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“Blast from the past.”

DJ's Taste of the 50's
Ranked #17 of 579 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Essex, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Blast from the past.”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Went here after going to the Bird-in-hand farmer's market. Great food reasonably priced. Place was packed but they seated us right away. Great atmosphere. Words fail me so look at my pictures. Service was a little slow but they were packed and it was shift change. Worth going back again.

  • Visited October 2012
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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
289 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
“Makes you want to go to a sock hop!”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Right off of Rte 340 near a light. Parking is in the rear. There is room there and in the building lot next door. However, after you park you enter from the front of the building unless you need wheelchair access which is in the rear. When you enter from the front you step back in time to a colorful almost movie set quality diner. Red and luminescent blue interspersed with black and white check. Vintage college banners, tin advertising signs, plus other fun artwork adorn the walls. Vinyl padded chairs, waitresses in long skirts with hair in poney tails and a walk up soda fountain bar. It is just a fun place to be! While we were there we saw families with young kids, a bunch of 20-somethings, mixed adults, couples, and a table of just girlfriends - so it appeals to the masses. Our waitress was very friendly and gave excellent service. We had heard that the burgers were voted the best by some poll or other so we decided to order them. The burgers were fresh and not from frozen. They were thick and were good. You have to pay extra if you want lettuce, tomato, etc. The best part of the burgers was the buns. I have never had a better bun! Wow, never made that comment before. The homemade chips were ok, but a bit thick. On the other hand, the milkshake could have been thicker, but still had good flavor as it was made with Hershey ice cream. Kids are given crayon and mats to color while waiting for their food to be delivered in a little car with a ice cream sandwich if so desired. The place was very clean. We thought it would be a neat place to bring out of towners. Tip: Read the back of the menu to learn about the giant rock and then look for it when you leave. Also, the old non-operating phone booth on the side of the building actually will give you 90's flashback! Don't see too many of them around anymore with the advent of all these cell phones. Bon apetit!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank joyceTL4
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Palmyra, PA
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Unique, Fun, and Great Food!”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

For a family outing we wanted to try all new places one Saturday. After visiting the North Museum in Lancaster we headed down Route 30 in Lancaster to find DJ's after seeing it on Trip Advisor. Everyone, aged 68 to 9 loved the restaurant! It's technically located in Smoketown, but it's barely a mile or two off of Route 30. Turn traveling north at the red light right at the Target on Route 30 and then right again at the next major intersection and it's right there on your right. Smaller than expected in size with a small parking lot. Could easily be 2-3 times (or more) larger in size and would still be filled. Reproduced the 50's incredibly well, down to the attire of the waitresses. Every seat was filled. The food did take a while but was well worth the wait -- incredibly juicy and tasty burgers, great fries, and real milk shakes. The kids' meals came in a cardboard 50's car which they loved (and could take home). Check out their menu on-line. Definitely want to go back and try other things. Second best burger -- Five Guys still has a unique taste that's hard to replicate -- but this one is thicker and juicer. Definitely worth the trip! Loved it.

  • Visited October 2012
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Good breakfast”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Eggs done the way you ask for them.
Good quality food at fair prices.
Fun 50's theme will bring back memories to baby boomers.
Even my grandson had lots of questions that we had fun answering.
Not many wait staff but they handle the whole dining room well.
Nice change of pace from the many all youcan stuff down places in Lancaster County

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank ROKLEN
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Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Oh Happy Days.....A bit of "boppin" nostalgia”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Stopped here for a quick lunch. Thoroughly enjoyed walking into this restaurant. Music from the 50's was playing and all the decor transported you back to the 50's. Our waitress dressed in a poodle skirt and ponytail..greeted us. We had burgers and I tried their soup. Homemade chips and fries, malts, milkshakes....are also available. They do have a breakfast menu and a limited dinner menu. .The food was very good. They seem to do alot of breakfast meals also. What I liked was you could sit outside on the porch or eat, inside . Please be warned, they have limited hours. M-T 7 am until 2 pm. Fridays and Sat they are open until 7pm. Closed Sundays. We will definitely try this again. This should be on the Lancaster tourist attraction list.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank TigerLily1010
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