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The Broad Street Diner (Hamilton)

Recently I went to the Broad Street Diner in Hamilton.  It’s only about 30 minutes from my house, however, it’s taken me about 3 years to get there.

Atmosphere: A

The inside is a lot bigger than anticipated.  It’s one of the top biggest diners I’ve been too.  The outside is a very tall building.  It’s  a big, shiny, metallic diner, but it’s a clean diner.  The inside has plenty of seating with a full-length bar, with plenty of tables and booths.  It’s one of the most spacious diners I’ve been too.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and the waitress brought over a container with whipped cream.  There wasn’t anything too special or exciting about it, but it was good.

Food: B
The menu at the Broad Street diner has pretty much anything you could ask for in a diner.  They have breakfast, lunch, dinner including seafood, steak, pasta, really whatever you want.

I haven’t had pasta in a while so I decided to order pasta with meatball.  I don’t think I’ve ever ordered that a diner.

The meal was good but was bland.  It could have used some sort of seasoning (anything!) or maybe more sauce.  It looked and tasted as if they poured a half a can of sauce on top of pasta and cooked giant meatballs on top.  The meatballs were good.  In all, it was a decent meal but I would probably order something else next time.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Service: B
Our waitress was very friendly but at some points she was extremely quiet and it was hard to hear what she was saying.  I felt like I was constantly asking, what?

Dessert: B
I had been back and forth with dessert and ultimately decided to order the chocolate fudge cake with ice cream.  One thing unique about the diner is they have several flavors of ice cream instead of just chocolate or vanilla.  I decided to go with cookie dough ice cream which was a good choice.

The cake itself was excellent.  It was rich and tasted homemade.  The ice cream was definitely suffering from freezer burn.  It needed to dethaw for a few minutes.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

Cost: $
For my coffee, meal, ice cream, and cake the cost was $20 which was a good deal.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Broad Street diner and it was a good choice.  Next time I’ll get a different meal but in all, I liked it.  Having several different ice cream flavors to choose from makes it unique!

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

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Two Peter’s, Daphne’s 

You can see all 161 NJ Diners I’ve been too here.

Questions for you:
Where is the best pasta you’ve had?
What is your favorite type of cake?

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Route 1 Diner-Restaurant (Lawrenceville)

Route 1 Diner-Restaurant (Lawrenceville)

Early in the month, I went up to the Route 1 diner in Lawrenceville, NJ.  I actually didn’t know this diner existed until recently, which is unfortunate because it’s only 30 minutes from me and 30 minutes from the base!

I got there on a Friday night, and they were packed.  The owner had me sit at the bar until a table cleared up.

Atmosphere: B
The Route 1 Diner appears like a cross between a diner and restaurant (as the name indicates).  The exterior is a typical building (versus a big metallic, shiny one) but the interior is all diner with a full-length bar, multiple booths, and table.  We sat near the drink fill-up station for servers, and I didn’t quite appreciate servers always reaching around us to fill up drinks.  Oh well!

Coffee: A
The coffee was piping hot, and the owner refilled it often.  I have no complaints.

Route 1 Diner restaurant Lawrenceville

Service: C
I believe the service should be categorized into two parts.  The owner seemed to play a role in our experience because if it was just the waitress, the score would have been lower.  It took over 20 minutes to just take our order.  I watched our server go to almost every other table except ours taking orders, refilling drinks, and bringing food.  Once we did order, our food was our quickly, and for that I was happy.

Food: B
The Route 1 Diner has almost everything you can imagine from breakfast, lunch, specials and most dinner options.  I opted to order the stuffed shells.

The meal came with a bread basket which included cheesy bread.  Normal bread baskets are boring but including cheesy and cinnamon bread is a win in my books.

Route 1 Diner restaurant Lawrenceville

My meal also came with a salad which was relatively green as far as diner salads go.

Route 1 Diner restaurant Lawrenceville

I am not a huge pasta fan but stuffed shells or lasagna or two I do like.  The food at the Route 1 Diner was good.  The dish was a bit smaller than anticipated, but it wasn’t bad.  It was definitely hot, and I nearly burnt my tongue eating it.

