Pete Genovese on Thrillist: The 18 Best Restaurants in New Jersey


(Roz Rappaport) #1

The18 Best Restaurants in New Jersey

Great to see Drew’s Bayside Bistro on the list. Reminds me that we’re way past due for a visit. Never heard of the others except for Rutt’s Hut (never been) and Stage Left (one dinner ages ago).

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#2

I’m going to start WW3, but I have to say you can skip Rutts Hut. I just can’t understand it. Never will.


(E Rasmussen) #3

No war here…I’ve eaten there twice and still fail to see the attraction,I venture it’s rabid fans are tempered by a certain amount of nostalgia.
As for Baguette delight…I reviewed it on CH and Yelp soon after it opened and at the time it was the only place I could find a decent Bahn Mi in New Jersey because they would transport their baguettes in from a Vietnamese bakery in Philly. But their present fare proves pale compared to the humblest Viet cafe on Philly’s Washington Ave.


(Elwood) #4

He should have titled that list, “18 Places to Eat When Your Wife’s Out of Town.” I mean, I’ve had some tasty bites at a few of 'em, but they’re mostly spots for quick, greasy eats. Restaurants like Nicholas, Elements, Shipwreck Point, etc. actually use metal utensils.


(David) #5

Lol - too funny. I was thinking along the same lines myself. I never really cared for most of his writing but there are some decent greasy triple D kinda joints on the list. My own list would have included only one spot from his list - Drew’s!


#6

I was happy to see 3 of my favorites on the list (Stamna, The Buttered Biscuit, and Villalobos)…The only one I will never understand is The only one I will never understand is Rutts Hut.


#7

@CurlzNJ I finally made it to the Buttered Biscuit a couple of days ago. Had the Maui Meg’s French Toast…wow. So many interesting menu items and a relative bargain price wise. Don’t know what took me so long to get there.


#8

Glad to hear you agree! I was there for lunch on Friday and again today for brunch and in both cases, my guests were raving about their food. I just think they do it (all) right. One friend who I took there a few weeks ago declared that the crab cakes (she had them over a salad) were some of the best she’s ever eaten.
I also found out why their coffee is so good–it’s TM Ward, which I’ve always liked! (Based in Newark)


(Junior) #9

Mental note to self; {{stoopid stoopid stoopid, next time remember to use utensils}}


#10

@CurlzNJ I was also there on Friday, sitting outside with the mild temps around 1 pm!!


(Junior) #11

Let me ask you a question, and maybe this should be it’s own thread, but does FOH matter to you when calling a restaurant good or “The Best”?

I cannot and will not ever slight Drew for his food, it is excellent and consistent. However with my dozen + times dining there I can say he needs to pay more attention to the front of the house. Drew is an excellent example in my opinion of the difference between a great chef and a restaurateur.

Drew’s food for it’s style is excellent, no doubt, Drew’s as “The Best” or one of in the State, I don’t know about that.


#12

That’s a great question…imho the FOH absolutely plays in to whether or not I’d rate a place as one of the best; its part of the whole package!


(Junior) #13

Obviously I tend to agree if you are listing it as one of “The Best” as this article is titled. I know you are still somewhat new to the area, but have you had a chance to try Drew’s yet? I do strongly recommend it, I just can’t say it’s one of the overall best around. lol This is the perfect time of year too, his food is very filing, very hearty.


#14

Haven’t been yet, but it certainly on the list! Maybe I’ll wait until the weather is even colder…