The New Jersey Sloppy Joe isn't the ground beef sandwich you're thinking of. A little pastrami here, a hunk of smoked turkey there. A cavalier glob of crunchy slaw on my breast pocket, a dribble of tangy Russian down my sleeve. And it begins where all iconic Jersey food traditions do: ¡Cuba!
'New Jersey' on Serious Eats
Celebrity customers are just one part of the Belmont's repute. A far greater part is evidenced by a sign visible from the sidewalk: Stretch's Chicken Savoy. It's a simple dish: Cut-up chicken rubbed down with a fat handful of garlic, hard cheese, and herbs, then roasted in a screaming-hot oven and splashed with vinegar, which sends aromas of schmaltz and spice right up to your nose. It's now a dish found all over—but only in—northern New Jersey, and as with most hyper-regional foods, its devotees are as idiosyncratic as its birthplace.
Drive the length of Jersey Turnpike and jump off any exit and there's a very high probability you'll be close to a diner, street cart, or corner store selling something called pork roll. Why are New Jersey eaters crazy about this breakfast meat? Read on for the story behind the obsession.
Pizza Town USA is as good as it sounds, assuming you think it sounds awesome. Slice founder Adam Kuban reviewed Pizza Town USA three years ago, and aside from the prices, his positive review still holds up.
Where do you go for a neighborhood full of great Turkish food? South Paterson, NJ, home to a host of stand-out bakeries, restaurants, and markets. Here's an afternoon tour for your first visit.
A fat sandwich is what you get when you cross a burger and/or a cheese steak and/or a gyro and/or bacon and/or eggs and/or dump on a sports bar appetizer platter—namely mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, and fries—and douse it all in a sauce or two.
Visiting Jersey City's Newark Avenue is a treat; the steeply-pitched street is lined with dozens of restaurants and a handful Hindu temples, and strands of multicolored lights hanging from the street lamps and power lines lend the area a festive air. The atmosphere alone is worth a trip; the excellent food at Sapthagiri is just one more reason to go.
Chef Francesco Palmieri has strong connections to several other chefs that we have featured here on Steakcraft, making The Orange Squirrel a natural for a feature despite being a little off a New York's beaten path in Bloomfield, NJ.
Hi-ho, Kenji here, reporting from my temporary digs in the West Coast where, thanks to my wife and her penchant for getting offered internships in exotic seaside locations, I'll be reporting from until October. With a large country to traverse and two dogs to do it with, it only made sense to give my best friend a call, rent a car, and do things the old fashioned American way with a road trip. Take a look at everything we ate along the way.
Killer octopus salad, a traditional Portuguese "dry soup," shots of literal firewater and more at this Newark seafood institution.
It was with a sip of Portuguese "fire water" in my belly and some serious heat-induced dehydration that I launched myself giddily down the aisles of Newark's A & J Seabra Supermarket. And I'll level with you—that stuff is strong. So it took me a few minutes to reassure myself that it wasn't just the booze and the heat flushing my face and sending me bouncing from counter to counter, plucking items from the shelves, glassy-eyed and greedy.
Paramus, New Jersey, is racking up the fast-casual burger choices with Smashburger, Bobby's Burger Palace, Steak 'n Shake Signature, Bucu, and soon, Shake Shack, which is opening its first New Jersey location in Paramus this fall.
As we've seen before, the Brazilian take on a burger isn't just cooked ground beef on a bun. Mayo makes frequent appearances. Corn, too. Fried potatoes perhaps. And, so our research into famed hamburgao spot Altas Horas led us to believe, bananas as well.
Mitsuwa becomes a schedule-clearing dining destination when it stages one of its seasonal food events—the likes of which hit Edgewater, New Jersey last weekend in the form a humbly named Gourmet Japanese Fair. Filling the interior of the marketplace with temporary stands to serve a stunning variety of sushi, ramen, snacks, and desserts, the Fair drew a steady stream of diners from opening to close.
There's hope for gluten-free pizza lovers: Salugo Pizzeria's crispy GF crust is gussied up with high-quality toppings, from spicy sopressata to fresh, sautéed spinach.
New Jersey is not all fists pumps and Real Housewives. Thanks to public demand, recent legislation has eased up on microbreweries, brewpubs, and growler sales to allow beer options in New Jersey to improve significantly. Want a taste of the new New Jersey beer scene? Check out these 5 brews.
Millie's Old World, a snazzy new spot on Morristown's main drag, has not one, but two types of ovens. The first, a wood-fired import from Naples, is capable of churning out Neapolitan pizzas in 90 seconds flat; the second, a coal-burning oven, yields a chewier (but equally flavorful) crust. Why not pick just one style of pizza? According to Marlene Carrabba, mother of sibling owners Vince and Brandon, her boys each had a favorite and couldn't choose between the two. So, in true Jersey style, they went with both.
The pizza at La Casa Bianca in Whitehouse Station, NJ, boasts a bunch of special-ingredient toppings like broccoli rabe, fried calamari, and baby clams, but it's the brick oven-fired crust that gets top billing.
Looking for a classic example of pizza rustica (also known as Italian Easter bread or pizza gain)? You'll find a great specimen of the meaty, cheesy, eggy two-crust pie at Avellino's in East Hanover, NJ.