Route 1 Diner restaurant Lawrenceville

Dessert: D
I decided to order a cupcake.  The waitress asked if I wanted a “minion cupcake” or “Elmo”…I said Elmo because why not.  She came back with a minion cupcake, plopped it on the table and said it was all they had.  To be honest, nothing about the cupcake was pleasing.

Route 1 Diner restaurant Lawrenceville

The presentation looked sad, the cupcake itself wasn’t that great, and the waitress didn’t even come back beforehand saying “well all we had is this”.  I didn’t even finish the dessert which is rare for me (in fact it’s only happened at the Red Lion Diner and Sage Diner).

Cost: $
For my coffee, shells, and cupcake the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:

While I didn’t have the worst experience at the Route 1 Diner, I didn’t have the best either.  The owner was friendly and probably the only reason I would come back.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Service: A
Food: B
Dessert: D
Cost: $8-20
Overall: C

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: Micheal’s Restaurant, New Ewing Diner

Questions for you:
Have you ever had the owner of the restaurant wait on you?
What’s your favorite type of dessert?

Crystal Lake Diner (Revisited)

Crystal Lake Diner (Revisited)

Many moons ago, the Crystal Lake Diner was one of the first diners I reviewed (Not to be confused with another favorite in Toms River: The New Crystal Diner).

When we originally went, were living in central Jersey at the time and taking a day trip to the Haddonfield area.  Oddly enough the following year, we ended up moving about a quarter of a mile from the Crystal Lake Diner.  We have since moved again but we aren’t the only ones who have gone through changes in the last few years.

We never went to the Crystal Lake Diner while living so close because shortly after we originally went, there was a massive fire which left it closed for about 2 years.

When they reopened several months ago, I knew eventually I had to go back.

Atmosphere: A
To be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot from the previous visit a few years ago.  Now, the interior is brand new.  It’s modern, clean and had plenty of space.  We were immediately greeted with a dessert case including red velvet cake.

Crystal Lake Diner Haddon Township

Image via NJ Pen

Coffee: A
The Crystal Lake Diner brewed Lacas coffee which is a personal favorite of mine.  It’s a local blend and it’s hard to mess it up.  The waitress brought plenty of refills with plenty of whipped cream.  I couldn’t ask for better coffee.

Service: A
The waitress was one of the best I’ve had in a while.  Even though it was a busy Saturday night, she was always attentive to our table.  She made sure we had plenty of refills the entire time.  She was also extremely friendly.

Food: B
I do remember the menu at the Crystal Lake Diner is similar to their previous menu.  It’s typical of a diner and they have several specials but nothing too unique.  If you’re looking for a stereotypical diner menu, the Crystal Lake Diner is ideal.

Our dinner came with a homemade bread basket which came with cinnamon rolls, cheesy bread and corn muffins.  Each were great but my favorite was the cheesy bread.

Crystal Lake Diner Haddon Township

I decided to order the lobster ravioli.  It came out in a nice marinara sauce.  The ravilis themselves had plenty of lobster stuffed in without being overpowering.  I would have preferred something else to come along side the ravilis or just more of them.  I was actually surprised the portion size was not bigger.

Crystal Lake Diner Haddon Township

Dessert: B 

The lobster ravioli came with a pudding dessert so I chose the bread pudding.  The waitress asked if I wanted whipped cream and how could I refuse?

The bread pudding with good and it was obvious they made it in house (and it didn’t just come from a tube).  It was one of the better bread puddings I had, especially for coming with the meal.

Crystal Lake Diner Haddon Township bread

Price: $
For my lobster ravioli and coffee the price was $15 which wasn’t bad for the amount of food I got.  Especially considering it came with dessert!

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I enjoyed the Crystal Lake Diner both times I’ve been.  I will definitely be back and it’s nice to see it reopen after the fire.  The service was by far one of the best I’ve had in awhile.

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

Closeby Diners: Metro Diner, Black horse Diner, Legacy Diner
 

Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a restaurant after it reopened? 
What is your favorite type of pudding? 

