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Oct 25, 2011 04:18 AM

Johnny B's Diner in Freehold

Breakfast/Lunch was very good. Homemade soup. Clean and retro inside. I found my new diner.

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  1. Sounds interesting, but where is the diner located?

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    1. re: aklein

      Johnny B's is on Rt. 537, about 3/4 miles west of CentraState Hospital (towards Great Adventure). Its a small place and do a good enough job with basic diner fare - omelettes, burgers, etc. Its mostly a breakfast/lunch spot, although I do think they are open for dinner but close on the early side. IMO, not worth going out of your way for, but if you're in the area...

      1. re: jsfein

        Been going there for years...typical diner food with a 50's atmosphere edge to it nothing special.
        he sometimes has classic cars parked out front also which is cool!

    2. Not a true "manufactured off site" diner (if that is what one is looking for) and the "retro" decor - most of it modern plastic Kitsch, with an emphasis on "The Fifties"- is somewhat heavy-handed but the breakfast is OK.

      A more authentic true diner experience on the same road, in downtown Freehold, is Tony's Freehold Grill- a classic O'Mahony (of Elizabeth, NJ) built 1940's diner- with the grill still out in the open behind the counter. No need for cheesy Coca-Cola memorabilia reproductions or James Dean photos.

      Unfortunately, I grew tired of Tony's lousy homefries (homefries can make or break a diner breakfast, and good homefries seem to be an afterthought for a lot of diners, a dying craft) and haven't been in lately. They also added TV's - which knocks it down in my ratings.

      Tony's Freehold Grill
      59 E Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728

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      1. re: JessKidden

        Jess +1 on the home fries statement....I agree most are horrible for so many reasons. sad that many of the classic greasy spoon diners in NJ are of my favorites growing up was the Short Stop Diner where you ate right out of the frying pan on Bloomfield's Franklin Avenue, is now a Dunkin' Donuts!!! Grrrr!

        Dunkin' Donuts
        1515 John F Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

        Short Stop
        252 Park Ave, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

        1. re: Tapas52

          Short Stop Diner where you ate right out of the frying pan.....

          Skillet Eggs! ! !

        2. re: JessKidden

          I've often wondered about Tony's. We don't eat breakfast out but might try it for lunch. Do they make a decent BLT?

          1. re: RGR

            Thanks for the info about Tony's, as for the homefries, i don't eat potatoes so that won't bother me that there not good. I do eat pancakes, how are tony's. i've tried many diners in the surrounding area's and i think most of them can't even make a good omelete. That's why i really liked Johnny B's. I't didn't bother me that i've seen decor like this, as long as it's clean. I just know that my family liked the burgers and I had a veg omelete with cheese and it was cooked well, not like some other diner's that warm the vegs and it feels like they're raw. I'm open for other good diner suggestions.I don't care for Applebee type food.

            1. re: JUST A TASTE

              In any diner I go to eat breakfast if my eggs, omelets, come to me brown from being burned on the grill after telling the server when ordering make sure not to I will never go there again and will always send it back. Especially a Western Omelet outside burned brown...inside ingredients raw ! Really shows they have no experience making eggs behind a grill.