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The Point Diner (Somers Point)

The Point Diner (Somers Point)

The Point Diner (Somers Point, NJ)
Recently I was in Somers Point and wanted to go to a new diner. I’ve been to the Windjammer several times and decided to switch it up and go to the Point Diner.  This Point Diner isn’t to be confused with the Point Diner in Fairview or the Point 40 Diner in Monroeville.

When I got to the Point Diner on a Sunday for lunch, it wasn’t too crowded. That as surprising because usually, lunchtime on a Sunday morning is the most crowded time for diners.

Point Diner Somers Point

The Point Diner Atmosphere: B
The exterior of the Point Diner is a retro, shiny, and a stereotypical diner. The Point Diner looks like it’s been around for quite some time.

The interior of the Point Diner has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  There appears to be a giant room in the back with the ability to host parties.

The Point Diner Coffee: A
The Point Diner coffee was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress refilled it often. I couldn’t have asked for better coffee.

Point Diner Somers Point coffee

The Point Diner Food: C
The Point Diner menu has everything you expect in a diner menu and nothing more. There aren’t many healthy options, but there are plenty of omelets, wraps, and dinner options.

Point Diner Somers Point salad

I was craving pork chops, so I decided to order those. The pork chops came with two sides and soup or salad.

I chose a salad and beets as my side. The salad was bland and I was thankful I didn’t order it as my entree. The beets were from a can but fine.

When the pork chops came out, I was excited because it was a large portion. Sadly, they were dry and not as good as I hoped.

Point Diner Somers Point Pork chops

The Point Diner Service: B
The waitress at the Point Diner was friendly, but the food took a while to come out. You would have thought the diner was jampacked full of people.

The Point Diner Cost: $
For my pork chops and coffee, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back to the Point Diner?
I didn’t dislike the Point Diner, but there are a lot of other options that I like better. The food was decent, but it was nothing unique or unusual. Somers Point and Ocean City are both nice spots if you are looking for a pleasant shore getaway and a diner along the way.

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

You can see all 269 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?
Have you thrown a party or gathering at a restaurant? What was it for?

 

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Olga’s Diner (Marlton)

Olga’s Diner (Marlton)

Olga’s Diner (Marlton)

Those who lie in South Jersey will know, Olga’s Diner used to be one of the most famous and popular diners in the area. It closed in 2008 and before I moved here. Sad, because everyone I talked to said it was the best. The original property in Marlton Circle at Route 70 and 73 was bought and the property was transformed into a medical building.  The new property is on the Northbound side of 73 on Baker Boulevard (less than a tenth of a mile away).

A year ago, a new family decided to recreate Olga’s Diner right up the road on route 73. It wasn’t the original family or original building, but the name Olgas.  When it finally opened in November of 2019, I was excited to go!

My friend Cyd from New Jersey Isn’t Boring and I met up around lunchtime on a weekday. It was packed! You would think we were going on a busy Sunday morning.

Olgas Diner Marlton

Olgas Diner Marlton

Olga’s Diner Atmosphere: A
Olga’s Diner stands out on route 73. It’s hard to miss the big, shiny, modern building. The inside of Olga’s Diner is large. Each booth and table is spread out, so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone.

Coffee: B
The coffee at Olga’s Diner is good. Olga’s Diner uses the local company, Lacas. I could have used a few more refills.

Olgas Diner Marlton Coffee

Olga’s Diner Food: A
Olga’s Diner menu has everything you want and need in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. If you are looking for healthy options, Olga’s Diner has that too. Plus an entire page menu dedicated to vegan options. Yes, vegan!  I thought about getting a vegan option just because Olga’s Diner had it but ultimately decided for the beet salad with rotisserie chicken. If beets are on any restaurant menu, I usually order them.

Olgas Diner Marlton salad

The beets tasted good and the greens were fresh. There was plenty of chicken too. I couldn’t taste a difference in the rotisserie-style chicken versus grilled.

