Kane’s Diner (Queens, NY)

I love my NJ diners, but I’ve been traveling and tried a few diners along the way.  So when on the road, it’s important to see what diners other states have to offer right?

Recently I went to Kane’s Diner in Queens.  To be honest, we walked by and saw it had the word “diner” and “original pancakes” and decided we were hungry.  I can’t be the only person that has done that right?

Image via Google maps
Image via Google maps

Atmosphere: A 

Kane’s Diner is different from New Jersey Diners.  New York is much more crowded and busy than down in southern New Jersey.  The diner reflects that.  Kane’s Diner tastefully fit as much in one building as possible.  I didn’t feel as if I was sitting on top of other parties but it was jam packed.  I’ve been to bigger restaurants where I felt as if I was sitting too close to other people.  Even though it’s a small space, the layout of the restaurant allows for some breathing room.

Kane's Diner

Coffee: A 
The coffee was extremely strong.  It tasted like diesel fuel but a good diesel fuel.  I guess that’s why people in NY live so fast paced.  (kidding of course).  I forgot to take a photo…

Service: A 
The service was excellent.  The waiter brought plenty of refills, and we never were empty of water or coffee.  The food also came out quickly.

Food: A 
The diner has all of the typical diner fare.  You won’t find the healthy salads or grilled fish, but you will find several omelet options as well as pancakes and steak.  If there is grease, you will find it here. Kane’s Diner is the stereotypical “greasy spoon” deal.

There was a large sign at the front that stated: “Orginal Pancake House”.  That means the pancakes must be good.

I don’t like thin or small pancakes.  I like massive pancakes that are filling.  I ordered the apple cinnamon pancakes.  I expected cinnamon apples to be baked into the actual pancake.  The actual pancakes were silver dollar pancakes rolled up and stuffed with apple cinnamon jam.  While the meal wasn’t what I was expecting it was still good.  It put me on a sugar high to continue exploring the city. The best description I have is they were like a very thick crepe with sugary apple filling.  Were they the world’s best?  To be deterined, but they were good.

Kane's Diner

Cost: $9
For my coffee and pancakes, the cost was $9.  I have no complaints, and it was good.

Overall thoughts: 
I liked Kane’s Diner, and I would go back.  The coffee, food and service were good.  It’s a true greasy spoon!

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

Questions for you:
Do you have any NYC diner recommendations?
What is your favorite pancake flavor?

Candlewyck Diner

After the Newport 10k a few weeks ago, I decided to hit another diner.  I had a few North Jersey Diners in mind, but the Candlewyck Diner was close, so I chose that one.  After racing, I was starving, like I am always am and arrived around 11:30.  Grabbing lunch on a Saturday can either have a wait time of 2 hours or not crowded.  Thankfully, the diner wasn’t too crowded for a Saturday morning.

Atmosphere: A
The Candlewyck Diner is a more modern style building.  It’s not an old metallic trolley car like many diners. However, it does stand out along the road.

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Image via here

The inside is modern.  Like any of my favorite diners, you walk in next to a huge bakery section. Everything is baked on premise.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and a bar.  It’s not cramped, but they do fit a lot of seating.

Service: B
It wasn’t too busy, and it took over 10 minutes for the waitress to acknowledge we were there.  To be honest, I was worried it might become a meal we wait two hours for.  Luckily once she did come over she was friendly, provided plenty of refills and the food was out in less time than waiting for drinks.

Coffee: A
I haven’t had bad diner coffee in a while, and this was no exception.  The coffee was another great one, and I have no complaints.

Candlewyck Diner coffee

Food: A

The Candlewyck Diner has a huge menu.  There was a page dedicated to everything.  A page of pancakes, eggs, burgers, salads…you name it, there was a page devoted to it.

Candlewyck Diner Pancakes

 

I decided to order a combo that included two eggs, two sausages, hash browns, and toast.  I upgraded to from normal pancakes to chocolate chip.  The chocolate chip pancakes were light and fluffy.  The eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns were cooked well too.  They weren’t oozing in oil which I appreciated it.  The meal was massive, but it was exactly what I was craving after the race.

