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Main Street Diner (East Brunswick)

Main Street Diner (East Brunswick)

Main Street Diner (East Brunswick)

Amelia, Danielle, and I were looking for a diner somewhat in the middle of north and south jersey. The Main Street Diner (and now Pizzeria) seemed like a good bet.  The reviews looked good, and the photos were fine.

Main Street Diner (East Brunswick) Atmosphere: C
When we arrived to the Main Street Diner, we were the only people in the restaurant. That’s how it stayed the entire time! It’s a tiny diner that fits about ten parties. There are a few booths and a few tables. The booth we sat in, we cramped, but it was the size of all of them. The Main Street Diner could use an update.  It’s clean, but it’s outdated.

Main street diner east brunswick

Main Street Diner (East Brunswick) Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. There wasn’t anything special about it, but it wasn’t bad either.

Main street diner east brunswick

Main Street Diner (East Brunswick) Food: A
When I arrived for dinner, I had no idea what I wanted. Did I want breakfast? Lunch? Or the unique pizza option? The Main Street Diner menu has a little bit of everything. They have all of the diner specials and well as the unique pizza.

I initially ordered pork chops but they were out, so I decided to order the chicken souvlaki instead. It was a stuffed pita with chicken, lettuce, tomato, and Tzatziki sauce.  I was feeling healthy, so I ordered a side Greek salad as well. The dressing was one of the best I’ve had in a while, and the souvlaki was stuffed. My meal was great.

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Main Street Diner (East Brunswick) Service: A
The Main Street Diner is unique in that when we came, the hostess was also the waiter, chef, and part owner. It was a one-person show! I can only imagine how tough that can be when it was busy, but he was friendly and great. We had a delightful experience.

Main Street Diner (East Brunswick) Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, it was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Main Street Diner (East Brunswick):

In all, I had a great experience at the Main Street Diner in East Brunswick. I wasn’t sure what to think of it at first, but it was a pleasant experience, and I’ll be back.

Atmosphere: C
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-16
Main Street Diner (East Brunswick) Overall: B

You can See All 229 Diner Reviews Here.

Question for you:
Have you ever been the only party in a restaurant?

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Treno Pizza Bar

Recently I’ve had a few more opportunities to go to local restaurants in South Jersey.  This particular time, my husband and I were invited to go to Treno Pizza Bar in Westmont, NJ.

We’ve been before, and it’s one of the best pizza spots in the area, but we were invited to try the new menu.  When looking at possible days, I thought after the Runners World Festival would be ideal.  The last thing I really want to do is cook and Treno sounded much more appealing.  But really, when doesn’t it?

We arrived at Treno around 5:30 pm.  The area of Westmont has had lot of construction lately, including brand new shiny high rise apartments next door.  Honestly, if my husband didn’t need a garage, I would love to live there.Those apartments are in a prime spot to walk to several bars or fancier restaurants that serve alcohol such as Treno.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the hostess, and since it was a beautiful evening, we opted to sit on the patio. Treno pizza bar westmont nj

The manager came over and gave us personal recommendations including the veggie pizza and Treno Board.

As I mentioned, Treno serves alcohol including craft beer.  I immediately noticed Flying Fish beer, which I ran a local 5k at the brewery last month.

After chatting with the manager, the Treno board came out quickly with a variety of different bites including prosciutto di parma, house-cured meat, robiola, caciocavallo, roasted peppers, olives, crostini.  Everything on the board was delicious.  As someone who loves olives, they were my personal favorite.  The types of cheeses were both unique and I hadn’t had either.  Definitely a great starter! Treno pizza bar westmont nj board

As the manager recommended, I ordered the Veggie pizza.  Veggie pizza isn’t typically my first choice as I love pepper, sausage, and meat pizzas.

Heck, I even like pineapple pizza but I always like trying new things, and the Brick Oven Veggie Pizza came with butternut squash, onions, and goat cheese.  It reminded me a lot of a flatbread and something that would be perfect for a half marathon or marathon.  The pizza itself isn’t huge, which I appreciated.

