Franklin park diner kendall park nj
Diners

Franklin Park Diner (Kendall Park)

Franklin Park Diner (Kendall Park, NJ)

Recently I went to the Franklin Park Diner in Kendall Park, NJ.  I’ve wanted to go for a few months now, but it never works out.  When I found myself in central Jersey a few weeks ago, it seemed like the perfect time. I’ve heard the Franklin Park Diner is good so I was excited when the timing finally worked out.

Franklin park diner kendall park nj

Franklin Park Diner Atmosphere: B
The Franklin Park Diner is small but cute.  It has an exterior sign marked: diner. While the Franklin Park Diner doesn’t stick out as the stereotypical, metallic diner, it’s fairly retro.  You can’t miss it driving by.

The inside of the Franklin Park Diner is open, and you can see the entire kitchen from the booths and tables.  There aren’t many diners like that anymore, so I appreciate it! You don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anything and have plenty of space.

Franklin park diner kendall park nj

Franklin Park Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Franklin Park Diner was brewed hot and fresh each time, and I have no complaints. The waitress also added plenty of whipped cream.

Franklin park diner kendall park nj

Franklin Park Diner Food: A
The Franklin Park Diner menu has most anything you could picture in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  There were several dinner specials, but nothing spoke to me.  I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for and it took me longer than usual to order.

Finally, I decided to order a simple beef gyro.  It came with french fries and a small side greek salad.  I liked the beef gyro, and I have no complaints. There wasn’t anything unusual about it and the french fries were slightly crispy.

Franklin park diner kendall park nj

Franklin Park Diner Service: A

The waitress was very attentive, funny, and friendly.  My food also came out in a blink of an eye.  I couldn’t have asked for a better dinner service.

Price:
For my gyro and coffee, the cost was $10, which is hard to beat.

Overall thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Franklin Park Diner?
I liked the Franklin Park Diner and would come back.  I enjoyed how open the Franklin Park Diner is and the ability to watch your food being made.

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

You can see all 182 Diner Reviews here.

Questions for you: Have you ever been to a restaurant you can watch the food being made?

Advertisements
Key City diner phillipsburg
Diners

Key City Diner (Phillipsburg)

Key City Diner (Phillipsburg)

Recently I went to the Key City Diner in Phillipsburg.  It came highly recommended so when the opportunity presented itself; I drove a bit out of my way to go.

I arrived at the Key City Diner around 5 pm.  It wasn’t too crowded, and there was plenty of seating.

Key City Diner Atmosphere: A
You can’t miss the Key City Diner.  When driving by, there is a giant Key Sign, and it looks like a stereotypical diner.  It’s a big metallic, shiny, diner and is everything you picture in a diner.  If you’re looking to bring friends to a picture-perfect NJ diner, this is your spot.

Key City diner phillipsburg

The inside feels as if you stepped into a time machine when diners were created.  Interestingly enough, there was also a decently sized salad bar too, which is something many now lack.

Key City Diner Service: B
The waitress at the Key City Diner was a bit awkward and either new or not comfortable.  She did refill our beverages, and the food came out quickly, but every interaction was awkward.

For instance, I ordered a beef gyro, and she miscorrected me of how to pronounce gyro.  Then later, she pronounced it a different way: not a big deal, just many small awkward interactions.

Key City Diner Coffee: B
There was nothing unusual or unique about the coffee, but it wasn’t bad either.  The waitress brewed it hot and kept it refilled.

Key City diner phillipsburg

Key City Diner Food: B
The Key City Diner menu has everything you could picture in a diner.  One the Key City Diner menu, there is breakfast all day, multiple dinner meals, salads, and seafood.  As I mentioned, it also has a salad bar too.

Key City diner phillipsburg

I opted for a beef Gyro with a Caesar salad. The gyro itself was good and had plenty of beef.  It came with fries which they gave me an entire plate.  The Caesar salad was filled, and I appreciated they already added the dressing.

Cost: $
For my gyro, salad, and coffee, the cost was $12.

