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Bandwagon Diner (Toms River)

Bandwagon Diner (Toms River)

Recently the owner of New Jersey isn’t boring, Cyd, and myself met at another diner in Toms River. We’e been to a few Toms River diners, a few months ago; we met at the Fast Break Diner as well as the Four Seasons.  We’ve been to over 20 diners together!

band wagon diner toms river

Atmosphere: B
The atmosphere of the Bandwagon Diner is stereotypical of many diners down the shore. It looks rustic and beachy. The inside is a bit outdated but still decent. There are several booths, tables, and a full-length bar. Plus, it has pink curtains.  It could use an update, but it was clean which is what matters.

Coffee: B
There was nothing unusual or unique, but it was hot. The waitress refilled it a few times too.

band wagon diner toms river

Food: B
The Bandwagon Diner has everything from big breakfasts to lunch and dinner specials. I was going to order off the specials menu with a wrap that contained  “chopped meat,” but since I had enough mystery meat in high school, I ordered the Mediterranean wrap.  It contained grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, tomato, and spinach. In all the wrap was good but the tomato cooked spinach made it soggy.

band wagon diner toms river

I ordered a side salad which was nothing unique.  In all the meal was good, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Service: B
The waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly. In fact, the food was one of the fastest to come in out in any diner I’ve been too.  We were in and out of the diner within 30 minutes!

Cost: $$
For my wrap, salad, coffee, the cost was about 12.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Bandwagon Diner, and it is one of my more favorite diners of the area. I would go back.  The service was quick.

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

Nearby Diners I’ve been: Four Seasons, Crystal, Fast Break

See all 172 Diners here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite wrap?

Do you like cooked vegetables or raw?

 

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Westampton Family Diner

Westampton Family Diner

I was back in Burlington County and was able to cross another diner off my checklist.  Longer time readers might know, but I used to live in Burlington.  Then we decided to move east towards Philadelphia.  The Westampton Family Diner was one of the last diners to cross off my Burlington Diner “list”…for now.

Atmosphere:  A
I wasn’t the diner to be so big.  It was a big restaurant building with plenty of booths, a full-length bar, and a dessert case.  For some reason, I had pictured it to be much smaller.westampton family diner mount holly nj

Coffee: B
The waitress brewed hot coffee, and it was good.  There was nothing unusual or unique about it, but it tasted good.

Westampton Family diner nj

Food: A
The Westampton Diner has a lot of choices, and the menu is massive.  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to have that many choices, and I had no idea what I wanted.  I’ve been back a couple of times since and my favorite was the steak and eggs.  My brother had ordered it the first time we went, and it looked good, so I decided to give it a shot the second time, and I’m happy I did.

Westampton Family diner nj

The portion size is huge.  The steak itself is roughly a pound, and with the over-easy eggs, it’s definitely a lot.  It also came with hashbrown and toast. I had run about 10 miles in the morning and was still full.

Service: A
Both times I’ve been, the service at the Westampton Diner was fast.  The waitress refilled our drinks quickly, and the food came out quickly.  On top of that, the waitress was extremely friendly always had a story to tell us when she returned to our table.

Cost: $
For the steak and eggs, and coffee, the cost was $15.  The portion size was massive.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Westampton Diner, and I’ll be back again.  It’s a fast, inexpensive diner.  It’s one of my favorite in that area!

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $7-13
Overall: B

Nearby Diners I’ve been: Vincentown, Route 38, and Pandora

You can see all 168 diners here.

Questions for you:
Have you moved recently?
How do you like your eggs cooked?

Medport Diner (Medford)

Medport Diner (Medford)

Recently, I went to the Medport Diner in Medford, NJ.  Medford is an area I routinely frequent, however, I had never been.  It’s one of the few 24-hour diners in the local area.  For some reason, I hadn’t made it until a few weeks ago.

My good friend and fast runner met up after work.  It 4pm and even for me, earlier than usual dinner time.  There were still plenty of people.

Atmosphere: A
The Medport diner looks like many in New Jersey.  It’s a big, shiny, building.  The inside has a full-length bar, plenty of tables, and booths.  We were lucky to sit in a booth which is my favorite.

Coffee: B
The Medport diner serves Lacas coffee, which is a local coffee.  It was decent, but I could have used more.  There wasn’t much to say.

Medport diner medford nj

Food: A
The Medport diner has everything a stereotypical diner would have from breakfast to dinner.  Before going, I was in the mood for a gyro or wrap.  When we arrived, they had a salad on display in the front as one of their specials.  Even though I had no idea what was on it, it looked delicious.  I asked the waitress if I could have the salad in the front.  She chuckled and said sure why not.  It ended up having a balsamic glaze, mozzarella, strawberries and blueberries, and salad greens.  It wasn’t my usual favorite type of salad, but it was great and visual appeal was obviously good too.

