New Castle Diner (Colorado)

While visiting Angela in New Castle, Colorado, she recommended we try the New Castle Diner.  I can never argue with Angela or diners.  New Castle is a small Colorado mountain town that reminds me of my college town in upstate, NY but surrounded by mountains.  It’s a whole different world than New Jersey.

The New Castle Diner is one of the few restaurants located in town, but if a town has a restaurant, it has to be a diner right?

Atmosphere: A
Of any diner I’ve been too, the New Castle Diner is the most small town, perfect diner you can imagine.  While it’s in a small strip mall, the inside looks like a step back into a time machine with cardboard cutouts of Elvis, vintage posters, shiny red booths and of course the stereotypical: “diner tables”.

new castle diner colorado

Service: A
Our waitress was great.  She was funny, a little sarcastic and refilled everything.  Our food came out quickly, and I have no complaints.

Coffee: A
The coffee at the New Castle Diner was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress gave us plenty of whipped cream in our coffee.

Food: B
The New Castle Diner has a small menu with a few breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  They don’t serve breakfast all day which is upsetting because they had several delicious breakfast options including breakfast wraps and omelets.

I decided to try their soup of the day and “tri-tip salad”.  The soup of the day was the garden vegetable, and it had a small kick with plenty of carrots, onions, and celery.  It was one of the better soups I’ve had.

new castle diner colorado

The Tri-Tip salad is one of the New Castle Diner specialties.  It came with steak, onions, croutons, red peppers, fresh lettuce, and a roll.  The steak was a difficult to cut, but not bad.  It all the salad was good, and I can see why it was one of their specialties.  The roll was one of the better salad rolls I’ve had.  In all the food was good.  Was it 5 stars?  No, but it was good.

new castle diner colorado

Cost: $
For my soup, salad, coffee, it was $15.

Summary/Would I Come Back?
I enjoyed the New Castle Diner, and it is definitely a hidden gem in New Castle.  If you’re on the road on I-70, I would recommend it.

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

Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a small town diner?
What is your favorite soup?

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Sams 3 Diner (Denver)

While in Denver, somewhere that came highly recommended to me (thanks, Danielle) was Sam’s 3.  It’s been on the Food Network and one of the few diners in Denver.  Since I was traveling, I did want to go at least one “out of state” diner.  Not that it really matters.

Sam’s 3 has three locations in downtown Denver, Glendale, and Aurora.  We happened to be near the Aurora location so opted to go there.

Atmosphere: B
Sam’s 3 is half bar and half diner.  There is a massive bar in the center, which is cool and the rest has plenty of booths and tables.  It’s a very different atmosphere than anything in NJ (maybe closest to PBs Tap Room and Diner).  Not in a wrong way, just different.

Service: B
Our waitress took a while to get to us and only came back a couple of times.  Even though the waitress didn’t come to our table as often, our food came out fast.

Coffee: B
The coffee out west is different than back east.  At Sams 3, it was stronger which wasn’t a bad thing.  I enjoyed the coffee.

Sams 3 denver colorado

Food: A
Sams 3 has many different options from breakfast to lunch and dinner.  One unique aspect that Sams 3 has is multiple different Spanish dishes.  You don’t see that often at a diner!

I started off with a Caesar salad which was good.  It was well dressed and I have no complaints.

Sams 3 denver colorado

Sams 3 denver colorado

Since it was unique, I decided to order the Carne Tacos (as indicated by the menu: “yumm”) with refried beans.  The tacos were good, and the refried beans were spicy.  I didn’t realize how big of a Spanish influence Denver had, but the food was excellent.

Cost: $
For the tacos plus coffee, the cost was $15.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back?
I enjoyed Sams 3, and I would love to check out their other locations as well.

Atmosphere: B
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
Do you like soft or hard tacos?
What is your favorite type of coffee?

Northfield Diner

Recently I found myself in the Somers Point area.  Since it was around dinner time, I decided to stop at a local diner.  I had already been to the Windjammer which I’m a fan of but drove a little further north to the Northfield Diner.  

When I arrived, there was only one car in the parking lot.  To be honest, I didn’t even know if the diner was open.  Luckily when I walked in, there were about 4 parties dining.  Since it’s a locals area, my guess is they all walked! 

Atmosphere: C

Northfield Diner Somers Point NJ

The Northfield diner atmosphere is everything you hope in for.  It’s a big, open, diner with plenty of booths, tables, and a full sized bar.  They have a few desserts towards the front.  

There were, however, a few small quirks including not having placements and the blender being in the front.  I guess someone was getting a milkshake or smoothie when we arrived because it was in full use.  When they first started using it, I honestly thought something had broken in the diner.

Coffee: B

The coffee at the Northfield Diner is decent.  There is nothing unique or unusual about it, but it’s not bad either.  The waitress added a bowl of whipped cream versus adding it directly on top.  I don’t have any complaints.  Northfield Diner Somers Point NJ

Service: B

The service at the Northfield Diner wasn’t bad, but it was slow for a number of people in the restaurant.  It took over 25 minutes for our food to arrive which was surprising due to how empty it was.  

Food: B

The menu is massive, and they have most anything a diner would typically have.  In fact, it has one of the biggest menus I’ve seen in awhile.  There were over 6 pages of options including breakfast, plenty of salads, specials, and seafood.  

