New Jersey

The sadly defunct Hojo in Asbury Park, NJ.

Double Check all info as Hurricane Sandy has damaged many Jersey Shore Institutions.  Above is the former HOJO in Asbury Park.  The building is still there though it is no Longer a HOJO

Holly Eats has a great rundown on finding Jersey Hot Dogs!

Specific Regional foods to New Jersey-

Taylor Ham-a “pork roll” that makes appearances throughout the state as a topping for burgers or as a mystery breakfast meat.


The Italian Hot dog-Like a sausage, pepper and onion, but with a hot dog instead.

The deep fried hot dog is popularized at Rutts Hutt in Clifton, which has several hot dog varients
For info on Jersey Shore Concerts check
Concertseast. Jersey Fun Links
Fun NJ
Wierd NJ

Asbury Park

Asbury Park used to be a wonderful seaside resort.  Then it got run down, now its getting nice again. It is also the home of the Stone Pony, where “the boss” got his start.
When traveling through NJ, you MUST visit this place and walk on the boardwalk.  You will see the shell of an amusement pavillion, an old Howard Johnsons that once had a theater on top of it, and a very unique convention center on a pier that, believe it or not is still being used.  You can take in a gig at the newly opened Stone Pony, too.  Just take the Asbury Park Exit and head east towards the ocean.  You cant miss it. Bring a camera.Live Music

The Stone Pony-913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ (732-502-0600)
The Saint -601 Main St.-Asbury Park, NJ  (732) 775-9144
Asbury Lanes, 209 4th ave, Asbury Park, NJ-gonna be a bowling alley too.News about Asbury Park at


Bond Street Bar & Grill-208 Bond St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 (732) 774-1575-Dive bar with great burgers, grilled cheese, corn nuggets and fried pickles and rings.

Asbury Park Yacht Club – Surf Bar – 1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712,  (732) 455-3460

Museum-The Silver Ball Museum has over 200 antique pinball games you can play for a reasonable amount. Awesome.  Silver Ball Museum-1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park (732) 774-4994


Atlantic city

There are 2 must do things in Atlantic City, model for the monopoly board: Go to the Steel amusement pier behind the Trump Taj Mahal, and ride the crazy mouse, a combination rollercoaster/tilt-a-whirl.  After the ride you can also walk down the boardwalk and hit some taffy places that look like they are stuck in time.

Italian Sub from White House

The other, more important thing to do in AC is go to The White House Sub shop where the Sub Sandwich was invented.  Even Sinatra used to eat there.  They are constantly getting fresh french bread which they hollow out and fill with high quality italian cold cuts, lettuce, tomato and an amazing hot pepper relish.  The relish is not overly spicy, but for the faint of heart, they also make a great cheese steak sandwich.  NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!!!
White House Sub Shop-2301 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ(609-345-1564

Beach Haven, NJ

Uncle Wills Pancake House-3 south Bay Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ (609)492-2514.  Old fashioned/new fangled pancake house with great omlettes and things like strawberry pancakes.  Yum.


NJ Music Scene Info:
The Aquarian
Jersey Beat
NJ Rocks
Jersey Shows
Jersey Music

Birthplace to Baseball and Frank Sinatra, Hoboken is really just a nesting ground for people who work in Wall Street now.  Washington Street has tons of bars and restaurants, though few have hipster potential, despite the proximity to NYC which is just a 15 minute PATH train ride away.
There is a thai restaurant here that used to be my favorite thai in the NYC area.  It is located at the corner of fourth and Washington and is called Bangkok City Thai Restaurant 335 Washington St  Hoboken, NJ (201) 792-6613.  I can’t vouch for the quality lately though, since I haven’t been for a while.
Also Try SRI THAI, recommended by a HT user.  Its on the Corner of 3rd and Bloomfield, 234 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken-(201) 798-4822
Slices as big as your head!  Benny Tudino’s Pizzeria 622 Washington St  Hoboken, NJ (201) 792-4132 uses a yard wide pan for its slices which are very doughy with a mild sauce and quite good.
Provisions-For the most incredible fresh mozzarella and great sandwiches made with italian cold cuts head to Fiore Deli Of Hoboken 414 Adams St  Hoboken, NJ (201) 659-1655. Their fresh mozzarella is so good that Frank Sinatra had them send it to him in California.  Yum!

