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Dayton Diner

Dayton Diner

Recently I was in Dayton, NJ.  Not to be confused with Dayton, Ohio! Anyway, I’ve driven by the Dayton Diner a few times but the timing has never worked out to stop.  It’s not too far away, and finally, last month it worked out.

Dayton Diner NJ

Atmosphere: A
When I arrived around 5:30, it wasn’t crowded at all.  In fact, there were only 3 other parties in the restaurant.  I was hungry, so I wasn’t complaining.  The outside is about as “diner” as you can get.  It’s a big, shiny, metallic building.  The inside is the same, and as has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. The interior is one big open room so it can get noisy, especially with some of the old school songs.

Coffee: B
The coffee wasn’t good or bad.  There was nothing to write home about either.

Dayton Diner NJ

Food: C
The menu isn’t available online which is not a big deal, but you never know what to expect.  Will it be a massive menu with 10 pages of specials or a small 2-page menu?

The Dayton Diner is the first of those, and there isn’t much the menu is missing.  It has everything from breakfast to lunch and dinner.  There is a page of daily specials too.  I was hoping to find a special that spoke to me, but there wasn’t anything I was craving.

I ordered the Taste of Greece appetizer which came with grape leaves, pita bread, cucumbers, and cucumbers. It was a simple but good appetizer.  It did lack anything unique or unusual.

Dayton Diner NJ

I ordered their burger with bleu cheese.  The patty itself was massive, but it wasn’t anything unusual or unique either.  I would be surprised if it wasn’t a frozen and reheated patty.  The french fries were a similar story, and while the food was okay, it wasn’t the best ever. I was disappointed because I really wanted to like the Dayton Diner!

Dayton Diner NJ

It’s unfortunate because based on the atmosphere, I wanted to love the place!

Service: B
Our waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages.  The food itself came out decently fast.  She was friendly, and the manager was friendly as well.

Cost: $
For my appetizer, burger, and coffee, the cost was $20.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
The Dayton Diner was a decent stop.  It wasn’t my favorite, nor least favorite diner.  It’s an easy stop along the turnpike at exit 8A.

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

Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite appetizer?  Where is it from?
What is one restaurant near you, you’ve wanted to go?

 

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Millville Queen Diner

Millville Queen Diner

Recently I was in Millville. I’ve always wanted to go the Millville Queen Diner.  It seemed like the perfect evening to go.

Millville Queen diner

Atmosphere: B
When I arrived around 5 pm, it was quiet. I didn’t mind because I was hungry and hoped that meant the food would come out quickly.

The diner has two rooms, one more “dinery” and one was more of a dinner room.  I was sat in the diner room.

Coffee: C
The coffee was okay, but the mug was small. With such a little mug, I hoped it would be refilled faster. The coffee wasn’t great and the mug was too small.

Millville Queen diner

Food: C
The Millville Queen Diner has the biggest menu of any diner I’ve been too recently.  There are about 10 pages and another 2 pages of specials.  I decided to order the prime rib special which came with a salad, two vegetables, prime rib topped with mushrooms and onions, as well as a dessert!

The salad was that of many diner salads. Nothing unique or fancy.  I also got a large basket of bread too.

Millville Queen diner

The prime rib was definitely the best part. I have no complaints, and it was cooked well. It came with a side of the juice it was cooked in.

Millville Queen diner

For my sides, I ordered beets and sweet potato. I was disappointed with the beets as they were swimming in oil and still had inedible leaves in the bowl. It was interesting. The sweet potato was good, and I liked the addition of the cinnamon sugar butter.

Millville Queen diner

Both the Prime Rib and sweet potato were good, but I wouldn’t order the salad or beets again.

Dessert: A
Since my meal came with a dessert I ordered my favorite diner dessert: bread pudding. The bread pudding was one of my more favorite bread puddings I’ve had.  I liked all of the actual bread versus pudding. Plus the waitress topped it with plenty of whipped cream. I have no complaints about it.

Service: B

The waitress was nice, but I needed more drink refills. Our food came out relatively quick.

Price: $

For my meal and coffee, it was $14

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
The Millville Queen Diner was a decent stop. If you are looking for a local diner that meets all of the NJ stereotypes, the Millville Queen Diner is a great local stop.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: C
Food: B
Dessert: A
Service: B
Cost: $8-20
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What’s your favorite side?
How do you prefer your steak?

Hightstown Diner

A few weeks ago, Christine and I met for lunch at the Hightstown Diner in Hightstown.  Even though it’s not that far, it’s one of the last I haven’t been too in Mercer County.  Christine has remained one of my closest friends throughout the last four years of living in NJ.  I cannot believe the time has flown!

We arrived for lunch, and the Hightstown Diner wasn’t crowded.  It’s a small diner located in downtown Hightstown.  It was actually featured on Diners, Drive In’s and Dives several years ago!

Atmosphere: A
The Hightstown Diner is what you expect in a diner.  Old school tables, booths, and full-length bar.  The outside is all cobblestone.  I liked the menus because they showed the diner when it first opened and a scenic photo.

