Recently I ordered takeout from the Sparta Classic Diner in Sparta, New Jersey. The same people own the Sparta Classic Diner as the Orangetown Classic Diner in Orangetown, NY (seriously a must go), Northvale Classic Diner and the Tenafly Classic Diner. All of these “classic diners” have been good and I had high hopes for the Sparta Classic Diner.
Villas Diner and Pizzeria
It’s been two months since I went to my last New Jersey diner. Truthfully, I’ve worried how many can withstand the pandemic, as the majority are small businesses. Anyway, recently I had the opportunity to order takeout from the Villas Diner and Pizzeria. I didn’t know the Villas Diner and Pizzeria existed until a random search in the area yielded it.
Villas Diner and Pizzeria Atmosphere: A
Right now, nowhere in New Jersey is allowing you to eat in. The Villas Diner and Pizzeria had picnic tables outside you could sit at. Plus, they offered curbside takeout and delivery. When picking up the curbside, everything was handled safely. The employees at the Villas Diner and Pizzeria were wearing masks, the inside appeared clean, and the picnic tables were also clean. It was a beautiful, but slightly windy day. Luckily none of the food blew away.
Villas Diner and Pizzeria Coffee: —
One of the few times I didn’t order coffee at a diner. I wasn’t sure they had curbside coffee to go (I didn’t ask).
Villas Diner and Pizzeria Food: A
How many diners are also pizzerias? Not many. In fact, I cannot recall another New Jersey diner that doubles as a pizzeria. So naturally, even though the Villas Diner menu has everything from salads, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, pizza was a must. I decided to order the “white pizza,” which had oil and garlic mozzarella cheese.
Since New Jersey is known as the pizza state, I wasn’t sure what to expect with a diner pizza. I will say, the Villas Diner and Pizzeria pizza was one of the best pizzas I’ve had in the state. It was honestly surprising. It was perfectly cooked with plenty of dough in the crust.
Villas Diner and Pizzeria Service: A
The woman who took my order over the phone was friendly and the food was ready when I arrived. In all, it was great service and I have no complaints.
Villas Diner and Pizzeria Cost: $$
For the Villas Diner and Pizzeria pizza and water, the cost was $15. Not bad for an entire pizza.
Villas Diner and Pizzeria Overall Thoughts:
I was happy with the Villas Diner and Pizzeria. While I’m not able to go to many new diners right now, I’m happy I’m able to support a local diner. If you’re in the area of Cape May and Villas, I highly suggest ordering from the Villas Diner and Pizzeria. (Even if you’re in Cape May for a race!)
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Questions for you:
Where is your favorite pizza from?
Have you been able to support a local business?
Saddle Brook Diner
Recently I was in Saddle Brook, NJ and I decided to stop at the Saddle Brook Diner. There were a few diners around but the Saddle Brook seemed like the easiest to get too.
Saddle Brook Diner Atmosphere: A
The retro Saddle Brook Diner sticks out on the main road. It’s a large, retro-looking diner and blast from the past.
The inside of the Saddle Brook Diner has plenty of booths, tables, and a large bar section. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect diner, the Saddle Brook Diner is it.
Saddle Brook Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at the Saddle Brook Diner was good. There was nothing unique or unusual about it, but it was good.
I was hoping to find a Saddle Brook Diner menu special, but all of the specials were almost pasta and I wasn’t in the mood for the pasta.
I decided to order the seafood kabob. It came with scallops, shrimp, and grilled vegetables all topped on rice. It also came with a side salad.
The side salad was ok. It had greens, as well as a few unique items, including beans.
The seafood kabob was unique as that it didn’t come on a stick. They removed it already. The seafood tasted good, but I do wish there were more grilled vegetables.
It wasn’t a lot of food for the price. It was a lot of rice and the quality of the salad wasn’t great.
Saddle Brook Diner Service: C
The waitress at the Saddle Brook Diner was friendly. The manager put my table directly at the front with the light in our eyes. Whenever the waitress came over, we were squinting. It always seemed like we were bothering the staff when we asked for something.
Saddle Brook Diner Cost: $$
For the coffee and meal, it was $25. It was costly for the quality and amount of food.
Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Saddle Brook Diner?
I probably won’t be back. The Saddle Brook Diner is a decent diner, but it’s an expensive diner for the amount of food you get.
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Questions for you:
Do you like scallops?
