tick tock… on the dot… OH WAIT.
As a fan of the Food Network show Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives, I got really excited when I found out that I would be staying within driving distance of one of the places Guy Fieri featured on his show. I’ve always wanted to plan a road-trip based on the places he visits, and up until this trip have only been to one joint: Bop Pizza in the Fell’s Point neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Sometimes, you just gotta have that comfort food… you know?
After a day of gallavanting in NYC, I took the bus back to NJ and was immediately transfered by K to my first authentic Jersey diner experience: Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, NJ. I’ve heard so many stories of NJ diners that I had to visit one while I was there. This also happens to be the place where K’s parents frequented during their lubby-dubby high school days.
What a treat this place was… clean, great service, friendly waitresses and even equipped with a full-service bar! The menu is diverse, and possibly longer than the New York Stock Exchange! I was in the mood for breakfast (and K was in the mood for a late-ish night snack) so I ordered Belgian waffles with strawberries, blueberries, bananas, creamy butter and syrup. Nam nammmy… we also placed an order of sweet potato fries (which are amazing with both honey and malt vinegar – but NOT together) and had a pretty eclectic but full meal.
Simply put, Tick Tock Diner is the place to go for a glimpse of nostalgia and good, solid diner food in huge portions. Who knows — you might even fall in love with your future spouse there!