`Best places to eat in Lakewood? I'm talking everything - burgers, pizza, ice cream, Shabbos take-out ...
Well, Lakewood isn't really a very chowish town- with the exception of pizza. Here's my list:
Best Shabbos takeout: Kosher West (Westgate)
Best pizza ever: Pizza Place (Westgate) This is likely the best kosher pizza I've ever had
Pizza, very honorable mention: Jerusalem II (Shoprite Plaza)
Best Sandwiches: Substation (located in the Exxon on County Line Road) Also, Best Late Night Snack, Best Post-Simcha Meal to Eat in the Car on the Way Home, Best Cheap Option,
Best Kosher Food Located in a Gas Station, and Friendliest Counter Dude honors
Most Likely to be Gushed Over by Guy Fieri: South Side Sandwich Shop, River Avenue
Best Challah: Shloimy's (County Line)
Best Wings: Steakout (Shoprite Plaza) also, Cutest Name
Best Baked Goods, Other: Heimishe Bake Shop (2nd St)
Best Kept Secret: Milchig place whose name escapes me at the moment on Rt 9, behind Zundel Berman, next door to Lipa's. Bagel Spot, perhaps? Really creative breakfast sandwiches, like the Tunisian Sandwich (grilled pepper, feta cheese, various veggies) on really good French bread. Plus, an actual cappuccino machine! I wish I could remember what it was called, though.
Best Sushi: Circa (Cedar Bridge) Pizza is pretty good, too
Best Ice Cream: Circa
Best Butcher: Shoprite
Best Schwarma: Pittaleh (parking lot entrance across from the post office)
Best Chinese: Prime Wok (4th St off Clifton)
Best Breakfast: Heimishe Bakery
Best Coffee: Heimishe Bakery
Best People Watching: Glatt Bite (Kennedy Blvd)
Best Italian: and sushi: Cafe Napoli, they make an amazing pizza! Actually EVRYTHING on the menu is amazing, great ambiance as well.
Best Butcher: Avi Glatt
Best Schwarma: Holon, actually it's a grocery store...but the best schwarma
Best Shabbos/Shabbat takeout: Avi Glatt, check out the chicken special!
more coming soon!!
Places that stay open late is a problem in Lakewood. Matter of fact, until very recently, the ONLY food option after 7:30 PM was the sandwich place in the Exxon. Allegedly, The Yeshiva didn't want a "hangout".
Matter of fact, till about 8 years ago, there was absolutely no sit-down food option in Lakewood. Absolutely none. Then Pizza Plus was opened, to great controversy, and the genie was out of the bottle.
re: The Cameraman
thanks cameraman! After our sukkot outing to six flags, we ventured into Lakewood for some pizza and went to Pizza place. Not only did they have a gorgeous sukkah, but the food was all to die for. the pizza was terrific, the fries were good, the cookies were good, the mozzarella sticks were great and best of all- REALLY good pricing! And they deliver anywhere in NJ for catering so we are getting a quote from them for my sons upsherin! great recc! Thanks again!!
Update: Best Butcher honors now go to Kosher West, since their expansion. Very fresh meats, chickens, and fish, lots of interesting cuts (Shoprite seems to be stocking only steaks, ground beef, and the occasional kalachel), and somewhat better prices. There's also a butcher that will cut whatever you like and make suggestions.
There is also a new schwarma place called Pita Hut, next door to Rita's, across from Kimball. The food there is... meh. I can't fault anything specific- the toppings are fresh, the pita is fresh, the service is quick and friendly, but... meh. It isn't bad, it just isn't very good. It's just okay. Burgers are decent, if you like the Israeli style spices, made on site, very thick, and juicy with a good fat-to-meat-to-filler ratio.
However, it is my practice to find something nice to say about everything- I'm a salesman, after all- and thus I award Pita Hut with Cheapest Fleishig Option honors. They're open pretty late, too, which is nice.
SingingFoodie, welcome to Lakewood. Sorry about the stares. And the traffic. The lake is pretty nice, though, isn't it? Where in Lakewood are you?
re: The Cameraman
The shwarma on lafah at Pita Hut is a huge tasty load of shwarma for the $ (and they'll give you the extras on the side at no extra charge even though you can get much more than if you ask them to stuff the Lafah with the schwarma and the extras). The size reminds me of the shwarma joint at the foot of Ben Yehudah Street. The burgers are massive too.