Medport diner medford nj

Since it was a special, it also came with soup.  None of the soups spoke to me, but I ordered the beef barely.  It was good soup but not a favorite.  It was a cold day anything that warms me up, puts me in a better mood.

Medport diner medford nj

Service: C
The waitress seemed to disappear for long periods of time.  The diner wasn’t overly busy, so I was left wondering…where did she go.  We both needed more drink refills on several occasions as well as wanting the check.

Cost: $
For my salad and coffee, the cost was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I pleasantly enjoyed the Medport Diner.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel, but it was definitely a good diner, and I will be back.  One of my favorites in that general area.

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

Overall: B

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: Red Lion, Shamong, and Marlton 

You can see all 167 diners here. 

Questions for you:
Do you order by specials or usually know?
What is your favorite salad topping?

Rustic Mill Diner

Rustic Mill Diner

Recently my good friend and website owner, Cyd, went to the Rustic Mill Diner in Cranford, NJ.  I had never been to Cranford before, and truth be told I had it confused with “Cranbury” which is about 30 minutes away.  No big deal as I still made it there in time.

Downtown Cranford, is cute.  It’s walkable with lots of parking.  It reminds me of a lot of Soth Jersey downtowns.  The Rustic Mill Diner is located on the outskirts with plenty of parking.

Rustic mill diner cranford

Atmosphere: B
The Rustic Mill Diner looks like any other diner.  While it’s not a big, metallic, shiny, diner, it does have plenty of space and it clean and modern.  The inside is a little bit outdated and has a lot of “empty space.”  For instance, most of the bakery case was empty.  As a dessert lover, I do enjoy the visual appeal of cake!

Coffee: C
I found the coffee to be lackluster.  While it was warm, I could have used plenty more refills.  What did save the coffee was the amount of whipped cream the waitress added.

Rustic mill diner cranford

Food: C
The Rustic Mill Diner has plenty of options.  Everything you could want or need in the diner is there.  Since we were going to get ice cream at A la Mode afterward, I tried to order something light.

I noticed they had split pea soup as a special so I immediately ordered that as an appetizer.  The soup was delicious and much creamier than many split pea soups I’ve had before.  Split pea is my favorite soup.

Rustic mill diner cranford

I ordered their “famous” Greek salad.  I’ve had plenty of Greek salads with salmon, so I felt as though I have something to compare it too.  The portion was smaller than many diners.  What interested me, was it said it came with pita bread, but it was like pita bread slivers.  It was disappointing.  The Greek salad did contain interesting and unique toppings such as celery. Was it a lousy salad?  No, but it wasn’t my favorite either.

Rustic mill diner cranford

Service: D
For the most part, the waitress seemed like she had better placed to be.  She rarely came to our table, and when she did, she didn’t seem to be in a great mood.  I had to ask several times for more coffee and drink refills.

Cost: $$
For my soup, salad, and coffee the cost was $20.  That was…a lot.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I didn’t hate the Rustic Mill Diner, but it was lackluster.  If I do go back, I’ll probably order something else.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: C
Food: C
Service: D
Cost: $10-20
Overall: C

See All 167 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is the best salad you’ve ever had?
D0 you like anchovies?  It’s common in Greek Salads…personally I do. 

Allwood Diner

The Allwood Diner is a diner I’ve wanted to go for a long time.

Why? Just on the name alone.  I had so many questions before going.  Is it all wood?  Is it a log cabin?  Eventually, I just googled the Allwood diner and realized the name came from the location, not the appearance. 

When I found myself in the area a few weeks ago, I decided to finally go eat at the Allwood Diner.

Atmosphere: B
To answer the question: Is the Allwood Diner, all wood? Unfortunately, no.  It does have plenty of wood paneling, but personally, I think it would be awesome if it were an “all wood” log cabin.  The diner itself is clean, modern, and matches the stereotype of a North Jersey diner.

allwood diner

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh ran time.  The bonus was it was all Lacas Coffee from South Jersey.  Lacas Coffee is my favorite, so it’s hard to beat that!  It was hot, fresh and with plenty of whipped cream.  So no complaints from me.

allwood diner coffee

Food: B
The Allwood Diner has everything you could want or need in a diner.  There are over 8 pages with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Something I’ve never ordered before is “pizza fries” so I decided to get a side of those as an appetizer.  The fries are topped with mozzarella as well as marinara sauce.  They were good but soggy.  I am happy I tried them but decided that perhaps they aren’t for me.  You don’t know until you try something.

allwood diner

For my entree, I ordered a steak sandwich which is different than a “Philly Cheesesteak” as it lacked cheese.  It was served on a large garlic roll.  I ordered my steak medium rare.  It was cooked as requested but I definitely could have used thicker steak.

allwood diner

In all, my meal was good.  It wasn’t anything to write home about, but I have no complaints and there was nothing bad either.

