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Quick place for lunch near the Garden State Parkway or TPke in northern NJ?


Am driving from Boston to Washington, and back, next week. About mid way I'd like to stop and have a quick lunch and refuse to eat the dreck served at the rest stops. Can anyone recommend a place to get sandwiches within a short distance of either route in northern NJ?

Having grown up in the area, but not lived there for years, I miss a good deli!

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  1. To quote a famous line from SNL...what exit?

    1. Rutts Hut in Clifton for deep fried hot dogs.

      Burger Express in Carteret. Not anything exceptionally good, but they do throw down a good pork roll, egg, and cheese.

      Harolds in Edison for kosher-style giant deli sandwiches

      Tastee's Sub shop is in Edison, not my favorite, but they seem to be quasi-famous. The president stopped there.

      If you do stop in Edison, your only a few minutes away from White Rose in Highland park for burgers.

      Heck, you could even stop in Philly for cheese steaks.

      Perhaps if you could focus our help a bit better on what kind of sandwiches you want? A hot sandwich like a chicken parm from a pizza place, or a cold cut sandwich from a deli?

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      1. re: coldsolderjoint

        A good sub or sandwich would be great

        The exit will be dependent on the place, of course

      2. Can't talk about sub or sandwich places, but Edison is a little India. Search this site for info about the many Indian restaurants in Edison.

        1. Off GSP exit 163 (RT17)in Paramus there's a Shake Shack and the Fireplace: http://thefireplacerestaurant.com/

          Or if you continued north on Rt17 you could stop at Kinchley's Tavern for pizza: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kinchleys-tav... (RT17 north intersects I-287).

          If you exited the GSP at Exit 161 onto RT4 you could travel about a mile to Bobby Flay's Burger Palace: http://bobbysburgerpalace.com/

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          1. re: Sdenred

            Seconding the rec for Kinchley's pizza - worth detouring for.

          2. you could get off the GSP onto Rt 3 and head east towards the Tick Tock, OR you could quickly jog onto Allwood road and hit the Allwood diner instead of the Tick Tock

            1. European Provisions in East Brunswick. Cash only. Take out only.


              1. GSP #151 - Watchung Ave. Head West to corner Broad st.
                Mastrianos butcher/deli - great sandwiches
                Holstens - burgers/onion rings/ ice cream
                Taqueria Autentica - legit tacos/tortas
                Hot Bagels abroad - self explanatory

                Safe travels!

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                1. re: harrison

                  And Stamna for excellent, authentic Greek food (from gyros to whole fish)!
                  ETA that it's in the same block as Holstens AND Stamna has outdoor seating in nice weather.

                2. You may get better recommendations if you are more specific with your travel route, i.e., are you coming over the Tappan Zee or George Washington Bridge

                  I'm not knocking the recommendations, but if you Take the GSP to Paramus, then back up rout 17N to Mahwah, that's the long route when it's probably shorter and easier to stay on 287 to Route 17 to get to Mahwah

                  Also, do you plan to dine in or carryout?

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                  1. re: fourunder

                    on the way down will almost certainly go over Tappan Zee due to timing - on the way back I usually check the traffic reports to see (how badly) the GW bridge is backed up. A good deli is worth the detour up the Parkway!

                    1. re: skimom

                      In Connecticut, but much closer to your home than you want, there's Rein's Deli in Vernon, exit 65 off of 84. Great kosher-style deli. Two minutes off of the exit. http://www.reinsdeli.com/ordereze/spl...

                      1. re: agree

                        +1 for Reins!
                        And on that note, Tarry Market (a Batali/Bastianich spot) in White Plains was a VERY easy off 95 on to 287 and the Tappan Zee last time I came back from the Cape...