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Lakehurst Diner

Lakehurst Diner

Last week I met my friend Lauren at the Lakehurst Diner in Lakehurst, NJ. I’ve driven by the Lakehurst Diner many times on my way to the Lakehurst Base.  For whatever reason, I haven’t stopped.

Atmosphere: B
The outside is medium sized building with plenty of windows.  When we arrived, it was relatively empty for dinner time.  There were plenty of booths and tables available.  We sat towards the back which was nice.

Coffee: A
The coffee was the best part of the diner. It was brewed hot and fresh and refilled often. I thought it was great.  In fact, the coffee was the best part of the meal experience.

Lakehurst Diner lakehurst nj

Food: D
The Lakehurst Diner has everything a typical diner usually has.  There is nothing fancy or unique.

There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  There was an entire menu of specials. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, so I ordered the Broiled salmon special which came with a salad, vegetable, potato, and salmon.

It was exactly what you pictured. There was absolutely nothing extra, and it definitely felt as though there was no effort.  The ordered a greek salad which was $2 extra.  It was the best part of the meal.

Lakehurst Diner lakehurst nj

The food all tasted as if it had been frozen and reheated. I joked that because it was near a Navy base, it felt as though the food came from a deployed ship.  Many of my Navy friends found it funny but sadly true.

Lakehurst Diner lakehurst nj

The food was edible but would I order it again? No.

Service: B
The waiter was friendly, and our food came out relatively fast. One thing I found interesting was that Lauren’s food came out about 10 minutes before mine. It’s always strange to me when meals don’t all just come out at once.

Price: $
For my special and coffee, it was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
It wasn’t my favorite diner and in the bottom as far as diners go. I probably won’t be back. If I do come back, I’m definitely choosing something else. I had a great time with Lauren, and that is all that matters.

You Can See All 211 Diners Here.

Questions for you:
Those in the Food Industry: Is it normal for meals to come out at once, or at separate times?
What is one of the blandest meals you’ve had?

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OB Diner (Point Pleasant)

Recently, I met Cyd of New Jersey Isn’t Boring in Point Pleasant. Initially, we were going to go to a different diner, but neither of us could find the other one.  After a quick decision, we decided upon the OB Diner.

Atmosphere: A
The OB Diner is everything you expect in a diner.  There is a big metallic sign outdoors.  It’s located on the corner and easy to find with plenty of parking.  What does OB Stand for?  Ocean Bay Diner!  I had no idea until I saw the mini sign too.

The inside is beachy, with a cool centerpiece made of driftwood.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

OB Diner Point Pleasant NJ

Coffee: C
The coffee was okay.  It wasn’t good or bad, but I could have used plenty more refills.  There were a few grounds at the bottom, but at least it was hot.  Yes, even in the summer time I drink hot coffee.

OB Diner Point Pleasant NJ

Food: A
I had no idea what I wanted to order.   I wasn’t starving and the hot weather (I think it was 95 that day) had me craving something cold.  There are plenty of options including a lot of lunch specials.  I was disappointed because the lunch specials seemed very targeted to pasta options.  If you didn’t want a heavy lunch, there weren’t smaller options.

OB Diner Point Pleasant NJ

I decided to order the first thing on the menu: “the Albuquerque Salad”.  It came with salmon on top of arugula, cucumbers, and sundried tomatoes.  The salad was huge!  I was shocked at the size of the salad.  It was one of the biggest diner or even restaurant salads I’ve had.  The quality was excellent, and I have no complaints.

Service:  C
The waitress was nice, however, the food took a long time to come out.  It wasn’t crowded and there were no more than five other parties in the restaurant. However, it took nearly 40 minutes for the food.

Price: $$
My salad and coffee was $22.  While yes, it was a big salad, I don’t think it was a $20 salad.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:

I liked the OB Diner and would go back.  The food and quality were good.  I would be hesitant during a peak time, but other than that it was a good diner.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: C
Food: A
Service: C
Cost: $12-20
Overall: B

You Can See all 207 Diner Reviews here.

