Best Ice Cream
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The kids will be so psyched when you pull up to the beloved bright red barn in Upper Montclair. Try a scoop of classic flavors like strawberry or pistachio, or something new like Black Forest Crunch or Toasted Almond. Indulge in a huge sundae, like the Frozen Campfire, or a Dulce de Leche milkshake with a crazy amount of caramel. Best part about Applegate Farms? It’s open year-round.
Top Pick-Your-Own Farm
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New Jersey is the Garden State, which means we’re spoiled with tons of locally grown fruits and veggies. And they taste even better when you pick them yourself. But a visit to Alstede Farm in Chester isn’t just about picking; there are also pony rides, moon bounces and seasonal festivals that celebrate sunflowers, strawberries and more.
This brick oven pizza joint in Elizabeth is a big part of what gives the Garden State bragging rights when it comes to fresh pies. It’s all about authenticity at Santillo’s. Try a genuine tomato pie sans-cheese or the margarita complete with San Marzano tomatoes. And picky eaters can choose how soft, golden or crispy they want their crust.
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Tops Diner in East Newark has been making tummies happy since 1972 and been named among the best diners in the country. Be sure to try a burger or some fresh cheesecake.
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With locations around the state, Five Guys is famous for no-frills burgers, hand-spun shakes and unlimited free peanuts in the shell. If you’re into hot dogs, the bacon cheese dog is a must!
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From baguettes to napoleons to elephant ears, Calandra’s does it all. Go to Caldwell, Fairfield or Newark for fresh bread (made hot hourly), or snag some at select supermarkets.
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