Service: A
We had a new server who was very friendly.  If it wasn’t his first day, it was his first week. What impressed me the most was when the waiter was confused, the manager came over to make sure everything was correct. The food came out in a blink of an eye, which is always ideal.

Cost: $
For my coffee, pizza fries, and steak sandwich the cost was $22.

Overall Thoughts:
I liked the Allwood Diner and had a pleasant experience there.  I do think I put higher expectations on it than it showed me but it was a good diner. I would come back next time in the area.

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

Nearby Diners I’ve been:

See all 165 diners I’ve been here.

Questions for you:
Have you had pizza fries before?
What I your favorite type of sandwich?

Dino’s Seaville Diner

Dino’s Seaville Diner

It was a cold and bitter day when I found myself in Seaville, NJ.  A lot of shore diners are closed during the winter, so it was hard to find an open diner.  Luckily Dino’s Seaville Diner is located right off the Garden State Parkway.  The famous Peter G. has ranked Dino’s as one of the best in Cape May County, and I can see why.

Today seemed like a good beach day.

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Atmosphere: A
The diner itself looks like a traditional cobblestone diner.  It isn’t metallic, but it’s a big open diner with plenty of parking.  Inside has several booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  You walk in near a dessert case which looked good too.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and we were never without it.  The waitress made sure we always had hot refills.

Dinos seaville diner

Food: A
We arrived around 4:30 pm, and it was reasonably busy.  A little early, but we were also hungry.  The menu has everything you need from breakfast, seafood, steak, and healthy options too.

I was craving something warm so started with the snapper soup.  I’ve had turtle soup at a few diners, including the Town and Country in Bordentown.  It was great.  Snapper soup is a fun and unique soup.

Dinos seaville diner

Since the original time I went, I’ve been back again.  Oddly enough I have found myself in the area two weeks in a row and I liked Dino’s Seaville Diner.

The most recent time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted and decided on a Philly cheesesteak which came with chips.  My brother had gotten it previously, and it looked good, so I decided to order it. The cheesesteak was great, and it had plenty of actual cheese and meat.  It was also relatively easy to eat, food that is often challenging to eat.  In all, I was happy with my choice. Dino's Seaville Diner cheesesteak

Chips are chips next time I’ll order a different side.

Service: A
The waitress was one of the best diner waitresses I’ve had.  She refilled beverages, and our food came out quickly.  Plus she was friendly and made excellent recommendations.  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Price: $$
For my soup, coffee, and cheesesteak the cost was $15.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
I enjoyed Dino’s Seville Diner, and I can see why it’s one of the best in the area.  I’ll definitely be back soon.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Price: $8-15
Overall: A

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: Windjammer (Somers Point), Northfield 

This is diner 165.  You can see all here.

Questions for you:
Have you had snapper soup?
What is a food local to you?

East Penn Diner (Emmaus, PA)

East Penn Diner (Emmaus, PA)

Last month, I went to the East Penn Diner in Emmaus.  I took a day trip to the area but after running the Runners World Half several years now, I’ve been to many different diners out that way.  The East Penn is towards my way home, so I decided to make a quick stop there.

I arrived around noon on Sunday and it wasn’t too crowded.  It was busy, but not every table was filled and there was no wait.

Atmosphere: A
The East Penn Diner is everything you picture in a stereotypical diner.  The outside is a big, shiny, retro diner while the inside has multiple tables, booths and even a salad bar.

I sat in a booth towards the front which had plenty of space.

Service: D
While the diner was busy, the waitress only came to our table twice.  Even when we needed something she forgot and we waited an additional 5-10 more minutes.

Coffee: A
The coffee at East Penn Diner is good and that’s because it’s locally brewed Lacas coffee.  I was surprised to see it as far out as Emmaus but the coffee is good.  Plus the East Penn has personalized coffee mugs which is always a welcomed touch.  The coffee itself was good.

East Penn Diner Emmaus coffee 1

Food: C
The East Penn Diner serves everything.  They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  With multiple sandwiches, seafood, and entrees.  I decided to order breakfast and went with chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs, and rye toast.

East Penn Diner Emmaus breakfast

Breakfast is difficult to mess up and they didn’t.  It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t the best breakfast ever. For the amount of time it took to come out, I was hoping to be wowed.  The pancake was a little overcooked.  It was a big portion and I was hungry, so that saved it…somewhat.

East Penn Diner Emmaus pancake

Cost: $
For my breakfast and coffee, the cost was $10.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back:
The East Penn Diner isn’t bad but the service leaves a lot to be desired.  I would go back if someone wanted too but it wasn’t in my favorite diners.

Atmosphere: A
Service: D
Coffee: A
Food: C
Cost: $8-15
Overall: C

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: Trivet, Golden Gate, Jumbars

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of toast?
What’s your favorite breakfast?

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