Candlewyck Diner Hashbrowns

Cost: $
For my coffee and breakfast combo, it was $14.  It wasn’t bad at all because of all of the food I received.

Summary/Would I come back?
I enjoyed the Candlewyck Diner, and there are so many options I would like to try.  I would go back.  I do hope they hire a few more servers, though!

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $10-15
Overall: A

Questions for you:

What is your favorite flavor of pancake?

What’s the longest you’ve waited for a server to acknowledge you?

Delmar Diner

Delmar Diner

Last week I stopped at the Delmar Diner located on the border of the Delaware and Maryland.  I’ve driven by on the way to college and work in Upstate, NY as well now back home to New Jersey.  It’s a diner I’ve passed a lot and have never paid it much attention.  I was getting hungry, so I stopped at a rest stop, googled diners and found this one.

Atmosphere: C
As I said earlier, it’s easy to drive by the Delmar Diner.  The outside blends into the scenery, and most people are focused on the state line 100 feet away.

Delmar Diner

The inside atmosphere is decent but nothing out of the ordinary.  The restaurant itself is clean, however, nothing unusual.  It’s a small restaurant with a small town feel.

Service: A
The waitress brought several refills to my water and coffee.  It was great service, and I have no complaints.  The food was brought out within 15 minutes, and I was in and out within 45 minutes.

Coffee: A
The coffee was a milder roast.  I liked it, and there were plenty or refills.  Any coffee that doesn’t taste like water is a win for me.  Even though there were plenty of refills, I forgot to take a photo.  You can only take so many photos of coffee without it becoming boring…

Food: A
The Delmar Diner has all of the typical diner options.  They have a lot of breakfast staples such as eggs, pancakes and omelets as well as a few different diner staples such as steak and chicken pot pie.  You won’t find healthier options here!

I decided to order the chocolate chip pancakes.  I’m a pancake snob.  I like big filling pancakes versus small dinky ones. The pancakes at the Delmar Diner were light and fluffy.  There were plenty of chocolate chips, and they were cooked all the way through with no uncooked batter.

They added more powdered sugar and chocolate chips on top.  I liked the pancakes a lot and after all of that sugar, I had plenty of energy to drive back to New Jersey.

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Cost: $
For my coffee and pancakes, the cost was $8.  For the amount of food and coffee, it is a good value.

Would I come back?
I thought it was a good stop along the way, and I would stop again.

Summary:
Atmosphere: C
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $8-13
Overall: A-

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of pancake?
Do you like to stop and eat while traveling?

Studio Diner

Studio Diner (San Diego, California)

During our vacation to San Diego, we visited two diners.  The first, the Studio Diner, is located just north of the downtown.

Studio diner

We arrived during lunch time on Sunday, which is usually the busiest time of the week.  Despite having 4-5 parties in front of us, we were sat within 15 minutes.  I was impressed because it was a relatively small diner.

Atmosphere: A

The Studio Diner was featured on the Food Network.   As the name indicates, the theme is being at the studio or “on set”.  One thing I love is how every detail matches the theme of “the studio”.  The interior is decorated as if you’re on set!  It was probably the closest I’ll be to becoming an actress.  The Studio Diner is small, but there is still plenty of space to sit comfortably down.

Coffee: A
The coffee was good.  I can only imagine it needs to be for how long producers and cast work.  I’m kidding of course, but I found it unique they added two straws to keep the whipped cream from falling into the coffee.

studio diner coffee

Service: A
Despite the Studio Diner being full, there was a minimal wait and the waitress was very attentive.  She gave us plenty of refills, and our food was brought out quickly.

Food: A
The Studio Diner has all of the traditional diner staples from breakfast to lunch items like sandwiches and salads.  I had seen someone’s pancakes while sitting down and I thought they looked fantastic, so I ordered pancakes, sausage, eggs and toast.  My eyes were a little bit bigger than my stomach.

studio diner pancakes

As a pancake snob, I can say these were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had.  They were massive, and they had the imprinted design of a studio reel.  The pancakes alone made this diner worth it.  The toast and sausage were excellent as well.  The Studio Diner one of the best diner breakfasts I’ve had!

studio diner toast

Cost: $$
For the coffee, toast, sausage, eggs and pancakes it was $15.

