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Alps Diner (Wayne)

Alps Diner (Wayne)

Alps Diner (Wayne, NJ)

After hiking with my good friend Shawn, we decided to stop at the Alps Diner in Wayne, NJ. Hard to believe Shawn is one of my closest friends, but we have yet to go to a diner together. I guess she was initiated.

Alps Diner wayne nj

Alps Diner Atmosphere: A
The Alps Diner sticks out in Wayne, NJ. The exterior is metallic, shiny, and the Alps Diner is abnormally tall. It’s hard to miss when driving by. Of all of the diners on NJ-23, the Alps Diner stands out the most.

Alps Diner wayne nj

The interior of the Alps Diner is like a blast from the past. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Alps Diner wayne nj

Alps Diner Coffee: C

The Alps Diner coffee was okay but nothing to write home about. I was slightly disappointed that it was lukewarm.

Alps Diner wayne nj coffee

Alps Diner Food: C

Known for their good food, the Alps Diner menu has every option you can imagine on a diner menu. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was between the pork chops and a gyro, so I decided to order the pork chops. The pork chops came with a salad, side, and potato. I ordered the greek salad and a side of corn.

Alps Diner wayne nj greek salad

The Greek salad was the best part of the meal. The dressing was tasty and the salad tasted fresh.

Sadly, both the pork chops were thin and tasted as if they had been reheated. I was disappointed with my meal. Was it edible? Yes, was it bland and boring? Yes.

Alps Diner wayne nj pork chops

Alps Diner Cost: $
For my coffee and pork chop meal, it was $19.

Alps Diner Service: A
Our waitress at the Alps Diner was great and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

Alps Diner Overall Thoughts:
The Alps Diner was one of the most stereotypical diners out there. There was nothing unusual or unique, and the food was clearly frozen and reheated. If you are looking for a retro, stereotypical diner, Alps Diner is it. It’s right in the middle as far as diners go. Nothing terrible but nothing great either.

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

You can see all 268 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you: 
Do you like pork chops?
What is your favorite type of potato: mashed, sweet, french fries, baked? I’m a sweet potato fan myself.

 

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Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

The Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) has been on my to do list for a while. I’ve attempted to go a few times but it’s never worked out. When the timing this time worked out, I knew I wanted to go.

One of the most common diner names is Colonial Diner. There is the Colonial Diner in East Brunswick, in Fords, and in Woodbury. I’m sure there are more.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Atmosphere: A
The Colonial Diner fits for the stereotypical diner. It’s a retro diner with plenty of boothes, tables, and a full length bar.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Coffee: B
The Colonial Diner Coffee was decent. There was nothing unusual and it wasn’t as hot as I would prefer. The waitress was friendly and kept it refilled.

Colonial Diner coffee

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Food: A
The Colonial Diner menu has everything you would want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Since the Colonial Diner is open 24 hours, and serves everything all day.

I wasn’t sure what I was craving so I decided to order a burger. The Colonial Diner menu special was lentil soup and I can never say no to lentil soup.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst soup

The burger was delicious. The bun had plenty of bread and tasted homemade. The burger was tasty. It also had the most amount of mustard I’ve seen.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst burger

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Service: A
The Colonial Diner waitress was friendly and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Cost: $
For my soup, burger, and coffee the cost was $21.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst):
I liked the Colonial Diner and it was a nice stop on the way home. It’s an easy stop if you are heading into NYC too. I won’t say it’s the best diner ever, but it’s in the top half of diners I’ve been too.

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

You can see all 265 Diner Reviews here.

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of burger?
Do you like mustard?

56 Diner (Branford, CT)

56 Diner (Branford, CT)

After the Sea Legs 10 Miler, I decided to check out a diner right on the way home. The 56 Diner in Banford, CT, is right off 95 so an easy stop.

Atmosphere: B
The 56 Diner in Banford resembles an old Friendlys, and that’s because it was.

56 Diner Branford CT

The inside has a full-length bar. There are plenty of booths and tables.

56 Diner Branford CT

One thing we found interesting was the menu placement. Some of the ads were upside down!

56 Diner Branford CT

Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but there was nothing or unique.

56 Diner Branford CT coffee

Food: C
The 56 Diner has most diner options. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Omelettes served with home fries and toast, to egg salad to wraps, to pork chops, and dinner options. They also have an ice cream bar too, complete with banana splits. There are a few healthy choices as well. I decided to order the pork chops and upgrade my regular salad to a greek salad.

The Greek Salad was good. It was a nice size, and I appreciated the fresh ingredients. It came with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and grape leaves.

56 Diner Branford CT

The pork chops, however, were another story. They were thin and tasted as though they were reheated. I was disappointed because pork chops are usually one of my favorite meals. The mashed potatoes appeared as though they were squeezed out of a tube.

