Welcome to Good Food New Jersey’s Top 25 Picks of 2016. Again this year we traveled the state dining on some great food and some not so great. As in previous years we have had vigorous debate with our staff members to compile this list of Top Picks. We hope you enjoy our list and try as many as you can if you haven’t yet. List compiled is not in ranked order. Highlighted words will take you to our 2016 review.
Tejas 2 Grill Lindenwold> Warmth is what you feel on entry to the Tejas 2 Grill. A Top Pick in 2015 we were thrilled to get back in the area and dine there again. Wonderful food, friendly staff, and reasonable pricing is what to expect at Tejas 2 Grill. Offering a full bar service as well! We are at a loss as to what to specifically recommend as everything we’ve eaten has been fantastic! Tejas Grill has two locations, it’s first located on the White Horse Pike in Stratford. Check out either Tejas Grill you won’t be disappointed.
The Fat Tomato Grill Berlin> We had the opportunity to visit The Fat Tomato Grill twice during the year, once alone and the second time with a few others. Our first visit we tried their MARGARITA Pizza that was fantastic. Our second visit we went in a totally different direction ordering the Pear and Apple Salad. Diverse in it’s flavors the salad showed a real knowledge of ingredients and how to use them. Wonderful surroundings and friendly staff rounds out a 5-Star dining experience at The Fat Tomato Grill
Thai Burger Pitman> New to the restaurant scene in 2016 we visited on a recommendation from a Twitter follower. Starting with the very friendly staff, our dining experience only got better. A diverse menu as in the restaurant name, we enjoyed the food from their Thai to American. Casual dining, an excellent place to stop if you are at the local theatre. Pricing modest for large quantities of great food. We expect Thai Burger to reap many awards in the future.
Uncle Wills Pancake House Beach Haven> If you are visiting Beach Haven in the summer or winter as we did, Uncle Wills Pancake House is waiting on you. You’ll find yourself dreaming of your next visit before you have left your first. Wonderful staff and full menu that can feed you day or night Uncle Wills Pancake House is a restaurant where traditions are made.
Iron Pier Craft House Cape May> High end dining that delivers an eclectic menu including sushi. A dream dining experience that has craft beers too all for reasonable prices at a shore town? Iron Pier Craft House is all that and more! Great staff who knows their products and are friendly. This was our experience at Iron Pier Craft House when we visited on a busy summer peak season day. Check them out and tell them Good Food New Jersey sent ya!
Dawns Deli Hilltop> Top Pick in 2015 Dawns Deli has returned to our list in 2016. Our 2016 visit found more of the same, fresh meats, fresh rolls and bread and excellent hoagies and sandwiches. Super friendly, giant hoagies and low prices, it doesn’t get any better than a hoagie or sandwich from Dawns Deli.
Kitchen 519 Glendora> We finally managed a return visit in 2016 our first since late 2014. Excellent menu along with changing daily specials. Comfortable and cozy we love the ambience. The food is to die for! Each of our visits has bested the last, we may have to move to an 8-star rating system. Great service is included in your visit. Check out our reviews of Kitchen 519 and lets us know when you go!
Tavro 13 Swedesboro> Its all about the ambience and we loved it at Tavro 13. Comfortable white cloth dining that is meant to impress. During our visit we soaked up the 5-star service. Menu covers all the major proteins, great salads and exquisite desserts. Open Thursday thru Sunday Tavro 13 a gem of a restaurant in Swedesboro.
Momoya Bloomfield> Comfortable, friendly, great menu and reasonable prices, Momoya Japanese Restaurant was a great experience. Visited for lunch and walked away stuffed for under $15.00. Nicely decorated a must stop for Japanese or Sushi when you are in the Bloomfield area.
American Hero Sub Shop Lyndhurst> If you are looking for the ultimate sub experience, American Hero Sub Shop is the place to try. Menu loaded with all the traditional subs you’d expect. Super fresh rolls is the beginning of their secret to a great sub. We recommend a visit to the best sub Bergan County has to offer. and possibly all of Northern New Jersey!
The Dublin House Red Bank> Excellent food, fantastic beer list, great service and good pricing, The Dublin House offers it all. Our first visit of a wrap and wings were great! Terrific menu and great ambience if you are dining indoors. The Dublin House is a must stop if you are visiting Red Bank!
