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The Golden Popsicle Awards 2015: North Jersey Winners

The results are in! Here are the winners and runners up of the Golden Popsicle Awards North Jersey.


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Best Kid-Friendly

JW’S Doo Wop & Ice Cream Parlor 
1614 A Union Valley Rd., West Milford
973-506-4612

This spot (known for great ice cream and burgers) is a trip back to the ‘50s, complete with vintage Americana posters, red vinyl seats and functioning jukeboxes. The menu includes crowd-pleasers like hotdogs, hamburgers and waffle fries but also delicious options like burgers named for classic celebs like the Frank Sinatra (fried onions with mushrooms and cheese). Plus, there’s outdoor seating and a playground just steps away for after dinner fun.  

Runners Up:
2. Medieval Times (Lyndhurst) 
3. Chatterbox Drive-In (Augusta) 
4. Joe’s Crab Shack (Multiple locations) 
5. Blue Moon Mexican Cafe (Multiple locations) 

Best Diner

Tick Tock Diner 
281 Allwood Rd., Clifton
973-777-0511

This huge diner always makes top New Jersey lists and has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Plus, it’s got that classic, chrome, Art Deco exterior look that diner-aficionados love. Open 24 hours a day, you can grab a burger or breakfast any time. Don’t forget the disco fries!

Runners Up:
2. Suburban Diner (Paramus) 
3. Chit Chat Diner (Hackensack) 
4. Coach House Restaurant & Diner (Hackensack) 
5. Park West Diner (Little Falls)  

Best Pizza

Kinchley’s Tavern
586 N. Franklin Tpke., Ramsey

201-934-7777

With an award-winning thin crust, this North Jersey favorite (which you’ll spot easily: just look for the tall, skinny sign and the horse on the roof), has been rolling dough for its classic pies since 1947. More to love: the model trains on display and the wide selection of drinks (including a constantly rotating selection of regional brews). Bring cash: Credit cards aren’t accepted.

Runners Up:
2. Brooklyn’s Brick Oven Pizzeria (Multiple locations) 
3. Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizza (Hoboken)
4. Pizzaiolo by Brothers (Midland Park)  
5. Patsy’s Tavern and Restaurant (Paterson)  

Best Burger

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar
Multiple locations
The burgers here are both delicious and inventive —patties get dressed with chili or made with Kobe beef and topped with wild mushrooms. Everything on the menu goes perfectly with the tasty truffle fries and a changing selection of milkshakes (which rival most local ice cream spots). Even better, throughout the summer, kids eat for $3 (with the purchase of an adult meal). 

Runners Up: 
2. White Manna Hamburgers (Hackensack) 
3. The Iron Horse (Westwood) 
4. JW’s Doo Wop & Ice Cream Parlor (West Milford)
5. Left Bank Burger Bar (Jersey City)    

Ice Cream

Van Dyk’s Homemade Ice Cream
​145 Ackerman Ave., Ridgewood
201-444-1429

This hole-in-the-wall ice cream spot is tucked away in a tree-lined residential neighborhood and is known for its mint chocolate chip and specialty homemade flavors like vanilla peanut butter swirl, peppermint chip and cake batter. Come hungry—the scoops are big!

Runners Up:
2. Bischoff’s Ice Cream and Candy (Teaneck) 
3. Gelotti Homemade Ice Cream and Italian Ice (Paterson)  
4. JW’s Doo Wop & Ice Cream Parlor (West Milford) 
5. Conrad’s Confectionery (Westwood) 

Best Cupcakes

Mr. Cupcakes
Multiple locations

These guys have been making more than 40 cupcake flavors with a twist since 2007. Instead of topping chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with various frosting flavors, á lá most bakeries, Mr. Cupcakes takes its unusual toppings and bakes them right into the batter. The legendary Peanut Butter and Jelly and Fruity Pebbles are must-tries, and the Holy Cannoli and Roberto’s Flan are tasty newcomers. Also, visit their other locations in Hackensack and Oradell. 

Runners Up:
2. Sweet Avenue (Rutherford) 
3. House of Cupcakes (Multiple locations)  
4. Cupcakes by Carousel (Multiple locations) 
5. Carlo’s Bake Shop (Multiple locations)

More Golden Popsicle Winners: 
Central Jersey Winners
Essex County Winners
Morris County Winners
South Jersey Winners
Union County Winners

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