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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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Manalapan Diner

Manalapan Diner

Recently I went to the Manalapan Diner. I had just taken a nice walk around the Manasquan Reservoir and decided to stop on the way home. It was around dinner time, and it was already crowded. That’s a good sign.

Atmosphere: A
The Manalapan Diner is a nice large, building with plenty of parking. It looks like a regular restaurant, and it isn’t the old school chrome you might see. The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a bar. It looks like a stereotypical diner.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress brought many refills. I appreciated the cute little saucer. I have no complaints, and it was some of the better coffee I’ve had.

manalapan diner

Food: B
The menu at the Manalapan Diner is massive, and it is hard not to find something that you were interested in.

There are all of the diner favorites like breakfast, sandwiches, and dinners. There are also unique items like steak tacos.

I decided to order off of the specials menu and got the pork chops. The entire meal was massive.

 

manalapan diner

First, it came with soup and a salad. I appreciated I was able to choose a greek salad and the greek salad came with anchovies.

manalapan diner

For my soup, I chose the seafood bisque. It was creamy, but I was disappointed in the lack of seafood. There was barely any in there, and if I had blindly guessed, I would have thought it was tomato bisque.

The pork chop was massive, but it was kind of bland. It wasn’t especially bad but lacked any flavor. It was huge though and came with mixed vegetables.

manalapan diner

Dessert: B
My meal came with dessert, and I chose the bread pudding. The bread pudding tasted more like flan but wasn’t bad. I liked it but there wasn’t much bread, and it was more “custardy.”

manalapan diner

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often. She was funny too which is always a plus. I have no complaints.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, it was $20 which was a great deal for the amount of food.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Manalapan Diner, and it’s a stereotypical NJ diner. I would go back if I’m in the area.

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

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Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?
What is your favorite type of soup?

 

Rt 70 Diner (Lakewood)

Rt 70 Diner (Lakewood)

Recently I went to the Rt. 70 Diner in Lakewood, NJ. As the name indicates, it’s located right off of route 70.  It’s actually a fairly new diner and opened earlier in January.

We needed a new diner and it’s becoming harder and harder to find a diner both NJ Isn’t Boring and I haven’t been too. She’s actually been to about 20-30 more than I have! We’ve been to somewhere around 50 diners together.

Rt 70 Diner Lakewood

Atmosphere: B
The Rt 70 Diner is located in a small shopping center next to a few other restaurants. The outside blends in with the shopping center, while the inside is decorated like a stereotypical diner. There are a few booths, tables, and a bar up front.  There isn’t more than about 20 seats in the diner, so it’s not huge.

Rt 70 Diner Lakewood

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. The waitress brought plenty of refills.

Rt 70 Diner Lakewood

Food: A
The Rt 70 Diner is open until 3 pm and has plenty of breakfast and lunch options. They have plenty of specials as well. I was in the mood for breakfast, so I ordered the ribeye and eggs. It also came with home fries and toast.

Rt 70 Diner Lakewood

I asked for the steak medium. It was cooked as requested. The eggs were excellent and the toast had plenty of butter. In all, the meal was good, and I would order it again.

Rt 70 Diner Lakewood

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly. I have no complaints.  I enjoyed her humor as well.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee; the cost was $14.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Rt 70 Diner, and it was a good stop. I would go back. Its a cute, easy, quick stop to the shore.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Price: $6-12
Overall: A

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Questions for you:

How do you like your steak cooked?

What is your favorite breakfast food? 

Jackson Diner

Jackson Diner

Recently I went to the Jackson Diner. I came across the Jackson Diner when looking for new and closer diners to review. I stumbled upon their “specials menu” and noticed they had German Night on Mondays. I knew, when I did go, it needed to be on a Monday for German Night. They also have nights dedicated to Italian, Mexican, and Greek. It’s one of the most unique menus I’ve seen in a diner.

Atmosphere: A
The Jackson Diner is located in a shopping mall. Based on an online photo, I wasn’t expecting that. The outside appears to be just a casual restaurant, but the inside is a flashback from the past. It looks like a funky, fun, diner. Everything is metallic and shiny, and there are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Jackson diner nj

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it multiple times. That particular day was bitter cold, so I welcomed a hot drink. The whipped cream overflowed out which made it fun.

Jackson diner nj

Food: A
As I mentioned, I strategically planned to come on a Monday Night for German Night. Even with the German night, there are plenty of other “regular options,” and the Jackson Diner has every diner option you can imagine. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including pork chops, seafood, and another page of specials that isn’t “German Night.”

I decided to order the Brautwurst which came with potatoes as well as red cabbage.  Since I was hungry, I also ordered a cup of the lobster bisque.

The lobster bisque was good and hot and had a kick to it which I really liked. I like all spicy foods, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Jackson diner nj

The German Special did not disappoint. There was a lot of Bratwurst! I had expected maybe a link or two, but there were 3.  The sauce was good, and the potatoes were juicy.  To be honest, I had never had red cabbage before so didn’t know what to expect. It was pickled and delicious. It looked almost like shredded beets.

Jackson diner nj

In all, I really liked my meal.

Service: A
Everyone from the waitress to the manager and the host were all friendly and funny. It was one of the best teams of employees I’ve seen.

Cost: $
For my soup, meal, and coffee the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I really liked the Jackson Diner, and I will be back. Everything from the atmosphere to the food and service was great.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $10-$15

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Have you ever had German Food before?

Are you excited for the Super Bowl? 

 

The Pit Stop Diner (Oceanside, CA)

The Pit Stop Diner (Oceanside, CA)

While in California, I knew I wanted to get to a new diner. I’ve already been to both the Studio Diner as well as my very first diner ever: The Corvette Diner (I was born in San Diego, and my dad would always take us there).  Anyway!

We weren’t going as south as San Diego, so it made it fairly easy to find a new diner.  I found the Pit Stop Diner in Oceanside.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

Atmosphere: A
On the outside, the Pit Stop Diner appears to be a “regular” nice restaurant.  It’s clean, modern, and fits the look of the plaza.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

On the inside, however, it’s more diner than you know how to get ahold of?  (After over 300 diner visits, I guess I can use diner as a verb?). The Pit Stop Diner has every license plate, car part, and even a full car inside. Of any inside, it’s definitely one of my favorite atmospheres.

Service: A
Instead of being seated and picking from a menu at your seat, you stand at the front, order, and go sit down. I’ve actually never been to a diner like this, and it was a great experience. The hostess/cashier was friendly and funny, and the food came out quickly.

Coffee: B
Since you ordered at the front, the Pit Stop Diner gave you your own refillable cup to the coffee. They actually didn’t have whipped cream, but the fact I could refill my coffee at my choosing and with a large to go cup), was a huge perk for me.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

Food:
The Pit Stop Diner has every type of food you can imagine.  One thing I appreciated was breakfast and lunch all day.  If you want a huge burger at 8 is, go for it!  Omelet for dinner, go for it!

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

I decided to order the Steak and Eggs. It came with toast, steak, and eggs. I ordered over medium eggs.  My meal was huge, and everything was cooked well.  It’s one of the better steak and eggs I’ve had in a while.  I would order it again.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Pit Stop Diner, and it’s one of the better diners I’ve been too overall. I would go back.

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

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Questions for you:
What is the best atmosphere of a restaurant you’ve been too?
Favorite state license plate?

After staring at 10,000 during my meal, I’ve come to terms I like the simplicity of Texas, Hawaii, and NYS (Yes, I know most people hate New York…most people hate my fashion too 😉

 

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