Blackwood, NJ(philly suburb)

Record Store
Full Circle Records-1031 Little Glouchester, Blackwood, NJ 08102-856-227-0662

Bloomfield, NJ


Holsten’s -1063 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003  (973) 338-7091-vintage ice cream and soda fountain.  Sopranos filming locale.  Burgers and onion rings of note.

Lenny & John’s Subs-161 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003  (973) 429-1736 Famous for their tuna sub.

Bound Brook, NJ


Chimney Rock Inn -800 Thompson Ave, Bound Brook, NJ 08805  (732) 469-4600-Pizza-Burger joint since 1863 its claimed, but kinda doubt they had pizza and loaded fries back then.

Branchville, NJ


Victoria Diner -250 US Hwy 206, Branchville, NJ 07826 (973) 948-0322-Classic diner wth great bbq and a bbq topped burger.

Brick, NJ


Junkyard Dogs-283 Mantoloking Rd, Brick, NJ 08723 (732) 451-1800

Butler, NJ


Polski Smak –221 Boonton Ave, Butler, NJ 07405 (973) 492-7625-Polish delit and takeout counter with some great sausage sandwiches that are unique!

Cherry Hill, NJ


Chick’s Deli – 906 Township Ln, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Closed Sunday Daily· 7AM–6PM (856) 429-2022-Great cheesesteaks

Cinnaminson, NJ (Philly Suburbs)

Eats-The Jug Handle Inn-Famous for their Tony Bruno Wings plus other barfood: 1018 Forklanding Rd, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
7 days 11AM–2AM  (856) 665-8696

Clark, NJ

Eats-White Diamond-burger joint with chili cheesburgers-1207 Raritan Rd, Clark, NJ 07066  (732) 574-8053

Clifton, NJ


Rutts Hut-417 River Rd , Clifton, NJ 07014-(973) 779-8615-Deep fried hot dogs with a mustard based relish.  What I find even more interesting though is the lost in time “restaurant” side with a bunch of old school dishes in a dark, very dark dining room.

Hot Grill-669 Lexington Avenue , Clifton NJ 07011. Since 1961, this joint sells Texas Hot dogs, which are similar to coney dogs or michigan dogs.
image from the library of congress

The New Corral -499 Hazel St, Clifton, NJ 07011,  (973) 772-0941-This is a diner with a full menu, but they also have a chili dog and chili burger similar to hot grill as the owner used to work there.

Clinton, NJ


Ye Olde Sub Base-29 W Main St, Clinton, NJ 08809, 1 908-735-8870-Great bread-Get the italian with the works.

Dunellen, NJ


Live Music

Roxy and Dukes-745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ 08812 (732) 529-4464-Live music and Burlesque.


J&G Texas Weiner – 238 North Ave, Dunellen, NJ 08812-Chili dogs and good burgers too

East Hanover, NJ

Mastoris Diner-famous for homemade cheesebread and cinnamon bread- 144 US Highway 130, Bordentown, NJ 08505 East Hanover, NJ

Jimmy Buff’s-Said to be the originator of New Jersey Italian Hot Dogs.  Deep-fried dog  stuffed into puffy bread they call pizza bread, but its not pizzaish, topped with peppers and  onions, and fries.  In case I am unclear, the fries are on the sandwich. 354 New Jersey 10, East Hanover NJ 07936
Fort Lee, NJ
Hiram‘s Roadstand-1345 Palisade Avenue  Fort Lee, NJ 07024, (201) 592-9602-more deep fried hot dog action in NJ, this one with beer and a cool sign.  Formerly located across from a rival Callahans that was sadly razed for a bleeping bank.
Franklin, NJ
Chappy’s Cafe -3290 NJ-94, Franklin, NJ 07416  (973) 827-1363-mostly a breakfast place, cool signage and a handful of amazing homemade deserts.
Savioli’s Ravioli-270 State Rte 23, Franklin, NJ 07416 (973) 827-1404-raviioli shop with great subs.  A handful of greek specialties too.
Garfield, NJ
Barcelona’s Restaurant & Bar -38 Harrison Ave, Garfield, NJ 07026 (973) 772-6960-Outta time restaurant and unchanged bar with cheap pizza cut into half slices, meatballs and other red sauce joint staples.
Hackensack, NJ
White Manna-358 River Street, Hackensack, NJ (201) 342-0914
the best slider you will ever have, in a teeny tiny diner. There is another restaurant with a similar name in Jersey City with similar sliders but trashytravel prefers these.
Hamilton Township, NJ
Eats-Gaetano’s Cheesesteaks ?-cheesesteaks, plus salads & burgers.
1280 NJ-33, Hamilton Township, NJ 08690: (609) 588-8111 Closes between lunch and dinner.
Hasbrook Heights, NJ
Mt. Fuji– 193 NJ-17, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604 very similar to Benihana with a performance cooking at your table.
Hawthorne, NJ
Goffle Grill-Est 1979-1140 Goffle Road  Hawthorne, NJ 07506
(973) 423-0881-“texas” weiners with their famous sauce, italian hot dogs, the ubiquitous taylor ham, and they also tout their pastrami as being the best this side of the hudson.
Jersey City, NJ
Lucky 7 Tavern – 322 2nd St, Jersey City, NJ 07302- (201) 418-8585-DJs and occasional live music
Pet Shop –193 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302  (201) 984-2170-Cocktail bar with Wine bar downstairs, Vegetarian Food and Occasional live music
Live Music-
Monty Hall -BYOB music venue run by WFMU: 43 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Porta -135 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 (201) 544-5199-Italian restaurant with great cocktails and sometime dj and band events.
Boulevard Drinks – 48 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306-Chili dogs across from the path station.
White Mana-470 Tonnele Avenue, Jersey City, NJ (201) 963-1441
Sliders and Diner fare. There is another restaurant with an extra N in Hackensack which has superior burgers in trashy travels opinion


