Five Things I'd Like To Import From New Jersey and New York

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I've been out for a while dealing with some family stuff on the East Coast--you know I'm not originally from Califas, right?--and while it was pretty draining stuff, I did still have to eat. While the town I grew up in has turned into a bougie commuter paradise (they've got a fancy Wegman's, for crying out loud), I eschewed a lot of the newer stuff and did the greatest hits of all the things I can't get out here.

While I'm so glad to be home where vegetables are plentiful and cheap, here are five of the things I wish I could have taken home with me.

5. New Jersey-style Italian Restaurants

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Flickr user jeffreyww

There's a set of dishes common to nearly every sit-down Italian restaurant in New Jersey that is hard to find out here. Clams oreganata, for example, are unknown here, and fried ravioli too; veal saltimbocca can be found, but it's not the same. The best part about NJ Italian restaurants, though, is that nearly all of them are BYOB--and don't charge corkage.

4. Eastern European Food

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Flickr user kochtopf
Pörkölt, the pride of Hungarian restaurants everywhere.

Even those of us who aren't Eastern European know what Eastern European comfort food is. The town where I grew up was populated by people with names like Yuhasz, Angeli, and Nagy long before it was populated by the Parks, Patels and Hernandezes of the world. Hungarian, Polish, Russian and Czech food are commonplace, and there's nothing like a kielbasa and sauerkraut sandwich on rye bread and a hot bowl of potato soup with pepper.

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nitu cheyn
nitu cheyn

 

BombayTalk restaurant in NJ, offers the best of South Indian food for the residentsof New Jersey, with the promise that never again leave you disappointed andmuch more.

nitu cheyn
nitu cheyn

BombayTalk restaurant in NJ, offers the best of South Indian food for the residentsof New Jersey, with the promise that never again leave you disappointed and muchmore.

Andrew Gruel
Andrew Gruel

FYI, One of 2 meat items at the new SLAPFISH restaurant in HB is going to be a Taylor Ham (pork roll), Egg and Cheese. 

johny meten
johny meten

Bombay Talk is one of the best restaurants in New Jersey, as they offera friendly and relaxed dining. Speech is one of Bombay's most famousrestaurants NJ.

 

Guest
Guest

I've had fried ravioli at Roma D' Italia and a Taylor pork roll hoagie at Philly's Best in FV. Franco's in Cypress has clams oreganata.

JB
JB

Hope all is stable with the family.  Good list, but...fried ravioli??Isn't that a St. Louis (or some other city in a flyover state) thing?  Isn't that something you get at Romano's Macaroni Grill?  

I can't ever remember seeing fried ravioli on a menu back home...I'd be willing to bet you can easily find it here, at any 'Italian' place except the real deal places like Luigi's D'Italia and Sabatino's. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Veal saltimbocca, Clams oreganata... Both were available at Pane e' Vino in Brea.  But unfortunately it didn't survive the shitty economy and its gone! The owner has a place in San Francisco where you can still get these but the So Cal customers in were more into Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill type of fares. (Its was a common complaint) 

Taylor ham is a available at Phillys best... 

Also can we work out some kind of arrangement where we send 10 New Yorkers or New Jersians back to the east coast for one good east cost Deli?

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

It's about having all the things at one place. And yes, JB, toasted ravioli is a St. Louis thing, except it's on every single BYOB menu back home too. I didn't know about Philly's Best, though—is it on a hard roll? An Amoroso roll is not going to do it for me, it'd be like saying you can have Chicago pizza but only if you can deal with having it on Swedish flatbread.

And if you think I'm setting foot into that den of sodium known as Romano's Macaroni Grill—where I worked briefly, to my great shame—you have got another think coming.

(Edit: Oops... sorry, 10CTrojan, I thought I replied out on the main thread.)

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