WIAW: During Taper

I got a question about how I prepared for my race on Saturday.  As in taper, fueling, life…you know.   This is what works for me.  Maybe not you?  But it works for me.

First let’s go with eating.  As many of you know-I’ve been living off a high protein, low carbohydrate, high fat diet for the last 6 months.  I hesitate with diet (I’m not losing weight…nor do I care too).  But these are my lifestyle choices.  My taper eating plan started last Sunday.  I began cutting my carbohydrates lower (to roughly 80 grams).  It was a bit hard to get my runs in this way, but I wanted to fully deplete my muscles from carbohydrates (as much as possible).  I know a lot of marathoners that do this for their big races (true carb-loading versus just eating lots of carbs the night before).

So Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were very very low carbohydrate days.  (not low calorie, low carbohydrate).  I think I lived off of steak, fish, peanut butter, yogurt and some vegetables obviously.  I was eating about 2500 calories and running about 5 miles daily (for you number nosy people).

peanut flour pancakes with yogurt

Some of those miles were harder then usual because I was lacking carbohydrates.  (Which is how I was *supposed* to feel.)  I got everything done that needed too and by Thursday morning my carbohydrate gates were open and primed.  Ie: ready to accept willing carbohydrates.

And they did. 

This time, however, I built up to eating about 3000 calories.  My exercise remained the same at roughly 5 miles.  Except Thursday, when all I did was rest.  Am I worried that ate 3000 calories and just actively rested.

No. never.  Not all all.  Don’t be silly.  

During my two day carb load, I ate about 80%/10/10.  You can obviously figure out 80% carbs.

I even had pasta which is rare for me. (I’m not a big pasta fan).

buckwheat pancakes are my favorite carbloading pancake ever. Actually just favorite pancake.

 

How did it work for me?  Well, I ran my fastest 5k of my life and felt great.  I didn’t ever feel like I was dying during the race and that is obviously a plus.

Questions for you:

How do you eat during taper?

Which is your favorite: Carbohydrate, fat or protein? 

Friday Favorites: Eating Out Like It’s My Job

Okay so maybe you can relate to me and maybe you can’t.  I’ll get to the nitty gritty. My parents eat out a lot and so when I’m at home, I eat out a lot.  Since Sunday, I’ve been out to eat every single day and sometimes more than once per day.  Since really I suppose I could make food at home instead of going out with them, but that would imply not going on whatever adventures lead to eat out.   I also tend to eat out with friends a lot to catch up.  That way after dinner I can be like oh uhhh…gotta go.  Instead of making an excuse of why I need to leave when we are other placed.

Kidding of course.

For instance, on Wednesday my parents and I went to the book store then just ate at Boston Market since after an hour in the bookstore we were hungry.  I was nervous-I had never eaten there before but went with possibly the greatest fast food salad I have ever had.

Thursday I also had a date with the famous aDuBs in which we explored Panera (because it’s our fav).  They have a salmon salad now!  Who is responsible for not telling this?  Rude.

Thursday evening, was the day the rents promised we could carb load for my big race tomorrow.  Ie: the 20k.  I carb load two days before yes sir.  I tend to have a lighter meal the night before a race. 

Pasta and gyro meat=heaven.

On the way there though-there was an accident in the tunnel a few cars ahead of me.  So I got stuck in the tunnel.  I’m pretty chlaustrophic so I spent my time reading blogs and taking myspace style photos until it was done…

Sitting in a tunnel. Chilling. They should have an antm shoot in the tunnel...such great yellow light.

I couldn’t even remember where I went on Monday until looking at my trusty iPhone and seeing the sushi/sushami I had for dinner.  It was so good.

and they made it so pretty!

The manager was OBSESSED with my table (boarderline creepy) she kept telling me to tell her when I ate the Octopus.  She also said adding wasabi was the greatest thing ever.  ( already liked wasabi a lot though).

 

It was.

So too make matters short-I eat out a lot and here are my favorite foods of the week.  Ie: the meals I ate out.  Well I’m off to relax until my big 20k race tomorrow.  It’s not so much big, but just big for me.  It has given me something to train for without waiting until March for a decent half marathon. 

