New Jersey is a diverse state with a wide range of cuisine available. No matter where you are, you’re never far from Thai takeout or Argentinean appetizers. We’ve got Italian, of course, but did you know we also have gourmet hot dogs with 29 different toppings and restaurants in “caves”? If you love one-of-a-kind dining experiences, check out these 10 very unique and fun restaurants in New Jersey!
1. Maui's Dog House, North Wildwood
Maui's Dog House has been featured on the Food Network and offers unique toppings including baby spinach, sharp provolone and beer soaked sauerkraut.
2. JBJ Soul Kitchen, Red Bank
This community restaurant is operated by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. Meals vary as there is no official menu, but you can expect three courses for about $10. If you can not afford to pay, volunteer work is accepted instead. A second Toms River location is set to open this summer.
3. Cafe Archetypus, Edgewater
This romantic restaurant is designed to look like a cave. Interesting artwork abounds and portion sizes are mounds. The desserts are out of this world! A popular pick is the Coyopa Sundae with banana and vanilla ice cream, crushed sea salt potato chips, caramel and hot fudge.
4. The Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co., Somers Point
Another Food Network favorite, this restaurant allows you to customize the grilled cheese of your dreams. Toppings include sriracha, crab meat, grilled chicken, buffalo shrimp and bleu cheese crumbles.
5. Quaker Steak And Lube, Brick
This auto-themed sports bar chain also has locations in Edison and Phillipsburg. Popular spots all year round, the summer events only add to the fun. Depending on the location, take part in bike nights, car shows, eating contests and so much more.
6. Clinton Station Diner, Clinton
This unique diner has model trains suspended from the ceiling, is famous for its massive burgers and affords customers the opportunity to dine in a restored 1927 Blue Comet Rail Line observation car.
7. Circus Drive-In, Wall
This classic Jersey drive-in also offers dine-in and take-out. Open since 1954, this restaurant serves traditional American fare mixed with succulent seafood dishes at affordable prices.
8. Harold's New York Deli, Edison
This deli was featured on Man vs. Food and this time, the food won. Their philosophy seems to be go big or go home; Harold's houses the world's largest pickle bar and there's no such thing as a small serving here.
9. Lovin' Oven, Frenchtown
This restaurant offers locally sourced, fresh farm to table meals. They have flavorful options for vegans and omnivores alike and also offer a selection of scrumptious baked goods.
10. White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City
This unassuming sub shop on Arctic Avenue is actually a celebrity favorite. Known far and wide for their fantastic subs, Frank Sinatra was a big fan.
Each restaurant is so unique it’s almost difficult to pick a favorite, like comparing apples to oranges. Even still, we’re sure you can. Which restaurant on this list is your favorite spot to chow down? What other unique New Jersey restaurants can you think of?