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Lake Side Diner (Forked River)

Recently my friend Cyd, and owner of NJ isn’t Boring, and I met up for another diner trip. She’s been to more than me (268). We’ve been to somewhere between 20-30 together over the last few years.

Atmosphere: A
The Lake Side Diner is a cute shore diner. I believe it’s gone through a name change recently as there are reminents of the old “Colonial Diner” name. It’s a little white house, and the inside is almost entirely wooden. It’s got such a fun and unique vibe.Lake Side Diner Forked River
Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but there was nothing to write home about. The waitress refilled it often, which was nice.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

Food: B

The Lake Side Diner has plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  While it was around 11, I wasn’t craving lunch yet. I was craving pancakes and eggs, so I ordered that and substituted the meat (bacon/sausage) for fruit.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

The meal was good, but it was kind of bland. It wasn’t bad, but it felt like something I could whip up at home. I asked for pancakes with whipped cream but the waitress forgot, so she came back and added it.

Lake Side Diner Forked River

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages often. Plus our food came out quickly so I can’t argue with that.

Cost: $$
For my breakfast and coffee, it was $16.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
The Lake Side Diner is a cute stop if you’re going down the shore. I would go back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $8-16
Overall: B

You can see all 246 NJ Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?
What is your favorite breakfast?

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Talk of Broadway (Redwood City, CA)

The last diner I went to while in California, was the Talk of Broadway. We were on our way south and wanted to eat before hiking.  The Talk of Broadway was right on our route.

Talk of Broadway Redwood City ca

Atmosphere: B
The Talk of Broadway is located in downtown Redwood City. Redwood City is a lovely town, filled with restaurants, and shopping. The outside blends in other restaurants and the inside is a no-frills diner. There are a few booths, tables, and a small bar to sit. When we arrived around lunchtime, it was crowded but not overwhelming. I appreciated no one sat on each other.

Talk of Broadway Redwood City ca

Coffee: B
The coffee at the Talk of Broadway was brewed hot and fresh. In fact, the coffee station is in plain sight, so I watched them do it.  It was a little darker than I would like but in all good.

Talk of Broadway Redwood City ca

Food: C
The Talk of Broadway has plenty of breakfast and lunch options. They are only open until 3 pm, so there isn’t anything heavy or dinner related.

There were many different unique pancake options including “pigs in a blanket” and sweet potato. The pigs in a blanket intrigued me, and it was a sausage wrapped in a pancake. I decided to order it because I don’t remember the last time I saw it.

Talk of Broadway Redwood City ca

I wish the pigs in the blanket had lived up to their excitement. They were kind of bland and boring. I was still relatively hungry afterward.  I could have probably eaten two meals of them.  Was it bad? No. Was it my favorite thing I’ve ordered from a diner? No.

Service: A
The waitress and entire staff were friendly.  We had plenty of refills on coffee, plus our food came out fast. The staff was the highlight of the experience.

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
The Talk of Broadway was a decent diner. It wasn’t my favorite of the trip, but I would be willing to go back and order something different.

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

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Where are your favorite pancakes from?

The New Maple Hill Restaurant (Maple Shade)

The New Maple Hill Restaurant (Maple Shade)

Recently I went to the new Maple Hill Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ. Until recently I didn’t even know the New Maple Hill Restaurant existed.

Atmosphere: B
When I arrived around dinner time, it wasn’t too busy. The outside is a cute, building with hanging lights. It reminds me of walking into a house versus a restaurant.

The inside has a small bar and a couple of rooms. It does echo, and you can hear every person’s conversation in the diner.

Coffee: B
The coffee was good and brewed hot and fresh. It wasn’t anything unusual, but it was good.

New Maple Hill Restaurant Maple Shade Coffee

Food: F
The New Maple Hill Restaurant has plenty of options from all day breakfast, sandwiches, and dinner options.  It looks like a typical diner with simple options, but there isn’t anything unique or special on the menu.

New Maple Hill Restaurant Maple Shade

I decided to order off their specials menu: Pumpkin Pancakes with whipped cream! When they came out, nothing about them was good. They didn’t look appetizing, and they were paper thin. It was shocking they were a special because I could have cooked better pancakes myself.  I found myself hungry afterward.

New Maple Hill Restaurant Maple Shade

Service: B
Our waitress was friendly and friendly but came around. We could have used more drink refills.  At least our food came out relatively quickly.

Cost: $
For the pumpkin pancakes and coffee, the cost was $10. It was not worth it in the slightest.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?

I didn’t enjoy my food. If I go come back, I would definitely order something else.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: F
Service: B
Cost: $6-10
Overall: C

You can see all 219 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of pancakes?
What is the most disappointing meal you’ve had recently?

Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Recently I was in Wilmington and decided to stop at the Hollywood Grill. It’s ranked as one of the best diners in Delaware, so I needed to stop at some point.

Atmosphere: B
The diner itself is located in a shopping center. There is plenty of parking, but it barely stands out on the main road located next to an IHOP.

Hollywood grill wilmington

The inside is that of a typical diner. There are plenty of tables, booths, and a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and there were plenty of refills. There was nothing unique or unusual, but it was good.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Food: A
The Hollywood Grill has everything you could want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  They have the greasy spoon eggs and the healthy salads.

Hollywood grill wilmington

I arrived around brunch time so decided to order blueberry pancakes. When the pancakes came out, the pancakes were big and fluffy. There were delicious, and I couldn’t ask for better pancakes.  It also came with real maple syrup which is always a nice touch.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out extremely fast. Even though the diner was busy, we were in and out within 30 minutes.

Cost: $
For my pancakes and coffee, the cost was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Hollywood Grill and when I am back in the area, I’ll definitely be back.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $10-20
Overall: A

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?

Tick Tock Diner (NYC)

Tick Tock Diner (NYC)

Before the New York City Marathon, I decided to go to the Tick Tock Diner. I’ve walked by the Tick Tock before, and this was a diner I wanted to go too before the marathon.

Tick Tock diner NYC

Atmosphere: A
When Tara and I arrived around lunchtime, it was crowded, but we quickly got a seat. In fact, we got the most corner booth, but it was nice to stay private.

Tick Tock diner NYC

The outside of Tick Tock is bright, shiny, and stands out. It’s directly across the street from Penn Station, and you can’t miss it.

It’s the largest diner in Manhattan. There are plenty of booties, and tables, and even a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I could have used more refills. I also appreciated the personalized mugs.

Tick Tock diner nyc

Food: A
The Tick Tock Diner has plenty of options from breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. There are several healthy salad options and huge burgers too.

Tick Tock diner nyc

I decided to order the Tick Tock Pancake Trio which came with a banana pancake, cinnamon, and chocolate chip. Plus there was delicious cream cheese frosting too. To be honest, they were some of the best pancakes I’ve ordered!

Tick Tock diner nyc

Service: C
I was happy the food came out quickly but the waiter barely came over, and it took a long time to get the check.

Cost: $$
For my coffee and pancakes, the cost was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Tick Tock Diner, and it’s one of my favorite diners in the city.

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

You can see all diners here.

Other Diners I’ve Been to in NYC: Cosmic, Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?
Have you been to New York? What is your favorite diner in the city?  I’m looking for more

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