Who doesn’t love good food? It’s always fun to head out to your favorite spot and indulge, but sometimes it’s nice to try something new. I’ve covered unique restaurants before, but there are just so many great places to eat in New Jersey and I’ve found some more. Each of these restaurants (listed in no particular order) offers something special, and a dining experience you won’t forget.
1. The Chicken Or The Egg, Beach Haven
This quirky spot is known primarily for two things, the amazing breakfast options (available 24/7) and the jumbo hot wings challenge, which has been featured on Man vs. Food. The extensive menu offers something for everyone and the funky decor adds to the laid-back vibe. Open seasonally, expect hours in April.
2. Dickie Dee's, Newark
A local favorite, Dickie Dee's is known for its fantastic Italian-style hot dogs. What is an Italian-style hot dog? A deep-fried dog in a half loaf of Italian bread, stuffed with potato wedges, sauteed peppers and onions.
3. The Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co., Somers Point
There's so much that makes this Somers Point spot special, but my favorite thing is the inventive menu. Enjoy some of the most creative meals you've had in a while, or try the Pork Belly Reuben, Guy Fieri's favorite. You can also build your own grilled cheese and let your imagination run wild.
4. Garlic Rose Bistro, Cranford
Garlic lovers, rejoice! Nearly every dish here (even the desserts) features the flavor.
5. A Better World Cafe, Highland Park
You'll find a rotating menu here of fresh, seasonal fare, but what makes this restaurant truly stand out is the pricing. You pay what you can afford, and can volunteer in exchange for a meal. Your purchases help to support livable wage jobs and sustainable dining for all.
6. CB Huntington's, Bayville
A family favorite, this train-themed restaurant has some fantastic railroad displays. While many reviews suggest the spot could use an update, kids especially will enjoy the trains.
7. Alice's, Lake Hopatcong
An Only In New Jersey reader favorite, you'll fall in love with the fresh food and fantastic views. Located on the lake, guests can boat right up to the restaurant. Open seasonally, look for hours in February.
8. Rat's Restaurant, Hamilton
A truly magical place, this French restaurant was inspired by a Claude Monet painting and is located in the spectacular art installation, Grounds For Sculpture.
9. Kitchen Consigliere, Collingswood
This Collingswood cafe with a mafia theme is legit. Owned by convicted mobster Angelo Lutz, he decided to turn his life around after prison. Guests will enjoy the fantastic food, decor and atmosphere. I'd definitely say that this Italian spot is a "hit!"
10. The Melting Pot, Westwood
This romantic restaurant may be a national chain, but the Westwood location of this fondue spot offers live magic on many Friday nights. Call ahead to make sure the performer is scheduled and enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner and show.
11. The Lobster House, Cape May
This oceanfront gem is another reader favorite! The fresh seafood and fantastic views are not to be missed, but this spot offers something extra special. In warmer months, guests can dine on the Schooner, a 130-foot sailing vessel docked moorside. The Schooner offers a full bar, luncheon menu and appetizers in the evening.
Which of these restaurants sounds most interesting to you? Have you visited any of them before? What others would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments and be sure to check out my first list of
10 Unique Restaurants In New Jersey.