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Dynasty Diner (Tuckerton)

Dynasty Diner (Tuckerton)

Recently, I got dinner with Ariana at the Dynasty Diner.  One of my many goals is to go to more shore diners this summer, and when Ariana was in town for the New Jersey Marathon, it worked out.  I’ve followed Ariana on the internet for a long time, so it was great to finally connect.

We arrived around 4:30 for dinner and it wasn’t crowded.  The Dynasty Diner was a lot bigger than I anticipated.  I hadn’t been to Tuckerton before, but it’s a cute small shore town.

Dynasty Diner tuckerton nj

Atmosphere: A
The Dynasty Diner looks like a typical, chrome, shiny diner.  The outside was big, shiny, and metallic.  If you are looking for a stereotypical NJ diner, the Dynasty Diner meets that.

The inside had a full-length bar, with retro booths, and tables.  The Dynasty Diner meets all stereotypes of a NJ Diner.

Coffee: B
The coffee at the Dynasty Diner was good.  It was brewed hot and fresh, and I didn’t have any complaints about the coffee.  I could have used more refills but other than it was good.  The Dynasty Diner serves Lacas coffee, and you are even able to buy it up front if you choose.

Dynasty Diner tuckerton nj

Food: B
The Dynasty Diner serves everything a stereotypical diner would serve.  It follows the unwritten “diner guidelines.”  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  It also has a page dedicated to Greek specialties.  Originally I had planned to get a gyro, but when that wasn’t an option, I ordered the Greek salad on the fly.

Dynasty Diner tuckerton nj

When the Greek salad came out, it was massive.  The waitress said it was enough to feed four people and she wasn’t joking.  Enough to feed four people ended up being me.  I liked the Greek salad, however, there were a few things it was missing including anchovies and onions.  It had plenty of lettuce but could have used more toppings.  The dressing was good, and in all, I enjoyed it.

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and our food came out extremely fast.

Cost: $
For my salad and coffee, the cost was $13.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I had a great time at the Dynasty Diner, and it is definitely one of my favorite shore diners.  I would love to go back sometime!

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

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Questions for you:
What are your plans this summer?
What is your favorite salad topping?

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Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Recently I went up to Scotch Plains and met NJ Isn’t Boring at another diner.  I’ve heard the Scotchwood Diner is good so when she suggested it, I agreed!

Atmosphere: A
The outside of the Scotchwood Diner is exactly what you picture in a diner.  It’s a giant metallic chrome building.  The inside has plenty of booths, tables, a giant dessert case, and bar.  If you’re looking for stereotypical diner then the Scotchwood Diner is ideal.

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh each time.  There was nothing special or extraordinary about the coffee but it was good.

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

Food: A
The Scotchwood Diner has everything you would want in a diner.  Breakfast is all day and there are plenty of lunch and dinner options too.  It has at least a dozen pages of food.  I’ve been eating out a lot lately so wanted a healthy salad.

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

I ordered a Greek salad with chicken which was presented beautifully.  Usually when I go to a diner with Cyd and get a salad, they have an awesome presentation.

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

Service: A
The waitress was extremely friendly and refilled our beverages often. She was one of the best waitresses I’ve had in a while.

Dessert: B
Cyd’s meal came with dessert and as the waitress was explaining the options, I thought the bread pudding sounded great. With the exception of cake, bread pudding is my favorite dessert!

scotchwood diner scotch plains nj

So much for my decision of eating healthy.  The bread pudding was good, and there was less bread than pudding.  Personally, I prefer more bread.  It was good and I would order it again.

Cost: $$
For my coffee, salad, and dessert the cost was $22 which was a bit pricer.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Scotchwood Diner and I would definitely go back.  They have a lot of options I want to try.

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

Questions for you:
Do you like bread pudding?
What is a healthy food you enjoy?

Collingswood Diner

Collingswood Diner

A few weeks ago, I decided to try the Collingswood Diner.  It’s a local diner that gets in the mix of Camden County.  It’s an easy drive from center city Philadelphia if you want to go to a stereotypical NJ diner.

Atmosphere: B

The Collingswood diner looks like a stereotypical diner.  The outside is cobblestone with a giant Collingswood Diner sign.  It’s located in a corner that includes a Jughandle but easy to spot.

The inside is large with multiple booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  It could use a modern update, but it looks like a diner.

Coffee: A

I asked for coffee with whipped cream, and the waitress brought me a can of whipped cream and left it on the table. collingswood diner

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh.  I have only had one experience that the waitress brings the can of whipped cream to the diner, which oddly also with my brother.

collingswood diner

Food: A

The Collingswood Diner has everything you can imagine in a diner.  Like 99.9% of the time, I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for.  We had eaten out for lunch as well, so I wasn’t starving or that hungry.

collingswood diner

I opted for a Greek Salad with salmon.  I was happy with my choice, and the salad was excellent.  There was plenty of salmon, greens, and the dressing was tasty.  It was one of the better diner salads I’ve had.  It was a pleasant surprise.  The Collingswood Diner is tucked on the outskirts of Collingswood, so I don’t think it gets the recognization for food deserves.

