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“A diner by any other name is Fine Dining”
Review of Rox Diner

Rox Diner
Ranked #35 of 261 Restaurants in Newton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 3, 2013

My wife and I have had the pleasure of experiencing the homeyness of this corner restaurant that is misnamed a diner. No tiled floors or jukeboxes at the tables; no soda fountain, but friendly, efficient staff. I say staff because the owner and chef are on the floor. During the 2 times we have eaten dinner here, they have altered selections and created dishes that exceeded our expectations. The chef came to our table to inquire how I wished my mushrooms, in the event I wanted any raw to adorn my salad. The unique hash is delightful. from burger to fish, everything was spot on. Prices are more than reasonable. The only reason I did not give an excellent rating is the decor; it was bright and clean, but too simple to get 5 stars--everything else was 5 star!!

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Just a small corner cafe but great breakfast. Plenty to eat and good too. The two grand kids loved the Mickey Mouse pancakes
And gramps loved his breakfast too! Excellent value.

1  Thank Rothmoth
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We keep going back to this diner. The prices are reasonable and the quality great, when done correctly. Sometimes I have to send the order back because it wasn't done correctly. The sweet potato fries, burgers and lobster dishes are great. Breakfas all day can't be beat. The bad thing though is the front desk. Once I sat there while they kept seating others but the manager was extremely apologetic. This is a diner after all.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Four of us had breakfast at the Rox recently. What a kick that the old KFC is now a hip, happening eatery in Newtonville. Our meals were very good, but the best part occurred when we told the waitress that one of us was gluten-intolerant. Within minutes, chef Bruce Harris was at our table, inquiring about our needs and helping us choose breakfast. But wait--there's more! When we asked for some salsa, like a genie from a magic lamp he appeared again, this time offering to bring "a little something." That turned out to be a delicious accompaniment of tomatoes and vegetables that far outdistanced plain old salsa. Wow, were we impressed. It's about time that Newton had a really good breakfast option. Hooray!

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2  Thank rockcreekgirl
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Typical diner fare "kicked up" a notch with local ingredients. Was it special? Not really. Was it tasty? Sure.

I had the Boston Scrambler- local scrambled eggs with Virginia baked ham and Swiss cheese. My dining companion had egg Benedict with hash. Both were served with red bliss home fries. Mine came with Foranax sourdough bread heavily buttered. The coffee was weak and a tad cold. I was glad to have an option of cream or milk. The orange juice, fresh squeezed for $4.75 a glass (perhaps 8-12 oz.). I wondered if the charge is so high due to their fancy Zumex orange juice extractor machine. Either way, for $45 with tip we were stuffed and couldn't finish our food.

I was a bit grossed out by the consistency of my eggs after a few minutes. They cooled and became almost mushy in a weird indescribably way.

The decor was pleasant on the eyes. Large pieces of urban inspired artwork. The waitress was quick and readily available when we needed her. At noon, when we dined the place was filled with many older people, possibly retirees. Not that it bothered us. Just seems like a local place for that demographic group to hang out since it seemed they all knew one another.

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3  Thank Belle1025
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