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Blauvelt Coach Diner was not good tonight

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barbgail61 Sep 23, 2011 05:28 PM

Had to drop our car off for repairs so were near Blauvelt Coach Diner, and decided to go. It was still early enough for their complete Early Bird Dinner, which we got even though we weren't too hungry. But for $12.95 you get soup, salad bar, entree, glass of wine, full choices of dessert, and coffee. Can't beat the price. Problem was, the food just wasn't good. Maybe because we've watched too many Kitchen Impossibles, but we recognized several things wrong. First, the small salad bar had some wilty lettuce. Still, most of the lettuce was good so we were selective. The croutons were empty, but I guess they didn't notice, and it's just as well. The Bleu Cheese Dressing had water mixed into it, presumably by accident (the metal canister of dressing was pushed into a bed of crushed ice, so pehaps someone dropped a few pieces of ice into the dressing, by accident?
The soup choices were split pea, New England Clam, or Chicken Noodle. Husband had the chicken which he said tasted like a can. I ordered New England Clam, but there were only pieces of celery - no clams, no pieces of potato, and it tasted like, well, nothing! I asked the waitress if it was cream of celery or cream of chicken instead, and she said it was clam, but that I could try another. So I tried pea. Awful! This one had absolutely no pieces of anything to chew - no ham, no carrot, no veggies, nothing but pea, and the pea was too condensed! I watered it down with lots of water (cooled it off too) and then it was edible, but not good. Too canned. I bet the clam and the pea were supposed to be bases, and not complete soups, and the were supposed to add ingredients!

Husband ordered chicken parm with pasta. It came with mashed potatoes! When he asked where the pasta was, the waitress apologized and said she'd bring him pasta and he could keep the mashed potatoes. Pasta was strange too - a mixture of thin and very thick linguine. I mean, if you have 2 different pasta leftovers, why mix them together so that the customer realizes that the pasta is leftover? My string beans were definitely frozen. Now they overheated them so that they were not only too mushy, but dark green and ugly textured. My salmon was bland, with no salt or pepper. When I got to the thin end, there was still a piece of skin, which should've been removed as it was in now way crispy. Dessert is usually good. The chocolate ice cream however was old and icy. And the chocolate layer cake tasted odd. I thought the taste was soap, but my husband said it was maybe mocha. I like mocha, so no, I think it was soap. Like maybe they washed the knife poorly, or maybe there was dish detergent on the plate, or who knows?

We won't be going back any time in the future, given the blatently canned soup, frozen veggies, poorly seasoned fish, leftover mushy linguine, soapy tasting cake, icy ice cream, water in salad dresssing.... Too bad, because years ago we really liked it there, and it's a complete meal for $12.95. But it's just not worth it.

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Blauvelt Coach Diner
587 Route 303, Blauvelt, NY 10913

Blauvelt Coach Diner
587 Route 303, Blauvelt, NY 10913

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  1. menton1 Sep 24, 2011 11:30 AM

    We often get fooled by our memories. Diners are an anachronism these days, they generally suck, and there are usually better choices nearby.

    Bailey's in Blauvelt has home cooked food, including a great smoker with lots of smoked choices. Giulio's in Tappan is always good, as well as Liberty's for some good pub grub. Also the Commissary and Mimi's Plate. Stay away from diners!

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      Marge Sep 24, 2011 02:22 PM

      The merits of having dinner in a diner notwithstanding, I would not expect that a complete meal including a glass of wine for $12.95 would be anything better than horrible. The meals the OP described could not be made at home with quality ingredients for that price. If circumstances force me to have dinner in a diner, I would stick with a basic sandwich or breakfast fare.

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        JRBlack Sep 24, 2011 02:46 PM

        I disagree with the blanket statement to stay away from diners, but Blauvelt Coach Diner went downhill years ago. The Stateline Diner, a bit south on 303, is a better, albeit pricier, choice. If you're looking for something at a moderate price point in that general neighborhood, I would recommend Cassie's, where the pizza and salad are both very good although the service is generally lacking, or Thai Garden. Both are on the east side of 303 and a bit south of the Blauvelt Coach Diner.

      2. re: menton1
        michele cindy Sep 29, 2011 07:36 AM

        Menton1, just curious as to what you recommend at Liberty's.

        1. re: michele cindy
          menton1 Sep 29, 2011 12:11 PM

          Liberty's? It's just a casual spot for Pub food. No gourmet stuff here. Certainly better than any diner. Burgers, wings, appys and drinks. Simple stuff.

          1. re: menton1
            michele cindy Oct 2, 2011 09:00 AM

            I had there wings long ago, will give it another try. The potato skins were ok The thing that bothered me was they gave packets of salad dressing with the wings rather then homemade blue cheese dressing. This was so long ago I'm hoping that practice has changed.

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        Shawn Sep 25, 2011 05:50 AM

        I'm not a fan of diners, but i will say that there are very few diners (none that I know of) that would do the type of meal you described well. Chicken parm with pasta? Salmon? Both pretty risky in a diner setting. Better to stick with chicken soup, eggs, sandwiches and the like. The simpler the better.

        I agree with some of the other choices in the area people here have mentioned. Also, in the strip mall right next to the diner you could go to Milano for a far superior chicken parmesan. For decent less expensive food, Lanie Lou's across the street is much better than diner fare.

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          JRBlack Sep 25, 2011 09:47 AM

          Absolutely second the recommendation for Lanie Lou's. Good food, pleasant, homey setting. The drawback is that their hours are more limited than a diner's... I think they close relatively early.

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          Lanie Lous Cafe
          135 Erie St E, Blauvelt, NY 10913

        2. michele cindy Sep 26, 2011 09:35 AM

          We use a mechanic in the same area. For something super casual, there's a new hot dog & burger truck, right next to the mechanic we use. It's called Doug & Patti. Good dogs, haven't had the burgers yet. But I'll be going back to try them.

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            ospreycove Sep 26, 2011 09:50 AM

            Wow, all those courses AND a glass of wine for what? $12.95? Most restaurants get $12.00 for a glass of House, "cheap" wine alone. In the restaurant biz there is no magic, "if you want to sell it cheap, you must by the ingredients cheaply" Hmmmm, would you like to eat in an establishment that sources the cheapest ingredients available?

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            barbgail61 Sep 26, 2011 11:01 AM

            Thank you all for your replies. I learned a lot. I forgot about Cassie's which is actually closer to where I work. And I've never tried Stateline Diner or Lanie Lou's. I've been meaning to try Lanie Lou's but I thought that they were only open for lunch? I'll have to check their website, but my friend had recommended them for lunch and I had assumes perhaps they're not open for dinner? Lesson learned - $12.95 for a complete meal with a glass of wine, even a very small glass of wine, is too little for quality nowadays! Oh, I did see Milano when we parked, and I mentioned it to my husband, but he wasn't sure what he wanted (he did end up with chicken parmesan anyway) so he preferred the diner. We should've gone to Milano! Oh, and Michele Cindy, that food truck is very close to where we dropped our car off, and I jokinginly suggested it. I'm not even sure if it was open still, and I think it may have closed for the evening? But my husband just laughed, like why would I want to eat hot dogs in the car for dinner. But you know, one day when I have time, I'm going to try this food truck for lunch. I'm in the mood after watching the Foodnetwork "The Great Foodtruck Race". Thanks again everyone. I appreciate your suggestions for next time.

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            Lanie Lous Cafe
            135 Erie St E, Blauvelt, NY 10913

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