Unfortunately, the Trolley Car Diner has now permanently closed.
Trolley Car Diner is a neighborhood fixture in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia! Looking for all-day breakfast, comfort food, milkshakes, and the sweetest staff ever? This is your place! Trolley Car is a classic 50s diner that still has all the charm!
Food & Drinks
Trolley Car Diner is one of those places where you never have a bad meal. The menu is extensive, and everything I’ve tried is delicious.
Breakfast is served all day (like a REAL diner!), which is surprisingly hard to come by. Trolley Car Diner also has an extensive selection of beer (which is available togo as well).
They always have an entire ice cream bar with loads of delicious flavors.
I’m a creature of habit, so I usually wind up ordering the same things over and over. They’re delicious! So I have no complaints!
My personal favorites include the Trolley Car Omelette, which is a delicious combination of roasted red peppers, asparagus, goat cheese, and onions. I’m also a big fan of the classic Turkey Club sandwich, the Cobb Salad, and the Turkey Burger.
No review of a diner would be complete without some commentary on the coffee! Unfortunately, I don’t have anything nice to say about the coffee… I always make sure I’m well-caffeinated before I pop into TCD.
The Trolley Car Diner has all the charm of an old-school diner. I’m originally from NY, so I consider myself to be a diner-expert. Very pleased to report that the Trolley Car Diner rivals the best NY diners!
The front part of the restaurant is an old diner. The current owners brought it to the site in 2000 (more on that below).
While the diner car is fairly small, there is also plenty of extra seating in the rear of the building. Aesthetically, the entire restaurant feels like a time capsule from the 50s.
There is a restored Philadelphia trolley car out front (I’m guessing this has something to do with the name?!). When it starts to warm up, they open up the trolley car and use it as an ice cream stand!
The noise level is pretty manageable, even when the restaurant is packed. Also worth mentioning that the restaurant fills up during peak times. On weekend mornings, expect to wait for a table.
For the most part, the staff treats you like family. Everyone is so friendly!
It is worth noting that the food is a bit pricey, though the portions are enormous, so the prices seem justified. I can usually squeeze a second meal out of my order.
The Trolley Car Diner only opened in 2000, but the actual pre-fab diner was manufactured in 1951. The diner car belonged to the Diamond City Diner. It subsequently became Palooka’s Diner, which was in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
In 2000, current owners transported the 55 foot long diner to Mt. Airy in Philadelphia! The diner weighs 65,000 pounds! They attached to the existing building (a former Roy Rogers). The kitchen and back dining room were reused, and are still in use today.
According to roadarch.com, “the diner’s 42 foot long neon sign… is the largest animated neon sign in the Philadelphia area. It features spinning wheels, and when the traffic light changes, the doors open and close to reveal a driver and an exiting passenger.”
I have to admit that despite eating here and driving past countless times, I never noticed the neon details!
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