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Marietta Diner

Marietta Diner (Marietta, Georgia)

While visiting Atlanta, I wanted to check out a new diner.  It’s for the blog, right?

When asking for recommendations, the Marietta Diner kept popping up, so I decided to check it out.  After running the Polar Bear 5k, I arrived around 11 am.  Every parking space was filled, and I thought it might be a long wait because several parties were waiting outside. Luckily, they had a small booth for two, and we were immediately sat.

Marietta Diner Atmosphere: A
The Marietta Diner has the stereotypical shiny and metallic exterior.  It’s all chrome.  The inside is massive, and it’s one of the most prominent diners I’ve ever been too.  It is clean, and despite being busy, no one was sitting on top of each other.

Marietta Diner Service: A
The waitress at the Marietta Diner was kind.  She refilled our drinks, and our food was brought out quickly.  Even though it was so busy, we were in and out of the Marietta Diner within an hour.  The speed was impressive!

Marietta Diner Coffee: B
Marietta Diner Atlanta GeorgiaThe coffee was good, but there was nothing unique about it.  I could have used a larger cup.  Luckily there was plenty of whipped cream.

Marietta Diner Food: B
The Marietta Diner menu has every option you can imagine in a diner.  It would fit right in New Jersey.  Someone mentioned their Greek food was good, so I decided to order a Greek omelet.  I was surprised the Greek Omelet didn’t come with Gyro, so I added that too.

Marietta Diner Atlanta Georgia

The omelet at the Marietta Diner came with hash browns and a biscuit.  The biscuit was delicious.  There was nothing unique about the hashbrowns.  The Omelet itself was good except I found they didn’t add a lot of Gyro meat.  I thought they had forgotten it at first! The food was good, but I do wish there was more gyro meat in the omelet.

Marietta Diner Dessert: A
The dessert case looked like one of the best dessert cases of any diner. I’m not usually a person who orders dessert at lunch, but I could not pass up the Marietta Diner’s red velvet roll.  There was a lot of frosting, and the cake was moist.  The red velvet roll was great, and despite leaving stuffed, I was glad I ordered it.

Marietta Diner Atlanta Georgia

Marietta Diner Atlanta Georgia

Marietta Diner Cost: $$
For my coffee, omelet (with Gyro) and red velvet roll it was $29. They charged $5 for the limited amount of Gyro meat I received which was not worth it.

Overall/Would I come back to the Marietta Diner?
I liked the Marietta Diner, but their menu is overpriced.  When I go back to Atlanta, I might go somewhere else. To pay nearly $20 for an omelet is worth it to me personally.  I would stop in for cake.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Dessert: A
Cost:$15-20
Overall: B

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of Omelet?
What’s your favorite post-race treat?

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Seven Star Diner (Sewell)

Seven Star Diner (Sewell, NJ)

After a more than eventful few days at work and life, Erin asked if I wanted to get dinner last Saturday.  I happily agreed: a new diner and new area…two winning combinations.  After googling diners in South Jersey, the Seven Star Diner in Sewell popped up.  I’ve found just googling diners in NJ; I can quickly look at diners close by.  I’m never within a few miles of a good diner. 

Seven Star Erin and I

Seven Star Diner Atmosphere: A

The entire parking lot of the Seven Star Diner was packed.  Immediately we thought we would have to wait for a table…but staying to true diner values, they always have room for one more party.  I think in 95% of diner reviews, I start off saying I have thought the diner would be packed yet I’ve only ever had to wait once at a diner.

We sat in the bar and lounge area, which was nice.  They were playing top 40 music, which was always fun.    They played all of my favorite songs, including Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off.”  They had already won me before we got the meal.

Seven Star Diner Coffee: A

The coffee was good and 1.99 for unlimited refills.  The whipped cream was good. I forgot to retake a photo.  I’ve been failing my diner reviews lately.

Seven Star Diner Food: A

The menu at the Seven Star Diner is huge. The Seven Star Diner had everything from seafood to steak to pancakes…everything.  If a diner doesn’t have everything, then it’s not a true New Jersey diner. The Seven Star diner also had a lot of different specials, which is always a plus since not everything was pretty cheap.  The Seven Star diner had more specials than any other diner I’ve been too so far.

