Our First Column for the New Year


Because I am frequently asked to suggest worthy places to have breakfast, lunch, and or dinner, I’m going to recommend two diners, and one local restaurant where, you may safely invite friends for a wonderful meal, and know they will leave pleasantly satisfied.
The good news is they are all BYOB!

Kenilworth Diner and Restaurant
614 Boulevard, Kenilworth
Four brothers manage the Kenilworth Diner with Tony Benas working an almost twenty four hour day. I say this because, “Regardless of the hour, Tony is always at the door to welcome you with a smile and cheery greeting!” 

Breakfast is always a pleasure!  Start with a chilled glass of their special orange juice, then go on to Eggs, anyway you like. The menu features French Toast, Fresh Blueberry Pancakes strewn with strawberries, and Eggs Benedict. Popular lunch dishes start with a bowl of house-prepared soup. “Our chefs prepares fresh burgers, Greek Salad, and at least 5 different kinds of Soups a day, along with all kinds of Salads and Seafood,” says Chef Jimmy Benas.

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“We feature a selection of Daily specials,” continues Tony Benas, whose three other brothers Jimmy, Bobby, and John, serve as Chefs and are generally found in the kitchen.
House Specialties features Yankee Pot Roast, Beef Stew, and Fresh Brisket. For those  that adhere to a diet of fresh Seafood every Friday, know that “Friday is Fish Day” at the Kenilworth Diner!

Do not leave without a slice of their delectable Strawberry Cheese Cake. As a treat for family and friends, why not order one of their spectacular Cheese Cakes. I’m almost certain, you’ve not tasted anything better... anywhere!

Parkwood Diner
1958 Springfield Ave., Maplewood
It’s not easy to make a decision as to what to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Parkwood Diner in Maplewood. My whimsical choice is always, Start with Dessert! 

Truly, you can never get enough of Pete’s delicious Apple Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, and his array of puddings, cupcakes, and assorted fresh layer cakes. Had Enough? Well to be sure,whatever you choose, will more than satisfy your taste buds.

“We believe the Parkwood Diner is far from a Diner,” said Pete Kikanis, who with his wife Fifi, have owned the Diner for 9 years. Our service is great, and we serve delicious food.” 

“In addition to our fabulous lunch and dinner specials, we’re  known for serving “The Best Breakfast!” Starting with our Eggs Quesadilla, a fresh Tortilla is stuffed with fresh eggs, scrambled with tomatoes, peppers, onions, bacon, or ham, and melted American cheese, It arrives with Guacamole and Salsa. Folks also love to start the day with our classic Eggs Benedict featuring two fresh, poached eggs, served on a Thomas’ English Muffin with Hollandaise sauce, and strips of Canadian Bacon.”

Many of the  “Morning “Regulars” start the day with a bowl of fresh Greek Yogurt served with walnuts, berries and bananas! Just so Good!

“We serve the best food, around,” said Irene Roufaeal a Manager. "We believe we are really a restaurant that truly caters to their clientele. We offer the finest food and    service.”
Reservations accepted for weekdays only.

235 Elmer Street, Westfield
Established in 2003 on Elm Street, in Westfield, Proprietor Jaime Chaves offers Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner 7 days a week. Jaime also does catering and takes pride in officiating at private parties. The onsite manager, and a most familiar face is Dee Murley, the English lady that knows exactly what you’d like to order, and does her best to make sure that every meal tastes just the way you like it.

If Breakfast is your thing, come and order the Double Pie French Toast, which combines Blueberry Pie and Apple Pie and is served over a perfect blend of caramelized
bananas, mangoes, and strawberries.

“The same staff has worked together for more than twelve years,” continued Murley. “We are always proud of our food and service. Popular dishes include the Twin Avocado salad stuffed with house-made chicken salad, served over a bed of mixed spring greens, with grape tomatoes, and olives, and a really good NYC  Rueben, as in New York City Rueben. Prepared with house=made corned beef topped with melted Swiss cheese,  prepared corned beef, Cole Slaw Tomatoes and drizzled with  Russian Dressing, served on Griddle Toasted Rye Bread, it’s delicious!

Save room for Jaime’s house prepared Brownie a la mode, or one of his special chocolate chip cookies. Reservations are accepted and private parties are always welcome.

To all of our dear friends and readers of Monday With Millicent, may I wish each of YOU  a Joyous and Healthy New Year, 2015.

For the New Year, I am cordially inviting all of you to send me a note regarding your favorite places to dine, enjoy  “Take-Out”, great Sandwiches and Salads, and of course Ice Cream, and Yogurt,

I’d also like to know your favorite place to Stop for a Drink and Munchies, your recommendations for Great Steak, and Seafood, your favorite Bakery, and would you  believe,.
your favorite “DIVE”!

I’m looking forward to hearing your Suggestions, and promise I’ll visit your Recommendations.

To all of you, Thanks for Visiting Monday With Millicent....I look forward to hearing from YOU!   And to each of you, The Best to YOU and YOURS in 2015!

With great admiration.....

Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at Mkbrody@aol.com

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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