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palisadesnj

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What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Fri, 11/12/10 11:19 AM (permalink)
New Jersey resident - do you love your local diner? Well Palisades Insurance is hosting the first “2010 Jersey Diner’s Choice Awards." Below are the details.

NJ residents can visit The Palisades website nd vote for their favorite diner in eight categories until December 7. The winning diner will get the chance to host an event with Chef Duff Goldman from the Food Network series, Ace of Cakes!

10 voters will be randomly chosen to attend the event with Chef Duff!

So New Jersey - What is your favorite diner?
 
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    David_NYC

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    Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Fri, 11/12/10 3:33 PM (permalink)
    These Internet "Best of" contests for a prize always wind up with stuffed ballot boxes. What often happens is that the owner of the Tomaine Diner is computer saavy and knows how to get people to vote for his diner early and often.  They use those software tools spammers use to pass bogus IP addresses and computer info to the contest site.
     
    #2
      cameron074

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      • Location: Parsippany, NJ
      Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Fri, 11/12/10 6:10 PM (permalink)
      Budd Lake Diner in Budd Lake. Once drove down from Milford CT at 3AM just for some cheese/gravy fries and a taylor ham, egg and cheese. And I'd do it again! 
       
      #3
        wheregreggeats.com

        Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Fri, 11/12/10 6:28 PM (permalink)
         
        I think these polls, because they, by their very nature, ask open ended questions, become more of a "name a so-and-so" ... that's why McDonalds winds up winning the burger category.  It is the very syndrome that keeps me from asking, say the hotel front desk clerk, for advice.
         
        Meanwhile, good luck on your survey.
         
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          bartl

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          Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Sun, 11/14/10 3:38 PM (permalink)
          Unfortunately, most of my favorite New Jersey diners have changed, and I have still not found a replacement. Tom Sawyer (near the Fashion Square Mall) burned down, and was rebuilt a bit more upscale, Coach House (near Riverside Square Mall) has dropped quality and have apparently replaced their competent staff with people with the level of competence of the Three Stooges, Route 17's Suburban Diner makes too many mistakes, and Route 17's Tiffany was taken over a few years back by people from a country where things like basic cleanliness are considered to be a strange affectation. The Chit Chat Diner on Essex Avenue in Hackensack (near Route 17) shows some promise, although somebody should inform them that, for most people, the recipe for French Toast calls for eggs and that if dinner comes with dessert, they should not bring the bill and wait for the customer to inquire about it.
           
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            josefinajoisey

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            Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Wed, 11/17/10 3:19 PM (permalink)
            I agree with other posters about the 'iffy' credentials/results that come with Best Of polls.  But that doesn't stop me from putting in my two cents worth about NJ diners on Roadfood!
            My local favorite will always be the Colonial Diner in Lyndhurst - they've recently completed a renovation that maintained the classic diner look, and the food has stayed basically the same.  However, now the diner is attracting large families, and people who previously would have never  stepped foot in a 'greasy spoon'.  I miss the small diner feel, but I am happy for the owners success - they deserve it.
            I also love the Blairstown Diner - the food was iffy for many years, but has really improved in the past 5 years or so.
             
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              ScreenBear

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              Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Wed, 11/17/10 8:30 PM (permalink)
              Topps Diner in East Newark, hands down. A close 2nd, Mastoris in Bordentown. No question about it.
               
                The Bear
               
              #7
                leethebard

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                • Location: brick, NJ
                Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Wed, 11/17/10 10:47 PM (permalink)
                Rainbow diner in Brick,the Ocean Bay(O.B.) in Point Pleasant are great places at great prices!
                 
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                  jrzyboi

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                  • Location: bedminster, NJ
                  Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Mon, 01/24/11 10:55 PM (permalink)
                  Rt 22 east lebannon/whitehouse nj "The Spinning Wheel" a Great New Jersey diner with Great Food Friendly staff and Always clean as well as some beautiful scenery from the outside, The Favorite spot for most of the Bedminster NJ area residents for years now. Closer to us is Loukas last american diner on rt 22 east in Branchburg which is the last place you will ever see any of us, terrible food, inexperienced unfriendly staff and rude manager/owners not even a Thank You when you pay the bill.
                  What happend to pride in pleasing your customers and making sure they are happy with their entire dining experience including saying thank you !
                   
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                    ellen4641

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                    • Location: Egg Harbor Township, NJ
                    Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Wed, 01/26/11 9:27 PM (permalink)
                    the All Seasons Diner in Manalapan, NJ, near Freehold !!
                    (formerly called the Empire Diner)
                    Killer salad bar, with challah, etc...
                     
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                      Twinwillow

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                      Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Wed, 01/26/11 9:37 PM (permalink)
                      Great first post. Welcome to Roadfood.
                      As an ex-New Yawker, I miss NJ diners real bad. Nothing like them exists in Dallas. Nothing, dammit!
                       
                      #11
                        NJDinerGuide

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                        • Location: Freehold, NJ
                        Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Tue, 04/10/12 8:51 AM (permalink)
                        Sorry to bump this thread but the Triple D episode about New Jersey Diners is airing next month, details below.
                         
                        The episode will be on the Food Network on May 14, 2012 11:30 PM ET/PT, May 15, 2012 2:30 AM ET/PT, May 25, 2012 6:30 PM ET/PT.
                         
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                          ChrisOC

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                          Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Tue, 04/10/12 11:21 AM (permalink)
                          I would like to see that show.  My fav So Jersey diners are Peter's on the Black Horse Pike in Washington Twp. and Dino's on Rte 50 in Seaville.
                           
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                            CCinNJ

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                            Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Tue, 04/10/12 12:03 PM (permalink)
                            One place never mentioned (very close to Brownstone in Jersey CIty)...Flamingo.

                            Never much pretty place atmosphere to it ( re-opening as City Diner) and many peeps would be afraid of the vibe. Oh well.

                            As far as food...

                            http://www.jerseycityinde...30/jersey-city-diners/


                            http://www.jerseycityinde...-eat-off-the-flamingo/

                            Guy FIeri should do a segment on The Flamingo...at midnight!!!!
                            <message edited by CCinNJ on Tue, 04/10/12 12:16 PM>
                             
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                              ynotryme

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                              Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Tue, 04/10/12 1:15 PM (permalink)
                              I miss diners too! we do have a restaurant that reminds one of a diner, $7.95 for the blue plate specials called ourplace-mansfield.com served daily

                               
                               
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                                Bifpocaroba

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                                Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Tue, 04/10/12 4:51 PM (permalink)
                                I always liked The Lexington Diner in Clifton or the Pompton Diner in Cedar Grove. My all-time favorite is closed The Kless Diner in Irvington, I miss that place.
                                 
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                                  Bossa Nova

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                                  Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Fri, 04/13/12 10:15 PM (permalink)
                                  Mustache Bill's Diner in Barnegat Light, NJ.  Winner of a James Beard Award and also featured on DDD, it's the real thing.  Only open for breakfast and lunch and it's cash only.
                                   

                                   
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                                    Large Man

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                                    Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Fri, 04/13/12 10:37 PM (permalink)
                                    Used to love Country Club Diner in Voorhees on 561.  Was back last month and it is closed.  The cashier at ACME across the street told me it closed down several months ago, she used to go there too.  The chain restraints seem to be taking their toll on South Jersey Diners.
                                     
                                     
                                     
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                                      Foodbme

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                                      Re:What is your favorite New Jersey Diner? Sat, 04/14/12 1:50 AM (permalink)
                                      My favorite NJ Diner is ANY Diner in NJ. Shore do miss'em. 
                                       
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