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New Jersey 101.5 staffers name their diner menu favorites

There’s a new museum in Piscataway devoted to New Jersey’s diner history, and we couldn’t help but salivate over the thought of our most beloved meals on air.

Some caller favorites were liver and onions, spinach pie, and scrapple. Variations of grilled cheese (Happy Waitress, swiss on rye, etc.) were popular, and the patty melt got plenty of mentions, too.

Check out New Jersey 101.5 staff favorites and share yours in the comments section below. Apparently I need to try disco fries!



Jim Gearhart



Lox on a bagel with cream cheese and tomato- I order it every time.


Eric Scott
News Director Eric Scott (Chris Swendeman, Townsquare Media NJ)


Eric Scott



My go-to meals are meatloaf and an open-faced turkey sandwich. I’ve had a plate of disco fries for dinner before, too.


Bob Williams
New Jersey Traffic North


Bob Williams



An omelet with a side order of corned beef hash!



Meteorologist Dan Zarrow (Chris Swendeman/NJ1015)
Meteorologist Dan Zarrow (Chris Swendeman/NJ1015)


Dan Zarrow



As much as I love a good diner breakfast, my favorite diner meal has to be chicken fingers with honey mustard sauce.


Sound board operator Brian Sedillo
Sound board operator Brian Sedillo


Brian Sedillo



I love home fries, French onion soup and a pork roll sandwich.


Jim Gearhart Show producer
Jim Gearhart Show producer


Kira Buxton



A Taylor Ham, egg and cheese sandwich hits the spot. I also love fries covered in real melted cheese.


Digital Media Editor Chris Swendeman
Digital Media Editor Chris Swendeman


Chris “Double Down” Swendeman



My favorite is a diner classic: disco fries! Or to translate, fries with brown gravy and mozzarella cheese.


Programming Director Eric Johnson with his wife
Programming Director Eric Johnson with his wife


Eric Johnson



I think diners were made for breakfast. I like two eggs over easy with wheat toast, and either bacon, scrapple, or hash browns (depending on my mood). If it’s lunchtime, soup is a standard choice. And for dinner, a gyro from a real Greek diner is a must.


Dennis Malloy


Dennis Malloy



A California burger. Lettuce, tomato, mayo, and onion, with fries. Or, I’ll do a Greek omelet with spinach, feta, and a side of mushroom.


Judi Franco


Judi Franco



An egg white omelet with feta cheese, spinach, tomato, and hash browns.


Jeff Deminski vaping in studio
Jeff Deminski vaping in studio/Joe Votruba photo


Jeff Deminski



Can’t go wrong with California cheeseburger after the bar closes. And if you can score some onion rings- not just fries- you’ve hit the jackpot.


Kelly Waldron


Kelly Waldron



“Grilled cheese and fries is always a good go-to meal. Grilled cheese or salad.”


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