Olga’s Diner Dessert: B
Cyd mentioned the original Olga’s Diner was known for their Boston Cream Pie, so we both decided to order that. The Boston Cream Pie was good, but the cake portion of it was a little dry.

Olgas Diner Marlton boston cream pie

Olga’s Diner Service: A
The waitress said it was her first day, but you would not have guessed. She was friendly and seemed like she was working there for a long time. The food came out quickly. We were sat and eating our food within 15 minutes of arriving.

Cost: $$

For my coffee, salad, and pie, it was $25. The salad alone was nearly $19, which I found a bit pricey for the size.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked Olga’s Diner, and I’ll be back. The food was excellent, and Olga’s Diner has a lot of menu options I want to try.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Dessert: B
Service: A
Overall: A

You can see all the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite dessert?
What is the last new restaurant you’ve been too?

 

 

City Diner (Jersey City)

City Diner (Jersey City)

City Diner (Jersey City)

A few weeks ago, I found myself at the City Diner with Amelia and Danielle. The City Diner is located in Jersey City and overlooks Manhatten. If the word “diner” wasn’t in the name, you wouldn’t guess that it’s a diner at all.  Jersey City is located just over the water facing Manhatten. Most of Jersey City is a beautiful view of the Hudson River as well as Manhatten.  There are a few “City Diners” between New York City and New Jersey.City Diner (Jersey City)

City Diner (Jersey City) Atmosphere: A
The exterior of the City Diner is clean and modern. It’s located on the corner. The inside of the City Diner reminds me more of a bar with several booths, as well as one row of tables, and a full-length bar.

City Diner (Jersey City)

 

It’s dimly lit. If I were sitting in the City Diner and didn’t know better, I would think it’s a diner.  When we arrived there were several people having happy hour after work.

City Diner (Jersey City) Coffee: A
The coffee at the City Diner was brewed hot and fresh. The waiter refilled the coffee multiple times with whipped cream. I have no complaints.

City Diner (Jersey City) coffee

City Diner (Jersey City) Food: A
The City Diner menu is more of an upscale restaurant than a diner. They don’t have all of the greasy spoon regular options. I was craving a wrap and there were only a few but nothing that spoke to me.

City Diner (Jersey City) salmon burger

The City Diner menu does have unique options like salmon burgers, huevos rancheros, chicken & waffles, jersey benedict, sandwiches on garlic bread, and salmon and scallop entrees. After taking a while, I went with the lemony salmon burger. The lemony salmon burger came topped with a lemony sauce and arugula. I also upgraded my fries to a greek salad.

City Diner (Jersey City) salmon burger

The meal itself was fresh and I was happy with my choice. The homemade bun was a perfect extra touch.

City Diner (Jersey City) Service: B
At first, the waiter at the City Diner was awkward but friendly. The food came out fast. Our food came out quickly and I have no complaints.

City Diner Cost: $$$
Everything at the City Diner is expensive. You won’t leave the restaurant paying less than $20. For my burger, side salad, and coffee, it was $24. The quality of the food was excellent and I have no complaints.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the City Diner?
I liked the City Diner and I’ll be back. The food is fresh and there are many unique options. I do struggle with calling it a “diner” because, besides the name, it reminds me more of a bar.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $20-30

Overall: A

You can see all 270 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:

Have you been to Jersey City?

What is your favorite kind of burger? 

 

Newport Eats Diner (Jersey City)

Newport Eats Diner (Jersey City)

Newport Eats Diner (Jersey City)

While in Jersey City and the Newport area, I decided to stop at the Newport Eats Diner. The Newport Eats Diner replaces the Skylark on the Hudson on River Drive. It’s only been open a few weeks, so it was fun to stop by.  The view of the Hudson and Manhatten is beautiful.

Newport Eats Diner outside

Newport Eats Diner Atmosphere: A
The Newport Eats Diner is a modern diner built into the side of a skyscraper. It’s not the retro, metallic, building you a picture.  The exterior stands out in the downtown.  The inside is massive and there is plenty of seating, including booths, tables and a full-length bar.