Coffee: B
The coffee was hot. However, we had to ask a few times for refills.  While good, I could have used a few more,

Hightstown diner Food network coffee

Food: A
The menu at the Hightstown Diner is medium sized.  They don’t have a lot of unique items, but they have everything a New Jersey diner should have: eggs and pancakes, sandwiches and a few seafood entrees if you want.

Hightstown diner Food network

I was craving a Gyro.  I like gyros, but they are definitely one of the messiest sandwiches you can order.  The Gyro platter came with a lot of food: soup, salad as well as French fries.  I knew that would probably be a lot so I opted to sub the fries with the “vegetable of the day” which was carrots.

Hightstown diner Food network

The Gyro itself was great.  I haven’t had one in a while, and it was stuffed to the brim with meat, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato.  The salad was rather big for a side.  The romaine lettuce could have been chopped more and easier to eat but other than that good.

Hightstown diner Food network

With the winter, I’ve been ordering a lot of soups.  Nothing spoke to me, so I decided to try something new: The Greek chicken.  I had no idea what to expect, and it was a cream based soup with chicken and race.  I couldn’t locate much chicken, but in all, it wasn’t bad.

Hightstown diner Food network

Service: C
The waitress was extremely friendly, but we could have used far more refills.  For not being overly crowded, it took a while for the food to come out.  Typically, that would haven’t been an issue. However, we hadn’t planned on staying for over an hour, and it caused us to somewhat rush eating.

Cost: $

For my entire platter and coffee, the cost was $12.

Summary/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Hightstown Diner, and I’ll definitely be back again.  While it was slower than hoped, the food and quality were excellent.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: C
Price: $
Overall: B

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Gus Diner, 

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Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a restaurant on the food network?
What is your favorite cooked vegetable?

Country Town Diner (Berlin)

Going to a new diner can always be hit or miss.  Usually, I like to give diners a few weeks before going in.  The Country Town Diner in Berlin opened a couple of months ago.  It’s another somewhat nearby diner to me.

Atmosphere: B
The outside looks like a regular building.  It doesn’t look like an exciting, metallic or shiny building but it looks nice with plenty of parking.

The inside has plenty of booths and tables with a full-length bar.  The diner had an odd smell to it which I couldn’t pinpoint.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed extremely hot, and the waitress brought a bowl of whipped cream.  It was hot, brewed well, and who can argue with that much-whipped cream.  In all, I enjoyed it.

Food: A
The Country Town Diner has everything a standard diner has.  Breakfast all day, lunch anytime, plenty of seafood and steak options.  There is very little diner food you can’t find.

I decided to order the Hungry Man breakfast.  It came with eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, bacon, pancakes and pork roll. I had to look at the photo to remember everything!

The pancakes were light and fluffy and some of the best pancakes I’ve had.  It’s only my second time having pork roll, but I enjoyed it.  In all, I enjoyed my meal a lot.

Service: A
Our waitress was friendly and kept our beverages refilled at all times.  Plus our food came out quickly, she was one of the best waitresses I’ve had.

Cost: $
For my coffee and breakfast, the cost was $12.

Summary/Would I come back?
The Country Town Diner is a great addition to the area, and I would come back.  I do hope whatever the smell is taken care of.

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: New Berlin Diner, Palace Diner, Vorhees Diner

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

Questions for you:
Have you ever tried pork roll?
Have you been to a new restaurant lately?

Corner Post Diner (Brick)

Corner Post Diner (Brick)

Last week I went to the Corner Post Diner in Brick, NJ.  I have wanted to go to the Corner Post Diner for a while.  The menu at the Corner Post has a lot of fun and unique options including 150 omelets.

Atmosphere: A
The Corner Post Diner is literally a corner restaurant in an outdoor shopping mall.  It’s the corner…and the post.

Unknowing to me, I went during their “roaring 20s” theme month. The inside was completely decorated.  I’ve been to restaurant themed nights before, and the Corner Post Diner did it well.

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

Coffee: B
The coffee was decent.  It was hot, but I could have used more.

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

Service: C
Our waiter was friendly but didn’t come back for long periods.  We were left without drink refills for most of the time, and our food was a bit slower coming out.  The waiter was friendly though.

Food: A
The Corner Post Diner has everything a diner has.  It has a huge list of breakfast options (including 150 omelet choices), lunch, and dinner.  Since I was getting over food poisoning, I opted to get something a bit less exciting.

When they mentioned the soup of the day was split pea, I knew what I wanted.  I went with their soup and sandwich option.  The split pea was good and nice and hot (lukewarm soup is the worst).

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

I ordered the half BLT which was good as well.  Everything was cooked well, and I had no complaints.

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

On a side note, the Corner Post Diner menu was interesting.  It was a large wooden menu with jokes and LOL written in the posts.  How can I hate that?

Corner Post Diner Brick NJ

Cost: $
For my soup, sandwich, and coffee, the cost was $10, so I can’t complain about that.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Corner Post Diner and had a positive experience there.  I could have used more drink refills, but other than that, it was a good experience.

Atmosphere: A
Service: C
Coffee: B
Food” A
Cost: $8-10

Closeby Diners I’ve Been:
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Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a restaurant themed night?
What is your favorite type of soup?

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?

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?

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