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Mar 8, 2009 08:25 AM

NJ Food and Fun - New Jersey Foodie - NJ Must Try List

As any real foodie knows it just takes one bite to know it is good!

New Jersey is home to approximately 25,000 restaurants and take out.

Take a NJ road trip and try some great NJ food. Share your Road Trip or fancy night out on the town.

This is a list from my daily eating adventures - Food You Must Try in NJ!

Joe Leone's Point Pleasant NJ - Eggplant Pie
Kyoto Englishtown NJ - Sashimi
Kyoto Atlantic Highlands NJ - Sushi Winter Roll
Olives Princeton NJ - Rocky Road Brownie
Blue Rooster Bakery & Cafe Cranbury NJ - Goat Cheese Galette
David Bradley Chocolate Manalapan NJ - Zany Nuggets
Moghul Restaurant - Hot Fluffy Buttery Naan
Ming Edison NJ - Vegetarian Hakka Noodles
Tung Hsing House Spotswood NJ - Chicken and Broccoli
Krispy Pizza Old Bridge NJ - Grandma Pizza
Carmen's Bakery Union NJ - Best Italian Bread!
Hong Fu Highland Park NJ - Soup Dumplings
Perlins Vegetarian Cherry Hill NJ - Mushroom Bourekas
Yumi Sea Bright NJ - Cheesecake Tempura
Surf Taco Point Pleasant NJ - Surf Taco
Saigon II Lincroft NJ - Vietnamese Egg Rolls
Ling Ling Riverwalk Chinese Basking Ridge NJ - Pancake Wrapped Shrimp
Organic Tofu House Ridgewood NJ - Seafood Pancake
Bluewater Seafood Grill East Brunswick NJ- Roasted Potatoes
Flaky Tart Atlantic Highlands NJ - Macaroni and Cheese and Macaroons
Veggie Heaven Upper Montclair NJ - Vege Roast Pork
Flirt Sushi Lounge Allendale NJ - Spicy Tuna Tortilla
Mendokers Bakery Jamesburg NJ - Cinnamon Sugar Strawberry Paczki
Big Ed's Old Bridge NJ - Baby Back All You Can Eat Ribs
Rosa's Bakery Shrewsbury NJ - Ice Cream Cannoli
Pop Shop Collingswood NJ - Pretzel Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Antonio's Mozzarella Factory Springfield NJ -
Fried Eggplant Mozzarella Red Peppers and Pesto
Greek Store Kenilworth NJ - Pastitito and Mousaka
The Petite Cafe Nutley NJ - Try one of the 100 Stuffed Cupcakes (Pure Genius - Food Art)
Donna Toscana Chocolates Cranford NJ - Olive Oil and Salt Truffle
Panico's New Brunswick NJ - Gnocchi
Lucy's Ravioli Kitchen Princeton NJ - Roller
Harold's Deli Edison NJ - Pastrami Sandwich
Dixie Picnic Ocean City NJ - Upcake
Delicious Orchards Colts Neck NJ - Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Wemrock Orchards Freehold NJ - Peach Pie and Apple Cider Donuts
Fuji Dayton NJ - Yummy Yummy Sushi Roll
Mastoris Diner Bordentown NJ - Cheese Bread
Harvest Moon New Brunswick NJ - Puddin Bites (Oh My)
Ristorante da Benito Union NJ - Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Abbate Bakery Matawan NJ - Pignoli Cookie
Fred and Murray Freehold NJ - Hush Puppy
(Hot Dog Potato Knish Deep Fried In An Egg Roll Wrapper)
White Rose System Highland Park NJ - Taylor Ham Egg Cheese Sandwich
Tiger's Tale Skillman NJ - Crab Melt Away
Tastee Sub Shop Edison NJ - Since 1963
Thomas Sweet Princeton NJ Ice Cream - Blend In
Thomas Sweet Chocolates Princeton NJ
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Sandwich
Spiritos Elizabeth NJ - Veal Parm (Oh My)
Midway Boardwalk Seaside NJ - Sausage Sandwich
Monster Sushi Summit NJ - Sukiyaki Cellophane Yam Noodles
Shanahan's Bakery Milltown NJ - Kifley
Nonna's Marlboro NJ - Holy Moly Cannoli
Bent Spoon Princeton NJ - Lychee Nut Ice Cream
Jack Baker Lobster Shanty Monroe Township NJ - Hush Puppies
Mendokers Bakery Jamesburg NJ - Hammantashen
Old Monmouth Candies Freehold NJ - Peanut Brittle
Siam Garden Red Bank NJ - Shrimp Kung Gai Ob Med
Sunny Palace East Brunswick NJ - E Fu Noodles
El Artesano Union City NJ - Hot Churros
Tick Tock Diner Clifton NJ - Disco Fries
Chocolate Bar Beach Haven NJ (LBI) - Liquid Chocolate
Konbu Japanese Manalapan NJ - Fat Boy Salad
Gimme Jimmy's Cookies Montclair NJ - Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Salt Creek Grill Princeton NJ - Garlic Fries
Mr C Grease Truck New Brunswick NJ - Fat Cat or Fat Tyrell
Lox Stock Deli Milltown NJ - Fried Kreplach
Petite Soo Chow Cliffside Park NJ - Sauteed Snow Pea Leaves / Rice Cake Noodles
Melting Pot Red Bank NJ - Chocolate Fondue Dessert

