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Alps Diner (Wayne)

Alps Diner (Wayne)

Alps Diner (Wayne, NJ)

After hiking with my good friend Shawn, we decided to stop at the Alps Diner in Wayne, NJ. Hard to believe Shawn is one of my closest friends, but we have yet to go to a diner together. I guess she was initiated.

Alps Diner wayne nj

Alps Diner Atmosphere: A
The Alps Diner sticks out in Wayne, NJ. The exterior is metallic, shiny, and the Alps Diner is abnormally tall. It’s hard to miss when driving by. Of all of the diners on NJ-23, the Alps Diner stands out the most.

Alps Diner wayne nj

The interior of the Alps Diner is like a blast from the past. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Alps Diner wayne nj

Alps Diner Coffee: C

The Alps Diner coffee was okay but nothing to write home about. I was slightly disappointed that it was lukewarm.

Alps Diner wayne nj coffee

Alps Diner Food: C

Known for their good food, the Alps Diner menu has every option you can imagine on a diner menu. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was between the pork chops and a gyro, so I decided to order the pork chops. The pork chops came with a salad, side, and potato. I ordered the greek salad and a side of corn.

Alps Diner wayne nj greek salad

The Greek salad was the best part of the meal. The dressing was tasty and the salad tasted fresh.

Sadly, both the pork chops were thin and tasted as if they had been reheated. I was disappointed with my meal. Was it edible? Yes, was it bland and boring? Yes.

Alps Diner wayne nj pork chops

Alps Diner Cost: $
For my coffee and pork chop meal, it was $19.

Alps Diner Service: A
Our waitress at the Alps Diner was great and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

Alps Diner Overall Thoughts:
The Alps Diner was one of the most stereotypical diners out there. There was nothing unusual or unique, and the food was clearly frozen and reheated. If you are looking for a retro, stereotypical diner, Alps Diner is it. It’s right in the middle as far as diners go. Nothing terrible but nothing great either.

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

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Questions for you: 
Do you like pork chops?
What is your favorite type of potato: mashed, sweet, french fries, baked? I’m a sweet potato fan myself.

 

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Town and Country Diner (Toms River)

Town and Country Diner (Toms River)

Town and Country Diner (Toms River)

Last month when driving to the Toms River Diner, Cyd and I drove by the Town and Country Restaurant in Toms River. There was no internet proof of it and we thought, another new diner not that far away? Sweet!

Cyd is the owner of the website New Jersey Isn’t Boring, which provides information on all things New Jersey including: events, diners, and day trips.

Town and Country Diner Toms River

The Town and Country Diner in Toms River isn’t to be confused with the Town and Country Diner in Bordentown. I’m sure there are more Town and Country Diners.

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Atmosphere: B
The Town and Country Diner sticks out on the highway but that is because there isn’t much else along the way. The massive: breakfast, lunch, and dinner sign sticks out. The inside of the Town and Country Diner is modest and has several booths, and tables. It could use an update, but in general, it’s clean.

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Coffee: A
The waitress refilled the coffee often and it tasted great. It’s one of the better diner coffees I’ve had recently.

Town and Country Diner Toms River coffee

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Food: B
The Town and Country Diner menu has plenty of specials as well as the regular diner choices. They are known for their great food and cheap prices. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and several dinner specials. I was between the gyro or the pork chops but decided to order the chicken gyro which came with soup as well as coffee.

Town and Country Diner Toms River soup

The split pea soup was decent but there was nothing unusual or unique about it. I can never resist a good split pea soup but I do wish it was thicker. I enjoyed the croutons inside.

Town and Country Diner Toms River salad

When the chicken gyro came out, it ended up being a greek salad with chicken. The Greek Salad was tasty and very filling but not what I was expecting. I would order it again and I was happy with my choice but I was surprised at first.

Town and Country Diner Toms River salad

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Service: C
The waitress was friendly but the food took a while to come out, plus it took a while to take our orders as well as get the check.

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Cost: $
Since I ordered off the specials menu, my entire meal (including coffee) was $9.95.

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Town and Country Diner and it was one of the better diners I’ve been too.  I would go back!

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: C
Cost: $8-18

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Overall: B

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Questions for you:

Do you like split soup?

Do you typically order off the specials menu? 

Good Stuff Diner (New York City)

Good Stuff Diner (New York City)

Good Stuff Diner (New York City)

While in New York City, I wanted to go to a new diner. Originally I wanted to go to Brooklyn, but the timing didn’t work out. So I made my way to the Good Stuff Diner.

Good stuff diner

Good Stuff Diner Atmosphere: A
The Good Stuff Diner has a typical diner vibe. The outside is on the main strip. Once you walk into the Good Stuff Diner, you see it’s a typical diner. Bright walls, full-length bar, and plenty of booths and tables.

Good stuff diner

Good Stuff Diner Coffee: A
The Good Stuff Diner has good coffee. There was nothing unique about it, but the waitress kept it filled.  I do wish the cups were bigger.

Good stuff diner coffee

Good Stuff Diner Food: A
The Good Stuff Diner menu has everything a typical diner has and more. Since the Good Stuff Diner is open 24-7, they serve everything at all times.