Newport Eats Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was okay but nothing unique or unusual about it. It was drinkable.  The waiter refilled it often, but there wasn’t a lot to say.

Newport Eats Diner coffee

Newport Eats Diner Food: B
The Newport Eats Diner menu has most everything a modern diner would have. It’s much more upscale so you won’t find a lot of greasy-spoon staples, but you will find basic high-quality pancakes.  A few items on the Newport Eats Diner menu that caught my eye, including the salmon, omelets, and flatbreads.

I decided to order the hummus appetizer which came with pita bread.  The hummus was delicious and the pita bread was lightly toasted. It wasn’t burnt or crispy which is always a plus.

Newport Eats Diner hummus

For my entree, I ordered one of Newport Eats Diner’s signature flatbreads. It came with grilled chicken, onions, and mixed vegetables. I was expecting it to be a lighter flatbread, but when it came, it was smothered in cheese. It was delicious but nearly impossible to eat with the thin bread. I would order it again and I can see why it’s a signature flatbread.

Newport Eats Diner flatbread

Newport Eats Diner Service: B
When I first arrived at the Newport Eats Diner, I didn’t realize you were supposed to sit yourself. I stood around for a while before finally, the manager told me to sit anywhere. I imagine during busy times; there is someone at the front at all times. The food service was second to none, and both waiters made sure I had everything I needed.

Newport Eats Diner Cost: $$
For my hummus, flatbread, and coffee, the meal was $24. That’s one of the cheaper meals at the diner as well. It’s more of an upscale, modern restaurant.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back to Newport Eats Diner?
I liked the Newport Eats Diner and if I’m in the area again, I will go back. The service was excellent and the food is of high quality.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: B
Price: $20-30
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like flatbread?
Have you been to any new restaurants lately?

Alps Diner (Wayne)

Alps Diner (Wayne)

Alps Diner (Wayne, NJ)

After hiking with my good friend Shawn, we decided to stop at the Alps Diner in Wayne, NJ. Hard to believe Shawn is one of my closest friends, but we have yet to go to a diner together. I guess she was initiated.

Alps Diner wayne nj

Alps Diner Atmosphere: A
The Alps Diner sticks out in Wayne, NJ. The exterior is metallic, shiny, and the Alps Diner is abnormally tall. It’s hard to miss when driving by. Of all of the diners on NJ-23, the Alps Diner stands out the most.

Alps Diner wayne nj

The interior of the Alps Diner is like a blast from the past. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Alps Diner wayne nj

Alps Diner Coffee: C

The Alps Diner coffee was okay but nothing to write home about. I was slightly disappointed that it was lukewarm.

Alps Diner wayne nj coffee

Alps Diner Food: C

Known for their good food, the Alps Diner menu has every option you can imagine on a diner menu. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was between the pork chops and a gyro, so I decided to order the pork chops. The pork chops came with a salad, side, and potato. I ordered the greek salad and a side of corn.

Alps Diner wayne nj greek salad

The Greek salad was the best part of the meal. The dressing was tasty and the salad tasted fresh.

Sadly, both the pork chops were thin and tasted as if they had been reheated. I was disappointed with my meal. Was it edible? Yes, was it bland and boring? Yes.

Alps Diner wayne nj pork chops

Alps Diner Cost: $
For my coffee and pork chop meal, it was $19.

Alps Diner Service: A
Our waitress at the Alps Diner was great and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

Alps Diner Overall Thoughts:
The Alps Diner was one of the most stereotypical diners out there. There was nothing unusual or unique, and the food was clearly frozen and reheated. If you are looking for a retro, stereotypical diner, Alps Diner is it. It’s right in the middle as far as diners go. Nothing terrible but nothing great either.

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

You can see all 268 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you: 
Do you like pork chops?
What is your favorite type of potato: mashed, sweet, french fries, baked? I’m a sweet potato fan myself.

 

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