I ordered a Jalapeño Burger.  When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and realistically didn’t have high expectations.  

The bun was perfectly toasted and tasted great.  What really impressed me was the jalapenos weren’t from a jar and were fresh.  The patty itself was juicy.  

Northfield Diner Somers Point NJ

The burger came with fries which were cooked well.  I haven’t had steak fries in awhile.  

Cost: $$

For my burger and coffee, the cost was $11.  I have no complaints.  

Overall summary/thoughts: 

I enjoyed the Northfield Diner.  The atmosphere is a bit outdated but other than that I have no complaints. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first arrived, but the food was good, and I would come back.  I was pleasantly surprised by the entire experience.  There was nothing crazy or unique, but it was a quality stop. 

Summary:

Atmosphere: C

Service: B

Coffee: B

Food: B

Cost: $8-12

Overall: B

Closeby Diners I’ve been too: Phoenix, Windjammer 

Question for you: 

What’s your favorite type of burger? 

Lacey Diner (Lacey Township)

Recently my good friend Cyd who is also the website owner of New Jersey Isn’t Boring, and I met at the Lacey Diner.  We had been planning to go for the last few months, but weather and timing never worked out.

We got to the Lacey Diner for early lunch, and it wasn’t busy.

Atmosphere: C
The atmosphere of Lacey Diner isn’t too interesting.  It’s located in an old shopping center and isn’t a stand-alone diner. Once you get inside, it has a few booths, tables, and a bar.  The only diner I’ve been too that’s smaller, is Angelos in Glassboro, NJ. Lacey Diner is small and cute with nothing unique or unusual.  It is, however, clean and well kept.

Service: A
The waitress at the Lacey Diner was excellent.  She was nice, refilled our beverages and was friendly.  We couldn’t have asked for a more positive experience.

Coffee: A
lacey dinerThe Lacey Diner brews my favorite coffee, Lacas.  It was hot and refilled often.  The waitress also added a lot of whipped cream.  It was definitely one of the better coffees I’ve had recently.

Food: B
The menu at the Lacey Diner is on the smaller side.  It is a small, front and back.  They have several breakfast options, sandwiches, and burgers.  Will you find a very healthy option?  Probably not, but it has a real diner menu.

I decided to order the Greek Omelet with home fries.  The Greek omelet was one of the better omelets I’ve had recently. It came with feta cheese, spinach and tomato. It was big but also had a lot of filling.  The home fries were nothing out of the ordinary but not bad either.

lacey diner

Cost: $
For me omelet and coffee, the cost was $11 which wasn’t bad.

Overall thoughts/Summary:

I liked the Lacey Diner and had a good experience.  It’s a nice, quiet, local, diner with great options.  If you’re looking for the stereotypical diner experience, you won’t go wrong with the Lacey Diner.

Atmosphere: C
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $7-12
Overall: B

Nearby Diners I’ve been too: Crystal Diner and Four Seasons Diner (Both in Toms River)

Questions for you:
What are your favorite omelets?
Do you like the beach?

 

Angelo’s Diner (Pitman, NJ)

Before Angela moved, we were able to go for one last run and diner together.  Despite Angelos being close and being ranked as one of the best diners in New Jersey, neither of us had been.  It’s a tiny, local diner and only seats about 20 people at one time.

When we arrived around 10:30 am, it was filled with locals.  We sat at the counter but then moved to a booth when one opened up.  

Atmosphere:  A
Angelos is the stereotypical diner.  You feel as though you are walking into a time machine. It’s an old metallic building on the corner of the street.  The inside only has booths and a full-length bar.  You seat yourself, and it’s clear it is a local favorite.

Service: A
Despite being busy, the waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages.  She was one of the nicest waitresses I’ve had, and she made it a point to get to know us a little bit.   For being crowded, the food came out extremely quickly.

Coffee: A
The coffee was often refilled and was always hot.  Like many stereotypical diners, It was strong.  Plus, there was plenty of whipped cream, so it was perfect.Angelos Diner Glassboro Nj

Food: A
The menu at Angelos is extremely small.  There is nothing fancy and it a typical greasy spoon diner.  You won’t find gourmet salads or fancy filet mignon.  There a few different types of omelets, pancakes, eggs and toast.  I decided to order two over easy eggs with fried tomatoes and rye toast.

Angelos Diner Glassboro Nj

Growing up in England, I loved fried tomatoes.  I haven’t seen them at too many diners so it was a rare treat and they were cooked well.  The toast came lathered in butter which tasted great, and the over easy eggs were perfect.  In all, it was a great meal.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, it was $5.50.  It was literally the cheapest restaurant meal I’ve ever gotten and will probably ever get.  It was excellent.

Summary/Overall Thoughts:
Angelos is a great stop if you’re ever in Pitman.  It’s a fast, inexpensive and great meal.  I wouldn’t go for a fancy date or anything, but it’s a great diner.  I’ll be back again.

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $3-7
Overall: A

 Closeby diners: PBs Diner and Taproom, Seven Star Diner

Questions for you:
What is the cheapest restaurant meal you’ve had?
Have you tried fried tomatoes?