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“Fun fun fun”
Review of Pit Stop Diner

Pit Stop Diner
Ranked #54 of 437 Restaurants in Oceanside
Cuisines: American
Description: Sister restaurant to The Money Pit in San Marcos, CA
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Description: Sister restaurant to The Money Pit in San Marcos, CA
Reviewed 15 April 2018

Appropriately named. The centerpiece of the restaurant is an old car. The rest of the decor is furnished with license plates, hubcaps, and street signs. A great place for car buffs. The food is reminiscent of an old 50s diner. It was tasty and service was friendly and quick

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Okay, we all know that competing in the human race can be a fraught undertaking at the best of times, and so we all need a pit stop from time to time. Pull that racing machine over at the corner of Mission and El Camino Real in Oceanside, and you will find yourself at the Pit Stop Diner.
Whilst you won't be able to get gas, or a tire change to set you up for the rest of the race, you will be able to get something to keep those hunger pangs at bay for quite some time.
You will know from the fliers in the window that this is going to be cheap eating, but, in this case, cheap doesn't have to mean junky.
It's almost one of those classic “What the?” moments when you first walk in: hundreds of license plates adorn the walls, vintage gas pumps from days gone by stand to attention, and each table is a history lesson in the golden days of the American auto industry.
Under the glass top of each table you'll find pictures of classic automobiles, along with images of old-school diners, each picture accompanied by an informative description.
Oh, and let's not forget, there's Ol' Rose! What a fine old lady, but I won't say more than that, as it's one surprise you surely must experience in person!
It's a no-frills diner, to be sure, and you wait in line to get served at the counter, take a number card, and your food is brought to your table.
There's a help-yourself bar with coffee (regular and decaf), sodas, and everything else you need to set yourself up in the drinks department.
“What about the food?” you may ask.
Well... for starters, it doesn't matter what you want, since Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are served all day! For another thing, if you want Breakfast, then, unless you go for steak and eggs at $10.79, you can eat for cheap, like with biscuits and gravy with no sides for just $5.49 (bear in mind though that the gravy has no sausage in it, so if you want meat you can add just another $2.20 and get yourself two eggs, and either bacon, or sausage, as you wish).
I usually go for the two egg breakfast, with the option of either bacon, or sausage. You get hash browns, toast, and jelly with that, all for just $7.99. Add a coffee for $1.79, with free refills, and you're set up for the morning. None of this food will be swimming in grease. It's well prepared, cooked up fast, and served with a beaming smile. What more could you want?
The ingredients are fresh, and the food is always tasty. If I did have one gripe, I'd say the toast isn't their strong point, it's often limp and bland, but it's certainly not the worst I've ever had.
Pancakes and eggs is another fave of mine, served with two eggs, and a choice of either bacon, or sausage. I've never yet managed to eat every bit of the two generously sized pancakes, but one day I will climb that mountain, and then somehow waddle out to the car and they can load me in the back, and drive me home.
If Breakfast isn't your thing, then the menu is filled with other choices, and it would be a sad day if a person didn't find something to their liking. Consider this (and I'm just dipping into the menu options here, as it would take me far too long to list everything): you could go for one of eight different three-egg omelettes, over a dozen burger options, sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, to say nothing of a good selection of meals for Dinner.
Lest you think it's one of those “fries with everything” kind of places, I should point out that you can go for healthy choices, if you want to. There's a tasty-looking selection of wraps, including a vegetarian one if you so desire.
Whilst the kids menu is not huge, there should be something there to keep the little ones happy.
For those who have the room, there's real ice cream desserts available, although we simply don't have space after a meal, so we sometimes drop in later in the day and share a sundae, or a banana split. The banana split might not be the best in town, but it certainly lacks for nothing in the portion size, or taste departments – and, for $6.49 it doesn't exactly break the bank.
There's always room in this diner, even when it's buzzing. Dinner time seems to be the busiest period, with a lot of teenagers hanging around, although nobody bothers you. I guess it's the local place to go and meet your buddies, as there's not much else in this part of town. The young folks go there for fries and a shake, and they like to sit back and relax like the rest of us do (and that's pretty easy to accomplish in the laid back atmosphere of The Pit Stop. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of family groups in there too, so it's a nicely mixed crowd of folks.
And then there's Ol' Rose. Yes, you've got to go in see and see her. I think you'll be glad you did!

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Thank FrancisSed
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

A good diner with the incredible food options. The automobile motif has to be seen to be believed. It's really cool.

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Thank 898JimM
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Still am in love with this place, Great burgers and salads also entrees such as fried fish with side salad and choice of potato. Decor is the 50's, and alot of fun for kids...

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Thank 551Rick
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

What a cute place to visit!
Friendly staff, interesting decor and great food!
We really enjoyed ourselves on a Sunday morning here.
Large menu selection offering great breakfast with generous portions and great lunch selections also. Something for everyone and even our vegetarian daughter was happy here. Highly recommend.

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Thank Wendy W
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