best burger in New Jersey?
- Peter Genovese
Who makes the best burger in New Jersey? The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest paper, is doing a feature on the state's best burgers (the story will include comments from the Chowhound himself!). We would like to know where YOU would go for the best, juiciest, most delicious burger. Thanks!
Rossi's in the Chambersburg area of Trenton. Huge, juicy burgers, great roll in an old time early 1900s style pub.
Rossi's Bar &
501 Morris Ave (Franklin
St) - map
Trenton, NJ 08611
Pete! Love your weekly column!
Being an ex-Trenton guy, you've got to head back to the hometown, to Chambersburg, and try the burgers at:
Rossi's Bar & Grill
Caesere's (across the street from Rossi's)
Good Times Tavern
All of them are monsters, each of them are fantastic in their own way.
Check out also, the very fine burgers at
Triumph Brewing Co. in Princeton
and Palumbo's in Ewing (lunch only)
Alas, the best burger in New Jersey died more than 20 years ago, when Mother Hubbard went out of business. Mother Hubbard, on Westfield Avenue at Elmora in Elizabeth, started in Manhattan but moved to Elizabeth in late 40s/early 50s when the Manhattan landlord started rent gouging (at least, that's what the proprietress told me). They made their burgers strictly out of porterhouse tails.
Now that's a burger!
They also had exceptional pies, particularly apple. And it's the only place I knew that ever had "lettuce soup" as one of its rotating soups of the day.
When I was growing up, the other kids went to White Castle across the street. I saved my pennies for Mother Hubbard.