One of the benefits of living in New Jersey is being able to eat 24/7 at any one of the hundreds of diners in the area. Scattered throughout the region, some retain their old diner charm with lots of polished metal and neon, while others look and feel like modern restaurant. However, there are common themes: open 24 hours, breakfast all day, lots of coffee, separate booths, counter service, and a waitress that calls you "Hun" at least once. This blog contains photos and commentary on our Diner adventures throughout South Jersey and the Philadelphia area.
January 12, 2019
Harrison Township, New Jersey
The Harrison House Diner is located in the Mullica Hill section of Harrison Township, New Jersey. It sits on a prime piece of real estate at the corner of the Bridgeton Pike (Rt. 45) and Rt. 322. During the summer, the diner gets a lot of shore traffic as folks from Pennsylvania make their way to the southern beaches of New Jersey. We arrived for dinner, but yes, you could still order breakfast. She had a grilled cheese and I got chicken cordon blue. Of course I ordered coleslaw and coffee ... don't judge. We cleaned both plates. Service was awesome. Food was awesome. Without question, one of out favorite diners.
January 1, 2019
It was New Year's Day. We had just dropped off son #2 at the airport. Fiance of said son had a later flight, so we drove south to grab some lunch. The Philly Diner in Essington, PA was the closest we could find. We found ourselves a sunny booth. I did notice that it lacked the perquisite lunch counter, but the establishment was wrapped in chrome on the outside... it was a fair trade-off. I ordered a tuna and chicken platter (meh), the others ordered grilled cheese and and huuuuuge omelette. The waitress was super nice and kept the coffee flowing. After all, its all about the coffee. No web page, but you can check them out on Yelp HERE.
December 31, 2018
Washington Township, NJ
We tried to go for breakfast, but by the time we arrived, it was lunch. But its a diner, so you can order breakfast at any time. I dined with son #2, his fiance, and son #3. The food and service are always top notch at The Whitman. The four of us enjoyed our omelettes, salads, sandwiches, and of course, disco fries with gravy and cheese. (Shhhh, don't tell my wife). Our waitress never let our coffee cups become empty. The Whitman has a lot of old diner features - lots of chrome and neon - with a retro art deco vibe. Whats not to like? One of our favs.... Check 'em out here.
December 29, 2018
We stopped by the Penrose Diner in South Philly at a little before 5:00 A.M.on a Saturday in December. It was early and only a few other brave souls were up and about at that time of morning Located on Penrose Avenue in South Philly. She ordered a breakfast sandwich, and got a western omelet. Coffee for both of us, of course. She got a breakfast sandwich and I got a western omelet. Both came with thin sliced home fries cooked to a golden brown. Mmmmm. Service was quick, we ate, and left before the sun ever rose. Check 'em out.