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Caldwell Diner

Caldwell Diner

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I flew to Essex County and went to the Caldwell Diner. It was fun to make 250 unique.
Caldwell Diner NJ

Atmosphere: A
The Caldwell Diner is located in downtown Caldwell. It’s located on the corner with plenty of parking (which can be challenging with diners in the downtown).

The inside has plenty of booth, tables, a full-length bar, and even a salad bar. It’s a cute, modern, diner.

Coffee: A
The waiter brewed a brand new pot of coffee, which was nice. He also added plenty of whipped cream which I appreciated. It was good coffee, and I couldn’t have asked for better coffee.
Caldwell Diner NJ coffee

Food: A
The Caldwell Diner has everything a diner has typically. There is all day breakfast, plenty of lunch, and dinner options, as well as specials. It even had a unique salad bar, which is something you don’t see in a lot of diners.
Caldwell Diner NJ salad bar

I decided to order the pork chops. Pork chops are one of my favorite dinner meals. It was a “complete meal” and came with the salad bar, soup, the meal, and even dessert.

The salad bar was good but could have used more dressing. The only options were ranch, oil and vinegar, Italian, and something else creamy. It had plenty of options, including two different kinds of greens, tomatoes, onions, beets, and mixed bean salad.  In all, it was one of the better salad bars I’ve seen.

For my soup, I chose the barley. It was hot and creamy, and I have no complaints.Caldwell Diner NJ soup

My pork chops were cooked well and were meaty. They weren’t overcooked but just the right amount. I chose broccoli and a baked potato. The entire meal was great, and I can’t complain.
Caldwell Diner NJ pork chops

Dessert: B
Since my meal came with dessert, I chose rice pudding to go. They packed it in a coffee mug, and I ate it in our airport while my husband filed the flight plan. I’ve never tried rice pudding before, so I have nothing to compare it too. It wasn’t overly sweet but good.
Caldwell Diner NJ rice pudding

Service: B

Our service started slow, but the waiter got better as time went on. The food came out quickly, which was nice because we were on a time crunch.

Price: $
For my entire meal and coffee, the coffee was $17.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:

I liked my meal, and the diner was good. I would go back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Dessert: B
Service: B
Cost: $8-16
Overall: A

You can see all 250 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?
What’s your favorite dinner meal?

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Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

While traveling through PA (the first time?) of my summer driving, I stopped at the Lyndon Diner in York. They have two locations in York and Lancaster. The Lyndon Diner has been on my to-do list for a while now, but the timing never works out.

I was excited that the timing worked out.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

Atmosphere: A
The Lyndon Diner looks like a stereotypical diner. The outside is built with chrome and is a big, shiny, metallic, exterior.

The inside has plenty of booths, tables, a full-length bar, and dessert case. It’s a picturesque diner in all of the best ways.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. Plus, the whipped cream is homemade. The waitress brought plenty of refills. In all, it was one of the best coffees I’ve had in a while.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) coffee

Food: A
The Lyndon Diner has everything you would want and need in a diner. From all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was hard to choose! I decided with the BLT.

First, the meals came with a bread basket with pumpkin bread. It might be the best pumpkin bread I’ve tried. It seemed odd to have pumpkin bread in May, but I won’t complain because it was delicious.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) pumpkin bread

I also ordered the Greek platter, which came with pita bread, hummus, olives, grapes leaves, lettuce, and tomatoes. It was huge and worth it.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) greek platter

The BLT was packed full of meat.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) BLT

It also came with a mixture of nuts and sweetener (I think). I still don’t know exactly what it was or what it was for, but it was delicious.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA)

I also ordered sweet potato fries, which I think were the best fries I’ve had. They were crunchy, and you could taste the sweet potatoes.

Lyndon Diner (York, PA) fries

My meal was delicious, and I would order it again.

Service: A
The waitress immediately introduced herself, and she said she was new. Truthfully, I would have never guessed if she never told me. She refilled our beverages fast, our food came out quickly, and she was friendly.

Cost: $
For my coffee, Greek platter, and BLT, the cost was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Lyndon Diner, and I’m glad I stopped. I would love to go back, and it was a positive experience. I highly recommend if you’re going through Lancaster and York.

Atmosphere: A
Cost: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-17
Overall: A

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like pumpkin bread?
What’s your favorite bread?

