Easy Chickpea Burger Recipe
Easy Chickpea Burger Recipe

If you know, my recipes are easy, and this easy chickpea burger recipe is no different! I’ve wanted to make a chickpea burger, but honestly, I was extremely intimated. Where do I have even start? How will a chickpea become a burger?

Full disclosure: before I tried making a chickpea burger, I attempted a black bean burger, and it came out like garbage. It fell apart and didn’t taste good.

Misery loves company, I guess, and I decided to try making a chickpea burger instead. Maybe it would be different.

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Red Lion Diner Southampton NJ quesadilla
Red Lion Diner Revisited (Southampton NJ)

Red Lion Diner (Southampton, NJ)

The Red Lion Diner was one of the first diners I went to in 2014! I hadn’t been back in over five years. Since then, the Red Lion Diner has new management and the same owners as the Monarch Diner in Glassboro. I like the Monarch Diner, so I was excited to come back and review the Red Lion Diner. A few weeks ago, the timing worked out, so I went after work.

Red Lion Diner Southampton NJ

Red Lion Diner Atmosphere: A
After being redone, the Red Lion Diner is much bigger. When you walk in, you don’t think it goes back as far as it does. It’s clean and modern. The inside walks right next to the dessert case, which is always a win in my book.

Red Lion Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at the Red Lion Diner was decent, but there was nothing unique or unusual about it. I could have used more refills.

Red Lion Diner Southampton NJ coffee

Red Lion Diner Food: B
Like the Monarch Diner in Glassboro, the Red Lion Diner menu is massive. A unique component of the Red Lion Diner menu is the extensive vegan and vegetarian menu. If you are looking for meatless options, they have no shortage. Of course, they have anything else from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I was intrigued by the vegan selection.

I decided to order the vegan avocado quesadilla, which came stuffed with tofu, avocado, and some sort of cheese. It also came with beans, lettuce, and tomato. All vegetarian options come with soup and a muffin.

Red Lion Diner Southampton NJ
What is the soup? I may never know…

The waitress brought both the muffin and soup over but didn’t say what either of them was. I think it was butternut squash soup.  It was fine.  It wasn’t my favorite. The muffin was good as well.

Red Lion Diner Southampton NJ muffin

My tofu avocado quesadilla was excellent. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything tofu at a diner before, but this was good. I have no complaints about the quesadilla.

Red Lion Diner Southampton NJ quesadilla

Red Lion Diner Service: D

The service at the Red Lion Diner was lackluster. The manager (or maybe owner) seating people ignored my husband and I. He asked other parties waiting if they wanted drinks, but never made the same gesture to us. Our waitress didn’t seem like she as in a great mood either and neer came back and asked if we wanted refills or anything. Everyone has a bad day, but it felt like a trend in the entire Red Lion Diner.

Red Lion Diner Cost: $$
For the coffee and entree, it was $20.

Red Lion Diner Overall/Would I Come Back?
The food at the Red Lion Diner was good, but I was less than impressed with the service (which is a bigger deal to me). I prefer the Monarch Diner better and since both are about the same distance from my house, I’ll go there. If you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, the Red Lion Diner menu has plenty of options.  Since the new owners, the Red Lion Diner, is better than previously.

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

You can see all the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like tofu?
Hae you been to a restaurant under new management?

 

Olgas Diner Marlton boston cream pie
Olga’s Diner (Marlton)

Olga’s Diner (Marlton)

Those who lie in South Jersey will know, Olga’s Diner used to be one of the most famous and popular diners in the area. It closed in 2008 and before I moved here. Sad, because everyone I talked to said it was the best. The original property in Marlton Circle at Route 70 and 73 was bought and the property was transformed into a medical building.  The new property is on the Northbound side of 73 on Baker Boulevard (less than a tenth of a mile away).

A year ago, a new family decided to recreate Olga’s Diner right up the road on route 73. It wasn’t the original family or original building, but the name Olgas.  When it finally opened in November of 2019, I was excited to go!

My friend Cyd from New Jersey Isn’t Boring and I met up around lunchtime on a weekday. It was packed! You would think we were going on a busy Sunday morning.

Olgas Diner Marlton
Olgas Diner Marlton

Olga’s Diner Atmosphere: A
Olga’s Diner stands out on route 73. It’s hard to miss the big, shiny, modern building. The inside of Olga’s Diner is large. Each booth and table is spread out, so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of anyone.

Coffee: B
The coffee at Olga’s Diner is good. Olga’s Diner uses the local company, Lacas. I could have used a few more refills.