Good stuff diner burger

I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. Since I was walking around New York City for most of the day, I decided to order the grilled vegetable salad as an appetizer. It was delicious and there were so many different vegetables from portobello mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red peppers and carrots. It was so good. If I come back, I might order it as an entree.

For my entree, I ordered the deluxe classic burger. Making the burger deluxe meant to add fries, lettuce, tomato, and coleslaw. How fancy. The burger was delicious and since I got it topped with cheddar cheese. The french fries were decent but nothing to write home about.

Good Stuff Diner Service: B
The service at the Good Stuff Diner was decent and our food came out quickly. We had a couple of different waitresses, which made it confusing when we asked for something. In all, it was good.

Good Stuff Diner Cost: $$
Like any diner in New York City, the Good Stuff Diner is expensive.  For the burger, entree, and coffee it was $35.  Technically I did get two entrees, but the salads are one of the most expensive options at the Good Stuff Diner.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Good Stuff Diner:
I liked the Good Stuff Diner and it was “good stuff” to stop by. Their entire menu looks good and I would love to go back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $15-25
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like grilled vegetables?
Do you have a favorite diner in New York City? 

19th Street Diner (Glenwood Springs, Co)

19th Street Diner (Glenwood Springs, Co)

While visiting my good friend Angela, we decided to check out the 19th Street Diner (Glenwood Springs). I had never been to Glenwood Springs before, so it was fun to check out a new town and new diner.

19th Street Diner (Glenwood Springs, Co)

Atmosphere: A

The 19th Street Diner in Glenwood Springs looks like a blast from the past. The exterior of the 19th Street Diner is big, metallic, and shiny. The inside has plenty of retro booths, a bar, and a few tables. If you are looking for a stereotypical diner, the 19th Street Diner meets that.

19th Street Diner (Glenwood Springs, Co)

Coffee: B

The coffee at the 19th Street Diner is brewed hot and fresh. There wasn’t anything unique or unusual about the diner, but it was good.

Food: B

The 19th Street Diner has all of the breakfast, lunch, and dinner options a diner usually has. I was disappointed they were out of their famous cinnamon buns, though.

The 19th Street Diner has the traditional diner staples like 1/2 pound burgers, chicken fried steak, omelets, salads, and club sandwiches. Plus they have their own specialties like fried french toast or diner primavera.

19th Street Diner (Glenwood Springs, Co) salad

I wasn’t too hungry, so I decided to order the Spinach Salad. It came with spinach, olives, tomatoes, avocado, and I added a thin-cut steak. It also came with french bread (which didn’t look like anything other than regular bread. My salad was good but wasn’t the best salad I’ve had. It was enough for the time. I contemplated adding a side like fruit, muffins, biscuits, wheat, and sourdough bread, but they were out of most.

19th Street Diner (Glenwood Springs, Co)

Service: A

The waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly. I couldn’t have had a better experience at the 19th Street Diner.

Cost:

For my salad and coffee, the price was $15.

Overall Thoughts of the 19th Street Diner:

The 19th Street Diner in Glenwood Springs is good. It’s an easy stop if you’re driving along Route 70. I would go back.

Atmosphere: A

Coffee: B

Food: B

Service: A

Cost: $8-15

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

Have you ever been to the 19th Street Diner in Glenwood Springs?

Do you like olives? Apparently, it’s a hot topic with many people

Kings Arms II Diner (Belford, NJ)

Kings Arms II Diner (Belford, NJ)

Last week, my good friend Layla was in NYC so we decided to meet at the Kings Arms II Diner (Belford, NJ). I picked her up from the Middletown Train Station and it was an easy drive to the Kings Arms II Diner.

Kings Arms II Diner Belford NJ

Atmosphere: A
The Kings Arms 2 Diner is located on the main road in Belford, NJ. Getting into the parking lot is confusing with the one ways but the parking lot is big.

The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. I could have used more refills but it was good.

Kings Arms II Diner Belford NJ

Food: B
The Kings Arms 2 Diner has everything you can imagine in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

We arrived for lunch and there was an entire page of salad specials. None of them spoke to me but I was craving a salad. Since I was at the Kings Arms II Diner, I decided to order the Kings Arms salad with steak. It came with mixed greens, pears, craisins, walnuts, goat cheese and sherry vinaigrette.

Kings Arms II Diner Belford NJ

I added the steak. It concerned me when the waitress didn’t ask how I wanted my steak done but once it came out, it was cooked medium are which I like.

It wasn’t the best salad I’ve had and for the cost, I could have used more greens.

Service: A
The waitress at the Kings Arms 2 Diner was friendly and the food came out fast. I have no complaints.

Cost: $
For my Kings Arms Salad with steak and coffee, it was $24.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Kings Arms II Diner in Belford and had a pleasant experience. If I’m in the area again, I’ll have to go back.  Apparently, the original Kings Arms Diner is on Staten Island so I’ll have to go there.

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

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Questions for you:
What’s your favorite salad topping?
How do you like your steak cooked?

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