5 Unforgettable New Jersey Restaurants to Try on Your Next Vacation

By Mae Davies / April 7, 2018
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The New Jersey restaurant scene is a cultural mashup of some of the best dishes around, ranging from classic Cuban sandwiches to Korean-style tacos. Aside from the deliciousness of the food, some of the whacky experiences offered by various eateries will definitely interest you. Read on to see some of the most unforgettable restaurants you should try on your next vacation.

Town Hall Deli

One of the oldest restaurants you’ll find on your New Jersey trip is the Town Hall Deli. The sloppy Joe sandwich, which was brought over from Cuba, doesn’t have the usual ground beef simmered in tomato sauce. Instead, this sandwich has three slices of Pullman rye bread, two layers of meat and cheese, and a topping of coleslaw and Russian dressing. With over 10 variations of the sloppy Joe, you have to try at least one while you’re in town.

La Isla

Are you In the mood for Hispanic food? La Isla has you covered. Serving traditional Cuban food, this establishment has been injecting a bit of Cuba into New Jersey for the past few decades. You can expect to find dishes like Cuban sandwiches piled with pork or arroz con pollo, which features a saffron chicken and rice casserole. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with classic Cuban desserts like flan and tres leches cake.

Sam’s Pizza Palace

Sam’s Pizza Palace is one of the most iconic places to grab a slice of pizza. Located on New Jersey’s Wildwood Boardwalk, the pizzeria has been turning out classic pizzas since 1957. If this restaurant is your last stop for the evening, consider checking out the hotels in the Wildwood area. The nightlife on and around the boardwalk isn’t something you’ll want to miss.

MOGO

If you do end up near the Wildwood Boardwalk, be sure to also stop by MOGO. This Korean fusion restaurant offers some of the best tacos in the city with flavors you can mix and match. Build your own tacos, burritos, and bowls, or pick from a list of specialty items for a tasty experience. Also, MOGO partners with the Showroom Cinema and sells tickets for dinner and a movie, which happens every Wednesday night.

Shut Up and Eat

No one wants to worry about what to eat for breakfast and at Shut Up and Eat, you won’t have to. A breakfast and lunch restaurant, this spot has won the award for Best Breakfast in Ocean County, New Jersey, for 10 years in a row. With choices like breakfast bowls and build-your-own omelets, you’ll find something to satiate your morning hunger. The food isn’t the only unique thing about Shut Up and Eat, though; the place features eccentric decor, and the waiters wear pajamas. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a memorable experience.

New Jersey is full of uncommon restaurants that offer up unique foods and experiences. Whether you’re looking for a sit-down dining spot or a quick bite on the boardwalk, you’ll find some great places with delicious food.

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Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.