Overall thoughts/ Would I come back?
If I’m back in the San Diego area, I’ll be back.  There was nothing I didn’t love about the diner.  I wanted to come back while we were delayed but we never made it.  If only our flight were delayed longer…

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

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes? (or breakfast)
Have you ever done any acting?

Mustache Bills (Long Beach Island)

Mustache Bills, Long Beach Island

Last week Tim and I made the trip to Mustache Bills on Long Beach Island. This is not to be confused with Long Island. Mustache Bills is one of the most popular diners in the entire state!  I had been wanting to go since moving, but I live about 90 mins away, so it was a hike.  During the offseason, they are also only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, which are never the days I’m off.  Finally last week, we made it.

mustache bills

Mustache Bills was even featured on the Food Network!  Needless to say, it’s been on my “diner to do list” for a while!

Atmosphere: A

The atmosphere is typical of a shore diner.  It’s open, airy and has a nautical theme.  We arrived around noon, and there were plenty of open booths.  Mustache Bills is small, and I can see why it would get extremely crowded.  Luckily for us it wasn’t crowded, and we were even able to get a booth.  There is one big open room and then an entire back seating area too.

Coffee: A

The coffee was perfect.  I might be biased, but they added more whipped cream than actual coffee.  Mustache Bills Coffee

It came in a clear coffee mug and was so dark it looked like Guinness. Before the meal, I felt as if I had enough sugar.  Even Tim was jealous of the amount of whipped cream in my coffee.  The waitress also gave plenty of refills, so we were well coffee hydrated.

His and her coffees
His and her coffees

Service: A

The waitress was very friendly and accommodating.  Our food was out within 10 minutes of ordering, and she came back several times to make sure we were doing well.

Food: A

Mustache Bills is known for their pancakes, and that’s exactly what I ordered.  Mustache Bills is open until 3 pm on most days, so they also have lunch options too.  There are many different options from pancakes and eggs to salads and sandwiches.  I ordered scrambled eggs and pancakes.  I should have taken a better photo because the pancakes were about the size of my hands.

mustache bills pancakes

Since Mustache Bills is well known for creative shapes and pancake designs, I also ordered a mustache shaped pancake. The pancakes were light and fluffy but still filling.  The batter was sweet.  I’m a pancake snob, and I don’t like paper thin pancakes.  These weren’t dense bricks but weren’t as thin as pieces of paper.

Mustache pancake
Mustache pancake

Cost: $$

For my coffee, three pancakes, and eggs the cost was $13.  It wasn’t expensive at all.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?

I enjoyed Mustache Bills, and I’ll be back.  The 90-minute drive is worth it in my opinion!

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $8-13
Overall: A
 Questions for you: 

Have you ever had or made a creative shaped pancake?
If I can make edible food it’s a success…
Where are your favorite pancakes from?  (Feel free to post a link)

Green Eggs Cafe

A few weeks ago, I went into Philadelphia to eat at the Green Eggs Cafe. I heard rumors Green Eggs have the best pancakes around.  Of course I had to test it out. Green Eggs Cafe is very well known for their large square stack of red velvet pancakes.

I arrived to the Green Eggs Cafe around 11. It wasn’t crowded and I was seated immediately.

Atmosphere: B
It’s open and modern. There are plenty of seating and open tables. The entry way was a little strange and I felt like I was awkwardly standing in front of tables to wait.  The inside is spacious and I never felt like I was sitting on top of anyone.  The entry is just extremely awkward.

From the Green Eggs Cafe website
From the Green Eggs Cafe website

Coffee: A
The coffee was excellent. The waitress went into a lot of detail to tell me they used home made vegan whipped cream. I thought that was really interesting and unique. I would have never guessed it was vegan but honestly it didn’t matter to me either way.  (I forgot to take a photo of my coffee!)

