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Some Tasty Transit News!
Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:28 AM

Talk about conveniance and making a transit stop a destination location!

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/paramus/business/italian-restaurant-frequented-by-celebs-brings-cocktail-lounge-pizzeria-to-nj-train-station/845854/

Put a bagel shop there as well and that station'll have everything you need!

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 1:43 PM

Everything that that awful little bistro in the Tenafly station for so long was not!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 3:43 PM

Overmod

Everything that that awful little bistro in the Tenafly station for so long was not!

 

I never made it to that one!  Sounds like I didn't miss anything!  Ick!

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 8:25 PM

It wasn't like Swindon.  The real issue was sullen, slow service for an eye-watering price.

I cannot remember reading even one positive review.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:52 PM

Overmod
an eye-watering price.

Speaking of which, Lady Firestorm and I being diner fans were going to try the Tenafly Diner the last trip north.  Until I looked at the menu on line and saw the "eye-watering" prices! 

C'mon people, it's supposed to be a diner, not the Ritz! 

So we went to the Empress Diner in Fair Lawn instead.  Good food and VERY reasonable!  Dinner 

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 1:33 AM

Flintlock76
Speaking of which, Lady Firestorm and I being diner fans were going to try the Tenafly Diner the last trip north.

I find I'm still upset about the Tenafly Diner being rebuilt to googie-style architecture... circa 1967.  Many is the cheeseburger with mashed potatoes on the side that I had in there... before it got gentrified.

And then there's Baumgarts in Englewood, the place my mom and I determined, scientifically and conclusively, that fries taste better when stolen off someone else's plate.  It's weird in there now... and I don't think the ice cream is still homemade in there at any price.  (I'd be upset if Bischoff's went that route!  And I still can't believe Gerenser's in New Hope is gone without revival...)

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 8:30 PM

Overmod
I find I'm still upset about the Tenafly Diner being rebuilt to googie-style architecture... circa 1967

Yes, Lady F and my self have seen it, it's been thoroughly "Lou-Roc'd!"

What's "Lou-Roc'd?"  Well, back in the 90's there was a fun mgazine for diner enthusiasts called "Roadside," a contemporary of "Eleanor P" in fact.  "Roadside" was all about classic diners and diner culture, they came up with the term "Lou-Roc'd" after the Lou-Roc diner in Massachusetts completely remodeled their classic stainless steel exterior into a nondescript "modern" boxy-looking structure, a fate many classic old stainless steel diners have fallen victim to. 

The Suburban Diner in Paramus NJ is another classic example of "Lou-Roc" modification.  It's not even fair to call it a diner anymore.

Mind you, the term "Lou-Roc" has nothing to do with the quality of the food served!  It's all about the loss of the classic diner look. 

For ice cream in North Jersey our go-to place is Van Dyk's in Ridgewood!  The best!  Lady F has NO problem traveling 360 miles for their maple walnut ice cream!

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 9:40 PM

If you're driving up Route 9 in Red Hook, New York stop in at the Red Hook diner- built in 1927 and on the National Register and the home fries are first rate! I picked up a copy of Roadside there. Also, Worcester, Massachusetts has some amazing diners. I think they started there in the 20s and I recall one that was obviously restored to original and it was called a "lunch car." It looked like a streetcar but I don't think that was how it was originally built. 

A classic film from 1947 is early on set in a diner. "The Killers" with Burt Lancaster and written by Ernest Hemingway and the dialog is him verbatim. It's one of the few films made from his books that he actually liked. 

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