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  • Best New Restaurants: 20 Top Picks - New Jersey Monthly
    under previous tenants Most important the food is no mere caboose Marika Villik the chef at Malki s first two restaurants has created a strong menu From starters tender octopus with red wine stewed onions chorizo potatoes and chili oil to salads roasted cauliflower with spinach scallions raisins and pine nuts with balsamic vinaigrette to flatbreads pears bacon and blue cheese with arugula to pastas strozzapreti with shrimp shiitakes sundried tomatoes mustard greens and parmigiano and entrées skate wing stuffed with mushroom potato hash the dishes are smartly conceived and well executed 275 Bellevue Avenue 973 893 5008 Distrito Moorestown Chef Jose Garces candy colored cantina opened with a splash in July Born in Chicago to Ecuadorian parents Garces oversees an empire of more than a dozen restaurants from his Philadelphia HQ Distrito modernizes Mexican classics with riffs like vegetarian enchiladas with kale and quinoa black truffled huaraches and scallops on smoked corn purée Distrito stocks more than 100 tequilas A real important part of Jose s program is that absolutely everything is made in house says executive chef Nathan Johnson When you get a fajita here you get it with a tortilla made within the last half hour You can taste the difference South Jersey abounds with authentic Mexican food but Distrito is the first to break the hole in the wall taqueria mold 400 W Route 38 856 252 0300 Duke s Southern Table Newark Demetrius Harrison sous chef at Duke s has been cooking since he was in eighth grade when I had to have dinner on the table for my mom when she came home from work Today under chef owner Vonda McPherson Harrison sends out righteous Southern specialties like oxtail stew jambalaya and cornmeal crusted catfish in hefty portions with hefty flavors Accompaniments like collards yams cheese grits and potato salad swing like sidemen in a big band Speaking of which McPherson named Duke s her fourth restaurant for the great Duke Ellington To me she says he symbolizes elegance and beauty He made everybody feel welcome That s what I wanted this place to feel like Decorated in Ellington s favorite wardrobe colors of black and white with red accents and located near NJPAC and the Prudential Center Duke s does The staff as Ellington liked to say will love you madly 11 Clinton Street 862 763 5757 Farm and Fisherman Tavern Cherry Hill Josh Lawler began cooking at home in Philadelphia at 14 and went on to stints with Laurent Tourondel Bill Telepan and Dan Barber Under Barber at Blue Hill at Stone Barns Lawler developed the daily tasting menus and honed his farm to table bona fides Lawler opened the first Farm and Fisherman a BYO in Philadelphia in 2011 becoming a semifinalist for that year s Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in America The Cherry Hill edition has a full bar featuring a lengthy list of craft beers signature cocktails and even a couple of excellent barrel aged numbers Lawler

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  • New & Notable: Restaurants to Check Out
    egg 632 Cookman Avenue 732 361 3684 Porta Jersey City With its communal tables craft beers and Neapolitan pizzas the original Porta in Asbury Park is a concept that fits seamlessly into downtown Jersey City s burgeoning dining scene Occupying a three story century old building with a dazzling rooftop bar JC s Porta features salads pastas grilled meats and mozzarella and ricotta made on site daily There s even a pie made with vegan versions of mozzarella and parmesan 135 Newark Avenue 201 544 5199 Ricalton s South Orange This two story pub facing the train station has a retro look honoring its namesake James Ricalton a Maplewood school teacher and 19th century world explorer and photographer The downstairs pub has its own menu with neo noshes like truffled parmesan fries The upstairs menu includes Guinness braised short ribs cod Livornese and seared duck breast with rainbow chard Ricalton s has up to 24 beers on tap and takes its food seriously too We go hard for quality and freshness of ingredients says co owner Tom McLaughlin 19 Valley Street 973 763 1006 Runa Red Bank Runa grew out of owner Marita Lynn s Aberdeen catering company In catering I do food with Peruvian flair she says Runa is authentic Peruvian That means tiraditos Peruvian ceviches in a light aji Amarillo pepper sauce It s creamy and people love it she says Runa is BYO but Lynn says if you bring a bottle of pisco I ll make you a pisco sour 110 Monmouth Street 732 758 8904 Talula s Asbury Park Brooklyn transplants Steve Mignona and Shanti Church and Californian Josh Stewart bake bread daily from organic grains in a wood burning oven Their artisanship shows not only in their sandwiches and toasts with spreads but also in their sublime pizzas like the Beekeeper s Lament tomato sauce mozz soppressata local honey They serve wine beer and cocktails too Yippee 550 Cookman Avenue 732 455 3003 Third Vine Jersey City It s small and dark inside has no sign outside unless you count the piece of paper in one window But that s fine by downtown Jersey City s young hipsters who with good reason have made this one of a kind cheese and small plates bar with liquor license a hot spot The nibbles are uniformly excellent the cocktails kicky and the cheeses curated by co owner Jamie Mayne a fantasia of discovery You have to love the sensibility that includes a cheese category called Stinkers 353 Third Street 718 326 1999 Union Republic Jersey City Eat Noodles Be Happy is the motto of owners Noah Sexton and Gregory Torrech But creative ramen such as noodles mazeman style with miso butter instead of broth topped by a cod croquette is just one way this unusual restaurant bar and artisanal grocery can achieve that end Torrech the chef also makes a terrific butternut squash salad with pomegranate seeds and avocado The offerings include spaetzle with pork ragu octopus