Food: A
The Green Eggs cafe has plenty of options from breakfast to lunch. They had quite a few different egg selections, French toast and pancakes. They are best known for their French toast and red velvet pancakes. I came specifically for the pancakes so I already knew what I wanted before looking at the menu.
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Red velvet cake is my favorite type of dessert so I was  set in getting the red velvet pancakes. They were deliscious and one of the best stacks of pancakes I have ever had. They were dense and very filling.  The red velvet pancakes had chocolate chips baked in.

Green Eggs Pancakes

 

The actual pancakes were square with the edges a little bit crispy. I liked the crispy edges a lot. It was topped with chantilly cream which it also had in the center. Honestly it was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had.

Green Eggs Cafe Red Velvet Pancakes 1

Cost: $$
For my pancakes and coffee it was $20 dollars. Honestly it was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had and completely worth it.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
I would come back everyday if I could. The service and staff was extremely friendly and the food was deliscious. I want to try the cookie dough French toast next.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Price: $15-20
Overall: A (top 5 overall)

Questions for you:
Where are the best pancakes you’ve ever had?
Do you like red velvet?

Brownstone Diner

I went to the Brownstone diner with Danielle, Amelia and Dori in October. I know I am a few months behind but I wanted to wait until I tasted the Brownstone legendary pancakes. The first time I went to the Brownstone Diner, I was in Jersey City before going to FitBlog NYC. The second time I was on the way to visit my brother (Danielle and Amelia you guys were out of town or obviously we would have gone again!). This diner has even been on the food network. One step inside and I can see why!  This is a staple and very well known diner in New Jersey.

Atmosphere: B
The Brownstone diner looks like a normal building that you might drive (or in our case, walk) right by. If you aren’t coming specifically for the diner, chances are you will miss this hidden gem! The inside is clean and cute. I liked the signs to the restroom, the NJ turnpike and NYC.

The attitude of the staff was friendly but nothing to write home about.  I was a bitter because I was have liked a waitress that refilled my coffee a few more times.  It happens though.

Coffee: B
The coffee was good. The whipped cream was tasty but the waitress only refilled the small cup once. It was the reason I gave a B for coffee. I might be dramatic but it was so good, I would gave rather a refill. It wasn’t busy either.

Brownstone Diner Coffee

Food: A
It doesn’t really matter the rest of the scores for this diner because the food is amazing. The first time I went I had had their Greek Salad. The salad was by far the best diner salad I’ve had in a while.

There was plenty of dressing (but not soupy), plus the salad was huge. I ordered a size of salmon which was very worth it. It came with pita bread and grape leaves. It also didn’t come with hard boiled egg (something I personally don’t care for).  It was one of the biggest diner salads I’ve had and it was also one of the most high quality.

Brownstone Diner Salad

The next time I went I was dying to try the pancakes. After debating which pancakes to try, I ordered the cherry pancakes. It took me back to college when I did the pancake challenge several times. I have yet to find a restaurant that rivaled the amazement of those pancakes. The pancakes were stuffed with cherry jam and delicious.  These are BY FAR the best pancakes I’ve had in a diner.  I can’t do them enough justice through text.  My guess is the pancakes had about 2000 calories per pancake so they are a perfect carb load for a race (I would almost do the New York City marathon again) for a reason to get these guys again.

cherry pancake

Whipped cream like a boss
Whipped cream like a boss

The problem with this diner is everything looks and has been so good. The choices are overwhelming.

Cost: $
The salad and coffee was 17 and the coffee and pancakes were 11. This is one of the cheapest diners and the cheapest with the most filling food.

Would I come back?
Overall atmosphere: A
Yes, right now this is my favorite diner in all of NJ. Thank you to Brownstone Diner. I 100% recommend this diner and if you ever go…tell me and I’ll drive the 90 mins to meet you.

Cliffnotes:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Price: 5-15 dollars
I’ll be back everytime I’m in the area.

Question for you: Where are the best pancakes you’ve had?