BERGENFIELD, N.J. -- Who can resist the cozy booth of a diner? If you’re not drawn in by the often retro ambiance, you’re no doubt driven by the menu, mammoth undertakings filled with pages and pages of comfort food, not to mention unlimited cups of coffee.
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Been Around Since: The Matthews family has owned this classic diner on Washington Avenue since 1967.
Known For: Owner Sam Matthews and his manager George agree: buttermilk pancakes are the single most popular item they serve. The diner also has its own private label, old-fashioned style sodas: raspberry, lime, orange, lemonade, pineapple, black cherry, vanilla egg cream, diet root beer. And, the restaurant sells its own line of freshly ground coffee, house blend and decaf, for $8.95 and $9.95 per pound.
Behind the Scenes: Matthews’ is a big place that manages to seem like an attentive, small-town restaurant. Tables are arranged in groups that break up the space, and wait staff is warm and friendly. They are more than willing to give advice on the too-big typical diner menu.
Owner Sam Matthews enjoys “being able to serve people and interact with them, give them good food at a good price.
“It’s a family type place -- like Cheers. Everybody knows your name.” Matthews makes sure he gives customers value with a wide variety of daily lunch specials at a reasonable price: Soup, sandwich, beverage and dessert for under $10.
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