Everyone has a restaurant they would drive an hour to just enjoy a meal at.

Personally, I don’t mind taking a nice road trip to enjoy some quality food. I will take any suggestion and travel the distance just to try it!

I decided this summer I wanted to try to find some of the best places to eat in New Jersey. I personally live in Somerset County and I want to venture out to find new places. I tend to stick to local favorites but I thought it would be a lot of fun to go for a ride out to some new places for delicious food.

One place that is on my list for this summer in Blu Grotto in Oceanport. I first saw them featured on Instagram for their incredible Caico e Pepe. They serve it tableside and it’s made in a Pecorino Romano Cheese Wheel. That is one of the first stops on my list.

But I still needed to find other places to go and our listeners always know the best spots in the Garden State. I reached out to our listeners and my Facebook following for some of their favorite New Jersey restaurants that are worth the drive.

Here are their suggestions in no particular order.

Walpack Inn. So unique, great scenery and delicious food

Wallpak Inn, The Prime Rib and the view

Matt Drews
Walpack Inn in Walpack, NJ is definitely worth the drive! Plus the last part of the drive is rather scenic.

James on Main in Hackettstown NJ

El Tango in Moonachie! My family will make the 40+ minute drive for their fantastic drinks and delicious Argentine cuisine. The empanadas are a perfect appetizer and most of us will usually get the entraña with extra chimichurri. My go-to dinner order is the mollejas (sweetbreads). Well worth the trip!

Edward K Cimasko
Kinchleys in Ramsey

Paul Stevens
Valenca's in Elizabeth - Steak on a Stone!

Kristy Skowronski Evans
Common Lot in Millburn for a very special BYOB date night


Christina Alexandra
The Circle in Newton

Christina Alexandra
Cafe Matisse

Matt Perkins
Matt's Red Rooster

David Marcel
Matt's Red Rooster Grill in Flemington is *the* foodie destination in Hunterdon County - hands down!

Christina Alexandra
Amanda’s in Hoboken for the pork chop.

Elaina Christine
Sammy’s ye old cider mill great atmosphere, great steak, and service is always good!

Christina Alexandra
Fornos of Spain for Spanish food.

Christina Alexandra
Segovias for Spanish food.

Christina Alexandra
Anjelica’s in Sea Bright for courtyard dining in the summer and amazing food

Christina Alexandra
I’ll add The Grand Tavern in Neptune for great cocktails and delicious food. The menu is always changing.

Sean Packan
Juniper Hill!!! There is no competition!!!

Elizabeth Ann Alves
Barrow House in Clifton. Atmosphere and quality food and drinks. Tons of character.

Jeffrey M. Cohen
Krug's in Newark is really good. Neighborhood bar atmosphere with great burgers

Jonathan Hawkins
Hot Grill or Rutt's Hutt in Clifton for hot dogs, sicilian pizza from Rose's Pizza in Garfield, Talercios in Red Bank for subs, Fiore's in Hoboken and Pop's Place here in Somerville for roast beef and mozz, Meatheads in Lawrenceville for cheesesteaks

Jeffrey Taylor
Trattoria Mediterranea -best Zuppa di Pesce in Central Jersey

Paul Tullo
Trattoria Mediterranea, Bedminster NJ best Italian food I’ve ever had. And it’s consistently amazing.

Clara Carlson
Varka in Ramsey for amazing Greek food

Ani Carbone Anthony
Taliercio's Ultimate Gourmet if anyone wants to road trip for an awesome sandwich

Pete Brusyo
Rutts Hut in Clinton for their famous rippers (deep-fried hotdogs) & relish! Grab a burger while you’re there and ask for it “dipped” (in brown gravy)!

Bob Griffiths Sr.
Nino’s in Wildwood or Cape May Court House

Lori Ruggieri
Wharfside in Point Pleasant.

James Davidson
Glen Gardner Inn for great cocktails and new American dining

Joe Italiano's Maplewood both Hammonton and Moorestown- BEST Italian food EVER!!!!

Katrina Zwaaf Wood
Harold's in Edison. Everything is basically super-sized and eating family style there is the norm. Plus there's a picked bar.

Brittany Hawkins
Tacos: taqueria Los amigos v.m. in Passaic

Jonathan Hawkins
Taqueria Los amigos v.m. in Passaic, best tacos we've had

Ken Shiloff
White Mana in Hackensack.

Tracy Coon
I really enjoyed Casablanca in East Brunswick for authentic tagines and excellent service. Saturdays they have a pre fixe menu and belly dancer.

Shannon Messer
Al Basha in Paterson. 

Shannon Messer
Jalapeños in Wayne

Beauford T. Justice
Monticello at Red Bank, If you don’t know you gotta go

Kate Marie
Drew's Bayshore Bistro in Keyport... Phenomenal.

Melissa Castellano
Drew's Bistro in Keyport, NJ. I fantasize about their Jambalaya. It exceeds any expectations, especially if you have dined at many authentic restaurants in New Orleans. Service is impeccable, reservations are a must, the Cajun food is as authentic as you can get, and they rose from the ashes of Superstorm Sandy. It's pricey, but it is worth every penny. Worth the drive.

Susan Tiscornia
Bamboo House because they serve our favorite sushi in all of Hunterdon County. Lovely staff in a casual setting. They also offer Thai cuisine so there’s basically some thing for everyone to enjoy

Bethany Shuler
The Crab Trap in Somers Point. Food is always very good, wait staff are all great. We love going there.


Nini Grace
Cardinal Provisions is nestled in exciting Asbury Park. It’s open 9-3pm- perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Never have you blessed your palate with such flavors. They’re always coming up with flavorful specials that make you want to come back for more!

Jeffrey Taylor
Belmont Tavern-no one duplicates their Chicken Savoy!

Matt Perkins
Brick farm tavern

Kelly DiBoni

618 in Freehold. Great food, service, and the ambiance compares to none.

Jeanette Jepson
Kickys Restaurant- Awesome sushi, 1/2 price on Mon and Wed but they don’t skimp on quality. Shanghai Bun- Authentic Asian cuisine with xio long bai (soup dumplings) you can’t get anywhere else in Monmouth county!
Alex Bako
Mudd City, Manahawkin NJ
Jocelyn Hawks
Rod's Steak & Seafood Grill
Donna Marie
Steve's Sizzling Steaks in Carlstadt. The best steaks in NJ! They've been in business since 1930s. As soon as you walk in, the aroma of the steaks is divine! The atmosphere is super laid back and welcoming. Large portions, very affordable, great staff and all the food is excellent.
Karen Stirberg
The Little York has fabulous local farm fresh food. They were just awarded best steak and best burgers in Hunterdon County! Check them out 
Jenifer Marie
De Martinos in Somerville NJ for great high quality brunch and breakfast!
Jeff Graham
Girasole Restaurant in Bound Brook. Consistently fantastic food and service
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