Let me say this one thing now just in case you want to stop reading and run over to this place immediately. THE BRUNCH HERE IS SO %^=#!& DOPE! It’s normally hard to find a good bottomless option in Jersey. Orale, however, fully delivers in the key areas of brunch. They have several menu options with Mexican influences that are creative and delicious. My personal favorite is the Burrito Loco, which is graced with the whole damn choir: two fried eggs, house made green chorizo, thick cut bacon, carnitas, smoked gouda, house rice, black beans, salsa verde, and bacon ancho ketchup. Honestly one of the most delicious burritos that have ever graced my taste buds.
On top off all of this, their boozy option is unbelievably generous. They offer an open bar option that includes two hours of unlimited mimosas, bloody mary’s/maria’s, nuestra casas, and frozen margaritas. WARNING: THE FROZEN MARGARITAS SHOULD NOT BE DRANK AT THE SAME SPEED AS MIMOSAS, TRUST ME!
This will be the location where you take a bite, drop to your knees, look to God, and swear to him you will never touch a Big Mac again. The burgers at Left Bank Burger Bar are absolutely one of a kind. The monstrosities that this kitchen is spewing out is unreal. They have a great list of burgers on the menu with my personal favorite being the Ghostface Killah. After one bite into this espresso rubbed patty topped with ghost pepper jam, smoked gouda, sweet potato-bacon tots, red onion, and mustard bbq sauce you’ll fully understand why Wu Tang clan ain’t nothing to f*** with.
In addition to their delectable menu, left bank burger bar hosts a weekly burger battle. Every week you can choose from two limited edition burgers that will blow your taste buds. Recent burger battles include the Boom Bap (spicy chicken pork patty, bibimbap veggie salad, pickled cucumbers, runny egg, gochujang ketchup, and mixed greens) and the Mo’ Chedda Mo’ Poblanos ( beef patty, cheddar, smoked sausage, fried poblano ring, smothered black eyed peas, and bbq mayo sauce.) While you’re praying to God for your Big Mac forgiveness, you might as well swear off Whoppers too.
When you hear that “SUAVEMENTE BESAME” blow from the speakers you know it’s going to be a good night. Son Cubano has probably one of the best ambiances in Jersey. Sitting right alongside the Hudson River with the most “snatch your breath out your lungs” view of New York City (during the warmer months definitely opt for the outdoor seating), is an upscale restaurant with a get down vibe. The restaurant gives a great mix of a fancy night out with their gigantic chandelier hanging from the ceiling and their upbeat Latin hits blasting from the speakers.
The food is delicious and cooked with the Cuban passion that you crave and enjoy. The Ropa Vieja is melt in your mouth greatness and is paired well with any of the cocktail selections they have. If you’re somebody that likes to hit a little bidi bidi bam bam and dance the night away, you’re going to want to stay for the late night. The restaurant turns into a lit Latin experience for you to bachata your ass off.
Everybody has their go-to pizza shop. Mine has been with me since I was a scrawny little freshman in high school. Joey D’s is a place that simply does it right when it comes to pizza. Stroll into this spot and find an array of slices that deserve to be indulged. A must eat for me is always their buffalo chicken slice that’s graced with some healthy chicken bites, unlike the skimpy ones others give you. From there it’s normally between a chicken parmigiana slice or, on rare occasions when I catch it, the vodka sauce slice.
One of the best things about being an avid foodie is being in “the know”. I love finding the hole in the walls and the hidden gems. Casa D’Paco is nestled ever so subtly on a residential street in Newark. Once you find this hidden restaurant you will immediately feel like you’re amongst a select high-level group of people that share this treasure together. It’s a good feeling, believe me.If you think about it, the best thing the food gawds ever blessed us with is tapas, and Casa knows what they’re doing with that gift. I love being able to remove the strenuous burden of having to pick one item off a great menu, and thankfully there are multiple great options here. My challenge to you will be to step out of your comfort zone and go for the sizzling OCTOPUS. Anytime I see octopus I go for it and I you won’t regret doing the same here.
Scooby-doo, Scrappy-doo, Snoopy, Droopy. What do all these dogs have in common? They’re all TRASH compared to the dogs at Destination Dogs. This is undoubtedly one of my favorite places in New Jersey. Its unique take on a childhood classic creates a mind blowing experience that will have you questioning every hot dog topping you know to be true.If you’re looking for a little liquor before your dog make don’t attack the cocktail menu thinking that you’re ordering a pansy drink. This mixes are SERIOUS and not to be messed with. The food menu is stacked with more dog variations than the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. With renditions themed after all parts of the world, there is a hot dog for everybody. If you’re a classic lover, the New York themed cyclone topped with chili is a safe bet for you. If you’re adventurous, feel free to take a dive in the bayou with the andouille alligator and shrimp sausage dog. My personal favorite is definitely The Conquistadog (Spicy chorizo w/ patatas bravas (fried potatoes w/ a spicy mayo), and scallions). Big suggestion is to get multiple with a friend, and cut them all in half to have a destination dog mega tasting platter to feast on.