Busy Bee Cafe (Ventura, CA)

Busy Bee Cafe (Ventura, CA)

While on the 8-hour drive from Carlsbad to San Fransico, we decided to stop at the Busy Bee Cafe in Downtown Ventura.  By the name, you obviously think, cafe, not a diner.  But instead, it’s one of the most decorated diners out there.  If there is anything I learned while going to diners in California, is the decorations and atmosphere is usually at the top.

Busy bee cafe ventura california

Atmosphere: A
The Busy Bee Cafe is located in downtown Ventura.  The walkable downtown is beautiful with plenty of parking. The outside appears to be a little cafe with a retro “time to eat” clock at the top.

Busy bee cafe ventura california

The inside is as retro as it gets.  There is a full-length bar, tables, and booths.  Everything is chrome with red booths, coat racks, and vintage signs all across the restaurant.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it multiple times. I have no complaints. One unique addition was the multiple coffee mate creamers at the table. There were several single-serve flavors including Irish cream french vanilla.

Busy bee cafe ventura california

Food: A
The Busy Bee Cafe serves everything at all times. If you want pork chops at 6 am…go for it.  Breakfast for lunch?  Go for it.  There are plenty of blue plate specials as well.  I decided to order the farmers omelet with their famous biscuit and gravy.  Growing up, I loved good biscuits and gravy.  It was my favorite!

Busy bee cafe ventura california

Without reading the menu, I would expect the Farmers Omelet to have every vegetable imaginable. The Famers omelet actually had all of the proteins available!  It was cooked well.

Busy bee cafe ventura california

The biscuit and gravy were perfect. They serve the gravy on the side so you can top as much as you would like.  For me, that was all of it.

Service: A
We saw many of the wait staff including the manager. The employees worked as a team which was cool. The food came out quickly, and I have no complaints.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, the cost was $13.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Busy Bee Cafe, and it’s a great stop along 101.  If I’m in the area again, I would definitely go back.

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

Overall: A

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of omelet?
Do you have a downtown where you live?

 

Fast Break Diner (Toms River)

Fast Break Diner (Toms River)

Recently I went to the Fast Break Diner in Toms River with Cyd of New Jersey Isn’t Boring.  We have been to around 20 diners together, and it’s becoming increasingly more challenging to find diners neither of us has been too.

As many long-time followers know, in a distant life I used to live much closer to Toms River.  My regret is not going to more shore diners.  Now it’s about 75 minutes to get out there.

We met at the Fast Break Diner around 11 am on a weekday, and it was crowded.  When we asked the host about it, they said it actually wasn’t as crowded as usual.

Atmosphere: A
The atmosphere of the Fast Break Diner is more intriguing than anything.  The outside is one large open window, and you can see everything inside.  The inside is a bright seashore blue.  It reminds me a lot of the Papermoon Diner in Baltimore.  There are a lot of odds and ends trinkets around, but it fits the atmosphere.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

Service: A
Our waiter was great.  He refilled our beverages, and our food was out within minutes.  Definitely one of the better services I’ve had at a diner.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot every time, and the waiter gave me a giant cup of whipped cream, so it’s hard to argue with that.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

Food: B
The menu at the Fast Break Diner is more limited than most diners.  They have a few pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and a few salads.  There wasn’t a lot of unique or exciting options minus the fried cheddar cheese balls.  Cyd and I opted to split them which we quickly realized we ordered a lot of food.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

At the time, I’m not exactly sure what I was craving.  We went at off time, so they were also out of a lot more food items including pumpkin pancakes.  Nothing on the menu spoke to me, so I decided to order a roasted red pepper and artichoke omelet and an Indian summer salad.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

I ended up taking most of the omelet home.  It was great and had a lot of artichokes, roasted red pepper, as well as melted cheese.  It wasn’t greasy and one of the better diner omelets I’ve had.

I’ve never had an “Indian Summer Salad,” but it had lettuce, dried cranberries, pears, walnuts, and feta cheese.  It was a good diner salad, and I’ve had much worse.   Despite ordering a bit of everything, I was happy with my choice.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

In all, my food was good, but I do wish they had a few more options.

Cost: $
For my salad, omelet, coffee and the fried cheese balls, the cost was $20 which isn’t bad considering I had almost an entire second meal.

Overall Summary/Would I come back?

I liked the Fast Break Diner and would go back.  I do wish the menu was bigger or had more of the specials in stock but other than that, I have no complaints.

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

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: New Crystal Diner, Four Seasons Diner

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of omelet?

 

Eagle Diner (Clementon)

Eagle Diner (Clementon)

While browsing through my local paper, I noticed coupons for the Eagle Diner.  It’s a south jersey local diner I hadn’t been or heard of before which is actually shocking!

Since going with Amelia and Danielle, I have actually been a second time since I keep getting coupons in the mail and it’s close to my chiropractor.  Both times have been great and it’s one I’ll keep going back too.

Atmosphere: A
The atmosphere of the Eagle Diner is a big metallic, shiny diner.  You can’t get more picture perfect NJ diner if you tried.  The inside has all of the booths, tables, and full-length bars.  I believe this diner is relatively new, so it’s also quiet (something I can’t say I mind).

Coffee: A
The Eagle Diner serves local Lacas diner which I’m a fan of.  The waitress brought multiple refills and even plenty of whipped cream.

Route 1 Diner restaurant Lawrenceville

Service: A
The waitress as the Eagle Diner was friendly and gave plenty of recommendations.  She was one of best waitresses I’ve had in my diner quest.