Overall Summary/Would I come back to the Key City Diner?
I enjoyed the Key City Diner, and if I’m back in the area, I will come back.  The Key City Diner is above average, and in the middle of diners, I’ve been too

Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: B
Cost: $8-$20
Overall: B

See More Diner Reviews Here

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of salad?
What is the coolest restaurant sign you’ve seen?

Diners

Cosmic Diner (NYC)

Cosmic Diner (NYC)

While in New York City, I wanted to try a new diner.  As luck would have if, we ended up at two.  The first we went too was the Cosmic Diner.  We walked right by it, and we were hungry, so we stopped. One great aspect about the Cosmic Diner is that its open 24-7.  Surprisingly, many diners are not!

Image via Cosmic Diner website.


cosmic diner NYC

Cosmic Diner Atmosphere: A
For a tiny diner, it has everything a diner needs.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and a small bar located in the back. Even though the Cosmic Diner is small, you had space and weren’t sitting on top of anyone.

Cosmic Diner Coffee: A 
The coffee at the Cosmic Diner was brewed hot and fresh, and I have no complaints.  cosmic diner NYC

Cosmic Diner Service: B
Despite not being busy, our waitress wasn’t present too much.  We weren’t sure where she kept going. It wasn’t the best service, but she was never rude to us.  We could have used more beverage refills.

Cosmic Diner Food: C 
The Cosmic Diner has all of the regular diner staples.  There is plenty of breakfast, lunch and dinner options but nothing unique or that sticks out.

I decided to stick with a tried and true diner staple: the gyro.  When it came, I noticed, there was a massive mound of salad and minimal French fries. Usually it’s quite the opposite. I asked for Greek dressing, and the waitress said she had no idea was Greek dressing was.

The gyro itself was good.  There wasn’t anything too special about it.  The French fries were the same story.  The theme of the diner, is okay but not great. I appreciated the amount of salad, though.  cosmic diner NYC

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

Summary/Would I come back to the Cosmic Diner NYC)? 
It wasn’t a terrible stop, but I probably won’t be back.  There are plenty of unique and fun restaurants, close-by or cheaper restaurants with better quality food.  Was a bad meal?  No.  Was it a life-changing, fantastic meal?  No. The theme of the diner is okay, but not great.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: C
Service: C
Price: $12-20
Overall: B 

You Can See All Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like gyro?
New York City locals: what is your favorite diner?

Woodstown Diner
Diners

Woodstown Diner

Woodstown Diner (Woodstown, NJ)

A few weeks ago, I found myself in Woodstown, NJ.  I had driven by the Woodstown Diner a few times and heard it was good.  Since it was around lunchtime, I wanted to stop.

Woodstown Diner Atmosphere: B
The outside of the Woodstown Diner is a standard but lengthy building.  It looks like a regular restaurant versus a metallic, shiny diner.  I was shocked to see how long the Woodstown Diner is.  From the road, it looks like it might seat 50 people, but once you pull into the parking lot, you realize it can probably sit close to 200!

Woodstown Diner
With a possible apartment on top?

The inside of the Woodstown diner itself has several rooms, including a bar and banquet hall.  It was surprising.  Many people don’t realize this, but liquor laws in New Jersey are strict, and it’s rare to find a diner in South Jersey that serves alcohol.  In fact, New Jersey is one of the few states with dry towns that don’t serve alcohol at all.

Even though it wasn’t crowded, we were sat in the second room next to the dirty dish cart.  Out of all the tables, I wasn’t sure why the manager sat me there.   It was loud, and our meal was interrupted continuously by staff bussing tables and the clinking of dishes.

Woodstown Diner Service: B
The manager seemed to be having a difficult day when he sat us.  He threw the menus on the table and walked away.  The waitress of the Woodstown Diner was friendly, and I have no complaints.  She refilled our beverages often, and the food was brought out reasonably quick.  