The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater-54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306  (201) 798-6055, incredible old theater that shows old movies and also is very reasonable for using for events

Little Ferry, NJ
Tons of Korean Restauants are in Little Ferry and are worth a try.
Callahans-Hot dogs, Sausage Peppers and onion sandwiches, the New Jersey Dog, and more. There also used to be a 2nd location in Fort Lee, Sadly Closed and now a bank.  146 Rte. 46. Little Ferry, NJ 07643
The Great Notch Inn, 400 Rt 46, Little Falls, NJ. North Jersey’s Premier Rockin Roadhouse bar since 1939.
400 U.S. 46  Little Falls, NJ 07424, (973) 256-7742 Daily live music too
Long Branch, NJ
Brighton Bar-121 Brighton Avenue  Long Branch, NJ 07740 (732) 229-9676 Lots and lots of punk shows from vintage rockers.  
with sightseeing-Windmill-586 Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ (732) 229-9863-old hot dog stand with a windmill, now the flagship in a mini chain. As of this writing, the food pics on the webpage were very unappetizing.
Max’s Hot Dogs-25 Matilda Terrace, Long Branch, NJ (732) 571-0248-Foot long hot dogs served on normal rolls.  I actually don’t enjoy that so maybe ill stick to windmill.
Lyndhurst, NJ
Tiki Bar!-Lees Hawaiian Islander-768 Stuyvesant Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 (201) 939-3777-One of these classic tiki bars with mediocre asian food but awesome drinks.  Closes at 10 most days but open til 1 am on weekends.
Maple Shade, NJ

Jay’s Elbow Room -Dive bar with great sign, lots of tap beers and great bar food like wings: 2806 NJ-73, Maple Shade Township, NJ 08052 open 7 days 10AM–3AM

Middlesex, NJ
Middlesex Texas Weiner – 1355 Bound Brook Rd, Middlesex, NJ 08846 most days 7:30AM–8:30PM  (732) 356-7973  Chili dogs.  This restaurant lacks the charm of many of the other hot dog places in NJ.

 Milburn, NJ

Milburn Deli-328 Millburn Ave., Millburn, NJ
973.379.5800-Home of the NEW JERSEY SLOPPY JOE, which is nothing like a sloppy joe. Your Choice of Meat w/ Swiss Cheese, Homemade Cole Slaw & Homemade Russian Dressing on Triple Decker Rye Bread


Morristown, NJ
Museum-The Morris Museum has the largest collection of music boxes in the world it is believed.  Cooler than it sounds.-6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Newark, NJ

Clubs-QXT’s Night Club-Alt/goth/sometimes punk club: 248 Mulberry St, Newark, NJ 07102: (201) 983-9397


Burger Walla-47 Halsey St, Newark, NJ 07102-Indian style burgers (no beef-lamb or veggie burgers and a crab burger)

Dickie Dee’s Pizza -despite the pizza name, known for Italian hot dogs stuffed in pizza bread with onions, peppers & potatoes. 380 Bloomfield Ave, Newark, NJ 07107
Most days 10AM–9PM : (973) 483-9396

Hamburgao -Brazilian Burger restaurant! 288 Lafayette St Newark, NJ 07105-Potato sticks on the burger

Krug’s Tavern– since 1932 serving famous burgers, once owned by Jake La Mottas family. 118 Wilson Ave, Newark, NJ 07105   (973) 465-9795  Closes for Summer break late August Usually.


