On the Cheap: New Jersey's Top Eats

On the Cheap: New Jersey's Top Eats

Looking for great food and atmosphere that won't break the bank? Well, you've come to the right place. However, just because you're trying to eat on the cheap, doesn't mean you shouldn't have the opportunity to savor some of New Jersey's best food and restaurants!

Our Recommendations

1. Hot Grill

Smack at the hub of downtown Clifton's tangle of parkways, the Hot Grill's the place you thought had long since disappeared. Known for their "Texas" wieners (invented in Jersey, though nobody can agree where) dressed "all the way" with onions, chili and mustard; gravy-sopping fries; and chili. You couldn't spend more than five bucks on an entree if you tried.

2. Karma Kafe

Karma Kafe is a charming and colorful Indian food restaurant located smack dab in middle of Hoboken's Washington Street. With the reputation that Tina and Mehernosh Daroowalla have built in this neck of the woods, it's naan and dal for everyone.

3 Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's has all you need for the makings of a great picnic – hickory-smoked ‘que, scratch-made sides and delectable desserts. With 5 locations in New Jersey, Famous Dave's serves up good food in large portions at a very reasonable price.

4. Stand

Trendsetting restaurateur Jonathan Morr has recreated the burger joint into a hip new NY place to be seen. The signature burger here is seasoned with tasty herbs and served with sweet fried pickles. Considered the best in town.

5. Tony's Baltimore Grille

Something of an Atlantic City tradition, this Italian restaurant is inexpensive, dependable and popular with local families and late arriving gamblers. It's also one of the few restaurants where you can get a good meal in the early A.M. Tony's has a reputation for the best pizza in town; a plain pizza costs just $7.55 and one with "the works" is less than $10.

How to Find Your Own Cheap Eats in New Jersey!

Step 1

Purchase a budget NJ City guidebook or two in advance of your trip or surf the web before you arrive; many guides include restaurant listings in a variety of price ranges.

Step 2

Find out about the best places to try out local specialties. The manager or concierge at your hotel should be able to provide you with a list of suggestions.

Step 3

New York is right next door! Try some New York-style pizza for a quick, cheap and tasty meal. You will find many street vendors selling some of NY's finest!

Visiting another city? Check out our restaurant listings for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle

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