Back At Home: Tom Jones, Diner Extraordinare

December 24, 2007 at 12:42 am 7 comments

In my neck of the woods, we have an excellent 24-hour diner in the trashy New Jersey tradition called Tom Jones. They proudly display an article explaining how Tom Jones the singer sued them, and they won. Anyway, TJ’s is the diner to end all diners, with giant (but ineffectual) smoke-eaters, ugly orange seats, and crappy food at cheap prices. It’s perfect, but you really have to wear clothes you don’t intend to wear again anytime soon.

Of course there are plenty of crazy-sounding things on the menu like the “Jobo,” but the main fare is the Blue Ribbon Special. Behold the beautiful spectacle up close:

The Blue Ribbon comes with two eggs, two pancakes, two sausage, two bacon strips, two pieces of toast, juice, and coffee. How much? $2.99. Can you even believe it?! No! I’ve seen the price rise from $2.39, to $2.79, to the current price, which is still ridiculously cheap. Sometimes, shitty food, late at night, is just what you need.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jeff  |  December 24, 2007 at 2:59 am


  • 2. Benjamin Arnold  |  December 24, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Tom Jones is the foulest of the foul.

  • 3. steve kramer  |  January 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    The second hand smoke is free

  • 4. James  |  December 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    The second hand smoke is gone! But the Blue ribbon is now 3.29.

  • 5. KJ  |  March 21, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Yeah, the restaurant is now smoke free…and the price is $3.49.

    But I disagree, I think that the food is pretty damn good for what you pay. I go to school about 40 minutes away from TJ’s and a bunch of my friends and I will still drive all the way down there for a good ol’ Blue Ribbon.

    My only suggestion is to not look under the tables. I took a pic once and daaaaaaayum. There must have been gum from 10 years ago at least lol. But it’s a diner, what can you expect, right?

  • 6. Thomas Thurman: A few days | Techie News  |  May 14, 2009 at 7:06 am

    […] Saturday we went to help a friend of ours move house; then we went and ate at a diner called Tom Jones, which was rather good really. On Sunday we went and played D&D again at Bae’s house; my […]

  • 7. Mike  |  December 27, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Trashy Pennsylvania tradition thank you!



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Josh Kramer is a blogger, cartoonist, journalist, etc. I'm the Editor of The Cartoon Picayune. I live in Washington, DC and I just graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies. See work by me and my classmates.

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