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Nudy’s Cafe (Paoli)

Nudy’s Cafe (Paoli)

A few weeks ago, writer Jen M. and I met up at Nudy’s Cafe in Paoli.  Jen was out that way and we both wanted (and needed) to get out for a hike. She suggested Nudy’s Cafe, which recently opened.  Nudy’s Cafe has several locations in the suburbs of Pa; including Ardmore, West Chester, Phoenixville, Exton, and many more. After spending more time than anticipated riding through Philadelphia Traffic (when is that not the case?), I made it.Nudys Cafe Paoli

Nudy’s Cafe (Paoli) Atmosphere: A
The exterior of Nudy’s Cafe is clean, modern, and cute. It’s not a big, shiny, diner but a small modern building. The inside is bright and clean. There are several tables throughout the diner.  We sat in the back corner.  It wasn’t crowded but there is plenty of space, so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone.

Nudy’s Cafe (Paoli) Coffee: A

The coffee at Nudy’s cafe was great. The waitress kept both Jen and I’s coffee refilled at all times.  It was hot and fresh, locally brewed Lacas coffee. I couldn’t have asked for better coffee.

Nudys Cafe Paoli coffee

Nudy’s Cafe (Paoli) Food: A

The Nudy’s Cafe menu has everything a stereotypical diner usually has, but it’s only open for breakfast and lunch. The promise at Nudy’s Cafe is to make you feel welcome, nourished and excited about coming back because of the freshly-made, great food.

On the menu, there are plenty of omelets, sandwiches, and salad options. On the back, there was a full page of specials. I contemplated the avocado toast (I’ve never had that before) but ultimately decided to order the Greek Wrap with a side mixed salad.

Nudys Cafe Paoli wrap

The Greek wrap was stuffed with chickpeas, feta cheese, greens, onions, and tomatoes. The side salad wasn’t anything unusual but tasted good too. In all, it was a good meal.

Nudy Cafe (Paoli) Service: A
Our waitress at Nudy’s Cafe as nice and our food came out extremely quickly.

Nudy’s Cafe (Paoli) Cost: $
For my wrap, side salad, and coffee it was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come back to Nudy’s Cafe?
I liked Nudy’s Cafe and I would go back. There are a lot of different breakfast and lunch options. I appreciate the specials too.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Serice: A
Overall: A

You can see all the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of wrap?
Do you prefer wraps or sandwiches? 

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Sides Grill and Diner (Long Branch)

Sides Grill and Diner (Long Branch)

Sides Grill and Diner (Long Branch)

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

Sides Grill and Diner Atmosphere: A
Sides Grill and 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.

Sides Grill and Diner 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

Sides Grill and Diner Food: A
Sides Grill and Diner menu 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.

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

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back to Sides Grill and Diner?
I liked Sides Grill and 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?

Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)

Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)

Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City, NJ)

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 at the Harbor Diner in Egg Harbor City on a Sunday morning, it wasn’t too crowded, and I quickly received a booth.

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City

Harbor Diner 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.

Harbor Diner 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

Harbor Diner Food: B
The Harbor Diner menu 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

Harbor Diner 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.

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

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Harbor Diner (Egg Harbor City)?
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)

Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway, NJ)

Recently I was at the Galaxy Diner 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.

Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway) Atmosphere: A
When we arrived to the Galaxy Diner and Cafe, the hostess was friendly and quickly sat us at a booth near the back.  The exterior of the Galaxy Diner and Cafe 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.

Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway) 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

Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway) Food: A
The Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway) menu 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 was craving french fries but changed my mind last second. 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

Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway) 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.

Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway) Cost: $
For all of my food, plus coffee it was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Galaxy Diner and Cafe (Rahway):
I really enjoyed the Galaxy Diner and Cafe 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 (Brooklawn)

Sadly the Metro Diner (Brooklawn, NJ) has now closed for good. South Jersey Observer sited the lot would be made into either a “Super Wawa” or Royal Farms.


Driving to the Metro Diner, I had no idea what to expect.  The Metro Diner is located on route 130 in Camden County. Across the street is an adult store.  I wondered if I should have checked out the Metro 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

Metro Diner Atmosphere: A

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

Metro Diner Coffee: A

The coffee at the Metro Diner was excellent and kept it refilled the entire time.  I asked for whipped cream, and the lady was able to 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

Metro Diner Food: A

The menu at the Metro Diner is one of the largest of any diner.  Every 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 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 it actually is.

This salad was a reasonable amount of lettuce with lots of toppings.  My favorite part about the Metro Diner salad 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.

Metro Diner Price: $

For my salad with chicken and coffee at the Metro Diner, the total was 13 dollars (not including tip), which was an excellent value.  I left feeling full and having a great time.

Would I come back to the Metro Diner?

Yes, I’m surprised the Metro Diner (Brooklawn) closed. 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!).

You Can See All Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite salad dressing?

Mine is either balsamic vinaigrette or Greek.

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

 

 

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