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Diner Breakfast Along the I-95

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In sunny Los Angeles we have "diners" that play diner dress-up that I'm assuming are no where near the real NJ thing. I've always loved the copycats for what they were but I know I'm missing out.

Luckily in a couple weeks I'll be driving from Manhattan to Virginia Beach, VA along the I-95 and I think this would be a great chance to stop for a true diner experience.

So here is my question: Where can I stop along the I-95 for breakfast or even lunch that would do a thoroughly job at schooling me in what a true diner actually is.

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  1. BTW, for a classic experience, you'll have to stray from 95 a bit. If you are heading out of Manhattan early, breakfast at the Tick Tock, on "the 3" in Clifton might be the call...about 5 minutes west of "the I-95" ;-)

    1. Since you are head South RM84-you may wish to re-post this in Washington/Balimore & Mid-Atlantic sections as well.

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      1. re: Jon1856

        Thanks for the tip. I'll do just that!

      2. Thanks everyone for the recs. After looking at the couple thought of here I'm thinking Tick Tock. Does anyone know anything about the Miss America Diner in Jersey City. Looks like my kinda place to!

        1. For the true diner experience, in most cases you'll have a bit of a drive away from I-95 to get it, as most of the 'easy-off, easy-on' establishments are chains (Cracker Barrel, golden arches-type places, and as you get into the MD-VA area, the Silver Diner chain). Nothing wrong with the Silver Diner, but it's diner dress-up.

          Famous in NJ is Mastoris Diner. They're in Bordentown, New Jersey, just off the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) Exit 7. (Routes 130 and 206) Their complimentary cinnamon breads and cheese breads are a big draw.

          Another good one: Edison Diner, 101 Route 1 South, Edison, NJ. Their Denver Omelette is killer. :) Again, it's just a short drive off I-95.

          1. You might want to stray from 95 to 130 for the Americana Diner in East Windsor, NJ. They were featured on Food Network for their omelets. I drive 20 miles just to have one, big fluffy, yunny. Have a great trip

            1. I second Mastoris' Diner in Bordentown. Not just for breakfast, either; the menu is vast and the daily specials are delicious and huge.
              They serve their signature cinnamon bread and cheese bread at all hours, by the way.