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Sides Diner and Grill (Long Branch)

Sides Diner and Grill (Long Branch)

Before exploring Sandy Hook, I decided to stop at Sides Diner.  Sides Diner is a relatively new diner down the shore, so I was looking forward to trying it.

Atmosphere: A
Sides Diner is located in Long Branch right near Red Bank. It’s located on the main road in a stand-alone building.

sides diner and grill long branch

The inside is a small modern looking diner. It has a full-length bar, a few booths, and tables.

One thing I must include is that the bathrooms were one of the most well kept of any restaurant I’ve been too.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. The waitress refilled it often, and I have no complaints.

sides diner and grill long branch

Food: A
Sides Diner has a lot more healthy options than many diners. There are kale salads, plenty of sandwiches, along with the standard breakfast and lunch options. Sides are only open until 4 pm, so there aren’t dinner options.

I decided to order the French onion soup. It came out quickly and had plenty of onions as well as a thick layer of cheese on top. It was delicious.

sides diner and grill long branch

I was craving a gyro, so I ordered a beef gyro. It came with French fries. The Gyro was good. It was nothing extraordinary but it tasted good.  I will never learn my lesson that gyros are not easy to eat.

sides diner and grill long branch

Service: A
The server was friendly, and the food came out quickly. I have no complaints.

Cost: $
For my soup, gyro, and coffee, the coffee was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I really liked Sides Diner, and if I’m in the area, I’ll be back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-15
Overall: A

You can see all 220 diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite soup?

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Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)

Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)

Recently I went to the Harbor Diner in Egg Harbor City. A quick search indicated it was close by my route home and so I decided to stop. When I arrived on a Sunday morning, it wasn’t too crowded, and I quickly received a booth.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Atmosphere: A
The Harbor Diner is everything you hope and expect in a diner. The exterior is a big, shiny, metallic, retro building.

Inside, there is a full-length bar and plenty of booths and tables.  The center has a bar shelf, and you walk by a good looking dessert case.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I could have used more. Other than that, it was great, but I would have preferred a few more refills.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Food: B
The menu at the Harbor Diner in Egg Harbor City has everything you want or need in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  I arrived around noon and wasn’t sure what I wanted. I was between pork chops and a gyro.  Completely different menu options but I decided to go with the Gyro.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

The Gyro was good, but it had so much Tzahki sauce. I like Tzatiki it had too much.  I would order it again, but I would ask for the sauce on the side.  It came with good potato chips, and I have no complaints.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out quickly. While I could have used more drink refills, it wasn’t the end of the world.

Cost: $
For my gyro and coffee, it was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Harbor Diner, and it was a cute stop on my way back home from the shore. Egg Harbor City is a cute town and fun to visit if you’re passing by. It’s a great diner, and with the menu options you’ll find something for everyone.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Price: $5-12
Overall: B

You Can See all 217 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like Gyros?
What is your favorite chip?

Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway)

Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway)

Recently I was at the Galaxy Diner and Cafe in Rahway, NJ.  Danielle and I needed a spot to meet that as somewhat close to Newark, and Rahway was a good stop.  Reading the reviews of Yelp, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Atmosphere: A
When we arrived, the hostess was friendly and quickly sat us at a booth near the back.  The exterior of the Galaxy Diner is metallic, shiny, and as picture perfect as you expect a diner to be.  The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  We were lucky to snag a booth on the weekend.

Coffee: B
The coffee was decent but nothing to write home about.  I liked it, and the waitress refilled it a few times.

Galaxy Diner Rahway NJ

Food: A
The Galaxy Diner has everything you expect a diner to have.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials.  There is even a salad bar filled with more than the average bar: beets, grape leaves, bean salad…the list is endless.  I wanted to make use of the salad bar, so I decided to order the Soulvanki special.  It came with a shish kabob of pork on top of rice as well as pita bread.  It also came with soup, and I ordered chicken noodle.

I don’t even know where to start with all of the food I ordered.  Everything on the salad bar was fresh, and I thought of any restaurant salad bars, it was one of the better ones I’ve had.

I ate some of the soup, which was decent, but I had so much food already.

Galaxy Diner Rahway NJ

The Shishkabob had gyro meat as well as grilled vegetables.  It was cooked perfectly as well.  Honestly, it was one of the better diner meals I’ve had in a while.

Galaxy Diner Rahway NJ

Service: B
The waitress was nice but forgot about us.  After we finished our meal, it was another 20 minutes before she came back.  That was fine, as Danielle and I always have plenty to talk about.

Cost: $
For all of my food, plus coffee it was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back:
I really enjoyed the Galaxy Diner and had a good experience.  It is one of my more favorite diners in the area, and I would go back.  The salad bar is excellent and definitely one of the better restaurant salad bars.

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

You Can See all 206 Diners Here.