Food: B
After seeing the omelets the first time, I decided to order an omelet the second time.  I settled upon the Mexican Omelet since it sounded good.  It had cheddar cheese, X.  I ordered rye toast, and it came with home fries.

Eagle Diner Clementon

The Omelet was good, it wasn’t the best Omelet I’ve had, but it wasn’t bad either.  It was a typical diner Omelet and could have used a couple more fillings.

The home fries were good, and I preferred the crunchy and slightly burnt ones over the soggy.  It’s hard to mess up toast, and the rye was good too.  Although marbled rye is always the best.

Price: $
For my coffee and omelet, the cost was $10 which is cheaper than most diner meals I get.

Summary/Overall Thoughts:
I like the Eagle Diner and think it’s a hidden gem in South Jersey.  I’ll definitely be back a third and fourth time…maybe even fifth. 😉

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Price: $
Overall: A
Nearby Diners I’ve been: Lamp Post Diner, Meadows DinerStratford Diner, Starview Diner

Questions for you:
What is your favorite omelet?
What is your favorite toast?

Park Wayne Diner (Wayne)

Park Wayne Diner (Wayne)

A few weeks ago, I was up north and decided to go to the Park Wayne Diner.  This isn’t to be confused with the Wayne Hills Diner which I went to last year.  Funny enough, this is the only diner in that area (including a personal favorite: Pompton Queen), that we didn’t fly too.  It was weird to drive through because it felt like such a long flight.

Atmosphere: A
You couldn’t ask for a more stereotypical New Jersey Diner.  It has a big, metallic, shiny exterior and the interior is filled with multiple red tables and booths.  Out of the diners I’ve been too, this definitely has one of the most stereotypical diner atmospheres.Park Wayne Diner

Service: B
For a weekend morning, it wasn’t as busy as I had anticipated.  That was okay by me!  The waitress didn’t bring us a lot of refills, and it felt as though they might be understaffed for the day.  She was friendly and gave us several recommendations which I can always appreciate.  It wasn’t bad service, but they needed more servers.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot every time, but it was nothing to write home about.  The cups were also a bit smaller than I wanted.  It wasn’t bad but it didn’t stand out either. Park Wayne Diner

Food: B
The menu at the Park Wayne Diner is huge.  They have a dozen pages. Since they are open 24-7, they serve anything anytime.  Those are my favorite types of diners, but it’s not as common as it used to be.  Believe it or not, 24-7 diners are becoming harder to find.

I decided to order the arugula, spinach, and cheese omelet with a side of grits.  It was one of the biggest omelets I’ve ever had, plus it was stuffed filled to the brim. Park Wayne Diner

The grits, however, were boring and bland.  Since it’s rare to find grits in the Northeast, I was hoping they would be more interesting, but they tasted like they came from a box.  Yes, I realize that I’m not in the South but there are plenty of restaurants that serve excellent foreign cuisine, and I don’t live there either.

Cost: $
For the omelet, grits, and coffee the cost was $12 which wasn’t expensive for the portion size.

Overall thoughts:
You won’t find a more stereotypical NJ Diner then the Park Wayne Diner.  Overall, I enjoyed my experience there and will definitely be back next time we go hiking up that route.

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

Closeby Diners I’ve reviewed:

Pompton Queen  (one of my top 5 favorite NJ diners!) and Wayne Hills
Also relevant: Flying to Pompton Plains

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of omelet?
Where can I find southern style grits in NJ or Philadelphia?

Scenic 90s Cafe (Pensacola)

Scenic 90s Cafe (Pensacola)

While in Pensacola, my husband I decided to stop at the Scenic 90s cafe.  When we moved from Texas to New Jersey, we actually had lunch there previously.  Even though it was about 3 years ago, I remembered I really enjoyed it.

Atmosphere: A
The atmosphere of the Scenic 90s Cafe is everything you can picture in a diner.  The outside is retro and shiny.  It looks like an old rail car.  The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  You couldn’t ask for a more picture-perfect diner.

Coffee: A
The coffee was one of the best I’ve had in awhile.  The waitress refilled it often, it was piping hot, and it tasted great.  I couldn’t have asked for better coffee. Scenic 90s cafe pensacola

Service: A
The waitress was very pleasant.  She refilled our drinks quickly, and our food came out quickly too.  I was shocked because even though it was a Saturday at lunch time, our food came out within 15 minutes.  You can’t beat that!

Food: B
The Scenic 90s Cafe has a smaller diner menu.  They have several omelet and breakfast options and a few different diner staples such as sandwiches and fried fish. Their menu is one single trifold versus 10-20 pages like many diners in NJ.

I chose the Cajun Omelet with a biscuit and fresh fruit.  The omelet had Crawfish tails, Andouille, onions, peppers, and Cajun seasoning.  It was spicy, and I enjoyed it.  The fruit cup was fresh, and it was obvious it didn’t come out of a can.

Scenic 90s cafe pensacola

Cost: $
For my coffee and omelet, it was $13.  Most items on the menu are inexpensive and they have several specials as well.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
I enjoyed the Scenic 90s Cafe, and I would definitely go back.  The diner itself is very stereotypical and has everything you need in a diner.  The Scenic 90s Cafe is a great stop in Pensacola, and I highly recommend it.

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $8-12
Overall: A

Other Diners I’ve Ordered Eggs/Omelets at: Amys Omelet HouseAngelos Diner (Pitman, NJ)

Questions for you:
Do you like Cajun food?
Have you ever been to Florida?

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