McGoverns Tavern – 58 New St, Newark, NJ 07102  (973) 643-3984-Since 1936 Newarks oldest restaurant.  CLosed weekends?!

New Brunswick-

Venues- The Clinic-stand-up comedy club in New Jersey that just started having the occasional rock show-193 Hamilton Street in New Brunswick.

Newton, NJ


Jersey Dog –77 Water St, Newton, NJ 07860 (973) 756-7007-small dog joint with a bunch of types of dogs and foot long chili dogs.  Closed Sunday

Passaic Park, NJ

The Loop Lounge-373 Broadway Passaic Park, NJ 973-365-0807.
2 Rooms, 2 DJs, Live Bands.


Patterson, NJ

Patterson has a waterfall that is the second largest in the Northeast.

GREAT FALLS/S.U.M. National Historic District, McBride Avenue Extension and Spruce Street, Paterson-The City of Paterson’s Great Falls Visitor Center is located across from the Great Falls at 65 McBride Avenue Extension, offers guided walks featuring an overview of the District, its significant industrial architecture, history, and current projects. For information about Visitor Center hours and services call 973-279-9587.


Patterson has a few hot dog places

Libby’s Lunch-98 McBride Ave, Paterson, NJ 07501 (973) 278-8718-Chili dogs in an old timey diner.  After lunch go across the street to see the amazing and underhyped Patterson Falls.

Getty Avenue Grill-169 Crooks Ave, Paterson, NJ 07503  (973) 278-7999-Texas weiners aka chili dogs or coneys

Torpedo Base USA-223 Lafayette St, Paterson, NJ 07524  (973) 278-7878  Lots of photo ops in this corner store with great signage.  Heftier subs like “beef tenderloin”

Penns Grove, NJ


Lapp’s Olympia Dairy Market- 1073 US-40, Penns Grove, NJ 08069  (856) 514-3448-Burger and ice cream joint on old US-40 with great ribs and pulled pork too.

Pennsauken, NJ


Weber’s Drive In -6019 Lexington Ave, Pennsauken, NJ 08110 (856) 662-6632-Cool sign.  Food can be hit or miss.  Might want to just go for the root beer floats or ice cream.

Plainfield, NJ


Texas Wiener I-100 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Phone: (908) 756-5480- Chili dogs

Red Tower -500 Park Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060 (908) 561-0353-More chili dogs.


Princeton, NJ


Record Store

PRINCETON RECORD EXCHANGE-20 South Tulane Street, Princeton, NJ 08542,  1-609-921-0881-huge collector oriented record store.  About one hour by car from Philly or NYC.Sussex, NJ
Jump out of an airplane with

Sussex Skydiving at the Sussex Airport.  You get a nice view of NYC before you go splat.

Papa’s Tomato Pies-19 Robbinsville-Allentown Rd, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 (609) 208-0006 -since 1912, supposedly the oldest “tomato pie” place in the country, and they make other unique pies like one with mustard underneath.

South Orange, NJ

Eats-Town Hall Delicatessen -74 1st St, South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone:(973) 762-4900
Town Hall Deli opened in 1927. The Deli was purchased in the 1930’s from the original owners. During the 1930’s, the then-Mayor of Maplewood, Mayor Sweeney, visited Havana, Cuba. While there,he visited Sloppy Joe’s Bar and Eatery.
While the Mayor was at Joe’s in Cuba, he had a sandwich that he loved so much that when he returned to the US, he asked the deli owners to recreate it. It was made with cole slaw, ham, cow tongue, swiss cheese, with lots of dressing served on thin rye bread. Hence, now its The Birthplace of the Sloppy Joe. (New Jersey Style)

Sparta, NJ

Live Music-

Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub – 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-8428

Stanhope, NJ

Amusement Park-

Wild West City– Wild West theme park based on 1880s Dodge City, Kansas- 50 Lackawanna Dr, Stanhope, NJ 07874 Since 1957 Operating season: May – October

Live Music-

Stanhope House, 45 Main Street , Stanhope, NJ  (973) 347-0458

Trenton, NJ


Little King Sandwich Shop -1951 Hwy 33, Trenton, NJ 08690 (609) 586-1310-Over 50 years.

