There are a lot of Villiage Grills out there in the world. While in town, I stopped at the Village Grill in Tehachapi, CA. Despite not having the word “diner” in it, I can assure you the Villiage Grill is a diner.
After the Sheehan Classic Asbury Park 5k, I decided to stop at the Park Place diner (Matawan). It’s located right across from Aberdeen Shopping Center, and the Town Square Diner.
The atmosphere of the Park Place Diner in Matawan is typical of a modern diner. It’s not metallic or shiny, but a nice modern building.
The front door is located next to the dessert case as well as a bar. Inside, there are plenty of booths and tables. Apparently, it’s a great local spot to hold a business meeting.
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it often.
I decided to order the farmers omelet, which came with pancakes. The Farmers Omelet was stuffed with Ham, Onion, Peppers, Potatoes and Cheddar Cheese. It had the most cheese I’ve seen in an omelet.
Ordering pancakes at a diner can always be risky. I’ve had good pancakes, but I’ve also had bad, flat, pancakes. The pancakes at the Park Place Diner were light and fluffy and tasted good. I was pleased!
The waitress was one of the friendliest waitresses I’ve had recently. Even though the Park Place Diner was busy, she made sure to refill my coffee, and the food came out quickly.
For my omelet and coffee at the Park Place Diner, it was $12.
Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Park Place Diner?
I liked the Park Place Diner in Matawan, and if I’m in the area, I’ll be back. Some of the lunch and dinner options interested me.
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of omelet?
What is the riskiest item at a diner to order?
Dockside Diner (Long Beach Island)
A few weeks ago, I met my coworker and friend, Lora D, on Long Beach Island. She’s a native of the area of Long Beach Township and suggested we go to the Dockside Diner (LBI). There are a few diners on Long Beach Island, but the Dockside Diner is closest to her so we decided to go there.
Dockside Diner Atmosphere: A
As the name Dockside Diner indicates, it’s located right on the Dock. You can watch the boats. The outside is rustic and made from wood.
The inside is a small, shore diner. When we arrived for lunch, it was packed, and we sat outside.
The coffee was good, and the waitress refilled it often. Nothing stood out, but I have no complaints.
Dockside Diner Food: A
The Dockside Diner (Long Beach Island) has all sorts of breakfast and lunch options. They are open on weekends for dinner too. Since it’s along the shore, there are a lot of seafood options.
I knew I wanted something seafood-related and decided on the Sailors Omelet which was stuffed with crab meat and topped with hollandaise sauce. It was delicious. I chose rye bread, which was drenched in butter, I could have used a little less, but it was good.
The side hashbrowns were cooked with just a bit of crisp (my favorite).
I enjoyed my meal at the Dockside Diner and would order it again.
At the Dockside Diner, the waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly.
For my meal and coffee, it was $17.
Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Dockside Diner (Long Beach Island):
I enjoyed the Dockside Diner (LBI). The meal was fresh, and there are so many different unique seafood options. The menu reminds me of a cute seafood cafe.
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Questions for you:
Do you like crab?
Where is your favorite beach?
Merchantville Diner (Merchantville, NJ)
While my parents were in town, we decided to hit up my final diner in Camden County. Considering diners come and go, the Merchantville Diner is my last diner in Camden County for now.
The Merchantville Diner is a cute diner located in the downtown. Like many downtown restaurants, it’s a storefront and attached to other buildings.
The Merchantville Diner has a small, downtown feel. It’s not a large, metallic, shiny diner but it’s a little cute, spacious diner. Even though the diner isn’t large, you never feel like you are sitting on top of anyone.
The inside of the Merchantville Diner has about 30 seats including several booths, tables, and a full-length bar. It actually had a back that seats several more parties. It’s a lot bigger than you would think.
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. Plus, it’s locally brewed lacas coffee! (Lacas is only a few miles down the road!). If the Merchantville Diner doesn’t serve the local brew, who can?
The Merchantville Diner has a small menu. You would find a lot of healthy or specialty options, but you’ll find many of the diner classics including breakfast, sandwiches, and even a few dinner specials.
I decided to order my favorite omelet: Nova lox and onion. It came with hashbrowns, and toast (I chose rye).
My omelet was massive with plenty of nova lox and onions. The rye toast was excellent, and I appreciated that my plate wasn’t mounded with hash browns. In all my meal was excellent.
The waitress was great and she refilled our beverages, plus the food came out quickly. We were in and out of the Merchantville Diner within 30 minutes.
For my omelet and coffee at the Merchantville Diner, the cost was $12.
The Merchantville Diner was tremendous, and I have no complaints. There wasn’t a lot of information online, so I didn’t know what to expect. I will be back!
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite omelet?
What’s your favorite local restaurant?
Liberty Diner (Clayton, NJ)
Recently, I was at the Liberty Diner in Clayton, NJ. Interestingly enough, the Liberty Diner is owned by the same people who own the Liberty 2 diner in Bordentown. I was surprised to find this out since it is quite the distance between the two. Anyway, I was looking forward to an excellent breakfast.
Liberty Diner (Clayton) Atmosphere: B
The Liberty Diner is the stereotypical NJ diner. The exterior is a big, shiny, metallic building. It sticks out on the highway. The interior has everything a stereotypical diner would have: booths, tables, big mirrors, a full-length bar, and of course a dessert case. It could use to be cleaned, but other than it was good.
Liberty Diner (Clayton) Coffee: A
The coffee at the Liberty Diner was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress kept it refilled the entire time. I couldn’t have asked for better coffee if I wanted it. There was plenty of whipped cream, if not more than the coffee.
Liberty Diner (Clayton) Food: A
I arrived around 10 am and was craving breakfast. The Liberty Diner menu has everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are plenty of omelets, steak and eggs, lunch specials, and dinner too. I was craving an omelet, so I decided to order the vegetarian omelet, which came with toast and homefries.
The omelet itself was massive! I can’t remember the last time I’ve had an omelet that big. It was stuffed with broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and peppers. There were plenty of home fries and the rye toast was good too. My meal was not only massive but delicious too. I left full.
The waitress at the Liberty Diner was one of the most friendly waitresses I’ve had in a while. The diner wasn’t too crowded, she checked on us often, and our food came out quickly. In all, it was a great experience.
For my omelet and coffee, it was $11.
Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Liberty Diner (Clayton)?
I had a positive experience at the Liberty Diner and enjoyed myself. I would go back.
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite kind of omelet?
What is your favorite breakfast food?