As I travel across the country, I’ll hit some new diners in new states. I haven’t been to Michigan in a long time and when I went, it was way before I was going to diners. After staying in Toledo, Oh, we saw the Bedford Diner in Michigan wasn’t too far away, so we decided to stop for lunch. We aren’t comfortable with eating in restaurants, so continue getting takeout.
Hilton Head Diner (Hilton Head, SC)
While in Hilton Head, my husband and I wanted to check out a diner. I haven’t been to a diner in South Carolina (that I can remember) so it was a fun opportunity. Plus the Hilton Head Diner was less than a mile from our hotel so that we couldn’t say no.
The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. You walk in next to their dessert case and I stared at the large cinnamon buns for quite some time. There is even a jukebox in the front too.
Hilton Head Diner Coffee: A
The Hilton Head Diner diner was coffee. I always appreciate when a diner uses logo coffee mugs. You can purchase the coffee mugs at the front, as well as other memorabilia too. The coffee was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress refilled it often.
Hilton Head Diner Food: B
The Hilton Head Diner menu has everything a typical diner would have. Since it’s open 24-7, there is an all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There were a few specials on the board too.
Since I wanted to get carbohydrates in before the Hilton Head Half, I ordered the tall stack of blueberry pancakes with whipped cream. The pancakes came out and they were good, but I wouldn’t necessarily think they were a tall stack. There were plenty of blueberries cooked inside. Personally, I think ordering pancakes can be one of the riskiest orders because the pancakes might be great, or flat and thin, but you never know! In all, they were good but I wouldn’t classify it as a tall or large stack of pancakes.
Hilton Head Diner Service: A
Our waitress at the Hilton Head Diner was great and the food came out fast. We couldn’t have asked for better service.
Hilton Head Diner Cost: $
For my pancakes and coffee, it was $10.
Overall Thoughts/Would I Go Back to the Hilton Head Diner?
I liked the Hilton Head Diner and the food was great. There are a lot of great options and I would be interested in trying a lunch or dinner special too.
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Questions for you:
Have you been to Hilton Head before?
What are your favorite pancakes?
The Viand (New York City)
The final diner I went to while in New York City was The Viand. I heard good things about it so I was excited to try it out. The Viand is located on the Upper West Side and there is also a Viand Cafe as well as Viand in New York City.
The Viand Atmosphere: A
The outside of The Viand stands out on the Main Street on the Upper West Side. It’s got cute shades, windows, and a closed outdoor seating area. When we arrived, it was already busy and we scored one of the last tables.
The Viand Coffee: B
The coffee at The Viand was decent but nothing to write home about. It was hot, but there was nothing unique or unusual about it.
The Viand Food: A
The Viand menu has a combination of the typical diner as well as upscale items. A few things that stuck out to me were the huevos rancheros, burgers, flatbread, and pancakes.
For my entree, I ordered the blueberry pancakes with whipped cream. An interesting combination of food? The pancakes themselves were excellent, and they were light and fluffy. I was pleased with my choice.
The Viand Service: A
The Viand was great. The waiter took our orders quickly and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for better service.
The Viand Cost: $
For the coffee, flatbread, and pancakes it was $25.
Overall thoughts/Would I Come Back to The Viand?
I liked Viand and I will be back if I’m in the area. The food was excellent and it was a great stop.
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Questions for you:
Do you like flatbread?
What’s your favorite type of pancake?
Spa Diner (Hoboken)
Recently I found myself in Hoboken, NJ. I haven’t been to Hoboken in a while so it was fun to come back. In 2011, my family stopped in Hoboken to check out Carlos Bakery. Carlos Bakery has multiple locations in NJ, including Marlton in South Jersey.
Spa Diner Atmosphere: B
The Spa Diner is an unassuming diner located in Hoboken. If you didn’t know any better, you would walk by. It’s open 24 hours. The inside of the Spa Diner is small and has about 30 seats total, including several booths, tables, and bar space. I almost sat at the bar but opted for a booth instead.
Spa Diner Coffee: C
The Spa Diner coffee was bland and boring. There wasn’t anything unique or interesting about it and I never received refills. It was drinkable, but it was the stereotypical diner coffee, you think about in the movies.
Spa Diner Food: C
The Spa Diner menu has all of the regular diner usuals. There is an all-day breakfast, pancakes, omelets, several salads, as well as sandwiches. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. After deciding pancakes, I went for the strawberry pancakes with whipped cream.
First, the waitress brought out the syrup. Then several minutes later, she brought out strawberries. Finally, after a while, the pancakes with the whipped cream came out. I expected the pancake to have the strawberries in them. They were just regular pancakes and a plate of strawberries. The pancakes themselves were fine, but there was nothing unique or unusual about them.
Spa Diner Service: D
I was disappointed with the Spa Diner service. While both waitresses were nice, it took a long time to take my order as well as get my food, and pay. I
Spa Diner Cost: $
For my pancakes and coffee, it was $10.25.
Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Spa Diner?
I didn’t dislike the Spa Diner, but it wasn’t my favorite diner I’ve been too. I would go to other diners before coming back to the Spa Diner. If you are looking for a no frills, stereotypical diner, the Spa Diner is it.
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Questions for you:
Would you expect the strawberries to be in the pancakes?
Have you been to Hoboken before?
Martucci’s Flashback Diner (Whiting, NJ)
Before running the 18.12 Challenge, my husband and I stopped at Martucci’s Flashback Diner. I’ve only recently heard of Martucci’s Flashback Diner, and the thought of a new diner less than an hour from my house was exciting.
As the name suggests, Martucci’s Flashback Diner is a blast from the past. You don’t expect it from the outside.
Martucci’s Flashback Diner is located in a shopping center. It blends in with the building. When you enter Martucci’s Flashback Diner, you are immediately greeted with a retro diner. There are old school booths and tables, as well as a small bar. As a military spouse, I appreciate the nod to all of the branches of the military. There are plenty of decorations, posters, and military signs.
The coffee at Martucci’s Flashback Diner was ok. I asked for whipped cream, but it got lost in translation. The coffee itself was ok, but I could have used more refills.
Martucci’s Flashback Diner has everything a retro diner would have. There aren’t fancy options, and you won’t find many healthy choices, but if you’re looking for a solid diner on your way to the shore, it’s a good option. If you are looking for pancakes, pork roll, omelets, or sandwiches, there are many different options.
I decided to order the full stack of blueberry pancakes. Pancakes are one of the riskiest items to order at any diner. Either they are flat and thin, or they are fluffy and delicious. Thankfully, the Martucci’s Flashback Diner’s pancakes were fluffy and delicious. They were one of the better pancakes I’ve had.
Martucci’s Flashback Diner Service: A
Our food came out quickly, and our waitress was friendly. I have no complaints.
Martucci’s Flashback Diner Cost: $
For my pancakes and coffee; the cost was $10.
I liked Martucci’s Flashback Diner, and it’s a hidden gem in the area. I will be back.
Thanks for the tip from my friend J Cohl.
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of pancakes?
Where are the best pancakes you’ve had?