Bigger isn’t always better, just look at the state of New Jersey. We’re the 4th smallest state by area but the #1 most amazing by every metric that matters (in my humble opinion). Hiking? Check! Beautiful beaches? Check! Endless entertainment? Check! Diverse and delicious cuisine? Check! We have so much to offer in the tiny amount of space we take up, and these restaurants are no different.
1. Zeppoli, Collingswood
This incredible Italian restaurant focuses on Sicilian cuisine and seats a maximum of 35 guests. Reservations are a must as there are only 10 tables, but the wait is worth it. The food and service are both spectacular. BYOB and be sure to try one of their epic $9 desserts.
2. Latour, Ridgewood
This fabulous French-American grill offers an incredibly affordable lunch menu, dinner menu and prix fixe options. Be aware that this intimate restaurant is closed on Mondays.
3. Tillie's, Short HIlls
Enjoy seasonal farm to table American cuisine at this family owned restaurant. The small space offers a homey atmosphere and is open for dinner from Wednesday - Sunday.
4. Toby's Cup, Phillipsburg
This tiny restaurant is standing room only for up to 6 patrons or so, with a few picnic tables outside. Guests say this little shop offers some of the best hot dogs in the state.
5. Dream Cuisine Cafe, Cherry Hill
This cozy restaurant offers a mix of French, Mediterranean and American cuisine. You can order a la carte, but the prix fixe menu is a fantastic deal. Reviewers rave about the fantastic food at this BYOB spot.
6. La Isla, Hoboken
This Cuban restaurant has two Hoboken locations, though the downtown spot (pictured) is smaller. You'll find just a handful of tables with bar seating and incredible stuffed French toast that was featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
7. Chili Willie's, Boonton
This tiny Tex-Mex restaurant is a great lunch spot. You can also score mouthwatering BBQ at reasonable prices.
8. Spice Thai, Bloomfield
This petite eatery has won numerous awards for its fantastic authentic Thai cuisine. Closed Mondays, enjoy the fantastic lunch specials from Tuesday-Friday.
9. Rick's Seafood, North Wildwood
Sweet seafood takeout that you're sure to love. If you absolutely can't wait to eat, try to snag a seat outdoors. The freshest of food, platters are made to order and lines can get long - your best bet is to order in advance.
10. Osteria Procaccini, Kingston/Pennington/Crosswicks
The tiny Kingston location of this terra cotta pizza oven joint is BYOB and serves up great pies, salads, appetizers and desserts. Don't miss the bruschetta.
11. Genie's Weenies, Branchburg
This quaint green shack offers very limited indoor seating and several tables outside. Though "weenie" is in the name, you'll find more than just delicious dogs here; enjoy some of the best burgers and breakfast dishes around.
12. Mixing Bowl Restaurant, Vernon
A local favorite for breakfast, brunch and lunch, the waffles, omelettes, and cheeseburger wrap are fan favorites. You may need to wait a while for a seat, but the staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable.
Is your favorite diminutive dining spot not on this list? It may be featured in my previous post,
These 18 Restaurants In New Jersey Don’t Look Like Much… But WOW, They’re Good. You’ll find more popular petite eateries like White House Subs, The Clam Bar, Maria’s Luncheonette and White Manna. What other small restaurants in New Jersey are you loving?