Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California
Diners

The Pit Stop Diner (Oceanside, CA)

The Pitstop Diner (Oceanside, CA)

While in California, I knew I wanted to get to a new diner. I’ve already been to both the Studio Diner as well as my very first diner ever: The Corvette Diner (I was born in San Diego, and my dad would always take us there).  Anyway!

We weren’t going as south as San Diego, so it made it fairly easy to find a new diner.  I found the Pit Stop Diner in Oceanside.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

The Pits Stop Diner Atmosphere: A
On the outside, the Pit Stop Diner appears to be a “regular” nice restaurant.  It’s clean, modern, and fits the look of the plaza.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

On the inside, however, it’s more diner than you know how to get ahold of?  (After over 300 diner visits, I guess I can use diner as a verb?). The Pit Stop Diner has every license plate, car part, and even a full car inside. Of any inside, it’s definitely one of my favorite atmospheres.

Pits Stop Diner Service: A
Instead of being seated and picking from a Pits Stop Diner menu at your seat, you stand at the front, order, and go sit down. I’ve actually never been to a diner like this, and it was a great experience. The hostess/cashier was friendly and funny, and the food came out quickly.

Pits Stop Diner Coffee: B
Since you ordered at the front, the Pit Stop Diner gave you your own refillable cup to the coffee. They actually didn’t have whipped cream, but the fact I could refill my coffee at my choosing and with a large to go cup), was a huge perk for me.

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

Food:
The Pit Stop Diner has every type of food you can imagine.  One thing I appreciated was breakfast and lunch all day.  If you want a huge burger at 8 is, go for it!  Omelet for dinner, go for it!

Pit Stop Diner Oceanside California

At the Pits Stop Diner, I decided to order the Steak and Eggs. It came with toast, steak, and eggs. I ordered over medium eggs.  My meal was huge, and everything was cooked well.  It’s one of the better steak and eggs I’ve had in a while.  I would order it again.

Pits Stop Diner Cost: $
For my meal and coffee at the Pits Stop Diner, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Pits Stop Diner?
I liked the Pit Stop Diner, and it’s one of the better diners I’ve been too overall. I would go back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-15
Pits Stop Diner Overall: A

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Questions for you:
What is the best atmosphere of a restaurant you’ve been too?
Favorite state license plate?

After staring at 10,000 during my meal, I’ve come to terms I like the simplicity of Texas, Hawaii, and NYS (Yes, I know most people hate New York…most people hate my fashion too 😉

 

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Country House Restaurant West Deptford
Diners

Country House Restaurant (West Deptford)

Recently I went to the Country House Diner in West Deptford. It’s one of the few in the South Jersey area I haven’t been too.

Country House Restaurant West Deptford

Atmosphere: B
The outside is a cute little building resembling a house. It’s not a big shiny, metallic diner, but it resembles a country diner.

The inside has mostly booths, small bar, and a few tables. I arrived around 10 am, and it was clearly packed with regulars.

Coffee: A
The Country House Diner brews Lacas Coffee. It was brewed hot and fresh, and we received plenty of refills.

Country House Restaurant West Deptford

Food: B
Since it was still early, I was given a breakfast menu. I decided to order the number 3. It was steak and eggs, grits or hashbrowns, and toast.

Country House Restaurant West Deptford

I ordered my steak medium rare, over easy eggs, rye toast, and grits.

The steak was good. It wasn’t rubbery, which is often an issue. The eggs and toast tasted good.

Country House Restaurant West Deptford

The grits were kind of bland. They weren’t terrible, but they lacked flavor and probably came from a box.

In all, I liked my meal.

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, refilled my beverages, and the food came out quickly. It was great.

Cost: $
The number 3 was $15.95 which included coffee.

Overall Thoughts/Would I go back?
I liked the Country House, and it’s a cute stop right off 295. I would go back, I have no complaints.

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

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite breakfast?
How do you like your steak?

Times square diner NYC
Diners

Times Square Diner and Grill (NYC)

Times Square Diner (NYC)

Recently I stopped at the Times Square Diner in NYC. Initially, I had anticipated it was in Times Square and would be busy, but it’s a couple of blocks over on 807 8th Avenue (Between W 48th & 49th St.).

Times square diner NYC

Times Square Diner Atmosphere: B
The Times Square Diner has a small sign out front, but it doesn’t stand out on the street.

For a diner in NYC, the inside has plenty of space. You aren’t sitting on top of anyone.  There are several booths, a few tables, and a full-length bar. It’s surprising how big the Times Square Diner is!

Times Square Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but nothing unusual or unique. I could have used more refills, but it was decent coffee.

Times square diner NYC

Times Square Diner Food: B
The Times Square Diner has a lot more healthy options than a typical diner. There are many different salads as well as wraps and sandwiches. They have the usual breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, but if you are looking for a healthy choice, they have that too.

At The Times Square Diner, I ordered the Greek appetizer which came with pita bread and tzatziki sauce. The pita bread and tzatziki sauce were both excellent. I dare say the pita bread was some of the best I’ve had.

Times square diner NYC

Since the Times Square Diner had so many healthy options, I decided to order the beet salad. There were plenty of beets as well as goat cheese, but I could have used more salad. The beets and the steak were good, but it needed more salad.

