The Essential New Jersey Food Bucket List

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BetMGM Sep 05, 2023, 9:34 AM

From exquisite restaurants to heavenly artisan bakeries, there’s an abundance of exceptional eateries in New Jersey (NJ.) Combine this with the ability to play online casino games in the state, and it’s easy to understand why many gamblers choose NJ as their preferred holiday destination. Read on for a drool-worthy New Jersey food bucket list.

The Best Places To Eat in New Jersey

Regarded as the Garden State and one of America’s original 13 states, New Jersey is famous for many things, including its agriculture, Atlantic City, and local cuisine. A year-round destination, there’s plenty to do in NJ, including skiing, gambling, hiking, and eating. 

New Jersey is known for being one of the best culinary states in the country. Versatile and flavorful, you can expect all-star meals up and down the state, whether in a boutique restaurant, street market, or food truck. Here’s a short guide to the ultimate New Jersey bucket list: food edition.

Barrio Costero

Situated in Asbury Park, Barrio Costero’s menu boasts delicious authentic Mexican food infused with fresh ingredients. While burritos are the restaurant’s specialty, the menu also includes delicious tacos, nachos, and enchiladas. And there’s an enticing variety of cocktails, wine, and beers to pair with your meals.

Alongside Barrio Costero’s attentive staff, the interior is furnished with chic, Mexican-inspired furniture, helping create an authentic dining experience. 

The Lomo Truck

Operating out of Garfield, Jersey City, Passaic, and Woodland Park, The Lomo Truck is a Peruvian-inspired food truck offering customers gourmet dishes from the land of the Inca. 

Within every dish, the influence behind each ingredient and cooking method has been passed down through generations, allowing the chefs to recreate the original taste. 

Another popular feature is The Lomo Truck’s stacked menu which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner and includes traditional favorites such as peruanito, salchipapa, lomo saltado, and arroz chaufa.

James on Main

With over half of New Jersey bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the state has many appetizing seafood establishments. James on Main – located in Hackettstown – is one of the best ocean-inspired restaurants in NJ. 

Creative and all-American, you’ll likely see ingredients combined that you wouldn’t have imagined working. But the chef is there to prove you wrong as he concocts a harmonious blend of land and sea. And the results are heavenly. 

If you want to book a reservation, you can choose from three menus: two-course prix fixe, three-course prix fixe, or a five-course chef’s tasting. 

Take-out is available for those on the go. Choose from the house-ground prime beef burger, steak frites, four fields farm garlic sausage, and the signature dish, woodfired wild shrimp. 

Rat’s Restaurant

Regarding the best places to visit in New Jersey in the summer, there are few more spectacular settings than Rat’s Restaurant in Hamilton. The restaurant is set in the sprawling Grounds for Sculpture campus and features a lily pond and bridge inspired by the paintings of French Impressionist Claude Monet. It truly is one of the most beautiful restaurant venues in the country.

 The French-inspired menus – the Lobster Clambake Menu, Lunch Menu, and Dinner Menu – offer an extensive range of dishes. An excellent restaurant for couples celebrating anniversaries, you can order anything from steak au poivre and black diamond mussels to braised short rib and coq au vin.

Book a reservation weeks in advance if you want to eat at this fine establishment.

Jimmy Buff’s

Jimmy Buff’s has created a reputation for his Hot Dogs in Kenilworth. And when it comes to famous food in New Jersey, alongside pork rolls, there are few more famous than hot dogs – a New Jersey delicacy.

The quaint restaurant dates back to 1932 and is renowned for its Italian-inspired hot dogs. Expect sautéed onions, peppers, and potatoes served on top of Jimmy Buff’s signature hot dog, nestled inside Italian pizza bread. Jimmy Buff’s is a great place to start if you want to try some of New Jersey’s authentic tastes. 

Aroy-D the Thai Elephant

Another world-class food truck on the list, Aroy-D the Thai Elephant has an exquisite Asian-inspired menu. Based in Verona, NJ, the family-run business has been perfecting its offering for over 10 years.

The menu is so extensive that it’s genuinely surprising that the chefs can fit all the ingredients inside the characterful food truck. It includes spring rolls, green curry, spicy basil (pad kra prao,) lo mein noodles, crab fried rice, and duck salad (to name a few.)

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