Passing thru I-95 - ideas for easy exit/great food!

I’ll be traveling through NJ twice over the next few weeks. I’d appreciate suggestions for great places that are a short jaunt from I-95 and have parking. My car will be packed to the gills so I’d prefer being able to park close to the venue in a decent area.

I like to sample regional foods and things not available at home when I travel, My area is severely lacking in Jewish deli, Italian deli and real diners. A killer banh mi is always appreciated too. I’ll continue driving after the meal so a long, leisurely meal isn’t an option.

I’ve gathered a few ideas from this board and other sources:
Mastoris in Bordentown, NJ
Carmen’s Deli in Bellmawr

Skylark Diner in Edison, NJ
The Edison Diner in Edison (natch!)
Baguette Delite in Edison

Depending on the time of day I may switch to the Garden State Parkway once north of Edison and take it to I-287.

Thoughts on this list? Your suggestions are appreciated!

I’d suggest Harold’s in Edison for Jewish Deli if you haven’t been. It’s pretty iconic.
Top’s Diner in Newark is currently my favorite diner in Jersey.
Baguette Delite is awesome!

Oops my suggestions are leisurely and not short

Parking close and safe for a packed car? When it just screams “tourist”!

:blush: That’s what thinking about food will do!

I think if I ate at Harolds I’d need a serious nap afterwards!

Baguette Delite in Edison is good, one of few places in NJ that do the classic the right way.

Also, not what you asked but I personally hop off in Fort Lee for some Korean food when I’m driving through.

I have pulled off the road a number of times at the Americana Diner in E. Windsor. I’ve never been to Mastori’s so can’t compare, but the Americana definitely does it for me.

Mastori’s has cheese-filled rolls in their bread basket. #thatisall

Exit 132 of the GSP is very convenient to Little India on Oak Tree Road in Edison.

While there are too many places to consider all of them in this thread, Tabak, Red Chutney, Mirchi and Rasoi come to mind.

More info here:

Sun Tavern on Westfield Ave in Roselle Park has really good pizza and sandwiches and is right off exit 137 on the GSP.

Sun Tavern
600 Westfield Ave W, Roselle Park, NJ 07204
(908) 241-0190

Caution it can be really busy Friday and Saturday nights.

Teddy’s Luncheonette in Cranbury is easily accessible from either exit 8 or exit 8a on the Turnpike.

Teddy’s Luncheonette
49 N Main St, Cranbury, NJ 08512
(609) 655-3120

Just awesome diner style food in a great little old fashioned town.

I love, love, love Teddy’s.

Never had a bad meal there.

Depending on the time of day you may want to be careful with that area of Edison.

That stretch you are looking at is where I 287, the Turnpike, the GSP, and Route 1 and NJ 27 come together, so it is pretty much the traffic navel of New Jersey.

There can be a lot of traffic on Route 1 mornings and evenings, and I 287 going west is a huge problem from 7:00 to 10:00 am.

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Hightstown Diner in Hightstown (Exit 8 Turnpike) is another good one.

Hightstown Diner
151 Mercer St, Hightstown, NJ 08520
(609) 443-4600

Sorry to disagree VK, but the Hightstown Diner is not very good. The Americana is much better. HIghtstown Diner has gone way downhill from what it once was.

New Ownership?

All of the recent (6mos or newer) reviews on Google are 4-5 stars.

No ownership changes that I’m aware of. Recent reviews on yelp are mixed so I’m not the only one who has been disappointed with the food and service.

That is sad. They used to be top notch.

Wow! I’m hoping to check out all these new suggestions tonight and add to my list. You Jersy folks know how to come through!

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I had contemplated that route as a way to avoid some of the afterwork traffic…On my way north I’ll be passing through NJ in mid afternoon or early evening. The on-line navigator had me staying on I-95 through NYC to Conn. A fellow I was chatting with at the car mechanics who is from your area looked at the route and suggested I take the Tappan Zee (?) Bridge (I-287) instead to avoid the worst of the traffic if I hit the area at rush hour. He also suggested I get on the road at 4am but that’s not going to happen!

Much to consider. Thank you for giving me a better idea of what to expect.

You will DEFINITELY be in traffic no matter when you hit the tri-state area after 3pm (really), but I agree that the (NEW!) Tappan Zee is going to be slightly less congested than the nightmare that is the GWB/Cross Bronx (pretty much ANY time of day).


Fundamentally correct analysis.

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