Life is short! Eat Well - Stay Happy - Live Long!

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    1. Thanks for listing so many reasons why I can never move out of this state! Great list, although we could debate whether Olive's peanut butter cookies trump their rocky road brownies LOL!
      I'm happy to say I've experienced most of the places/items listed over the course of my lifetime, and you've mentioned a few new to me, that have piqued my curiousity.
      As it happens, I'm having Lucy's butternut squash raviolis for dinner tonight--THAT place is a gem!

      1. This is awesome - I'm making it a priority to work my way down the list and vist every one of these places that I haven't already. Thanks so much!

        1. Thanks for the feedback and email.

          I keep adventuring and eating with the help of chowhounds and my own pursuit of happiness and amazing NJ foods places. Will update the list in the future with even more Must Try foods in NJ.

          1. not a bad list.
            A big +1 from me on Panico's in New Brunswick. I had Osso Bucco there that truly permanently spoiled me for any other.

            I might argue about Big Ed's for ribs (when I had them there they were virtually flavorless if not for the sauce, which there was way too much of (to compensate?) The ribs tasted boiled. Not a good way to do ribs.
            Also, while Harold's Deli is indeed very good, just 2-3 miles away (also in Edison) is Jack Cooper's Deli. Jack is long gone, but the current regime is hollding up the torch quite well and at more reasonable prices to boot. Their pastrami is, to me, considerably better than Harold's. And if you venture further north, up Livingston way, there is also Irving's awsome take on deli that compaes quite favorably to Katz's in NYC and in some ways, surpasses it. __Really__ great pastrami there as well.

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            1. re: The Professor

              Definitely all can be debated, chowhounds know that best.

              Approximately 25,000 restaurants/take out here in the Garden State!

              Absolutely agree, there is no way one person, one magazine, or one newspaper can ever know everything there is to eat in New Jersey!

              For fun do the math (just hypothetical) Number of restaurants in NJ divided by number of NJ counties - divided by number of towns - minus number of fast food places. This gives you the number of restaurants we would have to visit to see them all (plus and minus new and defunct restaurants). Then factor in travel, time, full belly, long walks, etc. Then calculate the number of food combinations possible at each restaurant with the potential variables of a bad night, sick chef, alternate food shipment, humidity, etc. It is only logically that we can keep on eating different things here in NJ for the better part of our lives. Then statistically the likely hood of each of us picking the exact dish and agreeing, LOL - well that is what makes this world great! We all can learn something from each other.

              Happy Eating!

              1. re: shabbystorm

                Then why can't I find great pizza in Middlesex county? Memories of my youth are not to be found.

                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  What are the qualities that make a pizza great to you Passum?

                  1. re: jrd303

                    NY style thin crust. Have been going to Coffaros for 40 years, but Spezzi's in Sayreville is gone.

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      Did you ever have Carlo's pizza in what used to be the Sayrewoods Shopping Center (Now Gateway Plaza, or something) on Rte. 9 and Ernston Road? My childhood pizza memories were centered there.
                      I hear the former owners have/had a place on Bordentown Ave. in the Quick Chek strip mall--haven't been, but have been meaning to try.

                      1. re: choco_lab38

                        No, but the new location is next to the bank and convenient. Thanks, but I won't have our choco lab.

                      2. re: Passadumkeg

                        Got a slice from Coffaros after Rutt's Hut.

                        This was the most delicious and unique slice of Pizza I ever had!

                        My husband put it to the top of his list which means it is amazing, he takes his pizza very seriously.

                        Grew up literally 3-4 miles from this place and never had a slice until today, third generation Coffaro is a really nice guy too.
                        - thank you.

                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                          Papas in Trenton (Chambersburg) to me is the best Tomato Pies In NJ hands down. been there since 1912 second oldest in the country.

                      3. re: Passadumkeg

                        Went old school today on my way home Bella La Pizza Rt 18 East Brunswick - Same guys - reheated bar pie - great slice!?!