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Newport Eats Diner (Jersey City)

Newport Eats Diner (Jersey City)

Newport Eats Diner (Jersey City)

While in Jersey City and the Newport area, I decided to stop at the Newport Eats Diner. The Newport Eats Diner replaces the Skylark on the Hudson on River Drive. It’s only been open a few weeks, so it was fun to stop by.  The view of the Hudson and Manhatten is beautiful.

Newport Eats Diner outside

Newport Eats Diner Atmosphere: A
The Newport Eats Diner is a modern diner built into the side of a skyscraper. It’s not the retro, metallic, building you a picture.  The exterior stands out in the downtown.  The inside is massive and there is plenty of seating, including booths, tables and a full-length bar.

Newport Eats Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was okay but nothing unique or unusual about it. It was drinkable.  The waiter refilled it often, but there wasn’t a lot to say.

Newport Eats Diner coffee

Newport Eats Diner Food: B
The Newport Eats Diner menu has most everything a modern diner would have. It’s much more upscale so you won’t find a lot of greasy-spoon staples, but you will find basic high-quality pancakes.  A few items on the Newport Eats Diner menu that caught my eye, including the salmon, omelets, and flatbreads.

I decided to order the hummus appetizer which came with pita bread.  The hummus was delicious and the pita bread was lightly toasted. It wasn’t burnt or crispy which is always a plus.

Newport Eats Diner hummus

For my entree, I ordered one of Newport Eats Diner’s signature flatbreads. It came with grilled chicken, onions, and mixed vegetables. I was expecting it to be a lighter flatbread, but when it came, it was smothered in cheese. It was delicious but nearly impossible to eat with the thin bread. I would order it again and I can see why it’s a signature flatbread.

Newport Eats Diner flatbread

Newport Eats Diner Service: B
When I first arrived at the Newport Eats Diner, I didn’t realize you were supposed to sit yourself. I stood around for a while before finally, the manager told me to sit anywhere. I imagine during busy times; there is someone at the front at all times. The food service was second to none, and both waiters made sure I had everything I needed.

Newport Eats Diner Cost: $$
For my hummus, flatbread, and coffee, the meal was $24. That’s one of the cheaper meals at the diner as well. It’s more of an upscale, modern restaurant.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back to Newport Eats Diner?
I liked the Newport Eats Diner and if I’m in the area again, I will go back. The service was excellent and the food is of high quality.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: B
Price: $20-30
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like flatbread?
Have you been to any new restaurants lately?

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Gus’s Diner (Manalapan)

Gus’s Diner (Manalapan)

A few weeks ago, I decided to try Gus’s Diner in Manalapan.  There aren’t a lot of diners in Central Jersey, and Gus’s Diner is one of the few I haven’t been too.  I arrived for dinner on a weekday, and it wasn’t too crowded.

Gus’s Diner (Manalapan) Atmosphere: B 
Gus’s Diner is modern and clean.  The front door is confusing, and we walked around the entire building before actually figuring out how to get in the restaurant.  After walking over several pieces of construction board, we made it into Gus’s Diner.

Gus's Diner

The inside of Gus’s Diner is a lot bigger than I imagined.  There weren’t a lot of parties inside, so we had plenty of space.

Gus's Diner

Gus’s Diner Coffee: C
The coffee at Gus’s Diner was average. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t amazing either. I don’t have much to say.  They did give whipped cream in a dish instead directly on top.  For some reason, I always find this comical.

Gus's Diner coffee

Gus’s Diner Food: C
There is virtually any regular option you could want at a diner with an entire page of specials.  If you want a stereotypical diner, Gus’s Diner menu is it.  I ordered the hummus appetizer special which came with pita bread.  

Then I decided to order the broiled scallops special with a sweet potato and broccoli.  It also came with a salad and dessert.  In summary, it was a lot of food.

The hummus appetizer was boring.  I don’t know if it was the way it was plated, but the appetizer was unappetizing and boring.  It looked like they took a container of boxed hummus, placed it on a plate, and put a few pieces of pita bread on it.  It was a waste of money. It wasn’t bad, but I would have instead tried something else.  It looked like they didn’t care or try.

Gus's Diner

The scallops were from a frozen container and heated back up.  They didn’t taste bad, but they were also dull.  Same with the broccoli and sweet potato.  I had to request butter for the sweet potato.  Since the scallops were dry, I added butter on those too.  Butter makes everything taste better. Gus's Diner

The special at Gus’s Diner came with pudding, so I chose the bread pudding (my favorite noncake dessert).  It was drenched with honey, but it was good.  I enjoyed the crispy crust too.  Out of the entire meal, the bread pudding was my favorite, but nothing stuck out to me.  Was the food terrible?  No.  Was it edible?  Yes.  Would I seek out the diner based on food?  Probably not.

Gus's Diner

It wasn’t a bad meal at Gus’s Diner but just boring.  It felt like I could have made something similar at home.

Gus’s Diner Price: $$
For the coffee, scallops, and the appetizer it was $29.  It was pricey, but next time I won’t order the appetizer.

Gus’s Diner (Manalapan) Overall: C
I have a meh feeling about Gus’s Diner.  It’s not a terrible diner, but it’s not a diner I would go out of my way to go too.  If you are looking for a stereotypical New Jersey Diner, Gus’s Diner is it.

