Summit Diner greek wrap
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Summit Diner

Summit Diner (Summit, NJ)

The Summit Diner is one of the most iconic and well known diners in New Jersey. It’s been featured on several best diner lists and even ranked in many national lists. I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to get there. I was in Summit for the day and decided to stop at the Summit Diner.

Summit Diner

Summit Diner Atmosphere: A

You can’t get a more perfect old school, retro diner. It sticks out on the main street of Summit. The entire town of Summit is a cute downtown and the Summit Diner looks like a blast from the past sitting on the main street. You can’t miss it.

The inside of the Summit Diner has about 8 booths and 15 bar stools. I chose a barstool right in front of the register.

Summit Diner Coffee: B
The Summit Diner coffee tasted good. Since it’s a low key, no-frills diner, the coffee was similar. It got the job done.

Summit Diner coffee

Summit Diner Food: A
The Summit Diner menu is written on the top of the diner. You can read it all while sitting. Since the Summit Diner is known for their great food, I had no idea what I wanted to order. I was between breakfast and ultimately decided to order their greek salad wrap lunch special.

The Summit Diner lunch specials came with soup and I chose Clam Chowder.

Summit Diner manhatten clam chowder

I like Manhatten Clam Chowder and it was better than most diner soups I’ve had. The Manhatten Clam Chowder had a nice kick to it.

My lunch special also came with french fries which I didn’t realize. The Greek Salad wrap tasted good and I have no complaints. There was plenty of actual salad and it was wrapped in a way I could eat it. Wraps are often hard to eat but the wrap at the Summit Diner was wrapped perfectly so it wasn’t messy.

Summit Diner greek wrap

The french fries tasted good and they were crispy but not overly crispy.

In all, my meal at the Summit Diner was great and I was happy with it.

Summit Diner greek wrap

Summit Diner Service: B
You have the choice to either sit in or to go and it appears the Summit Diner does about half of each.  The man who took my order looked to be a manager. He was friendly and my food came out within 15 minutes.

Cost: $
For my Greek Salad Wrap Lunch Special and coffee it was $11.50, which was one of the most expensive items you could get.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Go Back?
I liked the Summit Diner and I can see why it’s considered one of the best diners in the state. It’s definitely one of my more favorite diners.

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

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Questions for you:
Have you ever ordered a lunch special?
What’s the last retro diner you’ve been too? 

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White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park)
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White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park)

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park)

Recently I was in Highland Park and I decided to stop at the White Rose Hamburgers.  I’ve been to a few White Rose Diners and White Rose System (Roselle), White Diamond and White Rose Diner (Linden).

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park)

Why are there so many diners with the name White in them? According to Munchmobile, when diners were first starting, “white” meant cleanliness and wholesomeness.  Most diners with the color white are also older. Some even resemble hamburger stands.

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park)

In light of current events, I ordered takeout at the White Rose Hamburgers.

White Rose Hamburgers(Highland Park) Atmosphere: A
The White Rose Hamburgers looks like an old school diner and everything you want in a diner. The White Rose Hamburgers parking lot is bigger than the White Rose Hamburgers itself. Inside, there are about 15 seats, which are mostly booth seats.  The White Rose Hamburgers is a retro diner that you picture in diners.

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park)

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park) Coffee: B
The White Rose Hamburgers serves regular coffee. It’s no-frills and no whipped cream, but it was good.

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park) Food: B
The White Rose Hamburgers menu is small and located all on the back of the diner. You order at the register and then sit down wherever you want. The White Rose Hamburgers more resembles a hamburger joint than a New Jersey Diner. There are plenty of menu options, including eggs, burgers, and gyros. They are known for their pork rolls or taylor ham (whatever you prefer to call it). I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for and decided to order a beef gyro.

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park) gyro

The beef gyro was no-frills and to go. It didn’t even come with a side (which was fine). It almost felt like I ordered at a fast food place because I ordered and within 2 minutes, it was out.

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park) gyro

My beef gyro was good and I have no complaints. It was the typical gyro but stuffed with tzatziki sauce. The tzatziki sauce oozed out. It all, it was one of the better beef gyros I’ve had.  There were no sides, but

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park) Service: B

The White Rose Hamburgers isn’t a typical diner. You don’t have a host or waiter. It’s just one person taking the orders and the chefs cooking it. They were all friendly.

White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park) Cost: $
For my coffee and meal, it was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the White Rose Hamburgers (Highland Park)?
I liked the White Rose Hamburgers and it’s a cheap, fun stop. If you’re looking for a no-frills, greasy stop, it’s definitely worth your while.

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

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Questions for you:

Do you like beef gyros?

What’s the last no-frill spot you’ve gone?

 

Georges Place
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George’s Place (Cape May Court House)

George’s Place (Cape May Court House)

Recently, I was down in Cape May.  Several years ago, I went to George’s Place Cape May. It was awesome and remained one of my favorite diners to date. Although, I do know there is some “controversy” of whether it is a diner or not. Regardless, I have been back multiple times and it’s one of my favorite restaurants down the shore.Georges Place

It wasn’t until recently; I knew there was a second location in Cape May Court House. The best part is the George’s Place in Cape May Court House opens an hour earlier for dinner.

I arrived on a dreary day and it was quiet. Cape May is an excellent spot for day trip, but it’s quiet in the late fall and winter months.  Many restaurants close, but luckily George’s Place doesn’t.

George’s Place (Cape May Court House) Atmosphere: A
George’s Place is modern and upscale. There are about 15 booths and tables. The inside is bright and open.  I appreciate it’s located in an older house, so you feel as though you’re dining in someone’s home.

