Brooklynite Hits New Jersey Food Scence with Another Four Establishments


By Jerry Del Priore

Your friendly, hungry Brooklynite is back at it again, eating and drinking his way through the glorious Garden State. I hit a few more delicious New Jersey eateries to satisfy my taste buds and fill my belly. 

I hit four more delicious New Jersey eateries to satisfy my taste buds and fill my belly. 

54 Main Bar and Grille– 54 Main Street, Madison , New Jersey 

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Located in the heart of Madison, New Jersey, 54 Main Bar and Grille is a fantastic combination of a family friendly restaurant and late night hot spot.

Though the nice-looking brick-faced and wooden-floor establishment was rather boisterous that Friday night, filled with families and people knocking a few adult beverages back at the bar, it sported an enjoyable atmosphere. 

I dined on a Rose City Cobb Salad — fresh avocado, apple wood bacon, sliced egg, cherry tomatoes over shaved iceberg lettuce, tossed in its house vinaigrette and finished with Maytag blue cheese dressing.

It was splendid, but, of course, I needed more. Enter the friend calamari, which was quite delectable, and French Onion Soup, another hit with my taste buds.  

There are 25 craft beers on average on tap, with the Chimay Tripel (10 percent ABV) more than worth a try. 

Romanelli’s Pizza & Italian Eatery — 42 Lincoln Place, Madison, New Jersey 

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Romanelli’s lasagna and pizza.
Being from Brooklyn, I’m always on the lookout for quality pizza. Romanelli’s was a new pizza joint for me, and it measured up to most of New York City’s traditional slices — crisp crust, savory sauce and tasty mozzarella — all of which make for a solid pizza offering. 

In addition, I sampled Romanelli’s lasagna, which was surprisingly good, considering it’s a simple, charming pizza parlor. Moist, succulent and covered in mozzarella, it hit the spot. But, truth be told, it’s still not as grand as my Mom’s. Hey, I’m a little bias, but what do I know? 

Charley’s Aunt — 810 S Passaic Ave, Chatham, New Jersey 
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Charley’s Aunt’s crab cakes, fries and pickle.
Charley’s Aunt, which the name is derived from a play first published in 1892is known for its juicy burgers and other typical American pub grub. I opted for the  crab cake sandwich, with thick cut fries, coleslaw and a pickle.
I have to say, the crab cakes were tasty and full of flavor, and the fires were fresh, crisp, and sans of any sogginess, which is such a bummer when it comes to the potato offering.  
The simple but charming decor complements the solid fare and nice crowd. Plus, there’s a new outside eating area for your al fresco dinning pleasure. 
Eat My Balls Food Truck
Try some of the finest rice balls in New Jersey, at Eat My Balls Food Truck. 

Sure, some people might think the name is a bit crass, but I guess that’s part of the marketing behind the makers of the appetizing, authentic Sicilian Arancini-making food truck (rice balls). 

I came across the food truck at the Morristown Food Truck Festival in August. With an old-school gangster-style motif, I had to try one of its many flavored rice balls.

I ordered the “That’s Amore” — Mom’s homemade marinara sauce, oregano and a scrumptious mozzarella center. Yes, the standard rice ball, but it was flat out mouth-watering flavorsome. 

There’s also the “Soprano” — savory and sweet sausage, peppers and onions, and the Nutella Ball — stuffed with a heavenly “Nutella” center and rolled in cinnamon. 

 Fuhgeddaboudit!! Check its website to see where it will be balling next. 

Until next, eat and drink well, proud, and be happy.

 

 

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