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NJ-4 W & NJ-17 N - Family Friendly & Simple & Cheap

Gastronomos May 2, 2014 12:00 PM

Driving through this weekend and seeking an inexpensive simple family friendly non-chain, non-diner for dinner. Would like to stay on and stop on NJ-4 W & NJ-17 N if possible as my driving companions would make it miserable if we took a detour for Chow. I will be the only Chowhound in the car, so I will compromise, even if Suburban Diner is the only choice left.
But I'm sure there's something On these roads you'll let me know about.

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    fourunder RE: Gastronomos May 2, 2014 12:25 PM

    Many items are big enough to share....



    btw...outside of a diner, you will not find much of anything other than a chain on the route you specified....unless you do go to a diner. How far up 17 are you headed as well. You'll have more options in Mahwah.

    1. mcsheridan RE: Gastronomos May 2, 2014 03:36 PM

      Route 17 in particular is a challenge, Chow-wise. 17 is a wasteland of corporate parks, shopping malls, strip malls, and many, many chain restaurants. There is, however, a minor detour off 17 that will get you the best thin-crust pizza, bar none in northern New Jersey. It's very casual and family-friendly. They have a full menu aside from the pizza.


      586 N. Franklin Tpke
      Ramsey, NJ

      Franklin Turnpike parallels 17, and it's easy to get back on course.

      Aside from that, there are the ubiquitous diners, State Line Diner being one. I haven't eaten there, so can't advise.

      1. Curlz RE: Gastronomos May 2, 2014 04:52 PM

        Shake shack is the answer!

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          ebchower RE: Curlz May 2, 2014 11:43 PM

          That's on the southbound side of 17. Incidentally, they are opening a second Paramus location at GS plaza.

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            fourunder RE: ebchower May 3, 2014 07:22 AM

            If we are going to hold the suggestions limited to the parameters set by the OP, then there are no suggestions to be made.

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              Gastronomos RE: fourunder May 3, 2014 08:29 AM

              That was my fear. I've driven through before. I found diners and chains. But since I don't know the area I thought to ask.
              No worries. We'll make do.

              BTW, on line there shows to be an Indian restaurant on NJ - 17

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                fourunder RE: Gastronomos May 3, 2014 08:48 AM

                Route 4, Paramus.....but it's not typical and a little more expensive than most.


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                  Gastronomos RE: fourunder May 3, 2014 10:47 AM


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                  fourunder RE: Gastronomos May 3, 2014 08:51 AM

                  Palisades Avenue, Englewood has many places to consider, but it's off Route 4 via Grand Avenue exit. It is easy off and back onto Route 4.

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                    Gastronomos RE: fourunder May 3, 2014 10:49 AM

                    I'll drive. It's the passengers that will give me a hard time. They'll just as soon opt for the drive thru at McDonald's. I'll compromise. But I won't drive a while on a belly full of McDonald's. They'll pay for it. Dearly.
                    Whatcha got on the Grand Ave exit?

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                      fourunder RE: Gastronomos May 3, 2014 08:06 PM

                      My nieces and nephews have been her and enjoyed it immensely///

                      La Maravillas De Tulcingo


                      For a quick bite I like ....



                      Not my thing, but others like it...

                      Blue Moon Mexican Cafe

                      Cassie's Pizzeria

                      Rose's Middle Eastern

                      Pintxo y Tapas

                      Jackson Hole Diner.


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                    Curlz RE: Gastronomos May 3, 2014 10:31 AM

                    And the diners in that part of the world are mediocre at best (unless something has changed drastically in the last year)...

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                      Gastronomos RE: Curlz May 3, 2014 10:46 AM

                      A stop at State Line and a stop at Suburban makes me agree with you. But I'm not a diner kinda guy. Save for a classic American diner with a one page menu.

            2. sixelagogo RE: Gastronomos May 2, 2014 06:04 PM

              about a 5 minute drive from 17 on the franklin turnpike is my new favorite pizza place, Roxanne's. They've got a terrific pie, good prices, and family style dining if yer into that.
              150 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah

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                ELA RE: Gastronomos May 3, 2014 10:29 AM

                17N...I would consider Kinchley's for the thin crust pizza...been around a long time and big following...there's also Shannon Rose which is pub grub, but good (good burger). Not much else that I can think of.

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                  scott10 RE: Gastronomos May 3, 2014 10:47 AM

                  On Route 17 North in Ramsey in the same shopping center as Kohls is La Gondola which has very good and creative pizza by the slice. It is a local family favorite. Usually the pizza is mediocre at such establishments, but La Gondola makes consistently excellent pizza. However, they are closed on Sundays.

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                    ELA RE: scott10 May 3, 2014 11:00 AM

                    That's right...very good pizza! Thanks.

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                    Christizz RE: Gastronomos May 6, 2014 11:38 AM

                    Brooklyn brick oven pizza is an easy on and off from Rt 4

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                      ebchower RE: Christizz May 6, 2014 11:58 AM

                      Just remember that it's cash only.

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                        ELA RE: ebchower May 6, 2014 08:12 PM

                        That's right...been going for so long, I always forget to mentioned that...Kinchley's is CASH ONLY!

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                      NJfoodLover RE: Gastronomos May 6, 2014 01:00 PM

                      About 2 miles or less from the intersections of 17 & 4 right behind the Garden State Plaza is Woodstone Pizza & Grill. It has really good thin brick oven pizza and also a nice Italian style menu.

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                        foodyum RE: Gastronomos May 8, 2014 09:24 AM

                        I immediately thought of Maywood - its my cut through town.
                        There's a decent, but not "the best ever" Peruvian chicken place, a very good Thai place and the best gourmet takeout around - Maywood market.
                        Pizza makes me tired - I would pass it up if I was the designated driver.

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                          fourunder RE: foodyum May 8, 2014 03:21 PM

                          I know the OP asked for simple...but I don't think they were looking to eat out of the car.

                        2. njmarshall55 RE: Gastronomos May 8, 2014 05:25 PM

                          Agree that 17 can be sparse of your requirements. Take 4W to Saddle river Rd. in Fair Lawn. As soon as you hit the bottom of the ramp, bear right...Oceanos is on your right. Great seafood. Not far off the highway.

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