Perkins

★★★☆☆
Breakfast is just the Beginning.
  • 403 Valley Brook Ave

    Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

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  • 201-964-9100

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Fri-Sun 7am-10pm, Mon-Thu 7am-9pm

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Can't recall how I came across this chain's website, but I decided to give the only location anywhere near us in North Jersey a try. For lunch 2/4/2011 we went to Lynhurst and found this restaurant in a shopping center that appeared out of nowhere, several turns east of Route 17 and south of Route 3. Didn't know what to expect, and what we found was a level on the scale of an IHOP or Dennys, in fact, I bet if you were to wake up already inside, that might be your first guesses. Not to say that is a bad comparison. The Breakfast trade is bound to be brisk - there are full sized separate menus for that and for lunch/dinner. I knew we were not going to be blown away by anything spectacular in the cuisine nor any bombastic portions. Maybe that kind of thing is a bygone trend in most chains.

The person seating us, and the wait staff were pleasant and handled what ever extras we asked for with decent response time. The chicken quesadillas appetizer I had was adequate, kind of pedestrian in taste. The chicken seemed sterile, like it may have been steamed, and sprinkled with standard issue cheese, ever so slightly tweaked with a spice, enough to remind you it's a southwestern genre appetizer. I decided not to risk the fish tacos and just had the assorted fried seafood plate, so I can't vouch for any deft culinary chef's touch. If you remember the old Sizzlers chain, or even a Beefsteak Charlies without the alcohol drinks or salad bar. It's that kind of fare. I was happy there was no salt saturation, and "endless" drink refills are always a welcomed bonus. In fact the kid's meals came with choice of soft drink and a "crazy cookie" - a half and half sugar/chocolate chip novelty that delighted our 5 year old.

This isn't a knock on the establishment, but I probably wouldn't return anytime soon - not likely to drive down Route 17 just for a meal here. I'm a Dollar Tree junkie, and I spotted one there so that might be a bigger draw. Radio Shack and other chains are also in that plaza. If we were in the vicinity, and fancied a child friendly sit down meal atmosphere, this has a good chance of winning over a noise factory like Uno's or the TGI Fridays type eateries. The price is very reasonable.

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★★★☆☆

Can't recall how I came across this chain's website, but I decided to give the only location anywhere near us in North Jersey a try. For lunch 2/4/2011 we went to Lynhurst and found this restaurant in a shopping center that appeared out of nowhere, several turns east of Route 17 and south of Route 3. Didn't know what to expect, and what we found was a level on the scale of an IHOP or Dennys, in fact, I bet if you were to wake up already inside, that might be your first guesses. Not to say that is a bad comparison. The Breakfast trade is bound to be brisk - there are full sized separate menus for that and for lunch/dinner. I knew we were not going to be blown away by anything spectacular in the cuisine nor any bombastic portions. Maybe that kind of thing is a bygone trend in most chains.

The person seating us, and the wait staff were pleasant and handled what ever extras we asked for with decent response time. The chicken quesadillas appetizer I had was adequate, kind of pedestrian in taste. The chicken seemed sterile, like it may have been steamed, and sprinkled with standard issue cheese, ever so slightly tweaked with a spice, enough to remind you it's a southwestern genre appetizer. I decided not to risk the fish tacos and just had the assorted fried seafood plate, so I can't vouch for any deft culinary chef's touch. If you remember the old Sizzlers chain, or even a Beefsteak Charlies without the alcohol drinks or salad bar. It's that kind of fare. I was happy there was no salt saturation, and "endless" drink refills are always a welcomed bonus. In fact the kid's meals came with choice of soft drink and a "crazy cookie" - a half and half sugar/chocolate chip novelty that delighted our 5 year old.

This isn't a knock on the establishment, but I probably wouldn't return anytime soon - not likely to drive down Route 17 just for a meal here. I'm a Dollar Tree junkie, and I spotted one there so that might be a bigger draw. Radio Shack and other chains are also in that plaza. If we were in the vicinity, and fancied a child friendly sit down meal atmosphere, this has a good chance of winning over a noise factory like Uno's or the TGI Fridays type eateries. The price is very reasonable.

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