An excerpt from the Food Lovers’ Guide to New Jersey, 2nd ed. (2008)
August 23, 2008
By Peter Genovese
Roadside Diner, Routes 33-34, Collingwood Circle, Wall; (732) 919-1199; $. Why single out the Roadside Diner among the scores of diners in this part of Jersey? First, it’s beauitful, or beautiful in the way only diners can be, with a striking red railroad-car-style roof, yellow awnings; and a stainless steel sheen. The diner had fallen into diner limbo until Dimitri and Toula Gerakaris bought it and spent three months cleaning and renovating it. Nothing fancy here; you’ll go for hte atmosphere (check otu the slidigng glass door and tiny bathrooms), friendly banter, and good food. The diner was the center of action in John Sayles’s 1983 movie Baby It’s You. It’s a great place to hang out and watch the world – and the traffic on Route 34- go by. (P. 227)
June 23, 2007
Yelp: Dave W.
Another routine Jersey diner - right? Not quite. The first step in
going to this diner is to convince yourself to go inside. The diner
sits on the right hand side of Rt33 W, just past the circle. A red
roof, yellow awnings and a dinosaur made of car parts just serve to
entice you to enter. I drove past it many times before going in, and
have enjoyed it since.
All kidding aside, the diner is quite
homey inside and the menu is pure diner food. Daily specials and soups
(I had the cream of broccoli soup - skip this when you come). My
Roadside burger was fresh, cooked to order and huge! On another visit I
had the Southwest burger which comes with pepper jack cheese, sour
cream and jalapenos. They have all the standard sandwiches and serve
breakfast all the time, every day. Huge burger, bacon, cheese, lettuce,
tomato, fries, pickle, coleslaw, soup and a soda for $11.00
owner drives a powder blue Cadillac El Dorado - a vintage model with a
white vinyl roof - which is always parked in the same spot out front.
The diner was also featured in the film "Baby Its You", filmed when the
place was much newer and brighter.
Not gourmet by any measure - just good food. Try it sometime.
Wall, NJ 07727-3620 (732) 919-1199
7 Days a Week