Questions for you:
Where is your favorite salad bar?
Do you like grilled vegetables or prefer raw? 

 

The Metro Diner

Driving to the Metro Diner I had no idea what to expect.  The diner isn’t located in the nicest area and across the street is an adult store.  I wondered if I should have checked out the diner myself before inviting others to have lunch with me.  Once we got inside we realized how nice it was.

My date Erin and I

My date Erin and I

Atmosphere: A

The diner is two huge rooms.  The actual building is nice outside and inside it’s separated so you can either walk left or right.  They took us left to a nice big spacy booth.   Both sides seem to be very similar.

Coffee: A

The coffee was excellent and kept it refilled the entire time.  I asked for whipped cream and the lady was able bring me coffee and whipped cream.  What was most impressive was that she also brought me whipped cream on my refill too.  She even brought the can over. It was brewed fresh, hot and I had whipped cream.

Metro Diner coffee

Food: A

The menu is one of the largest of any diner.  Every type of food imaginable they have.   I ordered my standard Greek salad but this time with chicken (since they didn’t have salmon).  Erin and I were chatting about often times diner salads are filled with white lettuce and a few random vegetables.  (This happened to me at the Cherry Hill diner).  So the salad looks like more than then it actually is.

This salad was a normal amount of lettuce with lots of toppings.  My favorite part though was that they gave me two full pieces of pita bread.  (Double then most diners). My only question was what kind of salad dressing it was.  It stated on the menu it was a house Greek.  To me, it tasted like oil and vinegar (which is fine) but not house.

Metro Diner salad

It was one of my favorite diner salads to date.

Price: $

For my salad with chicken and coffee the total was 13 dollars (not including tip) which was a really good value.  I left feeling full and having a great time.

Would I come back?

Yes!  The Metro diner is one I tell Tim we should come back too.  They had a lot of different options I want to try. (Plus their desserts look amazing).  The Metro Diner food was filling, it was inexpensive and it had good coffee.  Though it’s about 45 minutes from my house, it is worth the trip.  (Especially since it’s close to Philly.  So if anyone from that area wants to go, you know where to find me!).

Questions for you:

What is your favorite salad dressing?

Mine is either balsamic vinaigrette or Greek.

Have you judged a book (or restaurant) by it’s cover only to be pleasantly surprised?

 

 

All Seasons Diner

I haven’t posted a diner review in a few weeks.  I don’t even know what my blog is about anymore.  After running the New Jersey half on Sunday, Laura, Heather, Tim and I found the All Seasons Diner.  We went to location right outside of Mammouth park but there is a second location in Freehold NJ as well.   (We actually went to this one in January).

As soon as we got there, they were able to accommodate us very quickly.  (Which was actually shocking because it was relatively crowded).  When we left there was at least a 45 minute wait.

Atmosphere: B

This was a typical diner atmosphere.  Although we sat in a booth, they did have another room filled with high tables and a bar.  It was loud, crowded and exactly what I imagine when I visited a greasy spoon diner.

Coffee: A

They were (suprisingly) able to add whip cream to my coffee.  The coffee was also unlimited and was kept refilled the majority of the time.  For four people who had been up since four am, that is a big deal.

The whip cream almost fell.

The whip cream almost fell.

All Seasons Diner coffee

So much coffee!

Food: B

I ordered a Greek salad with salmon.  The Greek salad had (lots of) lettuce, tomatoes, and big chunks of feta cheese.  I ordered pita bread on the side.  (since it didn’t come with it).  The salad itself was huge but I quickly realized it was a lot of “lettuce fluff” and not a lot of substance.  It wasn’t terrible since I had gotten the salmon but it was so much lettuce.   The food itself was good and I don’t have complaints about the quality of food, just that I would prefer more vegetables besides lettuce.

All seasons diner greek salad

The menu itself was extensive and had a lot of options.  A lot of the diner options were seafood and salmon.  For a diner they have a lot of seafood options.

Dessert: We did not have any.

Cost: $$

The cost of Tim and I’s meal was 37 dollars.  Between my 9.95 large Greek salad (+5.95 with salmon) and Tim’s wrap as well as two coffees I found it to be reasonable.  Two filling meals as well as two coffees, this is a relatively inexpensive meal in New Jersey.

Overall Review:

I thought a few times the waitor had forgotten about us but in his defense the restaurant was crowded.  It wasn’t anything to mark down for.  It was good food and the price was decent so I would go back if I’m in the area.  It was stereotypical NJ diner and if you are in the area I would recommend it.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite salad green?  (spinach, lettuce…etc)

What is the longest you will wait in a restaurant for food?

I think I’ve waited 45 minutes before but I honestly eat pretty early so I don’t normally have a waiting issue.  I don’t think I would wait more than 45 minutes though.

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