By Jerry Del Priore
I chomped gleefully at four establishments, that happened to be all quite tasty. Please do yourself a favor and frequent these eateries; you’ll thank me later.
Main Street Submarines — 187 Main Street, Madison, NJ
This is the type of old-school sandwich shop that I grew up eating at as a kid in Brooklyn. So it wasn’t a surprise that I enjoyed it so much, nostalgia aside.
I devoured a delectable tuna sub with a delicious minestrone soup. The food was fresh and plentiful. Hey, what more can you ask for?
Main Street Subs has an extensive menu. It has over 75 mouthwatering subs and hot sandwiches, plus solid pizza, wraps, salads, omelets, burgers and calzones offerings, which will all leave you feeling satisfied.
Goodman’s Deli & Restaurant — 400 Springfield Avenue, Berkley Heights, NJ
I’ve always said that a true mark of any good eatery is how long it has been in business.
Goodman’s has been serving up Jewish-style deli food since 1943, so it has been doing many things right, in my opinion.
Goodman’s was first established in Elizabeth, New Jersey, before moving to its present digs in Berkley Heights, New Jersey.
As for the food, I ordered a grilled hotdog with the works — onions, relish and tomatoes. My plump frank was covered with so many toppings, I could barley see it.
Moreover, it was just the way I love it — bursting with juicy flavor through and through.
My girlfriend, Maggie had a pastrami and corn beef sandwich smothered with Russian dressing and coleslaw on rye bread. Yes, it’s just as good as it looks (pictured above).
Sorriso Kitchen — 252 Main Street, Chatham, New Jersey
Sorriso Kitchen is truly a special place. Farm-fresh spectacular food is only part of the dining equation. Sorriso means smile in Italian, and that’s what you’ll be doing while enjoying its breakfast and lunch fare (open from 7 a.m. — 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Sorriso Kitchen is inspired by the owners’ son, L.J., who has Down Syndrome and brings a mammoth smile to everyone he encounters.
Furthermore, to give back to the community, Sorriso Kitchen closes on Monday so it can provide an opportunity to train young adults with Special Needs for education in service and hospitality; it’s own working classroom. It’s closed to the public so students with disabilities from son L.J.’s school, ECLC of NJ, in Chatham, can spend the day getting trained.
If that’s not reason enough to frequent the eatery, the food alone is out-of-this-world, lip-smacking good. Fresh, tasty and plentiful, I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
I had a simple tuna sandwich on whole wheat, with a side order of fries. And boy, can you taste the freshness difference.
Maggie had the French toast with blueberries and goat cheese, and it was just as good as it sounds, and looks — sweet, savory and New Jersey fresh to death (a Jersey Shore reference).
But don’t let that stop you from visiting Sorriso Kitchen. But remember to smile while there and a long while after patronizing the establishment.
Gk’s Red Dog Tavern — 1 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey
I ended the old year and began the new one at Gk’s Red Dog Tavern with my girl friend and a few old buddies: Phil, Jeannie and Kalie. It was the perfect dining experience to help usher in 2019.
We started out with the Fig and Pig — flatbread with dried fig, prosciutto and goat cheese, drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. What a tasty concoction.
Next, we had the scrumptious fish tacos — two flour tortillas filled with grilled cod, shredded lettuce, Pico de gallo, covered with avocado and cilantro ranch sauce.
For our main course, I had a veggie burger with sweet potatoes fries, and Maggie had a beat salad — all pretty good.
But the highlight of the evening was the beer. I had a Great Lakes wheat beer, while my buddy Phil had the Death By Coconut – pure liquid cacao flavors swirl with coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from dark chocolate and dark caramel malts.
Yes, I had to sample the Death By Coconut, made by Oskar Blues Brewery, which was awesome. I’ll be looking for that at a store near me in the future! By the way, the Great Lakes brew had a nice woody taste to it.
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