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I'm going to be driving from Elizabeth to Philadelphia via the NJ Turnpike early on a Sunday morning and was hoping to stop at a decent place along the way for a stick-to-your-ribs kind of breakfast. Any recs?

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  1. Wow ... two problems ... breakfast and convenient off the turnpike. Only one comes to mind. I would do the Mastoris Diner in Bordentown. A good breakfast (and anything else for that matter) and and not too far off the turnpike. Check out there webpage at www.mastoris.com for a menu and directions (exit 7A to 195W to 130S). . Also here is a good review with pictures: http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Write...
    Good luck and don't forget to try the cheese bread (more like a danish)

    1. I read the request on my RSS feed reader, and went directly to research my idea. Then coming here, I discover that bgut1 beat me to the Mastoris recommendation.

      1. Great minds think alike :)

        1. Depending on when you go, you might find a long wait for a table at Mastoris. I've only been once, for dinner, and found the food just OK. Breakfast food may be better. The portions are huge.

          1. As an alternative to Mastoris, there's The Americana Diner in East Windsor (Exit 8-Hightstown)- well-known for great omelettes, which IIRC, are both grilled and then baked.

            http://www.americanadiner.com/

            Less of an "event" than Mastoris (but more attractive), it depends on how much time you want to spend on breakfast- altho' both can get crowded on the weekend mornings.

            I was surprised to see that the Americana doesn't open until 7am (by my way of thinking, the "classic NJ diner" should be open 24 a day and serve breakfast 'round the clock), so I suppose it also depends on what you mean by "early".

            Altho', just thinking about it, I could go for some of that Mastoris "cheese bread" with my morning coffee right now...

            Hey, if you're coming back to Elizabeth, you could always hit the other on the way home.

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            1. re: JessKidden

              Well I took your advice and went to the Americana. It was just what I was looking for. I asked the waitress if the the hash was good and she said yes. I had eggs over easy, hash, home fries, and some very good toast from what I suspect had been made from in-house baked bread. It hit the spot on an early Sunday morning. And this place is very accessible from the NJTP.

              Thanks for the tip!

            2. Good call with the Americana. You can't go wrong with that one either.

              1. Even closer to Exit 8 is the Prestige Diner.
                Consistently pretty good to above average.
                Great Greek salad.

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                1. re: ira

                  Really? I've only tried it twice since moving to the area, and both times the place REAKED of bleach- my eyes watered, my nose burned and, well, it wasn't a very happy dining experience.
                  "Is "Prestige" a brand of bleach? Scratch this place off my list."

                  Maybe I just went (both times?) after the disinfectant shift came on?

                  1. re: ira

                    Maybe if it were 1970, this place would be good or if I was 80 years old, but steer clear from this place. It is stuck in a time warp!

                    AMERICANA all the way!!