Woodstown Diner Coffee: B
Even though the coffee mug at the Woodstown Diner was small, the coffee itself was good.  The Woodstown Diner uses the local Lacas coffee which as many readers know is my favorite! Woodstown Diner

Woodstown Diner Food: B
The Woodstown Diner menu is that of a typical diner.  The Woodstown Diner menu has everything from eggs to lunch and plenty of specials. Everything about the menu is traditional, and there wasn’t anything that grabbed my eye as being unique or extraordinary. I decided to order a gyro wrap with French fries.  A classic diner favorite but not something I’ve ordered in a while!

The gyro itself was huge. It was packed well with plenty of lettuce, gyro meat, onions, and tomato.  It was packaged well and one of the least messy gyro wraps I’ve had.  It came with steak fries which weren’t bad. Woodstown Diner

Cost: $
For my gyro and coffee, the cost was $10.  One of my cheaper diner meals.

Overall Summary/Would I come back to the Woodstown Diner? 
I enjoyed the Woodstown Diner, and it was a hidden gem in Southern New Jersey.  While the manager was somewhat rude, our service, in general, was decent and I would go back.

Summary: 
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Service: B
Food: B
Cost: $8-15
Overall: B

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What’s the best coffee you’ve had recently?
Where was the last place you ate? 

Diners

Randolph Diner

Randolph Diner (Randolph, NJ)

Recently I stopped at the Randolph Diner in Randolph, New Jersey.  The Randolph Diner has been towards the top of my to-do list because the diner serves both Octopus and squid.  For those who don’t know, Octopus is one of my favorite foods.  A diner that serves that is unique.  I wasn’t sure whether I should trust diner octopus but I was willing to try.

I arrived at the Randolph diner for dinner on a weekday.  The outside was confusing, and I parked on the completely wrong side.  After walking around the entire restaurant, I made it inside.  There was a lot of construction both inside and out.  It’s the second diner I’ve been too with construction lately (Gus’s was the first).

Randolph Diner Atmosphere: B
As I mentioned, the Randolph Diner was going through a lot of construction.  A lot of the restaurant was boarded up.  The area that wasn’t boarded up was fine and open and spacious.

Randolph Diner
Where is the front…nobody knows…

It used a brown and green color-blocked color scheme.  Randolph Diner

Other than the construction, it was a big open and clean diner.

Randolph Diner Coffee: C
The coffee at the Randolph Diner was okay.  It wasn’t good or bad, but there was nothing unique or exciting about it.  To be honest, I’ve had a lot of boring diner coffee lately!

Randolph Diner

Randolph Diner Service: B
The waitress at the Randolph Diner was friendly.  I wish we had more refills or napkins, but she was nice and got us most of what we needed.

Randolph Diner Food: A
As I mentioned, I wanted to go to the Randolph Diner because of the unique and interesting Randolph Diner menu.

I ordered the grilled octopus appetizer.  It was grilled and topped with butter.  I wasn’t sure what or how much to expect.  When I received it, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of octopus on the dish.  The octopus itself was some of the best I’ve had in a restaurant period and worth it.  It was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  It was even better than a lot of seafood restaurants I’ve been too.

For my entree at the Randolph Diner, I ordered the Gyro special.  I didn’t read the Randolph Diner menu clearly, but I assumed the plate had all of the Greek specialties.  When I received it, it had a few pieces of gyro meat, a single grape leaf, a side salad and pita bread.  Honestly, I was disappointed it didn’t have anything else.

The gyro was more sausage-like and wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t bad.  The side salad was good, and it’s hard to mess up pita bread. Randolph Diner

To be honest, the octopus appetizer saved the food.  My entree wasn’t great, but the app was phenomenal.

Randolph Diner Cost: $$
For my coffee, appetizer, and meal, the cost was $30.  The appetizer alone was $14.  I do realize Octopus is expensive, but I think the gyro special was overcharged.  Most diner specials are cheaper or have more food.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to the Randolph Diner:
I enjoyed the Randolph Diner.  The octopus was by far my favorite and I would go for that alone.  How many diners serve octopus? Next time I go the Randolph Diner, I will order a different entrée, but I do look forward to seeing what kind of construction they are doing.

Summary:
Atmosphere: C
Coffee: C
Service: B
Food: A-
Price: $15-25
Overall: B

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like octopus?