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May 24, 2013 02:24 PM

Marlboro Renaissance Diner now....

Taking Wench31's lead here.. :)

Passed by today. Is now the Silver Star Diner. For a minute there, I thought I was in Texas. :)

Not sure if they changed hands, or it's just a name change.

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  1. Lol. Thought I saw that, too!

    1. I've seen where diners kept the same ownership, but renamed after a remodeling.

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      1. re: ebchower

        Well, Silver Star came and went... this place has recently received an exterior facelift.. they worked on it for quite a while. There's a sign outside that says "Now Hiring" but the Silver Star sign is still up. I've seen beverage service trucks, etc., in the past few days. I'm GUESSING it's going to be a diner again.. but who knows?

        1. re: MarlboroMan

          Well, I guessed right. Old sign came down and new sign went up today.. will be the "Marlboro Diner".

          1. re: MarlboroMan

            Which diners in the area do you like?

            1. re: ebchower

              All Seasons II on Rt. 9 North in Freehold. I love their salad bar.

              Manalapan Diner is really good, too.

            2. re: MarlboroMan

              Grand Opening is this Wednesday, July 1st. They went all out... new facades on the building, paved the parking lot.. let's hope the food is great, too!

              1. re: MarlboroMan

                I'll probably give them a few weeks to get settled before stopping in.

                1. re: ebchower

                  Gave this place a try about a week ago, and the food was solid. Service was a little slow. It was pretty busy for a Monday night!

                  Dang it, can't remember what I ate now. Probably because I've eaten at 3 different diners in the past week.

                  1. re: MarlboroMan

                    Maybe dinner is the better bet. I remember now (because I found the week old leftovers in the fridge). I had moussaka, and it was one of the best I've had.

                    Also ate at New Monmouth Diner in Middletown.. I think that's my new favorite. I had an awesome dish of 2 poached eggs over homemade corned beef hash.

                    And the steady Manalapan diner. My gosh, the portions are HUGE here, and the quality matches the quantity. My wife got 3 meals out of her meatloaf special. The kid's meals were more like adult sizes, and my lasagna was excellent as well.

                    Plus, we had a super nice waitress, who brought my kids small bowls of soup - on the house (because they liked mommy's cream of turkey soup). They did not like my avgolemeno.. fine by me. :)

                    And since I had lamented not getting a dinner special, which came with dessert.. she brought me a free piece of cake. Yeah, she got a nice tip!

                    1. re: MarlboroMan

                      Ohhhhhhhhh hard to find a good one. I honestly gave up 20 years ago, I worked for Greeks when I was a teenager and I could never find a moussaka like the one they use to make. I'm not too far from that diner, I might have to try it one day.

                      It is amazing how good a "good" diner can be. That's one thing that stinks about being in Monmouth County, the diner selections really start getting thin the further south of Middlesex County you go.

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Try this jr. I got the recipe from a friends nanny when I was living in Greece. Just make sure you get a fresh eggplant - one with a bright green stem.

                        From a friend’s nanny’s recipe:

                        Olive oil
                        Salt & pepper
                        1 large eggplant – peeled & sliced thin
                        2 small potatoes – sliced thinly
                        1 lb ground meat – beef or lamb
                        1 chopped onion
                        6 cloves chopped garlic
                        Bechamel Sauce (recipe follows)

                        Brown the ground meat & add the onions & cook until the onions are tender. Add the chopped garlic & cook for another 2 minutes. Coat the bottom of an 8x11” baking dish with olive oil. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with sliced potatoes. Then cover the potatoes with a layer of sliced eggplant & sprinkle with salt & pepper. Spread the cooked meat/onion/garlic mixture over the eggplant and follow with another layer of eggplant & sprinkle with salt & pepper again. Cover the top layer of eggplant with the Bechamel Sauce & bake @ 350 degrees for an hour.

                        Bechamel Sauce:

                        ¼ cup olive oil
                        ¼ cup flour
                        2 cups milk
                        2 egg yolks
                        ¼ cup grated parmesan or romano OR a dash of nutmeg

                        Heat the olive oil in a large measuring cup on high in the microwave for 30 seconds; add the flour, stir & heat again on high for 1 minute. Wisk the oil/flour mixture & add the milk. Wisk it again & microwave on high for 4 minutes (microwave time varies but you want the mixture to boil & thicken), wisking a couple times during the cooking. Add two egg yolks, a pinch of salt & wisk thoroughly again. Microwave for one more minute. Stir & add EITHER the nutmeg (traditionally Greek) OR the grated cheese (I like it better this way).


                        The size of the pan may vary depending on the sixe of the eggplant

                        You can put remaining eggplant in the middle of the pan – it will collapse as it cooks

                        1. re: JoeBabbitt

                          Thank you so much! I've got eggplant growing in the garden as we speak, I'm going to earmark this for month or so when the are ripe!

        2. We went there for breakfast yesterday. They had the orders all screwed up. Gave us home fries instead of hash browns, I got fried eggs on my corned beef hash instead of poached. My GF's omlette wasn't cooked all the way (runny egg whites in the center). They gave her a new omlette with hash browns but nobody really seemed to know what to do about this order gone awry.

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          1. re: JoeBabbitt

            I'll probably give them a few *more* weeks to get settled before stopping in.