck Stop Diner menu they have.

The Truck Stop Diner (Kearny) veggie wrap

The Truck Stop Diner Service: B
The waitress at The Truck Stop Diner was interesting. I’m sure she’s been working there for a long time. She was quirky but nice and our food came out quickly.

The Truck Stop Diner Cost: $

For my wrap and coffee, it was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to The Truck Stop Diner?
The Truck Stop Diner was a decent stop. I probably wouldn’t be back because there are other, much better places in the general area. Is it a fun spot to check out? Yes. Was the food decent? Yes. Was it a 5-star restaurant? No.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: C
Food: C
Service: B
Cost: $6-12
Overall: C

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Questions for you:

Have you ever ate at a truck stop restaurant?

What is your favorite wrap?

 

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack) salad
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Fairmount Eats (Hackensack)

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack)

Recently I was in Hackensack, NJ.  I decided to stop at the Fairmount Eats.  I wasn’t hungry but wanted to wait out the traffic and heard the food was good. Hackensack is close to New York and the traffic is significantly worse than South Jersey so I decided to sit at a diner instead of sit in my car. I didn’t wait too long because the food was out in the blink of an eye.Fairmount Eats (Hackensack)

Fairmount Eats Atmosphere: A

Fairmount Eats resembles more of a bar than a diner. It’s located on the corner and has a small parking spot. Looking back, I should have verified there was parking before just stopping by. Anyway, there was a small lot. Inside has plenty of tables, a few booths, and an open kitchen to watch the chefs prepare the food. It’s a cute, modern building, and you never feel like you’re sitting on top of people.

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack)

Fairmount Eats Coffee: A

The coffee at Fairmount Eats was good. The waiter brought plenty of refills and it was brewed hot and fresh. Thankfully, because I was unusually tired that day.

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack) coffee

Fairmount Eats Food: B

The Fairmount Eats menu has plenty of options from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are known for their lunch specials and salads. I decided to order the goat cheese and spinach salad with grilled chicken. The goat cheese salad came with candied nuts, bacon, spinach, and of course, chicken. It was a hardy portion of chicken too! The salad was good, but I do wish the dressing was mixed in.

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack) salad

Fairmount Eats Service: A

The waiter at the Fairmount Eats was great and the food came out fast. He was one of the best waiters I’ve had in a while and I couldn’t have asked for a better waiter.  I was in and out of the Fairmount Eats within 30 minutes.

Fairmount Eats Cost: $$

For the salad and coffee, it was $18 which was more expensive than I was expecting.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to Fairmount Eats?

I liked the Fairmount Eats and it was a good stop. While pricier than the average diner, it was fresh food and I would go back.

Atmosphere: B

Coffee: A

Food: B

Service: A

Cost: $12-20

Overall: B

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Questions for you:

What’s your favorite type of salad?

Do you have a lot of traffic near you? 

 

Empire Diner Brooklawn
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Empire Diner (Brooklawn)

Empire Diner (Brooklawn, NJ)

Recently I went to the Empire Diner in Brooklawn, NJ. The Empire Diner is the newly managed Brooklawn Diner. The Brooklawn Diner wasn’t great and truthfully I wasn’t sure I wanted to go back! Since it was a new owner and new management, I decided to give it a shot.  The same owners that own the Piston Diner in South Jersey, also now own the Empire Diner.

Empire Diner Brooklawn

Empire Diner Atmosphere: A

The Empire Diner looks like it was built in a diner factory. It’s bright, shiny, and metallic. It stands out on the traffic circle in Brooklawn. The inside of the Empire Diner is bright and shiny with bright lights. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. Anything you picture in a stereotypical diner, the Empire Diner has.

Empire Diner Coffee: B

The Empire Diner coffee was hot and fresh. It wasn’t anything unique, but it wasn’t bad.

 

Empire Diner Brooklawn coffeeEmpire Diner Food: B

The Empire Diner menu has everything you picture in a diner. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals which is always a plus.

One thing that did stand out to me was the lack of specials. There were about five on the whiteboard in the front. If you wanted to view them, you had to go back up and look. Many diners have a page of specials.

I opted to order the broiled pork chops, which came with the salad bar, soup, two sides, pork chops, and pudding.

The salad bar was the best part of the meal. The salad bar at the Empire Diner has all of the regular greens, regular toppings including onions, olives, and tomatoes. They also had beets (which if you know me, know that I love beets), and a couple of different coleslaws. The salad bar was the best part.

Empire Diner Brooklawn
salad bar

I ordered the tomato bisque, which was nothing unique. It wasn’t amazing but nothing to write home about.

Empire Diner Brooklawn soup

 

My pork chops were disappointing. I was looking forward to pork chops and they were thin. I was expecting thicker and more full. I probably wouldn’t order them again.

 

My baked potato was massive and my carrots were coated in sugar. Both sides were fun but easy to make at home.

Empire Diner Brooklawn baked potato

Empire Diner Service: A

The waitress at the Empire Diner was great. She refilled our drinks often and always made sure we had what we needed.

Empire Diner Dessert: A

I opted for bread pudding and took it home. They put it in a little to go cup. The bread pudding was good; it had far more bread than pudding, which is my favorite.

Empire Diner Brooklawn bread pudding

Empire Diner Cost: $

For all of the food, it was $18. It was a lot of food, but the quality of the food was low.

Empire Diner Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?

I liked the Empire Diner and it’s a step up from the previous Brooklawn Diner. Do I think the Empire Diner is the best ever? No, but it’s a stereotypical diner with large portions.

Atmosphere: A

Coffee: B

Food: B

Service: A

Dessert: A

Cost: $8-20

Overall: B

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Questions for you:

What’s your favorite salad bar topping?

Do you like bread pudding? Rice pudding?