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Jul 17, 2011 10:31 AM

Food suggestions in Clifton

My parents are soon relocating to Clifton. Looking for any good spots to hit. Feel free to list anything. At this point, the only thing i know of is Mr. Cupcake!

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  1. Here's a start: Mario's for great thin-crust pizza, Rutt's Hutt for "ripper-style" hot dogs and Tick-Tock Diner for a fun Jersey diner experience. Nearby on Grove Street in Montclair is Applegate Farms Ice Cream....a wonderful place with great ice cream. Also in nearby Bloomfield is Stamna Greek Taverna, a wonderful Greek restaurant.

    Stamna Restaurant
    1049 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

    Applegate Farm
    356 W Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728

    Greek Taverna
    292 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

    Tick-Tock Diner
    281 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ 07012

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    1. re: maryanne06

      >> Tick-Tock Diner

      Gotta love a place whose sign out front says "EAT HEAVY"! :)

      Tick-Tock Diner
      281 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ 07012

      1. re: nsxtasy

        It's also a bit of a blast from the Art Deco 50s. Fun place. Decent diner food; I ate there off-and-on when I lived in the area.

    2. LaRiviera on Piaget Ave is excellent.

      There is also a place near the Allwood Theatre that I haven't been that is supposed to be excellent. Let me do some digging and find out the name.

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      1. re: bifpocaroba

        "There is also a place near the Allwood Theatre..."
        Do you mean Dalto Ristorante?

        There is also Jamie's Cigar Lounge ( at Market & Bloomfield... I haven't eaten there in years, though. It used to be a formal sit-down Red Sauce Italian place - but it looks like it has now become a swish sports bar.

        Dalto Ristorante
        14 Market St, Clifton, NJ 07012

      2. Travel 15 minutes to Montclair or Rutherford for some better and more creative restaurants. Around Clifton you'll find fast food, red sauce Ital-American and a few basic ethnic places. (Which are good, but sometimes you want a better-restaurant experience). Montclair & Rutherford are restaurant towns.

        1. Rutts Hut and The Hot Grill for hot dogs. For food shopping, Corrados Market.

          Hot Grill
          669 Lexington Ave, Clifton, NJ 07011

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          1. re: briansnat

            Brace yourself for insanity at Corrado's. On the one hand, I loved the huge chunks of St. Agur cheese priced for a song. And I loved the cheap olives, cheap figs, etc. But most of the produce was not terribly high quality (at the same time, it was cheap -- you get what you pay for, I guess) and the store was jammed with folks who would think nothing of running you down with their shopping cart. It was a riot in there and I'll go back, but you have to accept it for what it is.

            1. re: glutton

              100% agree. If there's any way you can make it through with a hand basket, it helps to get through the aisles and not be broadsided. (The large baskets need bumpers and turn signals!)

            1. re: valerie

              Definitely a thumbs-up for Segovias. I'll second that one!