It’s no secret that New Jerseyans love our diners! New Jersey and diners go together like fries and gravy, or ham, egg and cheese. There are over 500 diners in the state and we are often called the “Diner Capital of the World”. Everyone has their favorite, and choosing the best would be nearly impossible. Each is unique with diverse menus and friendly staff. The following each offer up something special that makes them stand out, from top reviews to unique themes.
1. Tops Diner, East Newark
This diner TOPS "best of" lists every year, and gets more mentions on social media than any other diner in the state.
2. Doo Wop Diner, Wildwood
Located right on the Wildwood Boardwalk, this doo wop themed diner is just seconds from the beach. Crowded during summer months, fall is the perfect time for a visit.
3. The Summit Diner, Summit
Built in 1929, this is believed to be the oldest diner in New Jersey still in operation. It is well known for its taylor ham/pork roll slider.
4. Vincentown Diner, Vincentown
This local favorite serves traditional diner fare, with a twist. Expect the freshest locally grown produce and organic ingredients!
5. Americana Diner, East Windsor
Americana was Inside Jersey's choice for best diner in New Jersey, and it is a local favorite. Stop by for the good food, good service, and free bread!
6. Tick Tock Diner, Clifton
Sure, this diner may have made headlines recently for a murder plot, but it has some of the best cake and chicken tenders around! The manager was served an 8 year sentence for plotting to kill his uncle, a co-owner. Guests are served up some delicious food.
7. Mustache Bill's Diner, Barnegat Light
This quirky diner owned by Bill Smith (Yes, he does have a mustache!) won an America's Classics award from the James Beard Foundation in 2009, the first diner to do so in the award's history.
8. State Line Diner, Mahwah
This New Jersey diner, located right near the New York border, offers a full service bakery and bar! The menu is massive and offers a mix of American and Mediterranean cuisine.
9. Salem Oak Diner, Salem
Named the "Best Classic Diner in New Jersey", barely anything has changed here since 1955. It isn't vintage-themed, it's just vintage. The decor may be dated, but both the food and the service are exceptional.
10. Jefferson Diner, Lake Hopatcong
Voted "Reader's Choice Best Diner" by the New Jersey Herald, this retro diner was also featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives". Did I mention that they also offer free delivery?
11. Bendix Diner, Hasbrouck Heights
Named after a local aviation plant, Bendix has soared from small town diner to big screen star. You can catch glimpses of the restaurant in films including Boys on the Side, and Jersey Girl.
12. Skylark Diner, Edison
Definitively a diner, this restaurant also doubles as a lounge. Enjoy breakfast all day and dancing all night. Jerry Seinfeld is a fan, having featured Skylark on his web series.
13. Ponzio's Diner, Cherry Hill
Another diner with a full bakery and bar, Ponzio's is popular on social media. It is one of New Jersey's most tweeted about and top reviewed diners. The breakfast is so good, customers drive in from Philadelphia.
14. Double S Diner, Wantage
Known for good food and great barbecue, this diner recently won New Jersey Monthly's "Critic's Choice Award".
15. Malibu Diner, Hoboken
A Hudson County staple, this diner is a popular spot for younger diners after the local bars close. Open since the 1940s, it's also a nostalgic hot spot for older residents.
As I mentioned earlier, we have hundreds of diners in New Jersey, and this is just a small sample. These aren’t necessarily the BEST diners in New Jersey, but they are some of the most popular. I have my own favorite, and I’m sure you do also – share in the comments below and let me know what makes it so great!