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RestaurantManny’s Diner in Montclair, NJ

Address:  12 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

Food:  Diner Food/Coffee Bar

Price:  Very reasonable

Portions:  Good

Taste:  Mind blowing

Service:  Okay

Atmosphere:  Bustling diner

While at my signing at East Side Mags, I got there early so on the recommendation from Jeff, the owner, the Missus and I hit Manny’s Diner.  We were in a hurry and it was just before Noon.  I gotta say, I was expecting an overpriced, hipster joint like Raymond’s.  Boy was I wrong!

The Missus had some kind of omlette, I think a Western one.  I had the Mexicali-Rose Wrap.  Holy shit was it good.  I mean, I couldn’t believe how good it was.  And I had asked the waitress to rush it and she made it appear in like, under 5 minutes.  One minute, I’m talking about the signing and what we were going to do afterwards, but after a bite of that wrap?  All I could do was talk about how good it was.  Fresh avocado and scallions.  I mean, it just tasted like one of the best things I ever ate.

The waitress was a little overwhelmed.  I noticed a “Help Wanted” sign and she struck me as new.  But she was pleasant and helpful.  Montclair has been on the rebound for a while.  The center of town is super nice with concerts and events.  Really some of the best food.

Manny’s Diner gets  9.5 out of 10 keggers.  I would drive to Montclair just for this wrap.  It was that good.