Questions for you:
Where have you gotten the biggest portion sizes before?
Do you go to the beach during the summer?

J&G Diner (South Bound Brook)

Recently I went to the J&G Diner in South Bound Brook.  To be honest, I’ve had to remember the exact letter combination every time I go to type out a post.  Anyway, when I arrived for lunch, I was the only person in the diner.  I met the owner of the website, NJ Isn’t Boring, and while we were dining more customers came in.  Cyd and I have reviewed close to 20 diners if not more.  I believe she is coming close to going to 200 diners!

Neither of us had been to the J&G diner, so it was the perfect stop.

Atmosphere: B
The diner is located on the corner.  It’s not a big metallic building but a regular building attached to several other restaurants.  Inside, it’s clear the diner used to be an old Mexican or Spanish restaurant.  The atmosphere and hand painted murals are a giveaway.  Plus J&G Diner has several specials such as a burrito or flan.

Coffee: B
The coffee was decent and warm.  There wasn’t anything interesting or unique about it, and I could have used more refills.

Food: C
J&G has all sorts of options from breakfast to lunch and dinner.  Unique to the diner is a lot of different Mexican and Spanish options.  As most people know at this point, I’ve been suffering from food poisoning.

If I wasn’t suffering from that, I probably would have ordered something new or unique.  I decided to order their Mediterranian salad with salmon.   When my food came out, I regretted the situation.  The salad was boring, and the salmon tasted as if it was reheated.  I had to request to extra dressings because there was barely any on there.  The food wasn’t bad but probably not something I would order again.

Service: B
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out quickly.  I could have used more drink refills, but other than that, I have no complaints.

Dessert: A
Cyd wanted to order dessert.  I probably wouldn’t have, but when she ordered dessert, it sounded like a good idea.  I decided to go with the bread pudding which came with ice cream.

I like bread pudding, however, after food poisoning, it’s something I need to be more mindful of especially with ice cream.  The dessert was tasty, and it saved my overall opinion of the J&G diner.  I appreciated how many raisins (yes I like them) were in the bread pudding.  However, afterward, my stomach was not all that thrilled with me.  Oh well, live and learn.

Cost:
The J&G diner charges for everything including whipped cream in the coffee as well as extra dressings.  While I do understand they are extra items, it seemed a bit ridiculous when the salad was very dry, to begin with. For the coffee, salad, dessert, and extras the cost was $22.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the J&G Diner, and I would go back.  The bread pudding was extremely good, and I would like to try some of their more unique items when I feel better.

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

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Time to Eat DinerSomerset, 

You can find all 162 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite Mexican dish?
What is your favorite salad dressing?

Galloway Diner

Galloway Diner

On August 21st, Cyd of New Jersey Isn’t Boring, and myself went to the Galloway Diner.  How do I know that precise date?  We also went and watched the Eclipse.  I took a photo that I’m proud of, which you can see here.  Around lunch time at the Galloway Diner, it wasn’t crowded at all.  Out of all of the diners I’ve been too, this is one of the biggest.

Atmosphere: A
It’s a stereotypical NJ diner.  The outside is chrome, and the inside has multiple booths, tables, and a full sized bar.  It’s beautiful and open, so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone. As I mentioned, it’s one of the biggest diners I’ve ever been too or even seen!

Coffee: A
The coffee was hot and brewed fresh.  The waitress also refilled out beverages often.  It came from my favorite coffee roaster: Lacas.  I have no complaints.

Galloway Diner and Cafe

Service: B
It was the hosts first day, and she did a great job.  She was friendly, and I never would have guessed it was her first day on the job.  The waitress was friendly and gave us several recommendations.  However, the food was much slower to come out than anticipated.

