The Breakfast Club, Ect.

While in Lake Placid last week, I decided to go to the Breakfast Club, Ect.  While looking at possible places to eat while traveling, many people recommended going.  When I browsed the menu, I noticed how many delicious items they had.  It’s one of the few restaurants/diners, I’ve actually looked at the menu beforehand and based my choice on that.

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Image from lakeplacid.com

Atmosphere: A
Breakfast Club is located right on the Main Street of Lake Placid.  Since it’s on the Main Street, it’s attached to many different restaurants and isn’t a stand-alone building.

The inside is cute and has a locale vibe to it.  There is a bar, plenty of booths and tables.  Both times we went, we were lucky to get a booth.  I can only imagine how busy the Breakfast Club, Ect can be!

Service: C 
During our stay in Lake Placid we went twice.  The first time we went, we wanted to get there right at opening because we were hiking afterwards. The website listed opening at both 7:30 and 8 so we called ahead and asked what time they opened.  The employee told us they opened at 8.  When we arrived at 8 on the dot, we noticed other diners.  We asked the waitress when they opened at she said 7:30.  We were somewhat upset but let it go.

Once seated, the service was fine. The waitresses brought out plenty of coffee and our food was brought out quickly.

Coffee: A
The coffee as Breakfast Club, Ect is one of my favorite coffees to date.  The whipped cream is homemade and the coffee itself is bold and hot.  I would go there just for coffee if that was an option!

Breakfast club, etc lake placid

Food: A
The Breakfast Club, Ect has a small menu.  They have a lot of specialty pancakes like bacon, or maple whipped cream.

Interestingly enough, they don’t even start serving lunch until noon.  I typically eat an earlier lunch (between 11-12) so I was disappointed I wasn’t able to try anything around 11:30.

The first time I went, I ordered the maple waffle.  The waffle came out as pancakes! It was confusing but okay.  There was plenty of maple whipped cream as well as pure syrup.  The pancakes were some of the best I’ve had.  I’m glad I don’t live close by because I’m not sure my stomach or wallet needs that daily.  It was incredible.

Breakfast club, etc lake placid

The second time I went, I ordered a nova lox omelet with a side of fruit and rye toast.  The omelet was great and wasn’t messy.  I felt as if it had a lot of ingredients without breaking the omelet itself. They buttered the toast a lot and butter makes everything better.

Breakfast club, etc lake placid

Both meals were equally as good.  As most people know, whipped cream is my favorite so I liked the maple waffle/pancake the best.

Cost: $$
For my coffee and both entrees, the cost was $14.  While it was more expensive the quality, of food made it worth it.

Summary/would I come back? 
I liked the Breakfast Club, Ect a lot and I would go back anytime in Lake Placid.  It’s one of my favorite brunch places (now that I know their hours)

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: C
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $12-16
Overall: A

Questions for you:
What time do you typically eat lunch? 
Do you like pancakes or waffles better? 

Springfield Diner

Springfield Diner 

A few weeks ago after coming back from a race, I decided to go to the Springfield Diner.  I could have chosen a New Jersey diner. However, I heard the Springfield Diner was good, and so I decided to go.  Since I live within 15 minutes of PA, there are several PA diners closeby too.  I don’t want to get too predictable and switched states up.

Of course on a Saturday for brunch, everywhere is busy.  There were only a few spots left in the huge parking lot, and I worried it would be a long wait. Luckily it was only 15 minutes.

Atmosphere: A 

The Springfield diner was a busy place.  It was a loud and bustling restaurant.

Springfield Diner

The outside decor is a huge shiny and metallic building.  It’s a very stereotypical diner.  The inside consists of mostly booths and a bar.  It looked like there were a few tables in the back too.

Coffee: A 

The coffee was hot and refilled several times.  There was plenty of whipped cream.  I have no complaints.

Springfield Diner

Service: A 

The waitress was extremely attentive and friendly.  She refilled our coffee, brought refills and made sure we’re doing okay. Although every table in the restaurant was filled, our food was brought out in 10 minutes.  10 minutes!  It was impressive.   So we waited 15 minutes to get seated, 10 for our food and left within 50 minutes.  All of this when the diner was jam packed.  Efficiency is an understatement there!

Food: B 

The Springfield Diner had all of the classic diner options and more.  They had a lot of seafood options that made me want to come back for dinner.

I decided to order the red velvet pancakes.  It came with strawberries and bananas topped with cream cheese, whipped cream and chocolate chips.  The pancakes themselves were just plain.  Don’t get me wrong; they were good pancakes, but they definitely weren’t red velvet.  It was just plain pancakes with chocolate chips on top.  Most people know red velvet is my favorite dessert, so I was disappointed.  The pancakes were good, just not what I was expecting.  To be honest, I thought they had accidently messed up my order but that that their take on red velvet.

Springfield Diner

Cost:$$

For the coffee and pancakes, the cost was $13.  Not bad and I left filled me on a sugar high.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back? 

I enjoyed the Springfield Diner and would definitely go back.  The food was good, just not what I was expecting. I would love to go back and try dinner.  It was one of the most efficient diners I’ve ever been too.  I can’t imagine what they are like at a slower hour!

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

Overall: B

Despite the food being good, it was not exactly red velvet so I feel as though I have to give it a B.  I’ll definitely be back and I would be interested to try their dinner and dessert options.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite dessert?  Do you like red velvet?

Do you like pancakes? 

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)