The Dumont Crystal Diner (Dumont, NJ)
Recently, I was in Dumont, NJ, to celebrate New Jersey Isn’t Boring’s 300th diner review. While this is “only” 284 for me, I was honored she invited me to celebrate the big 300. Plus, we’ve been to 30 diners together, so it was the perfect number.
The Dumont Crystal Diner Atmosphere: A
The Dumont Crystal Diner is small and one of the oldest diners in NJ.
It has about 12 spots to sit. It nearly blends in, in downtown Dumont. It’s a small, unassuming building. Inside the Dumont Crystal Diner, it’s like a blast from the past. You can tell the diner has been around for a while. All of the walls are filled with memorabilia from dollar bills to police patches, to old photos. When we got there, it wasn’t busy and we grabbed a booth in the back.
The Dumont Crystal Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at The Dumont Crystal Diner was good, but there was nothing unique or exciting about it. The owner joked “no we don’t have coffee” and I definitely believed him.
The Dumont Crystal Diner Food: A
The Dumont Crystal Diner menu is small and you won’t find anything healthy. It has all of the old school diner options from eggs, omelets, a few sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and pancakes. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, but I decided to order the “amazing omelet.” I asked the owner of The Dumont Crystal Diner what was in the “amazing omelet,” and he said: “it’s amazing like you”…but he never told me what was in there!
When it came: it had chopped meats, burger, cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and onions. I’m sure there was more but I couldn’t figure it out. The omelet itself lived up to the name; it was “amazing.”
The Dumont Crystal Diner Service: A
Only one person was working at The Dumont Crystal Diner and it was definitely the owner. He was one of the funniest guys I’ve ever talked too and one of the best diner owners. He chatted with each of the guests, made jokes, and our food came out fast. He was in the top 10% of diner owners I’ve chatted with.
The Dumont Crystal Diner Cost: $
For my amazing omelet and coffee, it was $10.
Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to The Dumont Crystal Diner?
I liked The Dumont Crystal Diner, and I can see why it’s been in business for so long. Everything about it was great. You won’t find a healthy option, but you will find quality food.
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