Food: A
The Galloway diner has several pages including a specials page.  I had eaten a few hours earlier and wasn’t running much at the time, so I opted for something lighter. I decided to order the Greek salad with salmon which was a great size, and the presentation was excellent.  I will say it’s one of the largest pieces of salad salmon I’ve received.  Definitely one of the better diner salads I’ve had.  It had everything I liked and nothing I didn’t.  The waitress even asked if I wanted anchovies which rarely happens.

I will say it’s one of the largest pieces of salad salmon I’ve received.  Definitely one of the better diner salads I’ve had.  It had everything I liked and nothing I didn’t.  The waitress even asked if I wanted anchovies which rarely happens. I’m a huge anchovy fan!

Marvis Diner Wildwoods

Dessert: A
I decided to take a black and white cookie to go, and it was great.  The cookie was soft with plenty of frosting.  It was one of the best cookies I’ve had!  Of course, I forgot to take a photo of the actual cookie.
Galloway Diner and Cafe

Cost: $$
For my coffee, salad with salmon and cookie, the cost was $22.  It was a bit more pricey than I anticipated but it wasn’t bad.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back?
I enjoyed the Galloway Diner, and I would go back.  The waitress was friendly, and there was plenty of space.  While it’s a bit more pricey for a diner, I don’t have any complaints.

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

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Shore Diner , Northfield Diner

Questions for you:
What’s the biggest restaurant you’ve been too?
Do you like anchovies?

Americana Diner (West Orange)

Americana Diner (West Orange)

There are a lot of Americana Diners in the State of New Jersey.  There are also a lot of towns with the name “Orange”, but that  is neither here nor there.  

Last week my good friend, and New Jersey Isn’t Boring website owner and I, and I met up to go the Thomas Edison Historical Park and a diner.  She shares the same love of diners as I do, and we’ve been to about a dozen together.  

Atmosphere: A

The Americana Diner is located on a cute main street but sticks right out with its retro silver and chrome exterior.  The inside is just as stereotypical diner.  It seats about 25 and has a full-length diner bar, multiple booths, and tables.  

Coffee:  B

The coffee wasn’t anything unique or unusual, but it was good.  I had plenty of refills.  

Americana Diner West Orange Coffee

Like the diner itself, it was stereotypical (but good) diner coffee.  Americana Diner West Orange Coffee

Service: B 

The waitress was friendly and gave us plenty of time to order.  Since the diner was relatively empty, I expected the food to come out quicker than it did.  

Food: C

There are plenty of options at the Americana Diner, but it’s also not a 20-page menu like many others.  I wasn’t terribly hungry, so I ordered one of my diner classics (which I actually can remember the last time I did?), a Greek salad with salmon.

Americana Diner West Orange

The salad itself was a bit watery and could have used a few more greens but had olives, anchovies, and a lot of onions.  They added a lot of dressing so it was one of the better diner salads I’ve had but it wasn’t amazing. 

Price: $$

For my coffee, and salad with salmon, the cost was $17.  

Overall Thoughts/Summary:

I liked the Americana Diner, and it wasn’t a bad stop.  It wasn’t my favorite diner but it wasn’t a bad stop. I can always appreciate a metallic, chrome, diner. 

Atmosphere: A

Service: B

Coffee: B

Food: C

Price: $8-15

Overall: B

Closeby Diners I’ve Been: Tops, Nutley (one of my favorites) and Six Brothers

Questions for you:

What’s one of your favorite restaurant meals?

The Continental Diner (Burlington)

As you can see, while not running, I’ve been to a heck of a lot more diners.  The Continental Diner recently reopened.  It used to be known as the Dolphin Diner, and I ate there several years ago.

When my mom and I arrived around 6 pm on a weekday, there was only one other party in the restaurant.  There were never more than a few people during our entire experience.

Atmosphere: B
The Continental Diner hasn’t changed much of the environment of the Dolphin Diner.  They added a new highway sign but other than that the inside is very similar.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a half full dessert case.  The desserts inside did look good.  I saw a few that I wanted to try.

