Tops Diner in East Newark is the country’s best diner, according to Time Out.
The magazine called Tops a “statewide legend, its shinily retro steel exterior calling in eaters like a beacon seven days a week.”
What to order there? Time Out singles out the “excellent” Eggs Benedict, an “indulgent meatloaf doused in mushroom gravy,” and the “aptly named” Fatty Melt, a burger wedged between two grilled cheese buns and topped with pickles and bacon.
Tops was one of ten finalists in our search for N.J.’s best diner. The diner started as the barrel-roofed Tops Grill in the 1920s. George Golemis bought a later version of the diner in 1972; his sons, Jimmy, John and Van, run it now.
My summary of Tops during our N.J.’s best diner finals round: “Big, creative, always-changing menu that often pushes the diner envelope. Delicious desserrts, and you must try the meatloaf, and that short rib grilled cheese.”
Number two on Time Out’s list is Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, while the Waverly Restaurant, also in the city, is number 17.
“Our country’s great diners fulfill a very urgent need, providing craveable comfort food at an affordable price, and, often, at all hours of the night and day,” the magazine says.