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“Excellent value and huge menu”

Golden Dove Diner Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 131 Restaurants in New Castle
Cuisines: Diner
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Dining options: After-hours
Description: (302) 322-1180
Houston, Texas, United States
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent value and huge menu”
Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

This is definitely a gem in a smallish town near the Jersey border just off 95. We had a hard time deciding what to order as the menu is enormous. Ask the waiter what is most popular as some items were not great. We loved the chicken and dumplings and the stuffed flounder specials. Both were under $10 and included soup or salad, 2 sides, cheese bread, and ice cream or pudding! The sides were not good at all but there was so much food we didn't really care.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Northern Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nice Place for Late-Night Eats”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Came across the Golden Dove when looking for something other than fast food after getting back to my hotel from an event, having not had dinner. Menu selection is fairly extensive, with the typical diner-food selections available. Not exactly haute cuisine by any means, but it's good if you're looking for a reasonable meal late at night. Waitstaff were all friendly and attentive.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank joshNVA
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Washington DC
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Okay for the 80+ crowd...”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Two stars instead of one because (a) the waitstaff couldn't have been nicer and (b) my 80-year-old mother liked her bluefish.

This is one of those places that has a 10-page, six-different-font, incredibly dense menu of everything from crab soup to chicken parmesan. It serves huge quantities at very reasonable prices. But with variety and volume high, and price being low, the only way to make it all work is to serve dishes made with low-cost ingredients, which the chefs are unable to overcome.

I started off with a bowl of cream of crab soup. At $3.20 it was a steal. When I got it, I thought there were lumps of starch left in the soup, but it turned out to be the crabmeat. From what I could tell, they used canned flaked crab from overseas, which, since it is already cooked, becomes mush when re-cooked in soup.

Likewise, the shrimp and crab mornay had 5 decent shrimp, but what looked like dried flour lumps or parmesan cheese. It turned out to be more of that same crabmeat, again mushy due to apparently being recooked a second time in the mornay sauce. The linguini was overcooked; with just a minute or two less, it could have been al dente and helped rescue the dish.

The dinner rolls were large and smelled fabulous, but they were wet on the bottom; not sure if they were bottom-steamed and then plopped on a plate, or if the butter/margarine in the dough just soaked the bottom as it cooked. At any rate, the top half was fine.

Tossed salad was iceberg, and dressings were clearly Sysco-type, although they came in huge plastic cups.

One last odd thing: they seem to be trying to hide the "Golden" in their name. The windows shout, "THE golden DOVE DINER!", with "golden" so small you can barely read it. Even on their website the "golden" is tiny in the logo. Sort of weird.

So this restaurant's heart is in the right place, and the waitstaff was great to us, but the sacrifices in taste and food consistency they have to make to get the quanities and prices where they want them make this a tough place to recommend...unless you are my dear old mom.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank BeakerSan
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Deerfield Beach, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Large Menu Selection”
Reviewed 13 April 2013

The place is spacious and so is the menu. Love the breakfast menu, and the deserts are plenty. We always try and make it a point to dine here when we are in the area.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank DawnB0126
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Louisville, Kentucky
Level 5 Contributor
33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good!”
Reviewed 11 April 2013 via mobile

Diner food - huge menu. Good food, good service. Quick turnaround time. Atmosphere, just basic nothing fancy. Would eat here again!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank CarolynDesMoines
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