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Farmed, Foraged, Fortified: 5-23-22

It’s not surprising that tapping sources closest to our lands yields the best-tasting eats. That’s the way it’s been the past two weeks, with favorites showing direct ties to people, place and process.

Restaurant Revue KEANSBURG

Mambo Nando’s

Find baseball, a boardwalk, amusements, redevelopment and, now, a Puerto Rican eatery with classics spiced to outshine the sun this summer in a Bayshore borough that’s on the rise.

Restaurant Revue CRANFORD

Folklore Artisanal Taco

The costra de queso at this Mexican specialist with siblings in West Orange and Chatham needs to be inked on your dine card. But don’t ignore the more familiar foods: Freshness and mindful cooking elevate everything at these BYOBs.

Restaurant Revue SOMERVILLE

Origin

On the pedestrian-only blocks of Division Street in the downtown district of this restaurant-friendly county seat is a BYOB that started out decades ago as French-Thai and now tilts Pan Asian – particularly at lunchtime, when big salads reign.

Christine’s House of Kingfish Barbecue

Smoke and sauce. The smoke you expect and a sauce like no other. And those ribs. They’re the hallmarks of a 45-year-old pitstop on South Jersey’s circuit.

Bumping It Up: 5-9-22

That something extra is behind every favorite bite taken in the two weeks just past. From Mexican to chippies, from chocolate with a whisper of peanut and a cupcake strong on produce department ingredients to a seductive salad dressing, these foods got it going on.

Restaurant Revue TEWKSBURY

Oldwick General Store

Chef Sam Freund’s famous sandwiches are back and being served in a space that’s served its community since the 1700s. But there’s more – including primo baked goods and house-made preserves that convey the best of yesteryear while doing right by today.

Carol’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups

To eat one of these chocolates is to leave Earth. Temporarily, but oh so happily.

Restaurant Revue LYNDHURST

The Thistle

If this photo is making you wistful for the fish-and-chips of your childhood, stop wasting time dreaming and get a move on in the direction of this ace place for the British national dish.

Nick DeRosa: Publick House

The chef behind the standout in Mountainside might be both established and underground, according to his selector to the Garden State’s elite Chef Train club. But word is spreading. And, with a new butcher shop and a second restaurant on the way, his star isn’t just rising, it’s rocketing.

Restaurant Revue NORTH WILDWOOD

Wildwoods BBQ

Aussie mates from way back stake their claim in the smokin’ hot Cape May County dining scene and do much more than throw shrimp on the barbie. Bottom line: Their new mecca is a ripsnorter.

Restaurant Revue PRINCETON

Jammin’ Crepes

There’s a chronic line leading to the ordering counter at this mainstay on the main drag of the university town and good reason for it: The marquee food is in tune with the seasons and its comrades know how to harmonize.


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