In October of 2010, on a Monday after our entire family had Friday night "pre-Bar Mitzvah" dinner (which Grandma paid for, of course), we were devastated to learn that our beloved Manalapan Diner had gone up in flames! They had been in the process of renovating the decor when this happened and did not reopen for the better part of a year, much to our collective family chagrin.
Now, no offense to you Marlboro Renaissance Diner or "that other Diner on Route 9" fans: they don't hold a candle (oops - be careful with that fire) to the Manalapan Diner.
Being a Diner, there's something for everyone here. All the usual diner fare is good at the MD, from exotic egg specialties (ask for the Litza's Special Omelet. It's light, fluffy, made with egg whites, and tasty) to sandwiches (they serve lean premium cold cuts), Gyros, Panini's, crispy French fries, Sweet Potato Fries, that startlingly "yellow" chicken soup that diners serve with a more-than-credible matzoh ball (I just noticed the word "credible" has the word "edible" in it...hmmmm. Coincidence? I think not!), and my personal faves: lentil and Yankee Bean Soup.
They have nice salads and will happily grill or poach a nice piece of fish to top it all off.
They have good burgers - even veggie burgers - and plenty on the menu for the kiddies.
They don't have many strictly vegetarian or vegan dishes, but they'll do their best to accommodate.
Not that I partake, but if you enjoy dessert, you won't be disappointed. Supersized cakes and sweets abound and are encased in glass displays for your consideration. Just make sure you have the old insulin pump handy if you're brave enough and hungry enough to go there.
The dining areas are roomy and tastefully decorated. The owners are ever present and always great us at the door warmly. And the bathrooms are clean. Editor's Note: I don't typically mention the "euphemism" in my reviews but I'll make an exception here since as I get older, I find myself frequenting them more often. In fact, from here out I will make it my business, when doing my business, to review the commodes and other fixtures but not so you should lose your appetite. I promise.
During the Spring and Summer months we like walking the four miles there to work up our respective appetites and then walking home to help work off the abundant portions/calories.
The servers work very hard to ensure all your needs are met and are constantly on the go as the MD is one successful and busy neighborhood mainstay.
Hope to see you there soon! Stop by the table and say hi.
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