Let’s start with a bit of history. “According to research, there is indeed a Kenilworth Castle. First built in about 1122 on an estate bestowed by King Henry I, enlarged by King John, and besieged by King Henry 111, Kenilworth Castle was transformed into a medieval palace by John of Gaunt, who added the great hall.”

Driving down Kenilworth Blvd., visitors passing the Kenilworth Diner will definitely notice the gaggle of cars in the parking lot. Purchased four months ago by the Benas Brothers, Tony, John, Bobby, and Jimmy of Morris County, the gentlemen upgraded their menu and totally revised the quality and presentation of their food.

Establishing their well-known “brand,” decreeing that all of their food is prepared fresh daily, and nothing is ever saved for the next day, the brothers take pride in knowing that whatever any of their guests choose for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, has been prepared that day, and that includes dessert.

“We only serve the finest, freshest food,” said Jim Benas. Our motto is, “Prepare just enough food for the day.”

Those familiar with the Millburn-Short Hills, South Orange area, may recognize the family heritage, for they have owned Oscars Deli Restaurant in Millburn  for many years. And now, they are all looking forward to friends, neighbors and family traveling to Kenilworth Boulevard and The Kenilworth Diner.

The menu features terrific Breakfast Specials. For example: Golden Brown pancakes, (3) are served with butter and syrup; French Toast with  Ham, Bacon, Sausage, or Taylor Ham, Butter and Syrup; And a Short stack of Pancakes or French Toast, is served with Two Eggs, any style, again with  Bacon, Sausage, or Taylor Ham.

You may also choose from a “Breakfast served All Day Section” that includes: Sandwiches, Pancakes, French Toast, Belgian Waffles, a Bagelry, and more.

Lunch features a  variety of Appetizers, Specialty Sandwiches, Classic Salads, with a choice of dressings, Wraps, Paninis and so much more. From Platters of Charcoal Broiled Jumbo 1/2 lb. Burgers, Hot Pita Sandwiches, and Hot Open Sandwiches, you’ll find just what you’re craving for any meal at The Kenilworth Diner.

Served with potato and vegetable, and a choice of soup or salad, the menu features: Veal Francese, Roast Beef, Roast Pork, Sirloin Steak (16 oz.), served with mushroom caps and onion rings, Broiled stuffed filet of Sole with fresh crabmeat stuffing, Broiled Pork Chops served with applesauce, Roast chicken over Stuffing, and Italian Specialties.

Yes, there is a children’s menu. Yes there are a plethera of choices for fantastic desserts, and the coffee is spectacular.

“We recognize Kenilworth as a great family town,” adds Bobby Benas. “We’re making every effort to serve nothing but the best, which is just exactly what the people of this community deserve..We are looking forward to greeting an entirely new group of friends and family to the New Kenilworth Diner.  We hope to see you there!”

Location:The Kenilworth Diner, 614 Kenilworth Blvd., Kenilworth
Hours: Open  7 days 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
FYI:Call for take out and catering information: 908.245.6565

* Speaking of Diners, we visited the University Diner over the weekend, and simply swooned over the Chicken Soup with a huge fluffy matzah ball, noodles, and carrots. Our selection of Entrees included a veal, chicken, and crabmeat dish served with potato and vegetable or pasta. With ample parking, do yourself a favor and check it out. University Diner, 580 North Ave., Elizabeth. Call for reservations and information: 908.354.3110.

* Why not stroll Downtown Westfield on Tuesday evening. You’ll enjoy listening to the music, and hanging out with friends and family.

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