When you’re really not sure of what you feel like eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late day or night snack, or whatever else you may crave, quickly solve the dining mystery. Do  yourself a favor and head to the Parkwood Diner in Maplewood. Park your vehicle in their private lot, and look forward to enjoying a really delicious meal, snack, sandwich, bowl of soup, salad, dessert, or whatever tempts your appetite.

Entering the warm and friendly environment, Proprietor Pete, or a member of his friendly efficient staff will ask if you prefer to sit in the front dining room replete with a counter and booths, or another dining room that heads out to an outdoor patio. Once settled, you’re ready to peruse the enormous menu, but, not without munching on house-baked bread or rolls, and contemplating your next, delicious meal.

Heading to the Parkwood Diner this past Saturday, we met our Cousin from Maplewood, checked out the extensive menu, and started our dinner with a bowl of freshly prepared Matzoh Ball Soup filled with chunks of chicken, noodles, and a huge, fluffy, Matzoh Ball. From there, each of us chose a different main dish. My gourmet Chicken salad was tossed with house-prepared roast chicken, dried cranberries, apples, chopped walnuts, and celery. Served on a bed of greens, and garnished with slices of toasted Pita bread, and chilled seedless grapes, then tossed again with a honey-mustard dressing, it truly was a perfect meal for a lovely warm evening. An order of Chicken Kabobs with onions, peppers, mushrooms, gravy, and French fries, plus a hefty, hot, open, white meat, turkey sandwich on Rye, and my husband’s substantial order of fried Shrimp, served on an enormous platter, was surrounded with Park Wood’s extra crispy French fries and cole slaw.

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Of course, none of us were going to skip Parkwood Diner’s array of spectacular desserts. Proprietor Pete is as devoted to his clientele as they are to him, and that is why he takes no chances. Employing his own pastry chef, please don’t leave without a slice of their awesome Key Lime Pie, or freshly baked Lemon Maringue pie. As for me, I consumed an enormous slice of Lemon Meringue Pie, and suffered no guilt.  The entire meal for four, with two beyond delectable desserts, and one cup of coffee, cost $63.00, (exclusive of tax and tip.) 

Although reservations are not usually accepted, you might want to call and let Pete know you will be visiting the Parkwood Diner. Give him the date and time of your arrival. He will do his best to seat your party on time. And, as always, if you are satisfied with your meal, do let the proprietor know you were pleased with the food and the service.

You might even take time to email me, (Mkbrody@aol.com), and let me know of your experience at any of the places you visied for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and even those you’ve read about in our weekly column. I look forward to hearing from you.


PARKWOOD DINER RESTAURANT
1958 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood
Call:973.313.3990
Hours: Open 7 days from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.