Question for you: Does your family eat out a lot? 

(WIAW)BIAADL

It’s my first (and probably last) What I ate Wednesday Post.

Why?

Because well-it’s not even what I ate today and it’s not even everything.  It’s just highlighted eats from my traveling to NYC for my race last weekend. 

Before we left I stocked up on 3 pounds at the Farm Fresh Greek Food Bar. I ate it all in the car. I was basically in love with Greek baby all eight hours of the drive.

 They had this adorable Build Your Own Salad Bar near my hotel at the West Nyack Mall.  Go to New York City and go make your own salad.  I bought two-one for lunch and one for road lunch.

Spinach, corn, sundried tomatoes, chicken, feta cheese. If I had a favorite salad it would combine these things.

This was at a buffet. I had no idea how to eat it. So I didn't....I did take a picture. But don't worry mom-the daddykins and I were good and we didn't play with our food. He just sat there.

I knew I had some pasta and marinara somewhere in there too to fuel for my Open Water Swim

Okay now to the best part.  I may or may not have mentioned I lived in Japan for 2 years (The daddykins ran some ships off the coast of Okinawa, Japan).  It made me love sushi.  Like love.  There was always this little restuarant that my parents loved to go too and my brother (when he was about 5) nicknamed the “Sushi-Go-Round”.  Oh to this day we still don’t know the name.  But anyways the sushi goes around on a conveyerbelt and you just grab what you want.  The price depends on the plate, like blue plates were 3.00, red 4.00…ect.  Well we finally found one in the US.  I had to stop.   Actually that is a dirty lie the daddykins asked if I wanted to try it and I was like hell yeah.  4 letter words were common in our car ride adventures.

I'm so sneaky...I snapped this from the balcony.

Oh and PS: If you can figure out the last part (or close) of the acronym in my title (it does use a phrase I use quite often), I’ll send you some delish pancake mix that I have errrday so we can be twinnies.  I hope it doesn’t look like anthrax.

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Question for you:

Sushi: YAY or NAY?

All You Need for Travel is Coffee.

And apparently Greek Food.  I can never get enough of that stuff.

Okay yes, I did promise I would do a food blog about my journey to New York City.  I didn’t take photos of everything because I didn’t really have the energy and the trip wasn’t about my food blogging or blogging.  It was about the broski.

Anywho I also cannot promise I eat the most healthy or even remotely so.  I can promise you I ate all of this and more (did minimum exercise…it was a fabulous break) and didn’t gain any weight.

It’s important to remember that you don’t gain weight in a matter of meals.  It’s life choices baby.

The most important thing about EVERY single one of these meals was I completely enjoyed each of them.  All of them were nom.com. Actually thinking of all my eats makes me want to travel and visit my brother everyday taking the same exact route.

I had 4 Starbucks fraps. And I loved every single one of them. That giftcard I got for my birthday was the best thing ever. I don't know why I contentiously pose with my coffee.

Chick fila breakfast stop. The broski wanted one last time before he only ate college food.

Okay so this salmon salad was the greatest salad I have ever had. EVER. NYC you win.

These meatballs were the size of a small baby...once again winning NYC.

But then I had this gyro meat salad in New Jersey and it came with pita bread. So many hard choices of best salads...

When I visited Katelyn in Rochacha a few months back I fell in love with lentils..when I saw them on the menu I had to order them again.

Not sure why I was in such a greek mood but ordered a greek salad for an app at a DINER of all pancakes (um don't you worry it was after 11 and they didn't serve breakfast) Oh and confessional. I have come to terms with onions. They are now okay in my book.

But the spankopita pie was another great nom. Omg and it was only 5 dollars! Best.Meal.Ever.

As you can see-I’m not going to get my panties in a bunch not eating like I do at home.  Give me coffee and give me…well more coffee and I’ll be good to go.  Mind you-my family isn’t big breakfast eaters so we didn’t go that route.

Can you believe I didn’t have pancakes for an entire 3 days and the world has not ended.

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Question for you:

Travel: does it make your nervous for yo eats?

 

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