Busy bee cafe ventura california
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

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

Busy bee cafe ventura california

The inside of the Busy Bee Cafe 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.

Busy Bee Cafe 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

Busy Bee Cafe Food: A
The Busy Bee Cafe menu serves everything at all times. If you want pork chops at 6 am…go for it.  Breakfast for lunch?  Go for it.  The Busy Bee Cafe menu has 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 Busy Bee Cafe 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. Everything on the Busy Bee Cafe menu looked good and I would order 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 of the Busy Bee Cafe (Ventura):
I liked the Busy Bee Cafe, and it’s a great stop along 101.  There are so many good options on the Busy Bee Cafe menu that I want to try. 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, NJ)

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, NJ.  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.

Fast Break Diner 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 of the Fast Break Diner.  The inside is a bright seashore blue.  It reminds me of a lot of the Papermoon Diner in Baltimore.  There are a lot of odds and ends trinkets around, but it fits the atmosphere of the Fast Break Diner.

Fast Break Diner Toms River

Fast Break Diner Service: A
Our waiter at the Fast Break Diner 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.

Fast Break Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Fast Break Diner 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

Fast Break Diner Food: B
The Fast Break Diner menu 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 an off time, so they were also out of a lot more food items, including pumpkin pancakes.  Nothing on the Fast Break Diner 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 menu options.

Fast Break Diner 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 to the Fast Break Diner (Toms River)?

I liked the Fast Break Diner and would go back.  I do wish the Fast Break Diner 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

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

 

Eagle Diner Clementon
Eagle Diner (Pine Hill)

Eagle Diner (Pine Hill, New Jersey)

While browsing through my local paper, I noticed coupons for the Eagle Diner (Pine Hill, New Jersey).  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.

Eagle Diner (Pine Hill, NJ) 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 of the Eagle Diner (Pine Hill)  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).

Eagle Diner (Pine Hill) Coffee: A
They serve local Lacas diner which I’m a fan of.  The waitress brought multiple refills and even plenty of whipped cream.

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

Eagle Diner (Pine Hill) Food: B
The Eagle Diner menu has everything a stereotypical diner usually has. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a page of menu specials. I’ve now to the Eagle Diner twice. The first time I went, I wasn’t hungry. After seeing the omelets on the menu the first time, I decided to order an omelet the second time.  I settled upon the Mexican Omelet since it sounded good.  I ordered rye toast, and it came with home fries.

Eagle Diner Clementon

The Omelet at the Eagle Diner was good but it wasn’t the best Omelet I’ve had. 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. In all, it was good food.

Eagle Diner (Pine Hill) Price: $
For my coffee and omelet, the cost was $10, which is cheaper than most diner meals I get.

Summary/Overall Thoughts of the Eagle Diner (Pine Hill):
I like the Eagle Diner in Pine Hill and think it’s a hidden gem in South Jersey.  It’s the stereotypical big, shiny, metallic diner, we have grown to love. When I’m back down in Pine Hill, NJ, I’ll be back a third and fourth time…maybe even fifth. 😉

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Price: $
Overall: A

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

Park Wayne Diner
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, the Park Wayne Diner 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.

Park Wayne Diner Atmosphere: A
You couldn’t ask for a more stereotypical New Jersey Diner. The Park Wayne Diner is 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 has one of the most stereotypical diner atmospheres.Park Wayne Diner

Park Wayne Diner Service: B
For a weekend morning, the Park Wayne Diner wasn’t as busy as I had anticipated.  That was okay with 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 at the Park Wayne Diner, 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

Park Wayne Diner Food: B
The Park Wayne Diner menu is enormous.  The Park Wayne Diner menu has 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.

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

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

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

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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
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 had lunch there previously.  Even though it was about three years ago, I remembered I enjoyed it.

Scenic 90s Cafe Atmosphere: A
The atmosphere of the Scenic 90s Cafe is everything you can picture in a diner.  The outside of the Scenic 90s Cafe 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.

Scenic 90s Cafe Coffee: A
The coffee was one of the best I’ve had in a while.  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

Scenic 90s Cafe 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 lunchtime, our food came out within 15 minutes.  You can’t beat that!

Scenic 90s Cafe Food: B
The Scenic 90s Cafe menu is smaller.  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 apparent it didn’t come out of a can.

Scenic 90s cafe pensacola

Scenic 90 Cafe 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 to the Scenic 90s Cafe (Pensacola)?
I enjoyed the Scenic 90s Cafe, and I would go back.  The diner itself is very stereotypical and has everything you need in a diner.  The Scenic 90s Cafe is an excellent stop in Pensacola, and I highly recommend it.

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

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

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