New Jersey might not be one of the top places you think of when putting together a foodie road trip. But, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Here are some of the top places to check out- and for cheap!
28 BBQ (Bound Brook)
This isn’t your typical Barbeque joint: 28 BBQ specializes in charcoal-grilled Portuguese cuisine like paella, spare ribs, and pork chops. For dessert, try some flan, Tres Leches cake or tiramisu. The restaurant has a BYOB policy, so it’s easy to make it a party, and the patio is open in season for al fresco dining.
El Oaxaqueño #2 (New Brunswick)
Looking for authentic and inexpensive Mexican food? This is the place for you. El Oaxaqueño #2 has everything from tortas (traditional sandwiches) to burritos and quesadillas, plus specialty cuisines like Mexican-style rabbit and fried quail. The eatery also has a full breakfast menu that includes huevos rancheros (fried eggs with ranchera sauce and fried tortilla) and huevos con chorizo (eggs with Mexican sausage), so you can start your day right.
Bo Ne (Woodbury)
Vietnamese cuisine, including banh mi sandwiches and pho, take center stage at Bo Ne. This small spot packs a big punch when it comes to great meals for low prices, with most items coming in under $11 or $12. There’s also a selection of vegan stir-fries, sandwiches, and spring rolls.
Aunt Berta’s Kitchen (Haddon)
Aunt Berta’s is all about soul food, like creamy mac and cheese, collard greens, and fried chicken. And portions are plentiful, with family-style meals and entree platters that come with two homestyle sides—options include candied yams, sweet corn, and cabbage. Desserts are just as rich, from the peach cobbler to the bread pudding.
Shan Shan Noodles (Parsippany)
The Western Chinese tradition of hand-pulled noodles continues at Shan Shan in Parsippany, with varieties that feature chicken, beef, veggies, seafood, or pork. If you’re craving something a bit for comforting, try one of their noodle soups with cumin lamb or wonton. For a special treat, grab a bubble tea or Chinese rice pudding if you still have room.