It is sort of unfortunate that the big apple’s neighbor, New Jersey, doesn’t get much respect when it comes to food. However, the truth remains–New Jersey is a northeastern U.S. state that is chock full of food delights.
Boasting of over 9,000 farms, the Garden State is renowned for producing over 100 different types of vegetables and fruits; agriculture is the state’s third-largest industry.
Without straying away from the topic any further, here are some of the best food in NJ no one wants you to know about. The list isn’t in any particular order.
If you are looking for the best burger in New Jersey, you should look no further than White Manna. Located at 358 River Street on the banks of the Hackensack River, White Manna is one of the best diner-style burger joints in the state. The joint was also featured in the¨American Food Feud¨episode of the Food Network series, Food Feuds. Although the place is rather small and manages to seat only around 10-15 people, the joint offers fantastic meals at unbeatable prices. Everything on the menu is worth trying!
Donkey’s Place in Camden, NJ, is a wonderful restaurant that offers the best cheesesteaks in New Jersey. While there, we would recommend you to order the cheesesteak with provolone cheese; of course, you can´t go wrong with an order of onion rings too. In addition to that, their spicy pepper relish, pickles, and fries are also to die for! The cheesesteaks in Donkey’s Place come on a poppy seed-topped Kaiser instead of a soft Italian roll. It also helps that the place has a good selection of beer.
The Hunan Taste Chinese restaurant in Denville, NJ, is an upscale restaurant that provides the perfect setting for a memorable night out. Established in 1986 by the Hsiung family, the restaurant is renowned for serving fantastic Chinese cuisines such as Mandarin pork chop, Peking duck, soup dumplings, fried whole fish, sizzling filet mignon, Sichuan beef, chicken, or fish in fiery hot oil, and beef tendon etc.
Pink Cake Box
If you have cravings for sweet items, we would suggest you to pay a visit to Pink Cake Box. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to state that the highly-acclaimed bakeshop bakes the best sweets, cupcakes, and cakes in the state! The bakery items on offer are not only tasty beyond belief, they are also a delight to look at. While there, we would recommend you to try their pink Champagne cake, hazel Frangelico, and pumpkin cake.
Rutt’s Hut, arguably, serves the best hot dogs in the state. The roadside shack is widely popular for its trademark Ripper—a pork-and-beef mixture that is fried deeply in beef fat until it rips apart. It also helps that the place boasts of an adjoining tap room which allows you to enjoy cheap beer with your meal.