March 16, 2010
1 Union Place
Summit, NJ 07901
  • Cost: $
  • Alcohol: None
  • Parking: Street, Metered
  • Take Out: Yes

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March 16, 2010


Step into the Summit Diner and you can imagine what it might have been like to eat there back in 1939 when it first opened. Chrome outside, with wood paneling, eight booths and twenty counter stools inside, this is one of the oldest diners in New Jersey and among the few surviving O’Mahony diners in the country. (The Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company of Elizabeth, NJ made 2,000 “dining cars” between 1917 and 1952.) It sits on a corner in downtown Summit like an abandoned railroad car from the train station across the street.

The Summit Diner serves solid, cheap and filling food from the griddle and kitchen. Eggs any style, corned beef hash, Taylor Ham, burgers, fries and plenty of hot coffee. Fast service, but little space when full.


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