I ordered the large house Greek salad with salmon and pita bread.  Together it was probably the most expensive combination I could make ($19), but it was a huge salad and worth it.  I could have ordered a normal salad which was roughly 10-13 dollars…but these are my favorite.  It was worth the price.

Seven Star Salad

Seven Star Diner Dessert: A

Since I haven’t been working out, I haven’t been as hungry.  While I saw a sign that said the desserts were made from Mastori’s bakery (my favorite dessert diner), I wasn’t hungry for one at all.  Somehow my second stomach made room for red velvet cake and Erin, and I split one.  I often think I should limit my diner reviews to diner cake and coffee reviews.

Seven Star Red Velvet Cake

The red velvet cake did not disappoint at all.  I’m pretty sure our waitress gave us about ¼ of the entire cake.  I won’t complain, though.   Certainly, one of the top 5 pieces of cake I have ever had.  It was so dense, and the cream cheese frosting made it perfect.  Mastroris cake has never let me down.

Seven Star Red Velvet Cake 1

Seven Star Diner Cost: $$

For two people it cost 44 dollars.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to Seven Star Diner (Sewell)?

I plan to come back.  The Seven Star Diner has become one of my top five favorite diners.  It’s got an entire open bar and an extensive menu of more items that I cannot wait to try. Since writing the orginal review, I’ve been about five more times, and the Seven Star Diner has never disappointed. It’s one of the best in South Jersey.

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Question for you: What is the most expensive meal you have ever gotten?

The Tick Tock Diner

Tick Tock Diner (Clifton, NJ)

The Tick Tock diner has been voted as one of New Jerseys best diners.  I have wanted to go for a while, but because it is 90 minutes away, it’s more of a day trip then a dinner trip.  When the opportunity presented itself, I took it.

Tick Tock Diner Atmosphere: B
The exterior of the Tick Tock Diner is a giant, metallic building. It just draws you in. Just judging by the atmosphere, it would appear the Tick Tock Diner hasn’t aged since it was created in 1948.  The inside, however, looks like a normal restaurant.  Nothing to write home about and certainly not the interior of the number 1 diner I expected. It’s clean, but I thought it would be more retro.

Tick Tock Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was okay.  While they did have whipped cream, it wasn’t great whipped cream.  It was the type of whipped cream that sags because it has been sitting out for too long.  I liked the personalized Tick Tock Diner coffee mug though.  I love when diners use their logo on coffee mug versus a plain white dollar tree one.

tick tock coffee

Tick Tock Diner Food: A
The menu at the Tick Tock Diner was extensive and impressive.  They had everything from seafood (which looked to be their specialty) to steak, to Philly cheesesteaks to breakfast and disco fries.

I ordered the Salmon Niçoise Salad with a side of pita bread.  This was one of the most unique salads I’ve had.  The salmon portion was huge, and it came with greens, capers, Potatoes (yes Potatoes in the salad), tomatoes and green beans.  The only thing I would have added was cheese and a few more greens.  It was delicious, though and left room for dessert.

tick tick salad

Tick Tock Diner Dessert: A
The red velvet cake at the Tick Tock Diner was the best red velvet I’ve had so far in NJ and life.  I would have liked a bit more ice cream to balance it out…but it was excellent.  No complaints and I devoured it I forgot to take a photo.  I apologize for my bad blogging technique.

Tick Tock Diner Price: $$
For two meals at the Tick Tock Diner, two drinks and two desserts, it was 46 dollars.

Would I come back/overall thoughts of the Tick Tock Diner:
I thought it was good overall.  For me, it wasn’t the number one diner in Jersey, but it was good.  I would go back to the Tick Tock Diner if I were in the area, but I certainly wouldn’t drive 90 minutes north to go.  Although the cake was probably worth it.

You can see more diner reviews here. 

Questions for you:

What is the most unique salad you’ve had?

This was up there as well as the smoked salmon salad at the Pop Shop.

What is your favorite coffee mug?

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