Best Ice Cream 

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Applegate Farms

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.

Runners Up
Cliff's Homemade Ice Cream, Ledgewood
Denville Dairy, Denville


Top Pick-Your-Own Farm 

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Alstede Farms

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. 

Runners Up
Terhune Orchards, Princeton 
Ort Farms, Long Valley


Favorite Pizza 

Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza

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.

Runners Up
Star Tavern, Orange
Pete and Elda's, Neptune City


Best Diner 

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Tops Diner 

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.

Runners Up
Tick Tock Diner, Clifton 
Americana Diner, East Windsor


Yummiest Burger 

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Five Guys

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!

Runners Up
Smashburger, Multiple Locations 
White Manna, Hackensack 


Favorite Bakery

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Calandra's Bakery

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. 

Runners Up
Carlo's Bakery, Multiple Locations
Bovella's Pastry Shoppe, Westfield



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