359 Route 130, East Windsor
With classic ’70s decor, this spot prides itself on the locally sourced produce and fish it uses—something they’ve been doing for the last 25 years. Can’t-miss dishes include anything seafood like the open Greek salmon taco (pictured right), pan seared halibut and NJ harvested oysters.
*This restaurant has closed since publication.
410 Eagle Rock Ave., West Orange
This classic Jersey diner (undergoing a makeover right now and due to reopen later this month), is known for its gigantic menu and huge portions guaranteeing multi-meal leftovers. Locals swear by the amazing breakfast (try the Western omelet!) and anytime is a good time to enjoy a huge slice of their famous cheesecake.
Tick Tock Diner
281 Allwood Rd., Clifton
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!
5 Bowling Green Pkwy., Lake Hopatcong
This diner is known locally for its big menu and even bigger portions—and the rest of the world has begun to take notice too. It’s been featured on both the Food Network’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives; and Unwrapped, focusing on its homemade moussaka and Monterey Skillet (baked in a cast iron skillet with eggs, green peppers, ham, cheese, onions and hash browns). Plus, wait until the kids get a load of the massive cakes and pies that fill the spinning dessert case—Oreo cheesecake and eclairs are always home runs.
The Westfield Diner
309 North Ave., Westfield
The Westfield Diner is just as famous for its fat sandwiches as it is for its Tuesday night Greek Nights. Make sure to try one of the many seafood entrées such as the sole of Florentine or the delicious lobster bisque and don’t forget to snag a piece of chocolate layer cake or Greek rice pudding (made with milk and a hint of lemon) before leaving.
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