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Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Ringoes diner offers plentiful food and a Greek menu

Just across the bridge on Route 202



Chicken Francaise is one of the customer favorites at Golden Star Diner in Ringoes, N.J.

After 40 years in the restaurant business, Jimmy Koukourdelis knows a lot about diner food.

Two years ago he brought his expertise to Ringoes, N.J., where he purchased the former Metro Diner on Route 202 and renamed it the Golden Star Diner.

There he has created an extensive Greek diner menu with all the traditional offerings including Greek specialties such as spanakopita and gyros. He also offers a wide variety of omelets, burgers, sandwiches and entrees ranging from spaghetti and meatballs to sirloin steak.

Customers especially love the lengthy list of ever-changing specials, he said, where they can choose from dishes such as coconut chicken, pasta Alexandria with chicken over spinach and pasta that is finished with garlic aioli, and comfort foods including meat loaf, stuffed peppers, liver and onions, roast chicken and Yankee pot roast.

“Our specials change weekly, and we keep the favorites,” said Koukourdelis. There is some kind of chicken soup on the menu every day, he said, plus other soups that change daily. “Everything is made from scratch and made to order.”

When he took over the restaurant, one of the first things Koukourdelis did was extend the hours so it is open seven days a week. From there he renovated portions of the restaurant and began to build a loyal clientele who come back again and again.

“I have very good customers,” he said. “They come in for the food and they support the restaurant.” They come from nearby and from farther away, he said.

Once a customer visits, they usually return, he said, because the food is good and the staff is friendly. “As soon as they try the food I know they are coming back,” he said.

The food is also plentiful. His inclusive lunch specials include soup and dessert, and his dinner entrees include soup or salad and dessert. His desserts, including lush eight-layer cakes, pies and muffins, are made by a pastry chef.

The 100-seat restaurant is becoming a popular venue for parties, Koukourdelis said, especially this month during the holidays. His party areas can seat up to 40 people. His catering business also is continuing to grow.

The diner is located on Route 202/31 North, next to the Luggage Factory.

GOLDEN STAR DINER

80 Route 202/31, Ringoes, N.J.
908-284-2240
goldenstardiner202.com

Cost:
entrees $9.95-$21.95, burgers and sandwiches $4.25-$ 10.95, inclusive lunch specials $10.95, breakfast $2.95-$10.95.

Hours:
7 a.m.-9 pm. daily.

Customer favorites:
Coconut chicken over rice, chicken francaise, salmon with hollandaise sauce, stuffed peppers, roast chicken, Yankee pot roast, crabcake dinner, and pasta Alexandria with chicken over spinach, pasta and peppers.

susan.yeske@gmail.com

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