I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and now back to the grind! I'm dreading tomorrow. I'm already counting down the days to Friday. So I had a pretty fun Labor Day weekend aside from my nausea. Here's the story... I ended up going to a family party, ate catered Indian food, and came back home at 12:30 AM feeling extremely nauseous... oh please, it's not that! I am convinced I had food poisoning. I was in the bathroom for two and a half hours, but I'll spare you the details. I was so miserable and sooooo sleepy! My husband who was so sleepy waited outside the door and in the living room area the entire time... poor guy. I felt so bad he stayed up with me, but I refused to let him in the bathroom. I finally opened the door at 2:30 AM and he gave me some medicine, I felt better within 15 minutes. Ahhh... relief!
It felt good being taken care of and I didn't feel alone during my time of pain and misery. I thought it was so incredibly sweet of my husband to stay up with me, I mean, he could have napped in the middle. I guess they are right when they say marriage is for better or for worse, right? Sometimes it is important to focus on our spouse's positive characteristics and look beyond their little flaws. At least in my case it made me realize that these were the qualities I loved most about him and I appreciated that he showed me that he cared about me... sometimes talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words!
Well, enough of my profound thoughts! As you know my nieces came over for a sleepover and we stayed up chatting till 4 AM. The next morning my husband and I took the kids to the Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri on Food Network. This diner is known for its pancakes featuring over 30 different types of pancakes. They also have more than 30 different types of omelets. You really will be confused trying to figure out what to order. Here is my review on Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory.
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426 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(Van Vorst Park - Downtown Jersey City)
The ambience at Brownstone Diner feels as though you are walking into someone's home. As you walk in you'll notice the wooden French doors and high ceilings. Take notice of the occasional plants which add warmth to the room.
Casual Dining, Couples, Everyone, Groups, Kid Friendly.
Diners, Breakfast & Brunch.
MENU - $$
Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory Menu. First off, there are no breakfast specials at this diner. The pancakes start at $4.95 and go up to $8.75. The Omelets range from $5.75 to $9.95 and are served with toast & home fries, french fries, or grits. I usually get the curly fries and pay an extra $1... the curly fries are sooooooooo good! There is an additional $1 cost for egg whites.
Brunch for 2 adults + 5 kids (ages 10-14)
4 small juices + 1 chocolate milk + 1 coffee + 1 raspberry truffle caffe + 5 entrees = $71 (including tip)
RECOMMENDED HEALTHY EATS... choices below are based on my knowledge of food and nutrition. In general, when dining at Diners, choose egg white omelets with veggies and a little cheese. Opt for wheat bread and home fries. Typically, pancakes should be avoided, but not at the Brownstone Diner. Avoid French toast, waffles, whipped cream, syrups, and butter. Skip the ham, bacon, sausage, and anything fried. There is no online nutrition available for Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory. Please use your own discretion when making a decision.
|PANCAKES (skip butter/syrup)|
|Fresh Fruit Pancakes|
|Banana Walnut Pancakes|
|Peach Walnut Pancakes|
|Nut 'n' Honey Pancakes|
|Honky Tonk Pancakes|
|OMELETS (opt egg white, less cheese, wheat toast w/o butter, home fries)|
My husband ordered coffee, this is your standard diner Coffee. I didn't think it was amazing, however it wasn't bad either, it was your standard coffee cup.
The kids ordered their Chocolate Milk and Pineapple & Apple Juices.
Okay, so I excitedly ordered the Raspberry Truffle Coffee thinking it would simply be flavored coffee, however I was disappointed when my drink arrived with whipped cream... SIGH! I literally had 2 sips and found it to be so heavy, however my niece, Jazz, seemed to enjoy the drink and finished it.
To begin the entrees, my husband ordered the Spanish Omelet which is an excellent choice for someone looking to eat a somewhat light breakfast. The Spanish Omelet is topped with a light Spanish sauce made with peppers, celery, and onions. There is no cheese in this omelet. In terms of health, you can take this dish one step further by going for egg whites instead of regular eggs. My hubby ordered Curly Fries at an extra $1 charge, they really are so good, and it's worth the calories. 🙂 The Spanish Omelet was pretty good.
I ordered the South of the Border Omelet made with onions, mushrooms, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, and sour cream, MINUS THE HAM! I too, went for the Curly Fries at an extra $1 charge, so worth it, however I felt they skimped on my fries. Compare my plate to my hubby's plate. 🙁
My Omelet was very good, however at times it was way too much sour cream for my liking.
In the past when I have dined here, I usually order the California Omelet which is made with avocado, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese. The California Omelet is delicious and definitely a much healthier option than the South of the Border Omelet.
My nieces (all 5 of them) shared 3 entrees. And guess what, they weren't able to finish their food amongst the 5 of them, so I'm glad we ordered only 3 entrees for them. Like I, the kids ordered the South of the Border Omelet.
They also ordered Fresh Fruit Pancakes which were served up with fresh blueberries and strawberries making it one of the healthier pancake options. I need to learn from my nieces. 😉 These pancakes were yummy with a side of butter.
The kids ordered the Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pancakes. I found these pancakes to be a bit dry, perhaps we should have smeared Maple Syrup all over the pancakes. I suggest going for the Honky Tonk Pancakes (Banana & Peanut Butter).
Finally, everyone who ordered Omelets got a side of toast. We had a unanimous vote on buttered Wheat Toast.
VERDICT - 4 / 5
NJ is known for its diners and the Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory is hands down one of the best diners I have been to. The other diner that will always remain close to my heart is The Sunset Diner in Greenbrook, NJ; this remains a family favorite after 20 years. Although I have dined at the Brownstone Diner for dinner and thought the meal to be just average, this place boasts amazing pancakes and omelets above all else. I can't judge the Brownstone Diner based on their lunch and dinner entrees, the review has to be purely based on breakfast. The fact that they offer over 30 different types of pancakes and over 30 different types of omelets is reason enough to dine here at least once, if not more. I guarantee you this will become your favorite diner in no time. Don't expect every meal to be perfection, but there are certain omelets and pancakes that will stand apart from others. My favorite here continues to be the California Omelet with Curly Fries.
In terms of the wait, this place is packed so be prepared to wait. For a party of 7 we waited for 20 minutes on a Saturday early afternoon. Considering how popular this diner is, 20 minutes isn't terrible. The drawback here is this diner offers no breakfast specials as most other diners in NJ would. In terms of cost, this diner is on the pricier side in comparison to most other diners. Furthermore, this diner closes at 11 PM which is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E in my opinion because there are clubgoers who live in and around Jersey City who would love to hit a diner after a night of partying... something to consider! 🙂 On the contrary, maybe closing the diner by 11 PM was intentional, perhaps they don't want to attract a rowdy set of 20 year olds... that would make sense!