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(NJ.com)   Some New Jersey residents think their state is the center of the food universe, that's soooooo garden state cute   (nj.com) divider line
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2020-09-23 12:04:47 PM  
Oxygen deprivation while wearing a required mask at the strip clu grocery store?
 
2020-09-23 1:54:54 PM  
Those people think pork roll is food.  They may be the center of a universe, but it ain't the food one.
 
2020-09-23 2:03:45 PM  
The list of companies at the end that they tout as being great examples of the impact New Jersey cuisine has had on America reads like an Applebee's menu. It's edible and I'm sure I have some of those things in my pantry, but let's not kid ourselves that it's anything but generic staples.
 
2020-09-23 2:04:21 PM  
...and Atlantic City to them is Las Vegas with a beach.
 
2020-09-23 2:12:28 PM  
New Jersey is the world's diner capital; there are more diners here (about 600) than any other state.

Umm... number of diners does not equal "center of food universe".
This Californian can't bring himself to snicker at the pathetic wretches.
New Jersey isn't "The Garden State", it is "The Dunning Kruger State".
 
2020-09-23 2:25:02 PM  
We don't hit the high points very often, but we consistently have very good food. We're up there with New York for bagels and pizza. We definitelyhave the best Indian food in America.

Our weakness tends to be certain regional foods (if anyone in this state can find a decent bbq place let me know) and new food trends.
 
2020-09-23 3:29:37 PM  
We have it all here, in one compact package of a state. From high-end to low-rent, from fussy, white-tablecloth restaurants to sketchy yet delicious dives.

Welcome to every large city in America!
It's the only thing I miss about living in the city (Chicago). The variety of food and it was everywhere.
Little mom & pop shops on every corner. There was a little Venezuelan place a block from my house that made the most amazing Empanadas.

Out here in the burbs I'm basically relegated to chains unless I want to drive a million miles.
 
2020-09-23 3:44:17 PM  

Jurodan: find a decent bbq place let me know


Big Ed's, Route 34, Old Bridge
 
2020-09-23 3:59:15 PM  
To clear this up in a few bullets: The Good:

- Hoboken bread is the best. (HB is a style of bread, not just a place for it).  We also have Balthazar bakery in Englewood, arguably the best french style baker (of bread), their large Ciabbata loaf is not only super-delicious (and used by top restaurants in NYC & NJ) it looks amazing on the table.  Best $5.50 worth of food anywhere.

- White Manna is the slider against which all others are measured.  This can not be argued.

- NJ pizza is as good as anywhere on the planet -- and all our Italian food, really, as good as anywhere in the USA. Go to Garfield for delis, stay outta touristy Hoboken, except the Mutz at Vitos.

- We deep fry our hot dogs.  Don't knock it until you try it.  It's not a novelty like deep fried oreos.  RIP the original Callahans.

- Taylor Ham is one of those love it or hate it foods.  For hangovers it can't be beaten.

- We have lots of BYOB joints, which for us wine people is a revelation! Saves a fortune.


The bad:

-  Diners, however, are garbage.  All of them.  Even the fancy-pants aoli-not-mayo ones. Garbage.

- Our best "fine dining" really can't measure up to NYC, no matter what people think.  Not even close.

- Our boardwalks are really fun places to eat at, but we know the food is kinda lousy.  And salt-water taffy sucks too.  It's fun anyway.  Enjoy.  And try the Blue Crabs at Bum Rogers if they have them.  Don't mind that they treat you like you are an a-hole, they do that to all of us.

- fark Goya.

There, now you know all you need to about NJ food.
 
2020-09-23 4:32:54 PM  

Jurodan: We don't hit the high points very often, but we consistently have very good food. We're up there with New York for bagels and pizza. We definitelyhave the best Indian food in America.

Our weakness tends to be certain regional foods (if anyone in this state can find a decent bbq place let me know) and new food trends.


You should get out, of jersey, more
 
2020-09-23 4:33:34 PM  

abhorrent1: We have it all here, in one compact package of a state. From high-end to low-rent, from fussy, white-tablecloth restaurants to sketchy yet delicious dives.

Welcome to every large city in America!
It's the only thing I miss about living in the city (Chicago). The variety of food and it was everywhere.
Little mom & pop shops on every corner. There was a little Venezuelan place a block from my house that made the most amazing Empanadas.

Out here in the burbs I'm basically relegated to chains unless I want to drive a million miles.


Born in Chicago, grew up in kinda rural Ohio, moved to Austin, then moved to Montana.

You nailed it on the head. I like the quiet life, but compared to the food and entertainment and rent options that big cities offer, you make sacrifices for the quiet life.

Also I really miss being able to get an amazing taco wherever the heck I was, or Italian, or Vietnamese and everything in-between
 
2020-09-23 7:40:20 PM  
let us never forget the universally popular boardwalk pizza.

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/do not tip delivery boy
//why yes, that is in fact cheezwhiz on the fries
///thank you new girl 2
 
2020-09-24 1:55:14 AM  
I have often been pleasantly surprised by restaurants in New Jersey.  Not sure any of them would classify as the best of that cuisine, but surprisingly good.  Unlike a large city though you have to go farther to find a substantial diversity of choices
 
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