I first came across the historic White Mana Diner, located in Jersey City, NJ when it made an appearance of the Food Network’s show Food Feuds.
White Mana’s home is a small, almost round building which was first used at the 1939 NY World’s Fair before it was moved to its present location in Jersey City. According to the sign outside, it’s been open in NJ since 1946.
When you walk inside, you’ll see a curved counter with stools to sit at. There’s also some additional seating, like 4-5 booths in the back of the diner.
I like to sit at the counter to see the action- the burgers being made!
Small lumps of meat are lined up on the flat-top and covered in onions. Soon after they are smashed down a bit so the onions cook in. The buns are also placed on the grill to soften up a bit.
At $1.22 for a cheeseburger you can’t go wrong ordering a few of these sliders.
The first couple of times I visited White Mana, I really enjoyed the burgers.
I think it was the whole experience. Stepping back in time at this old diner, friendly countermen making the burgers and even the show- watching the burgers being made (if you like that kind of thing.)
Since some of my family now live in New Jersey I’ve had a chance to visit this historic burger joint a bunch of times (most recently was in the middle of August 2016).
The experience is still quite enjoyable when it comes to the nostalgia and show but when it comes to the burgers, I’d say that they are decent.
The burger is small so you don’t notice great tasting meat. Also, I find the bun to be way too big for the burger. I even like to pull off the excess bread…
Regardless of how good, bad or average the burgers are at White Mana, I’d still consider it a must-visit for any burger lover! Like I mentioned above, the burgers are decent but when you include the whole experience then it’s pretty darn good if you ask me!
White Mana is open 24/7 and is located at 470 Tonnele Avenue in Jersey City, NJ.
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