Times square diner NYC

I like salad greens, and the trend of salads without the greens (maybe it’s an East Coast thing?) is not my favorite.  In short, the salad was good, but I needed more.

Times Square Diner Service: C
The server at the Times Square Diner was friendly, and the food came out quickly. After our meal, it took a long time for the check to come. We needed to go but waited entirely too long despite asking several times.  I think I waited longer for the check than the meal.

Cost: $$
For the coffee, appetizer, and salad, it was $24.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Times Square Diner (NYC)? 
I liked my meal at the Times Square Diner (NYC), and it was a good stop. I am disappointed in the service though.

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

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Questions for you:
How do you prefer your steak?
Do you like beets?

The Ridge Diner park ridge nj
Diners

Ridge Diner (Park Ridge)

Ridge Diner (Park Ridge, NJ)

Diner Number 200…

I’ve been waiting to reach this point for a couple of months now.  Once I reached about 175, I became increasingly excited to go with my 200th.  Why like anything it’s just a number.  For 100, I ended up at the Silver Coin Diner in Hammonton.

We were traveling back from Connecticut and the Ridge Diner in Park Ridge, NJ, was right on the way.  A few people had mentioned it was a good diner, so I decided to stop.  Maybe it was just an off day, but nothing about my experience there was pleasant.

Ridge Diner Atmosphere: F
I arrived at the Ridge Diner during the lunch hour, and almost every table, booth, and seat was taken.  Being busy is fine, and I have no issues waiting.  There was one table in the far back, and I was immediately sat there.  The problem was, the tables were far too close to each other, and upon sitting down, a waiter said I would need to “scoot in” for the meal because he couldn’t pass.  I don’t sit exceptionally far from tables; in fact, I sit rather close to things.  In order to be close enough, my body was sitting against the table.  During the entire meal, I felt as though as I was sharing a conversation, a meal, and time, with three other parties.

Ridge Diner Coffee: B

The coffee at the Ridge Diner was decent.  It wasn’t good or bad, but the waitress didn’t bring until the meal when I asked.

The Ridge Diner park ridge nj

Ridge Diner Food: F
The Ridge Diner menu is impressive.  They have everything from breakfast to lunch and dinner.  They have plenty of healthy options, including salads and sandwiches.  I was between the roast beef and breakfast but decided to order the steak and eggs.  I had a good experience at the previous diner, so I had high hopes.

The Ridge Diner park ridge nj

The steak at the Ridge Diner was one of the most rubbery pieces I’ve had.  The meal was small, and it when it came out, it didn’t even look appetizing.  When I went to eat the steak, it tasted as if it had burned residue from other meals and was cooked dirty grill.  It didn’t taste good.  I tried to find the positive, but it just wasn’t a good meal.  The food took so long to come out; I didn’t have a lot of extra time to wait for a new meal.

The Ridge Diner park ridge nj

Ridge Diner Service: D
The waitress was friendly, which saved the entire service.  She was so busy, and the food took far too long to come out.

Ridge Diner Cost: $
For my steak and eggs as well as coffee, it was $18, which was not worth it at all.  The steak at the Ridge Diner was the worst restaurant steak I’ve had, and the portion didn’t merit the price either.

Overall thoughts/Would I Come back to the Ridge Diner:
No.  It stinks to have a bad experience, but that is all about the journey.

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

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Questions for you:

Tell me about one of your worst dining experiences!

How do you like your steak cooked?

The boulevard diner north bergen nj
Diners

The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen)

The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen)

After the Irish Festival 5k last month, I found myself hungry in North Bergen.  Going to diners on the weekend can be hit or miss regarding how busy they are, especially in North Bergen.  When I arrived around 11:00, every table but one was taken.  Perfect! By the time I left, around noon, it was much less crowded.

The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen) Atmosphere: A
The Boulevard Diner is everything you expect in a diner. The outside is modern, while the inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  There is also an alcohol bar which is more common in North Jersey than south.

The boulevard diner north bergen nj

The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen) Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress brought a few refills.  There was nothing to write home about, but it was good coffee.  Not that I should have drunk as much as I did since I was on a road trip.

The boulevard diner north bergen nj

The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen): A
There is everything you can imagine at The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen) menu.  There are plenty of breakfast options, as well as healthy lunch options, and of course dinners such as seafood and steak.  As usual, after a road race, I tend to be somewhat hungry.  I decided to order the steak and eggs.  Sometimes diner steak is awful, and sometimes it’s good.

Luckily this was not only good but the best diner steak I’ve personally had.  The portion for a breakfast steak was also huge!  It was cooked medium rare as requested with two over-easy eggs.  It was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a while.

The boulevard diner north bergen nj

The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen) Service: A
For how busy the Boulevard Diner was, our waitress was very attentive and friendly.  Our food came out extremely fast as well.

The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen) Price: $
For my steak and eggs and coffee, the cost was $18.

Overall Thoughts/ Would I Come Back to The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen)?

I enjoyed The Boulevard Diner (North Bergen) a lot, and it was one of the better diners I’ve been too.

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

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The 200th NJ review and a look back at diners both come next week! 

Questions for you:
Do you have any questions, topics you would like to see in the Diner Awards post?  (like favorite breakfast, worse food, etc.).  Let me know!
What is your favorite way to eat eggs?