The Dining Car Philadelphia

8826 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136, USA

About The Dining Car Philadelphia

4.2 / 5

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    Dan J
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    June 23, 2022

    This is a great diner. The place was pretty busy when I stopped by going to the airport. Had the opened face Reuben. This definitely needed to be open faced, as it would have been very messy otherwise. The coleslaw was fantastic, as were the fries.

    Toni Reaves
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    September 05, 2021

    Although there was a line to get in the restaurant to be seated, the line moved quickly and the service was awesome! The waitress recommended an awesome Hot Chocolate for adults called the Banana Split....TO DIE FOR!!!!! 🤤 The food was great and my eggs were perfect! 😉

    True Review
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    September 16, 2021

    The Dining Car is a diner with history. It’s been part of the landscape on Frankford Avenue for a long, long time. They serve everything you’d expect a diner to serve. The menu is full of choices, so many choices. Breakfast is good, lunch and dinner are not as good. The service also depends on the time of the day. Be warned, some of the servers are rude. It’s not always the cleanest of places. It could use help in that area. Especially the bathrooms. The shining light is the bakery. Now that’s worth it. This place has changed over the years, and not in a positive way.

    Norm D
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    April 16, 2022

    Excellent breakfast, great Potato Pancakes, and great service from Nina. Only complaint, this is the only restaurant/diner in my entire 75 years on the planet that only has one flavor of jelly for toast , “GRAPE “ that’s it. I wouldn’t mind the price increases but gimme a break. There are a few other flavors available. I’ll bring my own next time.

    Gary C (Campdeluxe454)
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    June 18, 2022

    My fiance and I have been to the Dining Car a few times for breakfast. The food was always delicious. We're fans of their potato pancakes!! I only gave four stars because of the coffee. We found it to be a little too strong with a bitter aftertaste... We're big coffee drinkers so needless to say we were a bit thrown off by the quality... I won't let the coffee keep me away from the Dining Car. No for all the diner experience and food is ridiculous

    The Dining Car Philadelphia

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    8826 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136, USA

    The Dining Car Philadelphia

    Joe Morozin Sr. opened his very first eatery when he was sixteen years old. The road was paved with hard work, dedication and perseverance. It led from the GI Inn to White Way to the Torresdale Diner to The Dining Car. The Torresdale Diner was originally located at 8828 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia from 1960 to 1980. In 1976 its name changed to The Dining Car.

    The “new” Dining Car was constructed on-site in New Jersey and trucked to its current location at 8826 Frankford Avenue in 1980. Not wanting to interrupt service to its customers, both diners were actually operating at the same time for a short while. Some customers even picked up there coffee cups from the old diner and walked over to the new diner to sit and finish up there. Once all of the patrons were served, the “old” diner was closed.

    Since that time, the “new” diner has been operating 7 days a week. Not only was the building new, the diner’s approach to food was also. Taking The Dining Car from convenience restaurant to destination restaurant offering a full array of American/Continental cuisine. The facility also offers a full service award winning bakery.

    The key to continuing success of The Dining Car’s operation is family-based. The Morozin family oversees all daily operations. Judy graduated from Penn State University with a degree in restaurant management and is responsible for the training of all front-of-the-house personnel. Joe Jr., also a Penn State grad, oversees all back-of-the-house functions. Nancy Morozin, a Moore College of Art & Design graduate is the general manager.

    The concept of “family” has trickled down to the staff. The Dining Car boasts one of the most experienced staffs in the business, with several key employees working 35 years or longer. This helps reinforce The Dining Car’s family values. The customers are also treated like, and considered part of, The Dining Car family. Nancy Morozin, Chairwoman 2017/2018 of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Nazareth Hospital, created The Dining Car’s “Heartfare” program. This section of the menu is dedicated to health-conscious guests and for those with specific dietary needs. Continuing the family’s culinary tradition, Ms. Morozin added a very successful Market and Bakery to the front of the diner in 1988. Nancy is also a member of the Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a world-wide, invitation-only philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.

    The family is very generous with their time and expertise; several other neo-diner operators have learned the trade at The Dining Car. The Dining Car has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with its community by actively participating with local schools, churches, hospitals, police districts and various neighborhood associations.

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