Is NJ the Center of the Food Universe?

It may be hard for anyone outside the Garden State to believe, but according to Peter Genovese, a Food and Features writer for The Star-Ledger, it’s a fact.

The truth is that food-wise, New Jersey takes a back seat to no one. We have it all here, in one compact package of a state. From high-end to low-rent, from fussy, white-tablecloth restaurants to sketchy yet delicious dives, New Jersey is food heaven.

And it’s time the rest of the world acknowledged us as such.

There is definitely a lot of good stuff to eat in New Jersey. But what could possibly make it the culinary center of the universe? Genovese’s impassioned defense of Jersey food can be enjoyed here (there is a little attitude, but we would expect nothing less).

Genovese knows his subject. He is the author of ten books, and The Star-Ledger’s Munchmobile series takes him all over the state in search of the best food Jersey has to offer. He does not travel incognito.

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Peter Genovese with the Star-Ledger Munchmobile

Does New Jersey Have an Inferiority Complex?

You might say that New Jersey is tired of living in the shadow of New York. At the same time, the small state benefits from its proximity. Many chefs who worked at fine restaurants in New York City come to Jersey to open their first eateries.

Yes, world-class dining is readily available in New Jersey. D’Artagnan is proud to supply many of the finest restaurants in New Jersey, including some mentioned in the article:

Fascino in Montclair. Cafe Matisse in Rutherford. The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick. Restaurant Serenade in Chatham.

Are you a fan of New Jersey cuisine? Tell us your favorites right here, or find us on social media: @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We love to talk about food!

Featured image: New Jersey food map by Alex Testere, Saveur

4 Comments Add yours

  1. pjcostello says:

    The Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell is absolutely one of the best dining destinations in the state. http://www.brickfarmtavern.com

  2. jamespdoranjr@aol.com says:

    Jersey Rules!

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  3. Cary Feibleman says:

    Come visit LA and SF.

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  4. Cafe Mattise in East Rutherford is good too!

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