The Continental Diner Burlington

Same appearance as the previous “Dolphin Diner”

Coffee: C
While the coffee was brewed hot, they were out of whipped cream.  A diner without whipped cream?  The coffee was good, but being out of whipped cream was disappointing.The Continental Diner Burlington

Service: B
For an extremely undercrowded diner, the waitress didn’t come by often.  I was surprised when it took a while to take our orders and bring drinks.  She was nice, but overall the service was slow.

Food: B
Without running, I’ve been making more of an effort to eat healthier.  The menu at the Continental Diner is typical of most New Jersey diners.  There is nothing that sticks out.

I decided to order the Greek salad was salmon.  It came with soup and I chose the lentil.  The soup was good.  There wasn’t anything unique but I have no complaints.The Continental diner burlington

When the salad arrived, I was surprised with how big it was.  I wasn’t expecting that and definitely in the top percentage of diner salads I’ve had.The Continental diner burlington

Dessert: A
Even though they didn’t have a lot of desserts left, I noticed the chocolate oreo cake and wanted to go with that.  The cake itself was great, it consisted of a large layer of frosting which was almost mousse-like and then a chocolate cake underneath.  It was one of the better diner cakes I’ve had and I have no complaints.  I would order it again…and again.

The Continental Diner Burlington

Cost: $
For my coffee, salad, cake and ice cream the cost was $22.  It was a great price, and I left feeling full.

Overall thoughts/Summary:
I actually like the new Continental Diner better than the Dolphin Diner.  I think they could use more personalization for the name.  I was disappointed they were out of whipped cream.  I’ll be back.

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

Overall: B 
Closeby Diners: Route 130, Jersey Diner, Cinnaminson Diner

Questions for you:
Have you ordered anything and a restaurant was out? 
I find that happens more with farm to table restaurants…

Have you been to a restaurant before and after it was open under new management?

Piston Diner (Westville)

Piston Diner (Westville)

After the Broad Street 10 mile race, my in-laws and I went to the Piston Diner in Westville, NJ.  It’s one of the last diners I hadn’t been in Camden County and right on the way home.  There isn’t a lot of information online about the Piston Diner, so I was worried I might end up at someone’s house versus an actual diner.

Atmosphere: B
The atmosphere at the Piston Diner is that of many typical New Jersey Diners.  While it isn’t a big shiny, metallic building, it is a big open building with plenty of seating.  They had a lot of streamers decorating the inside, but I’m not entirely sure what the holiday was.

Service: D
We arrived at noon on a Sunday, and it wasn’t crowded at all. To be honest, that’s a red flag because Sundays for breakfast and lunch are usually the most crowded diner times.  Even though it wasn’t crowded, the service took a long time.  It was one of the slowest waits I’ve had in a while and disappointing.

Coffee: A
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and when we were able to get ahold of the waitress, she brought refills.  The coffee itself was good. piston diner westville

Food: D
The diner has just about every typical diner food option.  I wasn’t especially hungry after spectating Broad Street, but I can’t pass up eating at a diner.  I decided to order the Greek Salad with salmon.  I also ordered a side of pickled beets.

When my food arrived, I regretted the decision.  The salad used a lot of watery, white lettuce and didn’t have most of the traditional Greek Salad toppings including anchovies, grape leaves or pita bread.  The dressing was watery, and I needed two.  While it wasn’t a bad salad, it wasn’t anything I would order again.  I wasn’t starving, so it filled me up.  It did have a lone french fry which was not listed as a salad addition.  😉

piston diner salad

Cost: $$
For my salad with salmon and coffee, the cost was $16.  For the quality of food, it should have been cheaper.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I didn’t dislike the Piston Diner, and the food was ok for what I needed for the day, but next time I’ll order something else.  The service was rather slow, so I can’t imagine how it would be when they are busy.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Service: C
Coffee: A
Food: C
Cost: $8-16
Overall: C

Nearby Diners: Metro Diner and Black Horse Diner

Questions for you:
Do you prefer chopped salads or big, leafy salads?
Do you like beets?

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