Summary: 
Atmosphere: C
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: C
Price: $8-20
Overall: C

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Questions for you:
Do you ever order off of the specials menu? 

Jumbars (Bethleham, PA)

Jumbars (Bethleham, PA)

Jumbars (Bethlehem, PA)

While visiting for the Runners World Festival, my friends recommended going to the JumBars in Bethlehem, PA. Jumbars is well known in the Lehigh Valley and Chef Paul Hoffert is a well-known chef.

Jumbars Atmosphere:
Jumbars is tiny but cute.  Jumbars is not exactly a diner but more of a mom and pop shop in downtown Bethlehem.  Each of the tables has a slightly different tablecloth and different design.  It’s one of my favorite restaurant atmospheres because the dining room is quirky and fun.  It reminds me more of a coffee shop or cafe but shares a lot of characteristics of a diner too.

Jumbars Coffee: F
I hate to give any restaurant or diner, a bad coffee review but the coffee was cold.  I actually didn’t finish the cup because it was cold and did nothing for me.

Jumbars coffee

Jumbars Service: C
The service at the Jumbars wasn’t great either.  It wasn’t the worst, but the food took quite a long time to come out.  I think about 30 minutes the first time.  When I asked for something, the waitress forgot about it, so we had to ask someone else.  The waitress rarely came over…otherwise I would have asked for a different coffee.

Jumbars Food: C
The Jumbars menu is small. Jumbars is actually only open until 2 pm and known for their breakfast and lunch but they don’t serve dinner.  A few items that stuck out to me on the Jumbars menu include the sticky buns, roasted walnuts, mixed greens with goat cheese, and jumble berry.

I ordered the hummus appetizer as well as the beet salad with salmon.  I’ve been craving beets a lot more lately and the beet salad sounded good. Jumbars app

They forgot the salmon, and when I asked about it the waitress mentioned: “just don’t touch it and we can take it back”.  The salmon took another 15-20 minutes to come back.

Jumbars Salad

The food portion itself at Jumbars was small.  I liked the food a lot, but I wish I had more of it.  I was glad I ordered the hummus appetizer because it had a lot of flatbread and made it into a full meal.  The beet salad was more of the size of an appetizer than an entrée salad.  In summary, the food was good, however, the portions were tiny.

Cost: $$
For my salad, coffee, and hummus appetizer, the cost was $22.  The cost was high, and while the food was good, I wish I had more of it.

Overall/Would I come back to Jumbars?
I want to give the Jumbars a second chance because it does appear to be a local favorite.  I know now that the food portion isn’t big, so I’ll definitely keep that in mind.  I’m hoping I might have had a bad experience and I do hope to eventually go back and see.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: F
Service: C
Food: C
Cost: $12-20
Overall: C

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you: What is your favorite local restaurant?  

 

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille (Somers Point)

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille (Somers Point)

I’ve wanted to go to The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille for a while.  My original plan was to go after the Atlantic City half. However, I had to work, so there wasn’t enough time.  I only had to wait two extra weeks and went after the Totally Awesome 80s Run.

We arrived around 11 on a Saturday.  I anticipated The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille to be crowded. However, it wasn’t.  I was pleasantly surprised because, after any race, I typically want to eat immediately.

windjammer somers point diner

Picture via website

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Atmosphere: B
The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille is a typical large restaurant building. However, there is nothing “diner” about it.  It’s clean and open, but it is more of a restaurant than a diner.

It’s open and well lit, but it’s a regular restaurant.  It isn’t a classic metallic NJ, but it’s clean and well organized.  The tables and booths are spread out, so you don’t feel as if you’re sitting on top of anyone.

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Coffee: A
The coffee at The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille was delicious, and the waitress brought us plenty of refills.  It was locally brewed Lacas brand, which is one of my favorite roasts.

Windjammer Somers Point

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Service: A
The waitress at The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille was one of the most friendly and attentive I’ve had.  She refilled the coffee, brought us everything we needed, and was just an overall pleasant and friendly person.  You can tell The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille has a lot of regulars, and she made everyone feel good.  I overheard her say, “Wow, you look great today” and “See you tomorrow.”  It almost felt like we were the only nonregulars!

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Food: A
The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille menu has all day and breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It has a much smaller menu than most traditional diners.  Since The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille is on the shore, they specialize in seafood and burgers.  They have a lot of different crab options too.

I was hungry, so we ordered the hummus appetizer.  It came with roasted carrots, zucchini, and squash as well as hummus and pita.  Pita bread is one of my favorite types, and this was one of my favorite appetizers to date.  I could have ordered 2 for my meal and been perfectly fine.

Windjammer Somers Point

For my entree, I was craving a burger.  I ordered their burger, which came with French fries.  It was topped with onion rings.  It was juicy and cooked just how I like it, medium.  The burger was cooked just as I asked, and the bun was toasted. It appeared to be a homemade roll too, and you can never go wrong with that.  The French fries were toasted and crunchy. 
Windjammer somers point burger

Windjammer somers point burger

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Cost: $$
For my coffee, the appetizer, and burger the cost was $18.

Summary/Would I come back The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille (Somers Point)?

The quality of food, as well as quantity, made the Windjammer one of my favorite diners.  The service was excellent, and I have no complaints.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Price: $10-15
Overall: A

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like pita bread?
What do you crave after a hard workout?

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