Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ pitza
Diners

Americana Diner (Shrewsbury)

Americana Diner (Shrewsbury)

After running the Red Bank 5k last week, I decided to stop at the Americana Diner in Shrewsbury, NJ. This is not to be confused by one of the first diners went too, the Americana Diner in West Windsor.  It’s also not to be confused with the Americana Diner in West Orange. The Americana Diner in Shrewsbury, NJ has been on my to-do list for a few years, but I haven’t made it out there yet.

Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ

Americana Diner Atmosphere: A

The Americana Diner in Shrewsbury is everything you picture in a diner. It’s a big, metallic exterior, and the interior has plenty of booths, table, and a bar. I arrived on Saturday around brunch time, so it was packed although we quickly got a seat.

Americana Diner Coffee: B

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I definitely could have used more refills.

Food: A

The Americana Diner menu serves everything all day long. They have everything you might want from breakfast menu options like omelets and pancakes to lunch specials and dinner menu options like seafood and steak.

The Hellenic Sampler looked good, and I decided to order that as an appetizer. The sampler came with grape leaves, feta cheese, olives, tomato, cucumber, and pita bread. It reminded me of a salad but big enough for two people.

Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ appetizer

For my entree, I decided to order something I haven’t before: a Breakfast Pitza, which is a pita topped with eggs, cheese, and bacon. Basically a pizza but using a pita as a base. It was unique, and I enjoyed it.

Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ pitza

It also came with home fries, which were good too. I would order it again.

Americana Diner Shrewsbury NJ pitza

Service: A
Our waitress at the Americana Diner was friendly, and our food came quickly. Even though she was busy, she made conversation with each table and gave us a lot of attention. I couldn’t ask for a better waitress.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Americana Diner (Shrewsbury):
I liked the Americana Diner, and if I’m back in Shrewsbury, I will go back. It’s a great stereotypical diner with a huge menu.

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

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Questions for you:
Have you tried a Pitza?
What is your favorite breakfast food? 
I’m typically an omelet person. 

 

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Rt 70 Diner Lakewood
Diners

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.  The Route 70 Diner is actually a fairly new diner and opened earlier in January. To my knowledge, there wasn’t a different diner in the shopping center location previously.

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 and 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 Route 70 Diner, so it’s not huge.

Rt 70 Diner Lakewood

Coffee: A
The coffee at the Rt. 70 Diner was brewed hot and fresh. The waitress brought plenty of refills.

Rt 70 Diner Lakewood

Food: A
The Route 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 Route 70 Diner in Lakewood and it was a good stop. I would go back. Its a cute, easy, quick stop to the shore. The small shopping center parking might be an issue on a busy day but it’s worth the stop.

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? 

Shark river park monmouth nj
hiking

Hiking Shark River Park

Shark River Park (Neptune, NJ)

Last week I decided to stop at Shark River Park in Neptune, NJ.  Shark River Park was established in 1960 and Shark River Park opened in 1961.  It’s actually the oldest Monmouth County Park. Shark River Park is just under 1000 acres and located between Neptune and Wall.  There is plenty to do at Shark River Park including, fishing, hiking, and even hosts cross country races. There are also several picnic areas in Shark River Park.

Shark River Park has about 9 miles of trails.  I had planned to just check it out and walk about a mile or 20 minutes.  Even though I brought both a hard copy of a map and a trail app, I ended up getting lost and walking around 5 miles.  Since it was my day off and I had nowhere to be, it wasn’t a big deal, but I was glad I brought water out of my car as well.

Here are a few of the trails I covered.  I didn’t use a Garmin, so I can’t tell you how much of each trail I covered.  I do know I know I covered the entire Pine Hill trail since it was a loop.

Shark river park monmouth nj

Ceder Loop Starts at the center of the loop.

Shark river park monmouth nj

There is a “Fitness trail” at Shark River Park which is flat and would be great for running.  It has 20 stations with strength workouts.  You know…workouts I always say I’ll do with running and don’t.

Shark river park monmouth nj

The Hidden Creek trail at Shark River Park is about 2 miles long and connects to the Pine Hills Trail.  I only now I was on this one because I did cover Pine Hills!

Shark river park monmouth nj

Finally, the Pine Hills Trail at Shark River Park close to the Garden State Parkway and goes up a few small inclines.  It’s nothing unmanageable.

Shark river park monmouth nj

In all, despite getting lost, I enjoyed the hike at Shark River Park. I will say it was “comforting” to hear a few sounds of the Garden State Parkway because I knew I wasn’t “lost forever” in Shark River Park.

Shark river park monmouth nj

The take away is…don’t follow your gut…follow the trail map.   Maybe not eat mushrooms on the Shark River Park trail either…

Shark river park monmouth nj

I am definitely going to come back and run at Shark River Park, and I bet it’s such a fun cross country course.