56 Diner Branford CT pork chops

Was my meal terrible? No. It was okay, but I wouldn’t order it again.

56 Diner Branford CT pork chops

Service: B
It took a while for the host to sit us. Once he did, it took a while to take our orders and for the food to come out. He was friendly, but it was a lot longer than you would think.

Cost: $$
For my coffee, pork chops, and salad, it was $20.

Overall Thoughts of the 56 Diner/Would I Come Back?
The 56 Diner is ok. It’s not my favorite in the area, but it’s a good stop, especially if you are staying in one of the hotels nearby and don’t want fast food.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: C
Service: C
Price: $8-15
Overall: C

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Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?

Have you ever been to a Friendly’s? This is the second diner I’ve been to that was an old Friendlys.

 

 

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT)

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT)

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT)

When in Connecticut for the Sea Legs Shuffle 10 Miler, Alexis and I wanted to go to a new diner. I’ve been to a bunch of diners in Connecticut, but new diners are always fun.  We noticed the Shoreline Diner was conveniently located near the race start and it looked interesting. How many diners also promote a vegetarian menu?

We arrived around dinner time, and it wasn’t too crowded.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT) Atmosphere: A
The Shoreline Diner exterior is bright purple and retro. It’s not metallic or shiny, but any purple building stands out.

The inside is that of a typical dining experience. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. It’s bright and open, so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT) Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and I enjoyed it. The whipped cream tasted good too.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct coffee

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT) Food: A
The Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave menu is unique that they have many different vegetarian options. You don’t see that very often. Everything is fresh and one of the freshest I’ve seen for a diner.  They are known for their vegan breakfast, greek salad, sweet potato fries, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. How many diners do you know, known for their vegan options? If you need to follow a special diet, they have plenty of safe options and the waitress even asked if we were allergic to anything before taking our order.

I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for so I decided to go for a salad and their chicken souvlaki.

The “Super Salad” was fresh and had organic baby kale, strawberries, walnuts, and goat cheese with a balsamic dressing.  It was one of the better salads I’ve had a diner.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct super salad

The chicken souvlaki was good. There were plenty of sautéed vegetables with chicken and all on a pita. It tasted great and was filling.

shoreline diner and vegetarian enclave guilford ct chicken souvlaki

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT) Service: A
Our waitress was friendly, and the food came out fast. I couldn’t ask for a better experience.  She refilled our beverages, and I have no complaints.

Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT) Cost: $
For my salad, coffee, and chicken souvlaki, it was $30. I technically did order two meals, though.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave (Guilford, CT)?

I liked the Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave. It is one of my more favorite diners in Connecticut.  It’s one of the more unique diners I’ve been to. I would love to come back sometime and explore some of the vegan and vegetarian options.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: 13-20
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Have you tried a vegetarian restaurant before?

Exmore Diner (Exmore, VA)

Exmore Diner (Exmore, VA)

Exmore Diner (Exmore, VA)

Recently I was visiting my parents, and we decided to finally go to the Exmore Diner in Northampton County, VA. They have a home up there, and we’ve always said we would go, but the timing never seems to work out.

Exmore Diner Virginia

Exmore Diner Atmosphere: A
The Exmore Diner is small and is a big, metallic, shiny, diner. It’s a stereotypical diner. Everything you picture in an old school classic diner is true.

Exmore Diner Virginia

The inside of the Exmore Diner has a few booths and a full-length bar. When we arrived, the only seating was the bar. I haven’t sat at the bar in a while, so we decided to. Good thing we did because no tables opened up while we were there.

Exmore Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitresses refilled it often. While they didn’t have whipped cream, it was good coffee.

Exmore Diner Virginia coffee

Exmore Diner Food: A
The Exmore Diner menu has has 20 different breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. You won’t find healthy options but you will find the standard diner fare from eggs, to pancakes, to sandwiches and fried lunch options.  It’s a small-town diner with a small menu. If you’re looking for a diner with a big menu or healthy options, there are very few.

Exmore Diner Virginia omelet

I decided to order the Western Omelet. It came stuffed with cheese, ham, and onions. It came with toast, and I chose rye. The meal was delicious.

Service: A
The Exmore Diner was busy the entire time we were there. There weren’t open tables at all. The waitresses all kept it moving, and our food came out fast.

Price: $
For my omelet and coffee, it was $9.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Exmore Diner:
I liked the Exmore Diner, and it’s a great small-town diner. I’ll be back.  If you are ever on the Eastern Shore of VA and looking for a place to stop, the Exmore Diner is a good one.

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

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite omelet?
What’s the smallest restaurant you’ve been to?

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