Sunrise Diner Roselle Park> No best of food in New Jersey list is complete without a diner. Service matters and the Sunrise Diner hit it out of the park! With multiple trips back to the table topping off our coffee we enjoyed breakfast made to feel we were in our own kitchen. When you visit possibly the friendliest diner in New Jersey tell them Good Food New Jersey sent you!
Kid Rips Tavern Runnemede> A 2015 Top Pick we returned in 2016 expecting great food and Kid Rips Tavern delivered! Fantastic menu of culinary excellence is what you should expect. Our second visit included an “Eggplant Stack”, their interpretation of an eggplant parmesan but nothing like you’ve ever had before, simply terrific! Modern location that offers great service, price points, it gets no better than Kid Rips Tavern.
Rochesters Barbecue & Grill Lawnside> Family run establishment offering food for the soul! Good Food New Jersey first visited Rochesters when they opened their doors and have come back a few times since. A 2015 Top Pick they have made our 2016 list with the same super friendly service and off the chart food. Warm comfortable environment, banging food, and the best Mac & Cheese in New Jersey!
Hudocks Custard Stand Salem> Home of Belly Buster’s and Foot Long Hot Dogs Hudocks has the old-fashioned that you’ll instantly fall in love with. The foot-long hot dog was our agenda item the day we visited on a recommendation. Excellent dog, terrific kraut, which was our choice of topping on a fresh roll. A great place to visit for Custard, Dogs or a Belly Buster Sandwich, check out Hudocks you won’t be disappointed!
The Alley Bar & Grill Hammonton> Bar and Grill located at the DiDonato Family Fun Center that offers 5-star quality dining? Yes, that’s what to expect when you visit the Alley Bar & Grill. The Crab Cake Sliders will be what brings us back again! Traditional pub menu with some drastic turns to high-end dining is what to expect along with terrific service and reasonable pricing.
Gallagher’s Steak House Atlantic City> Fantastic experience from start to finish Gallagher’s defines fine-dining. An Atlantic City Restaurant week participant so no reason why you can’t go! The food is incredible and the service is even better! Comfortable warm surroundings, large wine list, Gallagher’s won’t disappoint!
The Jug Handle Inn Cinnaminson> We are not stepping out on a limb when we state “The Jug Handle Inn has the best wings in South Jersey” as they are well known for their wings and have been for quite some time. Returning to The Jug for the first time in over 20 years was a thrill The only change, The Jug’s wing selection goes much further with options of sauces. Our #1 Place for WINGS is this year.
PF Changs Evesham> Large well-known Asian restaurant chain, we visited their Evesham location. Fantastic food, and equally good service is what PF Changs delivered. We tried 4 menu items on our visit with our favorite being……..we didn’t have one. We enjoyed crab wontons, Changs Chicken, and beef fried rice, all equally as good as the other. PF Changs taking the chain out of “chain restaurant”, is well worth a visit!
Casa D’Amico Stratford> Visiting often when we had family in the area Casa D’Amico was our go to place for Italian. Large menu of all the traditional “pizza place items” but the seafood/pasta dinners are why we have went so often and continue to visit. Gigantic servings sided with salad and garlic bread! And did we say excellent food? Cuisine is fabulous! Eat in their comfortable dining room, take-out or deliver, it doesn’t get much better.
The Office Tavern & Grill Morristown> Terrific tavern that boasts huge craft beer list, and a spectacular menu. Two taverns in one with dining on the second floor that offers a private experience in their comfortable booths. Wonderful service rounded out our perfect 5-star night.
Vital Jamaican Restaurant Montclair> Wonderful family run restaurant that will take you away to the Caribbean with their well-thought menu. Warm and comfortable surroundings, themed music in the air, it doesn’t get more authentic then Vital. Our recommendation is to try the wings and the fried okra.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex Linden> Mexican restaurant chain offering great food and drink menu and even better service. Warm and comfortable booth seating away from the bar allows for a family dining experience as well. Chevy’s, check them out once and and you’ll be sure to return.
Cooper River Distillers Camden> Our only non-restaurant on the list. Fantastic opportunity to sample locally made spirits. Limited hours and days open we recommend you follow by email for information, as they frequently offer entertainment. Its a bring your own snack location!
Piattino’s Neighborhood Bistro> Italian at its best, our visit was perfection all the way to the meatballs! Homemade the optimal word when describing Piattino’s. Great service and comfortable surroundings another staple of this Mendham bistro.
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