I do not know why, but I always loved diners. It might be because I saw them on TV when I was a kid in France, with their all-you-can-drink filtered coffee (as opposed to espresso) and the fact that their was always a pie on the menu. It was usually there that cops would meet their informants or envelopes would be passed...When going to a diner, like others, I am not expecting anything earth shattering, but more comfort food with dishes that represent America.
Malibu diner is no exception. Open 24/7, it is located on the North part of Hoboken. And if you have a car, know that they have a small parking lot.
Like lots of diners, they have a strategically placed dessert display, to entice customers to have one, even if they did not plan to, and you can sit either at the counter, at a table or at a booth.
Their menu is pretty extensive and inexpensive: you can get soups, salads, eggs, sandwiches, steaks, chicken in many forms, pasta, etc...We went a couple of times and got various dishes. My favorite was definitely the pastrami reuben, served Russian dressing and a side of fries that I barely touched, not because the fries were not good, but rather because the sandwich was quite filling.
This reuben was simply delicious: fatty and messy to eat, they were generous with the amount of pastrami. Of course, you cannot compare it to Katz's, but still, I recommend it. You can also get half a pickle and cole slaw upon request.
As far as eggs are concerned, we tried their scrambled eggs that can be ordered as a main dish or a side.
The entrée one will come with potatoes (nicely mashed with a delightfully burnt crust in some areas) and buttered toast.
Also served with potatoes were the crab cakes benedict that were not great as I thought that they use too much filler and the crab taste is lost. However, the eggs were perfectly poached, with a nice runny yolk.
Last typical brunch dish we tried was the pancakes. There, like in many diners, we got the silver dollar ones that came with lots of butter and maple syrup.
For beverages, they have a $2 brunch special for bellinis, mimosas and bloody marys.
But I preferred a root beer that is a drink that I discovered in this country and that I love with either pizza or with a sandwich.
Root beer is a dark brown sweet beverage traditionally made using the root or bark of the tree Sassafras albidum or the vine Smilax ornata as the primary flavor. Root beer may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and may be carbonated or non-carbonated. Wikipedia
I also tried their vanilla milk shake that I should have asked for extra thick. It was just ok, a bit too sweet.
Even if I did not like all the dishes at Malibu Diner, I will probably go back, probably for other deli sandwiches, that reuben sandwich still making me drool. And this time, I may even try their desserts...
Enjoy (I did)!
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