Vineland, NJ

DRIVE IN–  2203 S. Delsea Drive Vineland, NJ 08360: 856-696-0011


Giovanni’s Italian American Delicatessen -1102 N East Ave, Vineland, NJ 08360  (856) 692-0459-Round sharable sub called a primo.

Vauxhall, NJ

Eats-Manny’s Texas Wiener-2580 Springfield Ave, Vauxhall, NJ 07088 (908) 964-3585

Watch the Tram Car, Please!


Wildwood, NJ

Old fashioned amusement piers line the boardwalk in this town.  They have a tram that has a womans voice going “watch the tram car please” running on the boardwalk.  This town is best appreciated by getting a room and spending a few days.  Definately worth a trip.

Four of the amusement piers are run by Moreys Piers.  You can buy a pass for one or all the piers.  They have some very decent coasters here, one of which, the great white, is among the best wooden coasters.

The Moreys site has a whole list of lodging, but one of the freakiest places to stay is the Rolling Stones Themed MEMORY MOTEL. Wierd……

Also, you can try the Lollipop Motel, 23rd and Atlantic, WIldwood 609-729-2800.

Theres live music at the Hurricane East, or just the Hurricane, 218 E. Schellenger Ave. Wildwood, but its gonna be trashy!  Can’t find links to the listings.

I will leave the dining to you.  The boardwalk has your standard vacation staples-Pizza, Frozen Custard and Fudge.

Except of this

maui’s dog house-806 New Jersey Avenue  Wildwood, NJ 08260 (609) 846-0444 Hot dog joint that sells “salty balls” which is there name for syracuse salt potatoes, which are mini taters in a sauce similar the the delicious stuff that would run off corn on the cob

More Eats-

Russo’s Market -901 Ocean Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260 (609) 729-9318-Market with excellent italian subs and a chicken cheesesteak, which is not something I would normally recommend but I will here.

Also in southern Jersey, in the town of Delran near Philadelphia, you will find the L & M Bakery, said to make amazing Creme Donuts.  Also recommended are the chocolate covered crullers and chocolate covered cinnamon rolls.  Yum.   L & M Bakery 11 Saint Mihiel Dr  Delran, NJ (856) 461-1660-take out only.

Princeton, NJ has an alternative paper called US1.

Marlboro, NJ


Spikes Fish Market and Restaurant-448 Rte. 9 N., Marlboro, NJ, 732-972-6066-Nice basic Seafood Joint, where nothing is fried.

Morristown, NJ

Morris Museum-Morris Museum | 6 Normandy Heights Road | Morristown, NJ 07960 Large collection of Caliopies and other carnival related stuff

Old Bridge Township, NJ


Wonder Sub-Family owned sub shop with better than average bread and some subs they toast the cheese to get it melty before they dress it. 2591 Hwy 516 Old Bridge, NJ 08857
(732) 952-5800

Princeton, NJ

Music-Princetons Terrace Club has a handful of live music events

Ships Bottom, NJ


Woodies Drive In-5th St & Long Beach Blvd,Ship Bottom, NJ 08008 (609) 361-7300 Not cheap but hand ground burgers with tons of variety.  Dirty Fries with old bay seasoning and the regional italian hot dogs and taylor ham.

Stone Harbor, NJ
Ice Cream-Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream, 9420 Third Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247, 609.368.4631

Toms River, NJ

The Clubhouse at Toms River- 16 Washington St, Toms River, New Jersey 08753
Joe Joe’s Italian Hot Dogs-2039 New Jersey 37  Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 270-9720.  The Italian Hot Dog is one of SEVERAL regional specialty dogs in NJ.  These are served like sausage, peppers and onions, but with Hot Dogs instead. Also the italian dogs are served in a quarter loaf of italian round bread with potatoes.
Stewarts Root Beer-State Highway 37 NE, Toms River, NJ 08753 (732) 270-6377 Drive in with carhop service
Wanaque, NJ
The Lantern-Formerly the falls view grill, still a chili dog and burger joint. 1138 Ringwood Ave, Wanaque, NJ 07465  (973) 616-8801
Woodbury Heights, NJ
Record store-Jupiter Records, Woodbury Heights, NJ (856) 202-5122