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“Fresh, Clean, Friendly, Fast, Old School in all the best possible ways”
Review of Route 28 Diner

Route 28 Diner
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Fresh, Clean, Friendly, Fast, Old School in all the best possible ways”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

We had the good fortune of finding the Route 28 Diner on a very trying weekend on the Cape. After leaving the Cape Cod Hospital after my father's passing the nurses had directed us to another establishment for breakfast. The establishment we left for was full and didn't smell worth a wait, so we headed down the road and passed the Route 28 Diner. It looked like the diners we remembered as kids and more importantly it looked clean.

It was and we spent the next three mornings having breakfast here. If an establishment can make you feel comforted at the worst possible time, if it can make you feel welcome, and look forward to eating something when you are at the bottom that says a great deal about the product, the people and the place that is the Route 28 Diner.

We quietly ate our first breakfast and were so impressed with the cleanliness of the diner and the freshness of the food. Let me start out by saying I am very, very, very, picky when I eat out. Everything we ate for the next 3 mornings was fresh, homemade and delicious. No greasy spoon diner here. It was like being at a really good grandma's house. We had the Belgian waffles everyday and they were light, fluffy, flavorful and crispy. Real maple syrup accompanied them. Fantastic eggs benedict, blew my homemade ones away, best I ever had. Super omelet with fresh spinach. A very large small orange juice, and super coffee. Eggs were fresh and cooked perfect every morning.

And as far as service each morning it was great, on our second morning we felt like regulars. These are really good people running a really nice establishment and we can't thank them enough for providing us a safe harbor on an awful weekend.

On our second morning the owner ended up talking with us and sharing stories of his mom's passing. His kindness was so unexpected and so greatly appreciated not to mention that the conversation offered us solace and a chance to exhale.

All that and a great cup of coffee.

If you drive by this place you are truly missing out on the way life used to be, still should be, and thank goodness once in awhile still is.

My husband and I would like to thank the owners and staff for the great breakfasts and the warm atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank timsusan
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English first
Floral Park, New York
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“small, but worth the wait”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

This is where the locals go. Looks like a truck stop from the outside, but food was quick, good and reasonably priced. Typical diner, but small.

Visited August 2013
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Tappan, New York
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76 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great Little Diner w/ Friendly Ownwers”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Owners greet you w/ a smile and a cup of coffee.
The pancakes were wonderful and tasty
Nothing to dislike.....unless you are a grouch
Wished they were open for dinner

Visited September 2013
Thank tappantoby
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New England
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“You won't be disappointed”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Good food and a warm, friendly staff - makes you feel at home. Just a fun place to come for breakfast.

Visited September 2013
Thank LadyR63
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Upstate NY
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“We Look forward to Rt 28 every year”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

This is our second year going to Rt 28 diner, after reading about it last year on Trip advisor. Its funny reading the previous reviews how peoples perceptions are different.
Yes, the diner is small, but the staff and owner are so welcoming and friendly. Yes the staff is bubbly first thing in the morning, but who wants a bunch of zombies serving you?
We love it. The kids (9, 11 and 12), look forward to the daily specials, especially the cookies and cream pancakes. Or the M&M waffles. Our hotel has a restaurant but we prefer going to the diner. And like a lot of places on the Cape it is cash only. We can't speak about lunch since we've only gone for breakfast. Service for the 5 of us has always been super quick, within 10 minutes we are eating. We go just about every morning around 8 and haven't had to wait to be seated yet.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank tourtis
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