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Park Place Diner (Matawan)

Park Place Diner (Matawan)

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.

Park Place Diner Matawan

Atmosphere: A
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.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress refilled it often.

Park Place Diner Matawan coffee

Food: A

The menu at the Park Place Diner is massive, and they have everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials. They also serve everything all day long, which is nice.

Park Place Diner Matawan Farmers Omelet

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.

Park Place Diner Matawan Farmers 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!

Service: A
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.

Cost: $
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.

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

You can see all 256 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of omelet?
What is the riskiest item at a diner to order?

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Dockside Diner (Long Beach Island)

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 Long Beach Island

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.

Dockside Diner Long Beach Island

Coffee: B
The coffee was good, and the waitress refilled it often. Nothing stood out, but I have no complaints.

Dockside Diner Long Beach Island coffee

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.

Dockside Diner Long Beach Island omelet

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.

Service: A
At the Dockside Diner, the waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly.

Cost: $
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.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $12-20
Overall: A

You can see all 253 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like crab?
Where is your favorite beach?

Merchantville Diner

Merchantville Diner

While my parents were in town, we decided to hit up my final diner in Camden County. Considering diners come and go, it’s 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.

Atmosphere: A
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 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.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. Plus, it’s locally brewed lacas coffee! (Lacas is only a few miles down the road!).

Merchantville Diner

Food: B
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).

Merchantville Diner

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.

Service: A
The waitress was great and she refilled our beverages, plus the food came out quickly. We were in and out within 30 minutes.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
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!

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $5-12
Overall: A

You can see all 244 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite omelet?
What’s your favorite local restaurant?

Liberty Diner (Clayton)

Liberty Diner (Clayton)

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 NJ

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 NJ

Coffee: A
The coffee 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 NJ

Food: A
I arrived around 10 am and was craving breakfast. The Liberty Diner 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.

Liberty Diner Clayton NJ

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.

Service: A
The waitress 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.

Cost: $
For my omelet and coffee, it was $11.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I had a positive experience at the Liberty Diner and enjoyed myself. I would go back.

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

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite kind of omelet?
What is your favorite breakfast food?

 

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?

 

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