Tick Tock Diner – A Premium NJ Diner Experience

Tick Tock Diner
281 Allwood Rd
Clifton, NJ 07012



  • A menu with pages and pages and pages of Food
  • Large plates of Eggs in the morning
  • Turkey Club Sandwiches at lunch
  • Families enjoying dinner
  • A flood of partiers rolling in at 2:30 am to order plates of Disco Fries
  • Smiling, friendly & “Happy Waitress”
  • Rows and rows of Cakes, Pies & Cookies
  • Shiny exterior, bright neon lights

If this group of phrases means something to you, you’ve eaten at a NJ Diner and more than once.

NJ Diners are a long standing staple of the restaurant scene in the Garden State. There’s one or more in nearly every city and county. Most are open 24 hours a day and offer everything from Omelets, Salads, Sandwiches, Pasta, Greek Specialties, Chops, Roasts, Seafoods & Desserts. There something on the menu to please every palate.  and everyone has their favorite dish that corresponds to a time of day. Mine a Breakfast Wrap in the morning,  a Gyro & Fries for lunch or dinner and late night Grilled Cheese with Bacon and French Fries with Gravy.

Of all the diners in NJ perhaps one of the most well known is located right on the side of Route 3 in Clifton, NJ. The Tick Tock Diner is a shiny beacon of delicious Food and good service that is one of the most loved restaurants in the state. So what makes this diner different than any other? Perhaps it’s fresh ingredients they use or the incredibly friendly and warm staff that greets and serves you. Maybe it’s the location where it’s stood on a popular stretch of highway since it’s 1948. It could be the Tick Tock’s St. Louis-style Spareribs that are hickory smoked to perfection and their award-winning Rich & Sassy sauce. The truth is, it’s all these things that attract not only customers but also the eye of Guy Fieri and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives who filmed an episode here.

Or it could be the insane Burger menu featuring 14 different Burgers including a Falafel Burger, a “Jersey Shore” Burger topped with Disco Fries and “The Crown,” a Burger topped with American Cheese, Grilled Onions, Russian Dressing and PASTRAMI! The Tick Tock Diner exclusively uses high-quality Beef from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors for their Burgers so you’re pretty much guaranteed a premium Burger experience.

Even with all of these crazy options, my gut reaction was to just get a simple Cheeseburger. Before I even took my first bite, I know this was going to be a good Burger. How? The first thing I noticed was it had Cheese on both sides of the Bun. That’s a sure sign that the restaurant knows what’s what when it comes to tasty Cheeseburgers. The patty classically char-grilled with the grill marks to prove it and packed with a big classic Beefburger taste to go with it. The Bun is a soft but sturdy Sesame Seed Bun. With the fresh Crispy Lettuce and tasty Cheese, this Burger didn’t need anything else maybe than a little Salt and Pepper. Having said that, I’d definitely be curious to try “The Crown” or The Rach Burger with Crisp Bacon, Swiss Cheese, Ranch Dressing & Onion Rings. Beware, the Tick Tock Diner’s huge, thick cut, crispy, golden Steak Fries are served center of the earth hot. Be sure to let them cool down before eating.

The Cheeseburger at The Tick Tock Diner is a big, honkin, classic NJ Diner Burger that’s Beefy and sure to fulfill your cravings and your belly.

8 out of 10 Ounces


604 Burgers
March 26, 2013 – 12:42 pm

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