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?

 

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Belvidere Diner

Belvidere Diner (Belvidere, NJ)

Recently I was at the Belvidere Diner in Belvidere, New Jersey. In New Jersey, northwest of Trenton doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s a quiet area with lots of farmland and hiking (like the Delaware Water Gap!).

Anyway, I arrived at the Belvidere Diner for lunch, and it wasn’t crowded, thankfully because I was hungry!

Belvidere Diner Atmosphere: C
The Belvidere Diner has one wall completely boarded up. You would never guess it from the inside. The inside is spacious with plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. There are a few big screen TVs too.

Belvedere Diner

Belvidere Diner Coffee: A
The Belvidere diner had Lacas Coffee which is quite the distance from the Lacas factory. It was brewed hot and fresh, and I had plenty of refills.

Belvidere Diner

Belvidere Diner Food: B
I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. The Belvedere Diner menu has all of the typical options from breakfast, to lunch, and dinner options. There were plenty of seafood and steak options.

I decided to order a beef gyro with zucchini sticks. I’ve never had zucchini sticks before, so it was a fun change.

Belvedere Diner

The beef gyro was good. It was standard gyro with nothing too unique. The zucchini sticks were good. I don’t know what I was expecting, but they were basically just fried zucchini.  It wasn’t bad, but next time I’ll probably get French fries instead.  It came with marinara sauce for the sticks which typical marinara sauce.

Service: A
The waitress at the Belvidere Diner was friendly and the food came out quickly. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Cost: $
For my coffee and gyro, the cost was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back to the Belvidere Diner?

I liked the Belvidere Diner, and if I’m in the area, I will go back. It’s a great stop on the way to the Delaware Water Gap or hiking.

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Is there an area of your state that doesn’t get much attention?
Have you tried fried zucchini before?

Harbor Diner Egg Harbor City
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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

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

Golden star diner ringos nj
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Golden Star Diner (Ringoes)

Golden Star Diner (Ringoes)

A few weeks ago, I went up to the Golden Star Diner in Ringoes.  I haven’t been up that way, but my good friend Eric and I drove up.  It was nice to catch up.  The Golden Star is just under an hour north.

We got to the Golden Star Diner around 5:30, and it wasn’t too crowded.

Golden star ringoes nj

Golden Star Diner Atmosphere: B
There isn’t anything too unique about the Golden Star Diner. It’s an old building, with outdated furnishings. It does have a cute little outdoor pond, and they were decorated for the outside.

The inside has a bar with plenty of booths and tables. We sat in a peaceful booth which was nice.

Golden Star Diner Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and I have no complaints. The waitress refilled it often.  There wasn’t anything too special about it, but it wasn’t bad.

Golden star diner ringos nj

Golden Star Diner Food: B
The Golden Star Diner menu has everything of a typical diner.  There are a lot more breakfast options, including several omelets.  There were also several wraps, sandwiches, and Greek specialties.  I decided the Greek Gyro Platter caught my eye and ordered that.

I also added Manhatten clam chowder. The clam chowder was good, and I like Manhatten clam chowder more than New England. There were plenty of clams and potatoes.Golden star diner ringos nj

The Greek Gyro platter came with a Greek Gyro and Greek salad.  I was indifferent about it.  I could have used more food, and I hesitate to call it a “platter.”  I don’t know why I think gyros will ever be easy eats, but I was able not to be as messy as possible.

Golden star diner ringos nj

Golden Star Diner Dessert: C
I was still hungry so decided to order bread pudding. The bread pudding was decent, except it was doused with too much cinnamon.  It wasn’t my least favorite but not my favorite either.

Golden star ringoes nj

Golden Star Diner Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often.  Our food also came out exceptionally quickly, which is always wonderful when you’re hungry.

Golden Star Diner Cost: $
For my soup, platter, coffee, and dessert, it was $20.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Golden Star Diner (Ringoes)?
The Golden Star Diner was right in the middle as far as diners go.  It wasn’t especially good or bad. I wouldn’t be opposed to going back, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Dessert: C
Service: A
Cost: $10-20
Golden Star Diner Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite soup?
What is your favorite type of pudding?

Jacks Diner II Albany, NY
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Jacks Diner II (Albany, NY)

Jack’s Diner II (Albany, NY)

While coming home from Vermont, I stopped in Albany to see one of my friends from college, Justin.

Originally we were going to go to Jacks Diner (I guess the original), but it has an extremely long line. So we drove down to downtown Albany and after walking past multiple crowded restaurants, we stumbled across Jack’s Diner II.

Jack’s Diner II Atmosphere: A
We were shocked because Jack’s Diner II was very quiet and had barely anyone in the diner. It was quiet and a single small room with several booths.  It is located on the main street of Albany.

Jacks Diner II Albany, NY

Jack’s Diner II Coffee: B
The coffee at Jack’s Diner II was fresh and hot. The waitress brought plenty of refills and I appreciated that. While they didn’t have whipped cream, it was still good coffee.Jacks Diner II Albany, NY

Food: B
Jack’s Diner II menu has everything of a typical diner. It isn’t fancy, but Jack’s Diner II has a solid menu of breakfast and lunch options. There aren’t many fancy or healthy options, but there are plenty of options to choose from.

Jacks Diner II Albany, NY

I decided to order the Gyro Deluxe, which came with a gyro on pita, French fries, and small Greek salad. In all, it was a good meal and I have no complaints.

Service: A
The food came out quickly and we had plenty of refills on our drinks. I have no complaints.

Cost: $
For my Gyro deluxe and coffee, the cost was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of Jack’s Diner II:
I enjoyed Jack’s Diner II. If I come back to Albany, I would go back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-12
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like gyros?
Are you a Sunday brunch person?