Double T Diner (White Marsh, MD)

Double T Diner (White Marsh, MD)

While in Maryland, I decided to stop at the Double T diner. There are 7 locations in the Baltimore area, so I figured it must be good.Double T Diner Baltimore MD

Atmosphere: A
When I arrived around noon, it wasn’t too crowded! I was surprised.

The outside appears like a stereotypical diner. It’s big, metallic, and shiny.

Double T Diner Baltimore MD me

The inside is all chrome with plenty of seating. There are even jukeboxes located inside.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh and was delicious. I couldn’t have asked for better coffee.

Double T Diner Baltimore MD

Food: C
The Double T Diner has everything you want or need in a diner from breakfast to lunch and dinner options. I decided to order off their specials menu and orders ribs.

It came with Manhatten Clam Chowder which I really like as well. The clam chowder was good but nothing unique or unusual.

Double T Diner Baltimore MD

The ribs themselves were good, but they weren’t the best ribs I’ve ever had nor the worst.

Double T Diner Baltimore MD

The rest of the meal was rather bland, and it lacked anything that would make me want to order it again. It wasn’t bad by any means, but was it something to write home about? No.

Service: A
The waiter was one of the best I’ve had in a while. He was friendly, and my food came out quickly.

Cost: $
For my food and coffee, the cost was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Double T Diner, and it was a fairly average diner as they go. It’s good for a quick bite to eat, and I would love to see how the different Double T locations differ!

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

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Question for you: Where is the best place you’ve had ribs?

Vegas Diner (Wildwood)

Vegas Diner (Wildwood)

Recently I found myself in Wildwood, NJ. Wildwood has several diners that I never seem to get too because they are seasonal or only open for lunch. When the opportunity presented itself to go, I took it.

Vegas Diner wildwood

Atmosphere: A
The Vegas Diner looks like what you would think a “Vegas Diner” to look like. There is plenty of metallic and glam inside.

When I arrived on Saturday for lunch, it wasn’t too crowded. I sat in a small booth.

Vegas Diner wildwood

Coffee: A
The Vegas Diner serves Lacas coffee, which is my favorite. It’s brewed locally in NJ.

Vegas Diner wildwood

Food: B
When I arrived around 11, I was hoping to get lunch. Sadly, they didn’t serve lunch yet, and the salad bar wasn’t ready. I was disappointed because it’s hard to find diners with salad bars!

After the waitress said lunch wasn’t yet an option, I decided to order steak and eggs. You can never go wrong with that a NJ diner. I decided to sub the hash browns with a fruit cup.

Vegas Diner wildwood steak and eggs

When it came out, the eggs were fluffy, and the steak was cooked perfectly (I like medium rare).

The fruit cup was one of the best fruit cups I’ve had. In all, my meal was great, but I was disappointed they didn’t serve lunch at 11.

Vegas Diner wildwood fruit cup

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and nice and refilled our beverages. My food came out fast too.

Cost: $$
For my steak and eggs, and fruit cup substitution it was $21.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Vegas Diner, and I would love to come back at lunch or dinner because their menu looks great.

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

You can see all 245 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What’s your go-to breakfast?
What time do you usually eat lunch?

Maple Leaf Diner (Maplewood)

Maple Leaf Diner (Maplewood)

After hiking at Watchung Park, I decided to stop at the Maple Leaf Diner. I wasn’t starving, but I did want to check out a new diner. The Maple Leaf Diner looked like a cute stop in downtown Maplewood.

Atmosphere: B
It’s not a huge metallic diner, nor is it big at all. It’s located in the heart of Maplewood. There is plenty of street parking, but like any downtown, you might need to park and walk.

maple leaf diner maplewood

The inside is modest with several booths and a few tables, as well as a small bar.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. I have no complaints. The waitress refilled it several times.

maple leaf diner maplewood

Food: B
I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. The Maple Leaf Diner has everything from breakfast, to lunch, and dinner options. On the specials, they had split pea soup listed which is one of my favorite soups. When I ordered, they were out.

maple leaf diner maplewood

I ultimately went with a BLT which I have no complaints with.  It was packed full.  I decided to order a side Ceasor salad which green with plenty of dressing.

maple leaf diner maplewood

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and our food came out fast. It was a positive experience.

Cost: $
For my coffee and BLT, it was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Maple Leaf Diner, and it was a positive experience. It’s not a large diner, but it’s a great local small town. There is plenty to do in Maplewood, so it’s fun to spend a few hours there.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $8-15

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Questions for you:
Are there any cute downtowns near you? NJ is filled with small, local, communities.
What is your favorite kind of soup? 

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