New Jersey's Best - Part I

EthnicNJ.com · Guide to New Jersey, USA · created over 6 years ago

Spot these, and you've found some of New Jersey's best ethnic food.

Chinese, Ethiopian, Guatemalan, Korean, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Burgers, Hot Dogs and Diners - Jersey has it all. The best restaurants can be hard to find, unless you know Jersey like we know Jersey.

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    Korean Banchan at Kimchihana Korean Japanese in South Plainfield, NJ

    The small plates that accompany the Korean BBQ here include an intensely flavored Kimchi, surprisingly sweet potatoes (Gamja Jorim), mushroom salad, and a variety of pickled vegetables.

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    Tacos al Pastor at Restaurante El Mariachi in Trenton, New Jersey

    These are Guatemalan tacos. Delicious handmade corn tortillas overflowing with marinated pork, served with a roasted scallion, sliced cucumbers, salad and avocado.

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    Disco Fries at Jefferson Diner in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey

    Chrome-plated diners like this one in Lake Hopatcong are uniquely New Jersey. Disco fries - covered with mozzarella and brown gravy - are the classic Jersey diner food.

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    Açorda de Marisco at Seabra's Marisqueira in Newark, NJ

    Newark's Ironbound is the epicenter of New Jersey's Portuguese community. Seabra's is THE place for fresh seafood (http://www.ethnicnj.com/2011/04/28/seabras-marisqueira-newark/). This dish - shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and Portuguese bread cubes with olive oil, garlic and a poached egg on top - is heavenly.

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    Injera Platter at Lalibela in South Orange, New Jersey

    You can find food from every continent in New Jersey. This spongy, tangy Ethiopian flat bread is delicious with spicy marinated beef, sauteed lamb cubes, lentils and other veggie sides at Lalibela in South Orange.

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    Pizza at DeLucia's in Raritan, NJ

    For me, it's the perfect pizza (http://www.ethnicnj.com/2009/09/03/delucia’s-raritan/). The brick oven has been baking bread since 1917.

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    The Ripper at Rutt's Hut in Clifton, NJ

    The all-American hot dog assumes uniquely delicious forms in the Garden State. The deep fried "Ripper" is a Jersey classic. It is served in Clifton at scenic Rutt's Hut (http://www.ethnicnj.com/2009/09/28/rutts-hut/), nestled in a highway off ramp.

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    Ma Po Tofu at Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove, NJ

    Chengdu 1 may be making the best Szechuan food in the Garden State.

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    Bun Bo Hue at Saigon in South Plainfield, New Jersey

    Tucked in the back of a tiny strip mall in South Plainfield, enter Saigon's simple storefront and find some of the best Vietnamese food in New Jersey.

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    Sliders at White Rose System in Linden, NJ

    Burgers are the iconic American ethnic food, and New Jersey "sliders" are the nation's best. There are no better Jersey sliders than the gems of beefy goodness cooked on Rich Belfer’s griddle at Linden’s White Rose System.

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