October 25, 2010
281 Allwood Road
Clifton, NJ 07012
  • Cost: $$
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Take Out: Yes

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October 25, 2010


The Tick Tock is the classic New Jersey diner. The chrome exterior and neon sign have welcomed generations of hungry Route 3 drivers heading into and home from the City. Open 24 hours, the many tables and booths in the large dining room are just as likely to be full at 3 am as at noon.

Like all great diners, the menu is extensive, and covers all the bases. Breakfast: omelettes, pancakes, Irish Benedict (poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and corned beef hash on an english muffin) and Captain Crunch French Toast (crusted in Captain Crunch cereal). Lunch: Taylor ham and egg, French Dip, and the Happy Waitress (open-faced grilled American cheese with bacon, tomato and fries). Dinner: Meatloaf, seafood, and Penne a la Vodka. Hungry yet? Leave room for homemade cheesecake. More than a greasy spoon, Tick Tock’s food is well above-average, for diner fare. The famous sign out front says it all: “Eat Heavy.”