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New Jersey Cuisine


Sometimes called "The Diner State," you can find classic American cuisine in over 600 diners in New Jersey. That’s more diners per square mile than anywhere else in the world. A wide variety of delicious food and desserts are served at these diners, and most have their own on-premise bakeries. Decorated cakes and pies are displayed behind a glass showcase. Most eateries in New Jersey are family owned and operated. Family run restaurants, pizzerias, diners, sub shops, bagel shops, bakeries, and specialty food shops dot the entire state.

Italian restaurants, pizzerias and delicatessens are everywhere. Some of their specialty pizzas include: margarita pizza (ricotta cheese is used instead of mozzarella) and white pizza, which comes without tomato sauce. New Jersey is one place where pizza is sometimes referred to as a "tomato pie."

Jersey Breakfast - Everyone from New Jersey knows a Taylor ham sandwich is a popular breakfast item. Taylor ham is a sausage like pork product which is sliced and served on an English muffin or hard roll, including cheese, egg, or both. Although the item originated in Trenton, New Jersey, there have been attempts to market Taylor ham in other parts of the country. In South NJ it is called Porkroll.
Jersey Lunch - Sub shops are a very popular place for sandwiches served on an Italian roll with Italian cold cuts and Jersey fresh veggies, topped off with oil and vinegar – and a dash of oregano. New Jersey favorites for hot subs include cheese steak subs, and Italian sausage with red and green bell peppers and onions.

Seafood restaurants are popular in the Jersey shore area, where you can find one on every corner. Specialties include crab, lobster and clams, cooked in various ways (fried, boiled and steamed). Seafood is featured as the main theme when the shore towns host street festivals.

Other food products that are exclusive New Jersey originals include: Campbell’s condensed soup, which was invented in NJ during the late 1800s, and Franlinger's Salt Water Taffy which was discovered by accident on the Atlantic City boardwalk in the 1800s. 

Tastykake - an East Coast Favorite!

Tastykake Variety Pack

Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy from Atlantic City

Great Dishes from Some of New Jerseys Best Restaurants




NJ Foodie Blog - Food with an Attiitude 

Jersey Bites

 We have some award winning wineries in New Jersey. Check out our list of wine links.

List of New Jersey Wineries

New Jersey Wine Festivals

Garden State Wine Club




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