New Jersey offers a wealth of entertaining places to explore, and the Paramus area is no exception. Whether you’re looking to fuel up for adventure or you simply want a meal so good it’s an adventure in itself, we can help. Check out these top picks for local diners that have extensive menus, distinctive dishes, and that cozy down-home feeling you crave when you’re enjoying comfort food classics.
The Suburban Diner offers a clean, retro-inspired environment with friendly staff and an overflowing dessert counter. The breakfast menu includes an abundance of options, including fluffy omelets, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and gourmet pancakes and waffles. If you like the rich flavor of hollandaise sauce, you won’t want to miss the extensive selection of eggs benedicts here, including a Monte Cristo benedict with French toast, ham, and cheddar or a Mediterranean benedict with a toasted pita, spinach, feta, and tomato. Both are topped with poached eggs and hollandaise for that traditional flavor.
For lunch, you’ll find an assortment of salads, sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. Try one of the gourmet Angus beef burgers, such as the Suburban Burger topped with brisket, cheddar, and fried onions or the Ranch Burger with jalapenos, bacon, and guacamole.
Come in at dinner time to indulge in all your comfort food favorites, including baked meatloaf, chopped steak, fried chicken, ravioli parmigiana, or fish and chips. The dinner specialties cover a wide range of cuisines with options ranging from salmon teriyaki with stir-fry vegetables and rice to a London broil. The Suburban Diner also has a full bar serving everything from spiked coffees in the morning to specialty cocktails and sangria in the afternoon.
Chit Chat Diner’s warm, colorful ambiance matches its menu of re-imagined diner favorites perfectly. You’ll find a delightful selection of specialties any time of the day. For a distinctive breakfast, try the Desayuno Cubano, which features two fried eggs, chorizo, fried plantains, and avocados with rice and refried beans. If you’re in the mood for comfort food, the Deep South delivers chicken-fried steak with poached eggs, sharp cheddar, two biscuits, and a smothering of brown gravy.
On the main menu, you’ll find gourmet entrees such as Jack Daniels pork chops, filet stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat, grilled Angus skirt steak, and salmon pasta. When you need a late night meal, you’ll find a menu that’s slightly abbreviated yet no less diverse, with everything from specialty burgers, sandwiches, and wraps to grilled lamb chops to filling omelets.
The Chit Chat Diner has a full drink menu as well that includes beer, wine, cocktails, fountain soda, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and coffees.
The Gotham City Diner will make sure you’re well fed any time of the day. The breakfast menu covers it all with options that include California avocado toast, huevos rancheros, omelets, benedicts, pancakes, French toast, and Belgian waffles. If you like to indulge your sweet tooth in the morning, you’ll swoon for options like the Boston cream French toast or bananas foster waffle.
At lunchtime, you’ll enjoy a vast selection of wraps, paninis, sandwiches, and burgers. The enormous custom salad station is perfect for getting your daily serving of veggies. Stop in at dinnertime to order fajitas, pasta, steak, chops, ribs, and more. When you need comfort food, the Piled High Meatloaf is hard to beat, with thick slices of homemade meatloaf on a bed of mashed potatoes, grilled onions, and vegetables.
The diner also has a full bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails. If you have room for dessert, the options are seemingly endless. Try a slice of cheesecake, fudge brownies, gelato, ice cream, or a whole sundae. You can also order frosty milkshakes packed with decadent delights like the Going Bananas shake with peanut butter gelato, bananas, whipped cream, and drizzle of caramel sauce. You’re sure to leave this Jersey establishment satisfied.
Family-owned since 1974, Tom Sawyer Diner prides itself on serving good food in a warm, welcoming environment that’s designed to offer a refuge from the cares of the outside world. This is the kind of place where you want to become a regular. You can get breakfast all day, including corned beef hash, breakfast sandwiches, and a morning quesadilla.
For lunch and dinner, you can enjoy hearty salads, grilled chicken sandwiches, and paninis. The menu of specialty burgers is especially noteworthy, with options like the Roy Rogers topped with cheddar, frizzled onion, bacon, and barbecue sauce, or the Bold and Spicy with guacamole, bacon, cheddar, and pico de gallo. The Chef’s Choice menu includes plenty of down-home favorites like Tom’s Yankee Pot Roast, roasted chicken, homemade meatloaf, and spaghetti and meatballs.
The River Edge Diner offers a little of everything, from the open-air patio for al fresco dining to the full-service bar complete with flat-screen TVs to watch the game. The diner’s pastry chefs make all the desserts on-site daily so you know you’ll be sinking your teeth into a fresh and delightful treat. The menu covers a dozen pages and includes something for everything, so you can easily feed a diverse range of preferred palates here.
The selection of starters alone can make a meal with picks like spicy buffalo wings, coconut shrimp, fried calamari, onion rings, crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, and more. Work your way down the menu, and you’ll also find salads, gourmet grilled cheeses, pizzas, hot dogs, burgers, and a wide variety of sandwiches. If you’re after comfort food, you’ll find options such as pulled pork mac and cheese, fried chicken and waffles, country roast beef, and eggplant parmigiana. The menu also features dozens of other options, including chicken dinners, steaks, chops, pasta, and seafood.
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