Georges Place

George’s Place (Cape May Court House) Coffee: B
The coffee at George’s Place was hot and fresh, but there was nothing unique or unusual about it. It tasted good and it was a nice, warm addition on a dreary day.

George’s Place (Cape May Court House) Food: A

George’s Place is a modern greek diner.  George’s Place menu reflects that it’s almost all Greek food. There are a few different salads, as well as entrees.  For breakfast, George’s Place is well known for its waffles.

I decided to order the picnic for an appetizer. If order the picnic, the entire table must order it. It comes with pita bread, lamb chops, sausage, hummus, cheese, salad, spanakopita, and chickpeas. It is delicious and I highly recommend it. My favorite was the lamb chop.

Georges place

For an entree, I decided to order the Bronzino. I was going to order lamb chop but got that with the appetizer. The waiter cut and prepared the Bronzino for me. It was interesting because I’ve never had it before, but it was delicious. It also came with cooked spinach, which was cooked perfectly. I was happy with my selection.

Georges Place

George’s Place (Cape May Court House) Service: A
The waiter at George’s Place was awesome and our food came out quickly. I could not have asked for a better service.

George’s Place (Cape May Court House) Price: $$$
For my appetizer, coffee, and entree, the cost was $40.

Overall Thoughts/Will I Go Back to George’s Place (Cape May Court House)?
It’s more expensive than most diners and restaurants, but the quality of food is worth it. I will continue to go to George’s Place. I’ve always had a positive experience and if you are down the shore, I highly recommend either location.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Serice: A
Cost: $25-50
George’s Place (Cape May Court House) Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like Greek Food?
What is your favorite restaurant? 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)
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Rudy’s Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

On the way back to Virginia, I stopped at Rudy’s Family Restaurant in Harrington, De. I’ve wanted to stop there for years, but the timing never works out. It’s right off the road, so it’s an easy stop for anyone passing through.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

Atmosphere: A
Rudy’s Family Restaurant is a lot bigger than it looks. Outside it’s a clean, modern building. Once you walk in the restaurant, it’s shiny, metallic, and every part of a diner that you would expect. There is even a kid’s party room if you want to host a party.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

Coffee:  C
The coffee was ok, not great. There was nothing unique or unusual about it, but it wasn’t terrible either.

Food: B
Rudy’s Family Restaurant has everything a diner would have. There are plenty of breakfast options, lunch, and salad, as well as dinner specials. If you are passing through Harrington and need a spot that will please everyone, Rudy’s Family Restaurant is it.

I always appreciate a good greek appetizer and ordered the Greek Sampler. It was more of a Greek salad and as far as I could tell there was no difference in the Greek salad versus the Greek Sampler minus the Sampler had Gyro meat. It came with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, gyro meat, pita bread, and grape leaves. The sampler was good but nothing unique or special. I would order it again.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

For my entree, I decided to order the BLT, which was good.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

It wasn’t “great,” but there was nothing terrible about it either. The french fries were crispy, which is how I like them.

Rudy's Family Restaurant (Harrington, DE)

Service: B
The waitress was friendly, but it took a while for our food to come out and then to receive a check.

Price: $
For my appetizer, coffee, and BLT, it was only $17. The BLT meal itself was $4.99.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked Rudy’s Family Restaurant, and it was an easy stop south. I would go back if the opportunity presents itself.

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

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite appetizer?
Do you stop during road trips? 

 

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA)
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Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA)

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown)

Recently, I was driving through Hummelstown. I haven’t been out in the area in years (it’s right near Hershey Park). I was driving through the mid-morning, and while I wasn’t starving, I was hungry, so I decided to stop. The Soda Jerk Diner & Dairy Bar is a family friendly themed diner. If you’re on your way to visit Hershey Park, it’s a perfect stop.

The Soda Jerk Diner is located in a small strip mall. When I arrived mid-morning, I got the last parking spot in the lot.

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA)

Soda Jerk Diner Atmosphere: A
The Soda Jerk Diner stands out in the strip mall. It’s a large shiny, chrome restaurant front.  When you walk in, you feel like you are in a blast from the past and walking into a diner. It’s everything you picture in a restaurant from the checkerboard floor, shiny tables, and jukeboxes. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque diner if you tried.

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA)

Soda Jerk Diner Coffee: A

The coffee at the Soda Jerk Diner was brewed hot and fresh, and it was delicious. I have no complaints.

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA) coffee

Soda Jerk Diner Food: B
I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. The Soda Jerk Diner menu has everything from breakfast specials, lunch, and dinner. They are known for their ice cream, home fries, and french toast. Since I wasn’t starving, I decided to order the Greek salad with salmon. I also added a cup of spicy crab soup because it sounded good.

The spicy crab soup was a pleasant surprise. I like spicy food, and the spicier, the better. The soup had a nice kick but wasn’t overly powerful.

The salad was ok. It was by no means the best salad or best diner salad I’ve had. I could have used more greens as well as pita bread, grape leaves, or anchovies. I doubt I would order it again.

Soda Jerk Diner (Hummelstown, PA) salad

Soda Jerk Diner Service: A
The waitress was friendly and my food came out quickly. I have no complaints.

Soda Jerk Diner Cost: $
For my soup, coffee, and salad, it was $20.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Soda Jerk Diner:
I liked the Soda Jerk Diner in Hummelstown. I would go back, but I would probably order something else.

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

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Have you been to Hershey Park?

Do you like spicy foods?