Here are other hikes I’ve done this Spring and Summer:

Hiking Turkey Swamp in Freehold
Exploring Cattus Island in Toms River
Exploring Hartshorne Park in the Highlands
Hiking to the Cape May Lighthouse
Hiking Bear Mountain in a Downpour
Hiking through Belleplain State Forest
Hiking High Mountain with a View of NYC

You can see all hikes here.

Questions for you:

When was the last time you got lost? 

Are there any good hikes near you?

Diners

Mays Landing Diner

Mays Landing Diner (Mays Landing, NJ)

Recently I went to the Mays Landing Diner.  I’ve found it more fun to ask Twitter to choose a diner based on a name.  I have to go to all 500+ sometime, right?  Anyway, after an appointment down that way, I ended up at the Mays Landing Diner.

I arrived at the Mays Landing Diner for dinner, and it was dark.  When looking, I had thought I had already been to the Mays Landing Diner.  It seemed so familiar.  Then I realized it shared a lot of characteristics of the Galloway Diner.

Mays Landing Diner Atmosphere: B
The exterior of the Mays Landing Diner is big, clean, and shiny. It was well lit up for the holidays.  The inside had plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  It was everything you picture in a diner.

Mays Landing Diner Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed fresh and hot every time.  The waitress brought out plenty of refills, and she added a lot of whipped cream.

Mays landing diner

Mays Landing Diner Food: B
The Mays Landing Diner menu is extensive.  The menu has everything you want and need in a diner.  Like many diners down the shore, it’s heavier on seafood.  I ordered the Philly cheesesteak and seafood bisque soup.

The soup was interesting.  I don’t know if I’ve ever had seafood bisque, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  It was a mix of Mariana and white sauce.  There was imitation crab (I like that…as well as usual crab meat of course) and had a kick.  In all, it was good.

Mays landing diner

The Philly cheesesteak was decent.  It wasn’t the best or the worst.  It was one of the biggest cheesesteaks I’ve had and was probably about a foot long.

Mays landing diner

Mays Landing Diner Service: A
The waitress was one of the best I’ve had in a while.  She refilled beverages often, came over to check on us, and my food came out within 10 minutes.

Cost: $$
For my coffee, cheesesteak, and soup, the cost was $16.

Summary/Would I come back to the Mays Landing Diner?
I liked the Mays Landing Diner and had a pleasant experience.

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

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: Harley Dawn, Galloway
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite soup?
Do you like cheesesteak?

 

Diners

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille (Somers Point)

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille (Somers Point)

I’ve wanted to go to The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille for a while.  My original plan was to go after the Atlantic City half. However, I had to work, so there wasn’t enough time.  I only had to wait two extra weeks and went after the Totally Awesome 80s Run.

We arrived around 11 on a Saturday.  I anticipated The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille to be crowded. However, it wasn’t.  I was pleasantly surprised because, after any race, I typically want to eat immediately.

windjammer somers point diner
Picture via website

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Atmosphere: B
The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille is a typical large restaurant building. However, there is nothing “diner” about it.  It’s clean and open, but it is more of a restaurant than a diner.

It’s open and well lit, but it’s a regular restaurant.  It isn’t a classic metallic NJ, but it’s clean and well organized.  The tables and booths are spread out, so you don’t feel as if you’re sitting on top of anyone.

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Coffee: A
The coffee at The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille was delicious, and the waitress brought us plenty of refills.  It was locally brewed Lacas brand, which is one of my favorite roasts.

Windjammer Somers Point

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Service: A
The waitress at The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille was one of the most friendly and attentive I’ve had.  She refilled the coffee, brought us everything we needed, and was just an overall pleasant and friendly person.  You can tell The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille has a lot of regulars, and she made everyone feel good.  I overheard her say, “Wow, you look great today” and “See you tomorrow.”  It almost felt like we were the only nonregulars!

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Food: A
The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille menu has all day and breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It has a much smaller menu than most traditional diners.  Since The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille is on the shore, they specialize in seafood and burgers.  They have a lot of different crab options too.

I was hungry, so we ordered the hummus appetizer.  It came with roasted carrots, zucchini, and squash as well as hummus and pita.  Pita bread is one of my favorite types, and this was one of my favorite appetizers to date.  I could have ordered 2 for my meal and been perfectly fine.

Windjammer Somers Point

For my entree, I was craving a burger.  I ordered their burger, which came with French fries.  It was topped with onion rings.  It was juicy and cooked just how I like it, medium.  The burger was cooked just as I asked, and the bun was toasted. It appeared to be a homemade roll too, and you can never go wrong with that.  The French fries were toasted and crunchy. 
Windjammer somers point burger

Windjammer somers point burger

The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille Cost: $$
For my coffee, the appetizer, and burger the cost was $18.

Summary/Would I come back The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille (Somers Point)?

The quality of food, as well as quantity, made the Windjammer one of my favorite diners.  The service was excellent, and I have no complaints.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Price: $10-15
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like pita bread?
What do you crave after a hard workout?