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My husband ordered the new Wood Oven Calabrian pizza which had house-made chili sausage, red onion, mozzarella, roasted corn, red sauce.  The manager mentioned a lot of people have come in loving spicy foods, so they want to incorporate more of that and to be honest, I agree.  I’m all about anything spicy.

Treno pizza bar westmont nj pizza

Both pizzas were great and I would order either of them again.  In fact, I think the veggie pizza might become a staple for before races for me.

We also decided to split the Tiramisu dessert and scoop of their vanilla gelato.  The Tiramisu came in a mason jar and had whipped cream (you know I love that!), fig jam and a biscotti cookie.  Both the gelato and tiramisu were great.

Treno pizza bar westmont nj pizza tiramisu

I had such a pleasant experience at the Treno, and I appreciate the invitation to try their new menu.  Everything from the food, to the service to the atmosphere, is so welcoming.  I like the idea of having smaller plates to split and snack on.  As someone who likes to try a lot of different items, this is awesome.  Plus, serving alcohol, many people need food but don’t want anything heavy.  If you are ever local, I recommend it.

Thank you for the invitation Treno and I look forward to coming back!

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of pizza?

Have you tried tiramisu before?

BluePlate (Mullica Hill, NJ)

Last month, I decided to try BluePlate in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.  BluePlate is questionable whether it’s a diner, but it was recently voted as the best breakfast in Gloucester County. Plus when I checked into the restaurant in Foursquare, it was a classified as a diner. Most locals consider it a diner, and I don’t argue with that.

Occasionally, I have to work down the road, so I have wanted to try BluePlate for a while. To be honest, I was looking forward to going all week.

Atmosphere: A
The diner is located in an old, rustic house.  The town of Mullica Hill is a cute town, and many businesses are located in old houses.  It kept with the same vibe the rest of the town has.

The inside was well kept, clean and rustic.  It wasn’t a traditional diner style, but it was nice.  It resembled more of an upscale or fancy restaurant.

Blueplate mullica hill

Service: B
When we arrived, there weren’t many other parties eating.  We had a different waitress take our drinks, food orders and take care of us for the entire meal.  It took a while to take our orders but afterwards, the food came out quickly.  None of the staff was unfriendly or rude, but it almost felt as if we were bothering them.

Coffee: A
The coffee was hot and refilled often.  I have no complaints.
BluePlate

Food: B
The menu at Blue Plate is much smaller than most restaurants.  They have several salads, burgers and a pizza special of the day.  Interestingly enough, they don’t serve breakfast all day either.  The BluePlate is known to use fresh ingredients from the local farmers market.  All of their ingredients come from the Farmer’s Market up the road. That is great for any restaurant!

The dinner came with bread and a balsamic onion dip.  It was a great starter and one of my favorite “bread baskets” of any diner I’ve been too.

Blueplate mullica hill

I decided to order the bacon and goat cheese flatbread as well as the pear and goat cheese salad.  As you can tell, goat cheese was on my mind.

I’m glad I ordered both because the portion sizes were much smaller than anticipated.  The flatbread had plenty of bacon and goat cheese and tasted great.  It might be my favorite restaurant flatbread, and it was delicious.

Blueplate mullica hill

The salad was disappointing. I ordered the “large”, and it was small.  Since BluePlate’s “claim to fame”, is how fresh their ingredients were, I was surprised It wasn’t as fresh as many other restaurants.

Blueplate mullica hill

Overall the food was good, but I will stick to the flatbread and something else next time.

Cost: $$
For my coffee, flat bread and salad the cost was $25.  It’s a more expensive meal, but the ingredients are usually fresh.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
I enjoyed my flatbread at the BluePlate. I’ll be back to try their pizza special of the day as well as breakfast.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $15-30
Overall: B

Questions for you:
Do you like goat cheese?
Do you shop at local farmer’s markets during the summer?

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