Olgas Diner Marlton Coffee

Olga’s Diner Food: A
Olga’s Diner menu has everything you want and need in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. If you are looking for healthy options, Olga’s Diner has that too. Plus an entire page menu dedicated to vegan options. Yes, vegan!  I thought about getting a vegan option just because Olga’s Diner had it but ultimately decided for the beet salad with rotisserie chicken. If beets are on any restaurant menu, I usually order them.

Olgas Diner Marlton salad

The beets tasted good and the greens were fresh. There was plenty of chicken too. I couldn’t taste a difference in the rotisserie-style chicken versus grilled.

Olga’s Diner Dessert: B
Cyd mentioned the original Olga’s Diner was known for their Boston Cream Pie, so we both decided to order that. The Boston Cream Pie was good, but the cake portion of it was a little dry.

Olgas Diner Marlton boston cream pie

Olga’s Diner Service: A
The waitress said it was her first day, but you would not have guessed. She was friendly and seemed like she was working there for a long time. The food came out quickly. We were sat and eating our food within 15 minutes of arriving.

Cost: $$

For my coffee, salad, and pie, it was $25. The salad alone was nearly $19, which I found a bit pricey for the size.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked Olga’s Diner, and I’ll be back. The food was excellent, and Olga’s Diner has a lot of menu options I want to try.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Dessert: B
Service: A
Overall: A

You can see all the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite dessert?
What is the last new restaurant you’ve been too?

 

 

monarch diner glassboro
Monarch Diner (Glassboro)

Recently I was at the newly opened Monarch Diner. The Monarch Diner was updated from PB’s Diner and Taproom.  Both the Monarch Diner and the Red Lion Diner are now under a new ownership and brand new look.  It’s still in Gloucester Township on Delsea Drive in South Jersey.

Typically I’m confused about whether an updated or new ownership diner should be considered, “new,” but I’ve come to terms with if it has a new name and new owner, it’s new. The Red Lion Diner has new ownership as well, but still the same name. Should I go back and rereview it? TBD.

Atmosphere: A
I arrived at the Monarch Diner (Glassboro) on a Friday for dinner, and it was busy. There was already a wait. The outside is a cobblestone building with a touch of modern flair, while the inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

There is a bright diner counter, bar area, high top tables, a diner area too. The Monarch Diner is much brighter than PB’s Diner and Taproom, and it’s much more “diner.”

Coffee: B
The Monarch Diner serve local Lacas coffee which was excellent. I could have used more refills, but other than that, it was good. It also has it’s liquor license.

monarch diner glassboro

Food: B
The menu at the Monarch Diner is vast. It’s also one of the most unique diner menus I’ve ever seen. It includes menu choices that are both vegan or vegetarian. The Monarch Diner also has the ability to sub regular bread for cauliflower bread. I’ve never seen that a restaurant, let alone diner, so I had to try it.

For my appetizer at the Monarch Diner, I decided to order the grilled Meditteranean platter. It came with grilled squash, eggplant, cauliflower pita points, hummus, and tzatziki sauce. It was good. The vegetables were cooked perfectly. I didn’t know what to expect from the cauliflower pita but it was delicious, and I have no complaints.

monarch diner glassboro

For my entree, I ordered the BLT on cauliflower bread.  It was a $3 upcharge, but I was so fascinated by it, that I decided I had too. The BLT was stuffed with plenty of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and even avocado. The cauliflower bread was good, and truthfully I couldn’t taste much of a difference.

monarch diner glassboro

I asked to substitute the fries for a side salad, but they said that wasn’t an option, so I just chose one of the side vegetables. I was surprised I couldn’t but not the end of the world.

monarch diner glassboro

Dessert: A
I chose a chocolate pie to go. The chocolate pie was delicious. It had plenty of whipped cream and pudding, and I have no complaints.  While not cake, and not usually something I would order, the whipped cream called my name. We all know if it has whipped cream, I will probably like it.

Service: A
The waitress at the Monarch Diner was nice, and our food came out quickly. In all, it was a great diner. I always appreciate it when the manager (or maybe owner) walks around to see how the meal was.

Cost: $$
For the appetizer, meal, coffee, and dessert, it was $40. This isn’t an inexpensive diner, but the food is good.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Monarch Diner?
I liked the Monarch Diner (Glassboro, NJ), dare I say it, better than PB’s? I would go back, and it’s one of my favorite in the area.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Dessert: A
Cost: $15-30
Overall: A

You Can See All 237 Diner Reviews Here.

Close by diners: The Lamp Post Diner,The Metro Diner

Questions for you:
What is your favorite dessert?

Have you tried cauliflower crust? I don’t love or hate cauliflower crust. To me, it’s not a substitution for bread (and I don’t need it), but I do like the flavor and having it once in a while.

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