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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?

 

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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?

Marietta Diner

While visiting Atlanta, I wanted to check out a new diner.  It’s for the blog right?When asking for recommendations, the Marietta Diner kept popping up, so I decided to check it out.  After running the

When asking for recommendations, the Marietta Diner kept popping up, so I decided to check it out.  After running the Polar Bear 5k, I arrived around 11 am.  Every parking space was filled, and I thought it might be a long wait because there were several parties waiting outside. Luckily, they had a small booth for two, and we were immediately sat.

Atmosphere: A
The Marietta Diner has the stereotypical shiny and metallic exterior.  It’s all chrome.  The inside is massive, and it’s one of the biggest diners I’ve ever been too.  It is clean, and despite being busy, no one was sitting on top of each other.

Service: A
The waitress was kind.  She refilled our drinks, and our food was brought out quickly.  Even though it was so busy, we were in and out of the Marietta Diner within an hour.  The speed was impressive!

Coffee: B
Marietta Diner Atlanta Georgia The coffee was good, but there was nothing unique about it.  I could have used a larger cup.  Luckily there was plenty of whipped cream.

Food: B
The Marietta Diner has every option you can imagine in a diner.  It would fit right in in New Jersey.  Someone mentioned their Greek food was good so I decided to order a Greek omelet.  I was surprised the Greek Omelet didn’t come with Gyro, so I added that too.

Marietta Diner Atlanta Georgia

The omelet came with hash browns and a biscuit.  The biscuit was delicious.  There was nothing unique about the hashbrowns.  The Omelet itself was good except I found they didn’t add a lot of Gyro meat.  I thought they had forgotten it at first! The food was good but I do wish there was more gyro meat in the omelet.

Dessert: A
The dessert case looked like one of the best dessert cases of any diner. I’m not usually a person who orders dessert at lunch, but I could not pass up their red velvet roll.  There was a lot of frosting and the cake was moist.  The red velvet roll was great, and despite leaving stuffed, I was glad I ordered it.

Marietta Diner Atlanta Georgia

Marietta Diner Atlanta Georgia

Cost: $$
For my coffee, omelet (with Gyro) and red velvet roll it was $29. They charged $5 for the limited amount of Gyro meat I received which was not worth it.

Overall/Would I come back?
I liked the Marietta Diner, but their menu is overpriced.  When I go back to Atlanta, I might go somewhere else. To pay nearly $20 for an omelet is worth it to me personally.  I would stop in for cake.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Dessert: A
Cost:$15-20
Overall: B

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of Omelet?
What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Marathon Grill

After Kevin and I’s long run last weekend we got brunch.  I’m an avid user of foursquare and a quick search of  restaurants brought us to the Marathon Grill.  It made sense to go with a name like marathon. It’s technically classified as an upscale diner, so I thought why not review it?

The Marathon Grill has several locations in Philadelphia. There is no parking but I had already found a garage for the run.

We arrived at the Marathon Grill around 9:30am.  For a Sunday the restaurant wasn’t as crowded as I anticipated.

Atmosphere: A 

The inside is clean and modern.  The walls are decorated with bright colors and bird cut outs.  It reminds me more of a hip and trendy restaurant.

From their website

From their website

The waitress was extremely nice and refilled my coffee and water a lot.  After running I was extremely thirsty for both coffee and water.

Coffee: A 

The coffee was a local Philadelphia brew called Chestnut Coffee. After doing research, I realized Chestnut Coffee is not far away and I’ll be visiting their coffee store soon.  The coffee itself is slightly nutty.  Personally I like flavored coffees the best so I drank a lot. The whipped cream was good as well!

marathon grill coffee

Food: A 

The Marathon Grill has multiple options from omelets to cookie dough pancakes to lunch items.  The problem was I wanted everything.

I ordered the smoked salmon omelet, which came with smoked salmon, tomatoes and goat cheese.  I ordered a side of fruit and their multigrain bread!

marathon grill omelet

As you can see from the photo they did not limit the goat cheese!  It was oozing out of the omelet. The omelet was a three-egg omelet and was probably 50% cheese. It was definitely one of the best omelets I’ve had in a while.

Cost: $

The cost of the omelet was $12.50.  The quality of the food and the ingredients they used made it 100% worth it.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back? 

Yes I will definitely be back.  The food was great and you could tell they use high quality ingredients.  I want to try the cookie dough pancakes as well as the design your own salad.  (This is basically me inviting anyone close by to go right now! Ha ha)

Cliff notes: 
Atmosphere: A 
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $10-20
Overall score: A

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of cheese?
What do you like to eat after a run?

The Edison Diner

T and I were racing in Northern Jersey a while ago and decided to stop somewhere to eat post race. Of course when we are in a new area we google diners. The Edison diner is located directly off of exit 9 on the turnpike. When we got there around lunch time on a Sunday, it was crowded. Despite getting the last parking spot, we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.  As I have mentioned before, diners are like black holes.  When the parking lot is full there is somehow always room in the restaurant.

Atmosphere: B
The Edison Diner is easy to locate from the highway. It’s a nice building outside with a large sign that says”Edison Diner”. If you can figure out the jughandle turn, it’s a cute diner along the main road.

The inside is a typical diner. There are several booths and restaurants. We sat in a (very small) two person booth. Personally there was not enough room for me but we didn’t have to wait too long for a seat.  I wanted to sit at the bar but I’m always starving after a race so that waiting never happens.

Coffee: B
I always wonder if all coffee tastes better post race or long run. There was nothing to write home about about this coffee but it wasn’t bad.

The whipped cream melted before I had a chance to photograph.

The whipped cream melted before I had a chance to photograph.

Food: A
The menu is huge. We were both pleasantly surprised. We had not looked at the Edison diner menu beforehand but we assumed it would be the typical diner fare. While looking through the menu, we quickly realized there were over 100 items.

The Edison diner had over 50 omelette choices so I was determined to try one. I ordered a feta cheese omelette with spinach, onions and chicken. It was a Greek salad with eggs…or something like that. It came with a side of sour dough bread and hash browns. The omelette was perfect and I have no complaints.  It was not the prettiest meal at all (neither was plate actually) but it was really good.

omelet

Cost: $
For my omelette and coffee the cost was $11. It’s a cheap diner and with the amount of food you receive, it’s a deal.

Would I come back?
Overall thoughts: B
I thought the Edison diner was good. I was impressed with how quickly we found a table, ordered and received our food (because of how busy it was). This diner is now about 90 minutes from my house so if I’m in the area, I’ll be back but I wouldn’t drive 90 minutes to get there.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $7-14

In summary the Edison diner is a great and quick stop right off of exit 9 on the New Jersey turnpike. I would recommend stopping.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite post race meal?

Do you like to sit in restaurant booths or small? 

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