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  • Best Breakfasts: 57 Hot Spots to Wake Up To
    our Best Breakfasts package Best Breakfasts North We ve rounded up the most mouth watering breakfast spots North Jersey has to offer Best Breakfasts Central Satisfy your taste buds with the most savory sweet and scintillating dishes in Central Jersey Best Breakfasts South Check out the palate pleasing plates these South Jersey restaurants are serving up Big Rig Breakfasts Long haul truckers in the know bypass the chain service centers to take on tasty human fuel at the Truck Stop Diner long a fixture at Turnpike Exit 15E in Kearny Artisanal Scrapple It s not an oxymoron There are no photos with those IDs or post 48390 does not have any attached images Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del

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  • Who Owns Sriracha? - New Jersey Monthly
    that special flavor was But as inevitably happens when a food craze turns a specialty into a commodity Wal Mart has stocked rooster sauce for years chefs take matters into their own hands At Topaz Thai in Belleville known for its authentically incendiary dishes chef owner Wanida Mama Phansuwam makes her own sauce which she describes as real sriracha which is Thai not Vietnamese In fact Si Racha is a shore town on the Gulf of Thailand and as Hammond reports in his documentary the sauce was created there in 1949 by a Thai woman who then started making it commercially Real sriracha insists Mama as she prefers to be called has no chemicals no sour taste She says she makes hers with chili peppers that I bred myself from a species of small red Thai chilies that I brought back from Thailand Rooster sauce is sweetened with white sugar Mama uses Thai palm sugar from the palm tree which has its own flavor rich and fragrant almost like pandan leaf Recommended Reading Valentine s Day Plans Around the State Rooster sauce is not fermented but Thai srirachas including the original are In Mama s recipe the yeast in the palm sugar is the fermenting agent Her sauce ferments for 12 days in jars in Topaz Thai s kitchen Fermenting smooths sriracha s sharpness and gives the sauce a blended taste she says She sells her sriracha at the restaurant in medium and hot strengths 8 ounces 6 16 ounces 10 At Salt Gastropub in Stanhope chef Bradley Boyle makes his sriracha with local peppers I used rooster sauce for years he says But I wanted to use Jersey peppers for a Jersey sriracha I like it hot but smooth It s a great flavor in all kinds of sauces and marinades At Crystal Springs Resort in Sussex County executive chef John Greeley says he produces his own sriracha with red chili peppers some habañero from the resort s garden and spring garlic which adds a sweet note He ferments the sauce for two weeks with salt as the fermenting agent then ages it for two to three months in charred oak barrels for mild smokiness My sriracha is spicy with a mellow tone of garlic a light vinegar tang and hints of wood It s a bit deeper in color after the barrel aging Greeley uses it in three dishes at the resort s Crystal Tavern smoked duck salad smoked pork banh mi sandwiches and as a dip for his chilled seafood platter At the newly opened Jockey Hollow Bar Kitchen in the former Vail Mansion in Morristown executive chef Kevin Sippel makes sriracha from Thai chilis grown at Ralston Farm in Mendham The farm s co owner Bennett Haynes brought back and planted heirloom chiles from northeastern Thailand says Sippel They have adapted well to New Jersey soil and growing conditions and have become a new varietal of their own In Jockey Hollow s sriracha Sippel says the

