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The Broad Street Diner (Hamilton)

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 three years to get there.

Broad Street Diner (Hamilton) Atmosphere: A

The inside is a lot bigger than anticipated.  It’s one of the 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

Broad Street Diner (Hamilton) Coffee: B
The coffee at the Broad Street Diner 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.

Broad Street Diner (Hamilton) Food: B
The Broad Street Diner menu has pretty much anything you could ask for in a diner.  The Broad Street Diner (Hamilton) has 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 at the Broad Street Diner (Hamilton) was good but was bland.  It could have used some 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

Broad Street Diner (Hamilton) Service: B
Our waitress at the Broad Street Diner (Hamilton) 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 always asking, what?

Broad Street Diner (Hamilton) 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 Broad Street 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 suffering from freezer burn.  It needed to dethaw for a few minutes.

Broad Street Diner hamilton

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 to the Broad Street Diner (Hamilton)?
I liked the Broad Street diner (Hamilton) 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

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)

Route 1 Diner Restaurant (Lawrenceville, NJ)

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

I got to the Route 1 Diner Restaurant on a Friday night, and they were packed.  The owner had me sit at the bar until a table cleared up.

Route 1 Diner Restaurant Atmosphere: B
The Route 1 Diner Restaurant 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!

Route 1 Diner Restaurant Coffee: A
The coffee at the Route 1 Diner Restaurant was piping hot, and the owner refilled it often.  I have no complaints.

Route 1 Diner restaurant Lawrenceville

Route 1 Diner Restaurant Service: C
I believe the service should be categorized into two parts.  The owner of the Route 1 Diner Restaurant 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 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 out quickly, and for that, I was happy.

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

The meal at the Rute 1 Diner Restaurant 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 at the Route 1 Diner Restaurant 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 Restaurant 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

Route 1 Diner Restaurant Dessert: D
I decided to order a cupcake at the Route 1 Diner Restaurant.  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).

Route 1 Diner Restaurant Cost: $
For my coffee, shells, and cupcake, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Route 1 Diner Restaurant (Lawrenceville):

While I didn’t have the worst experience at the Route 1 Diner Restaurant, 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

You can see more of the diner reviews here.

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)

Crystal Lake Diner (Haddon Township)

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

When we originally went to the Crystal Lake Diner, 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 two years.

When the Crystal Lake Diner reopened several months ago, I knew eventually I had to go back.

Crystal Lake Diner Atmosphere: A
To be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot from the previous visit a few years ago.  Now, the interior of the Crystal Lake Diner 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

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Crystal Lake Diner 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 at the Crystal Lake Diner 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.

Crystal Lake Diner Food: B
I do remember Crystal Lake Diner menu 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. They are also known for their mini meals.

Our dinner at the Crystal Lake Diner 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 at the Crystal Lake Diner.  It came out in a nice marinara sauce.  The plates of ravioli themselves had plenty of lobster stuffed in without being overpowering.  I would have preferred something else to come alongside the portions of ravioli or just more of them.  I was surprised the portion size was not more significant.

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 at the Crystal Lake Diner was good and it was apparent they made it in the 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 cost was $15, which wasn’t bad for the amount of food I got.  Especially considering it came with dessert!

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Crystal Lake Diner (Haddon Township):
I enjoyed the Crystal Lake Diner both times I’ve been.  I will 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 a while.

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

You can see more of the diner reviews here.

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

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