What’s the most unique type of starter salad you’ve had?
Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy, NJ)
Recently I was in South Amboy and I decided to make a stop at the Ocean Bay Diner in South Amboy.
When I arrived to the Ocean Bay Diner, I was the only one there. I was surprised and I wasn’t sure the Ocean Bay Diner was open.
Ocean Bay Diner Atmosphere: A
The Ocean Bay Diner looks like a stereotypical diner. The outside is inviting with the name Ocean Bay Diner.
The inside of the Ocean Bay Diner is clean, modern, and has plenty of booths and tables. There is even a big salad bar too.
Ocean Bay Diner Coffee: A
The Ocean Bay Diner coffee was served hot and fresh and the waitress brought plenty of refills. It was good coffee.
Ocean Bay Diner Food: B
The Ocean Bay Diner menu has everything you can imagine in a diner. There is all day breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I didn’t notice any specials at the Ocean Bay Diner which was the only surprising.
I decided to order the broiled salmon which came with soup, the salad bar, 2 sides, and the salmon. It was a lot of food which is why I chose it.
I decided to forgo the soup because it was just a lot of food.
The salad bar at the Ocean Bay Diner is one of the best diner salad bars yet. There were all of the regular salad bar options including 2 types of greens, olives, tomatoes, onions, and tomatoes. It also had plenty of options that not many sale bars do including beets, peppers, and bean salad. In all, I was extremely pleased.
The salmon came with two sides and I chose corn and rice. The corn was bland and the rice tasted like regular rice. Nothing unique or unusual about the sides.
The salmon tasted good. Instead of a filet of salmon, they plated salmon steak. It came with skin (my favorite) but also had bones. In all, it was one of the better diner salmons I’ve had.
I was happy with my meal and the Ocean Bay Diner salad bar is one of the best I’ve been too.
Ocean Bay Diner Service: A
The waitress at the Ocean Bay Diner was great and I couldn’t have asked for better service. Our food also came out quickly.
Ocean Bay Diner Cost: $$
For my meal and coffee, it was $23. It was a lot of food but the Ocean Bay Diner has a few meals that cost over $30!
Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Ocean Bay Diner in Sayreville?
I liked the Ocean Bay Diner and it’s one of the better diners I’ve been to up that way. Plus, the salad bar was great.
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Questions for you:
What’s your favorite salad bar item?
Do you prefer salmon steak or filet?
Veronica Plaza Diner (Somerset, NJ)
Recently I was in Somerset, NJ so I decided to stop at the Veronica Plaza Diner.
The Veronica Plaza Diner is located in a shopping center near Rutgers University. The Veronica Plaza Diner is only open until 3 pm so it’s a breakfast and lunch spot only.
Veronica Plaza Diner Atmosphere: C
The Veronica Plaza Diner is located in a small shopping center. It doesn’t stand out but there is plenty of parking.
The inside of the Veronica Plaza Diner has plenty of wooden tables, booths, and a small bar. It was dimly lit and slightly dirty which is never a good sign.
Veronica Plaza Diner Coffee: A
The Veronica Plaza Diner coffee tasted great and the waitress brought over a refill.
Veronica Plaza Diner Food: B
The Veronica Plaza Diner menu has breakfast and lunch with a few specials. There were plenty of breakfast options and I was in the mood for pancakes.
Pancakes are one of the most risky things to order a diner. Either the pancakes are flat and bland or they are thick and fluffy. You never know why you’ll get!
I ordered the chocolate chip and peanut butter pancakes which tasted good. There was a solid amount of pancakes and it there were plenty of chocolate chips. They were topped with crunchy peanut butter.
The pancakes weren’t the worst nor the best pancakes I’ve had but I was pleased with my selection.
Veronica Plaza Diner Service: C
The waitress at the Veronica Plaza Diner was friendly but it took a while for our food to come. When it was time for the check, it took a long time for her to come back. I couldn’t seem to find her anywhere.
Veronica Plaza Diner Cost: $$
For my pancakes and coffee it was $10. Most of the diner was fairly expensive for the amount of food and quality.
Overall thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Veronica Plaza Diner?
The food at the Veronica Plaza Diner was decent but it’s not somewhere I would back for. The Veronica Plaza Diner could use a decent cleaning as well.
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Question for you:
Do you like pancakes? What’s your favorite type of pancake?