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  • 26 Great Watering Holes In New Jersey For The Craft-Beer Lover In You
    beer list is selected from a rotation of 39 drafts and 525 bottles The menu mixes upscale appetizers like shredded duck confit 11 and crabmeat dumplings 11 with traditional pub grub Growlers available AS Maloney s Pub Grill 119 Main Street Matawan 732 583 4040 maloneyspubnj com With over 100 drafts and 250 bottles available at any one time you will want to consult the beer menu helpfully divided by category and noting ABV The list is rich in Belgians stouts and porters but there is also a section devoted to Jersey beers Beer Club members it s free to join can record tasting notes in an on site folder Try more than 50 and you ll be inducted into Maloney s Beer Hall of Fame Beer and food pairings seminars and the occasional bus trip to a brewery round out the informative fun BS Mohawk House 3 Sparta Junction Rt 517 Sparta 973 729 6464 mohawkhouse com It sounds like faint praise to call Mohawk House one of the best restaurants in Sussex County where there aren t that many ambitious restaurants But Mohawk s food could hold its own on a wider stage as could its massive stone and wood lodge like building and its carefully curated craft beer program On a recent visit 50 taps were flowing with a panoply of intriguing imports and domestics If you love German wheat beers don t miss the vivid and complex Ramstein Golden Blonde from High Point Brewing in Butler The best way to satisfy curiosity is with a flight of four 4 ounce pours roughly 10 13 Knowledgeable servers can help you choose Or wing it the whole list is fair game Sundays and Mondays growlers 32 and 64 ounces are half price Eric Levin Morris Tap Grill 500 Route 10 West Randolph 973 891 1776 morristapandgrill com People who know beer and like beer are going with the IPAs reports Craig Michaels head bartender at this tastefully appointed 8 000 square foot bar and restaurant Michaels always has plenty of hoppy IPAs among his 24 craft beers on tap and 75 in the bottle The list changes twice weekly MTG which opened in July 2011 at the site of the old Stonefire Grill holds monthly pairing dinners and themed beer days such as a recent IPA day and has a booming home brewers club A recent stout week put 10 of the malty mellow darks on tap Chef Eric LeVine s food is always special don t miss his signature short ribs paired perhaps with a robust porter KS Recommended Reading 30 Best New Restaurants Mussel Bar Revel Resort 500 Boardwalk Atlantic City 609 225 9851 musselbar com revel Chef Robert Wiedmaier s Mussel Bar offers an unparalleled selection of mostly Belgian beers which ideally complement the restaurant s signature pots of roasted mussels available in five mind bending preparations each 26 and its pizza like Belgian flatbread tarts There are 35 taps and the choices include enticing obscurities like 11 percent abv Kasteel Tripel from Belgium These are supplemented by more than 150 bottled brews arranged by category The sophisticated atmosphere with its gleaming open kitchen pokes fun at itself with whimsies like beer bottle sconces chairs hanging from the ceiling and an actual chopper style motorcycle suspended above the bar ND Old Bay Restaurant 61 63 Church Street New Brunswick 732 246 3111 oldbayrest com A pioneering promoter of craft beer Old Bay has occupied the same converted 19th century Bank of New Jersey building for 25 years It s an unusual space a warren of small rooms on several levels its lavender walls decorated with posters and Mardi Gras masks The Cajun Creole menu mates well with the 24 beers on tap listed with descriptions on a sheet prepared each day by manager Pat Pipi Favorites include Founders Breakfast Stout a chocolaty brew from Michigan and N Ice Chouffe a dark ale from Belgium There s live music on weekends and 3 drafts starting at 10 pm on Wednesdays Merrill Noden Pilsener Haus Biergarten 1422 Grand Street Hoboken 201 683 5465 pilsenerhaus com With its suspender wearing waitstaff lofting frothing steins to patrons at long communal tables Pilsener Haus evokes an Eastern European brewpub The two indoor halls and the outdoor biergarten occupy the ground floor of a 1920s brick industrial building that bolsters the retro atmosphere Beers on tap mostly German include Belgian Austrian and American brews Half liters are 7 pints up to 20 American craft beers and a range of imports are available in bottles Weekdays except Mondays chef Thomas Ferlesch serves burly Austro Hungarian comfort foods like beef goulash 15 and chicken paprikash 15 At the large open grill people line up every day for kielbasa bratwurst frankfurters rotisserie chicken and burgers Saturdays are busiest but the most fun thanks to the gregarious crowd AS The Pour House 124 Haddon Avenue Westmont 856 869 4600 pjspourhouse com Since opening in 2009 the Pour House has attracted attention for its 20 rotating drafts plus one hand pumped cask and 140 varieties by the bottle Spring favorites at this sprawling pub include Dogfish Head s hoppy fruit beer Aprihop and Troegs s Nugget Nectar Local brewer Flying Fish always commands at least one tap often more According to general manager Remo Croce Pour House sells more Flying Fish than any other bar Stop by on Wednesdays for 3 50 drafts all day ND The Shepherd the Knucklehead 529 Belmont Avenue Haledon 973 942 8666 theshepnj com When Christopher Schiavo opened the Shepherd the Knucklehead 15 years ago he named it for his first novel a meditation on the duality of man You want duality At this brick walled pub Jack Kerouac is commemorated as the patron saint but craft beer is clearly king There are an incredible 90 taps with special attention to local brewers like Cricket Hill from nearby Fairfield Kane and Carton We do not carry the big guys manager Adam