Service: B

The service at the Collingswood diner was decent.  The waitress was extremely friendly, however, at the time we were the only ones in the restaurant, and it took a long time to come out.  I was shocked.

Cost: $

For my salad and coffee, the cost was $16 which wasn’t bad for the amount of food I received.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?

I liked the Collingswood Diner and found it to be an underrated diner in the area.  I’m surprised more locals haven’t been, and I’ll be back.

Summary:

Atmosphere: B

Coffee: A

Food: A

Service: B

Cost: $8-15

Overall: B

Local diners I’ve been: Route 130 Diner, Crystal LakeThe Pop Shop,

See all 170 Diner Review here.

Questions for you:

Have you ever been the only person at a restaurant?

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. 

Paulsboro Diner

Paulsboro Diner

Recently one of my good friends Angela was back home for a few days, and we were lucky to hang out.

We decided to settle on the Paulsboro Diner in Paulsboro, NJ.  To be honest, I didn’t know much about the diner until recently.  It’s only open until 3 pm.

Atmosphere: B
We met around lunch time, and it wasn’t too crowded.  The outside is a small building that resembles the size of a trailer.  There are about 10 booths and a bar but no tables.  It’s definitely a local favorite.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh. However, they didn’t have whipped cream.  It appeared they didn’t have any desserts which would make sense for the lack of whipped cream.  I was sad but the coffee was still good.

paulsboro diner

Food: C
The menu at the Paulsboro diner is that of a typical restaurant.  Since they are only open for breakfast and lunch, they have a smaller menu and don’t have desserts or big entree platters.

We went between the holidays and I was still full on holiday cookies.  I decided to order something lighter and one of my favorites: a Greek salad with chicken.  It came with free soup, and they had one of my favorite types: lentil.

The lentil soup was one of the best I’ve had.  It was hot and fresh.

paulsboro diner

The Greek Salad was decent.  There were a lot of salad greens, but not enough toppings and the dressing left a lot to be desired.  They didn’t have a lot of salad dressing options (all I wanted was a greek or balsamic dressing) and they handed me dressing packets instead of in a cup. There was plenty of chicken was great.  It was a combination of a lot of chicken and salad green but not a lot of toppings.

paulsboro diner

Service: A
Our waitress was extremely friendly and made sure we had plenty of refills, plus our food came out quickly.

Price:
For the coffee, salad, and soup the cost was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I enjoyed the Paulsboro Diner, and it was a nice surprise in the area.  I’ll be back!

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: C
Service: A
Price: $7-12
Overall: B

Closeby Diners I’ve been: Colonial Diner Hollywood DinerHarrison House Diner,
See all 166 diners here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite soup?
What’s the smallest restaurant you’ve been too?

Art City Trolley (Springdale, UT)

I accidentally scheduled this post for last week, so sorry if you saw it then…

While away on vacation, my husband and I stopped in a small town near Provo for dinner.  The Art City Trolley in Springville, looked to be about as close to a New Jersey Diner that we could get.

Atmosphere: B

The Art City Trolley is located on the main road.  There is a train car, which is attached to a restaurant.  Similar to the Clinton Station Diner, you can sit in the train car or building, depending on where the hostess sat you.  We were lucky enough to sit in the old train car.

art city trolley springville utah

The tables were outdated, and ours was wobbling.  It made for an awkward time eating between both of us, but other than that it was a nice restaurant. It had the character of an old diner.

Coffee: 

Since it was later at night, I wanted to order decaf coffee, so I wasn’t up.  The waitress informed me that the Art City Trolley only serves “caffeinated coffee”.  It’s one of the only restaurants I’ve been too, that doesn’t serve decaf coffee along with their caffeinated.

Service: B

The waitress was friendly, but our food took a little while to come out for the amount of people in the restaurant.

Food: A

The Art City Trolley has several options and a lot of unique and healthy options.  They are well known for their salads, so I decided to order that.

art city trolley springville utah

My salad was good.  It was filled with plenty of greens, toppings, and.  I was pleasantly surprised with how big the portion was too.  It was one of the better restaurant salads I’ve had.

I also ordered chili which was a white and creamy base.  I’ve never had anything like that, but it wasn’t bad.  I always enjoy food with a bit of kick to it.
art city trolley springville utah

Cost:

For my salad, the price was .  One of the cheaper meals I’ve had, but I didn’t order a drink or appetizer either.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back:

I liked the Art City Trolley, and if I’m around the area, I will come back.  I do wish they had decaf coffee, but I wonder how many people ask for that.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: —
Food: A
Service: B
Cost: $10-12
Overall: B

Question for you: Have you eaten in an old train or trolley before?

 

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