Carney's Point, NJ 08069
- Cost: $
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: None
- Parking: Private Lot
- Take Out: Yes
June 10, 2016
If you’re on the Turnpike headed toward the Delaware Memorial Bridge, don’t leave New Jersey! Take Exit 1B to fill up on classic Jersey diner fare at the Deepwater Diner.
Now that our oldest daughter lives in DC, road trips south are the perfect opportunity for us to stop for great food in South Jersey. Salem County is underrepresented (Di Paolo’s, Salem Oak Diner) on the EthnicNJ food map. The Deepwater Diner is a worthy addition.
Carney’s Point Township, the hometown of Bruce Willis, sits across the Delaware River from Wilmington, DE. The Deepwater Diner shares a large lot with a truck depot, across from a power plant. The typical chrome diner exterior has been replaced with plain off-white walls. Inside, the building has the layout of a diner – a small counter, a few booths, a larger dining room – but the feel of a country restaurant.
Like too few diners these days, Deepwater is still open 24 hours. The coffee is strong and mugs are filled quickly. The menu has everything you’d expect from a Jersey diner (eggs; pork roll, egg and cheese; sandwiches; Hoagies; chicken; pasta and seafood) and nothing you wouldn’t. Portions are large, of course. I couldn’t resist ordering a small side of biscuits with sausage gravy (arteries be damned!) with my two eggs over easy. To my delight, the biscuits arrived with their own side of hash browns, large enough to be a dinner plate.
It’s comforting to know, no matter where you find yourself in Jersey, you’re never that far from a diner worth visiting.