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  • Cheap Eats: Our Guide To Memorable Meals Under $15
    stick to your ribs fare that won t stick it to your wallet Cheap Eats Burgers These great burger joints serve up a signature American meal for a pittance Cheap Eats Hot Dogs Here in the Garden State we love our hot dogs Find out where to find the best dogs at the best prices Cheap Eats Italian Subs Italian subs at affordable prices Cheap Eats Soup Here s our list of great soup places around the state Cheap Eats Moveable Feasts For hungry folks on the go food trucks offer more variety than ever Cheap Eats Latin Caribbean Mexican These great Latin Caribbean and Mexican restaurants offers fantastic food at reasonable prices Cheap Eats Pizza Quality pizza on a budget Cheap Eats Span the Globe Great food at low prices from all around the world There are no photos with those IDs or post 55245 does not have any attached images Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse

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  • The Best Seafood in New Jersey
    largest provider of sea scallops and squid and third highest provider of summer flounder or fluke At Cape May Foods in Millville Daniel and Michael LaVecchio run the country s largest hand shucked clam operation The business started in 1923 but got its big break in the 1960s when Howard Johnson s needed a source of clam strips for the restaurant chain s popular all you can eat fried clam dinners Today Cape May Foods operates a dozen fishing vessels and employs 200 people annually producing about 18 million pounds of clam meat used for fried clams canned clams juices sauces and chowder While other clam operations have moved to mechanical processing Dan LaVecchio says his company is committed to hand shucking Recommended Reading Tickets on Sale For Frost Bites in Montclair It costs more to do but you get a better quality product says the third generation owner whose products go by the name LaMonica Foods after his grandfather A mechanically shucked clam is steamed open It s very tough not tender New Jersey s big cash cow is sea scallops Click here to read story Second only to Massachusetts New Jersey fishermen increased their 2010 haul of 14 2 million pounds of sea scallops to 14 6 million pounds in 2011 with a value of 142 4 million more than 10 times that of the clams Scallops are such a valuable commodity for New Jersey that agriculture secretary Doug Fisher is looking to brand them along the same lines as Alaskan king crab or Maine lobster Our scallops are premier They re big they re beautiful and they re fresh says Fisher who encourages consumers to ask for Jersey caught fish at their local restaurants and seafood markets On the recreational side fishermen take their boats on the water or fish from shore jetties and piers throughout the state catching striped bass summer flounder tuna monkfish and tilefish Or they sign on for a day trip with one of the large charter boats also known as party boats which embark from most of the state s ports Out of Point Pleasant Bob Bogan Jr operates the Gambler a 90 foot party boat that is licensed to hold 149 people but typically takes 20 to 70 people on its half day summer fishing runs You ve got three different kinds of people says Bogan a third generation charter operator The kind that know how to fish the kind that don t know how to fish and the kind that think they know how to fish Still he says he tries to make sure everyone catches something so they ll want to come fishing again Click on the links below to read more from our Seafood Lovers Guide Delights From The Deep Do you think the wonders of the Shore end at bodysurfing distance from the beach Of course not Another world entirely begins there the cornucopian world of Jersey seafood Here is a foretaste of the riches that Jersey

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  • New Jersey Wines Are No Longer About Fruity Novelties, Our Growing Wine Making Industry Is The Fastest Growing Agricultural Segment in The State
    good news too In every category our tasters found wines worthy of praise The Chardonnays and other whites fared particularly well as did the Cabernet Sauvignons On the other hand the Merlots bombed and in the event s oddest moment one wine was judged to be chewy Overall our experts agreed the quality is definitely coming along So what s missing First a greater commitment to expertise Some of Jersey s vintners are relative novices and our tasters claim need to invest in the services of experienced wine consultants to tune up their wine making practices Equally important New Jersey needs to overcome its reputation of turning out novelty fruit wines although many of those have their fans To that end one judge declared New Jersey needs a Robert Mondavi that is a winemaker with the sort of marketing clout that put California on the wine making map Remember when that state s wines were mainly of the cheap jug variety Certainly New Jersey has some savvy winemakers Many have transformed their wineries into popular tourist destinations Some have won ribbons in international competitions And all merit your attention Uncorking a bottle from one of our winning wineries is a good place to start Recommended Reading Red Ripe and Ready The New Jersey Tomato Click on the links below to read the articles in our Jersey Wine package Ready For Prime Time New Jersey has all the ingredients for a booming wine industry and a new law to help clear the way Find out what the buzz is all about A Feast of Fests New Jersey s wine festivals blossom as the state wine industry booms Sip and Tell Jersey wines have come a long way Now our panel of experts rates them in a blind tasting to determine which ones if any have truly arrived The Best Wines in New Jersey At a blind taste test held at Blue Morel restaurant in Morristown seven wine experts and one intrepid reporter sat down to determine the best wines in New Jersey After trying 52 wines from 26 wineries they selected these vintages as the best of the best Stellar Cellars Wine consumption is on the rise and so are creative custom wine cellars like these handsome utilitarian vaults Fill out my online form There are no photos with those IDs or post 52491 does not have any attached images Read more Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A

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