Sen. Cory Booker was up and at ’em early Tuesday, greeting his social media flock with an invitation to toss a few local shops his way in order to some them much-deserved love during Small Business Week 2014.
The New Jersey Democrat quickly learned that food is what fuels 99.99 percent of ALL discussions online.
Sure, there was an architecture group named here. And a woman-owned outfit was heralded there.
But the majority of folks were determined to spread the word about personal dining gems, a must-hit list that included:
Bagel Buffet, Hackensack: A local bakery/café specializing in sandwiches and such that also donates baked goods to neighboring food pantries (“Sounds delicious,” Booker suggested).
Giorgio’s Pasticcerie, Hoboken: Family-owned bakery specializing in Italian and French pastries.
Blueplate, Mullica Hill: Neighborhood restaurant specializing in Modern American cuisine.
Benny’s, Fair Lawn: Old school luncheonette dealing in home fries, patty melts and their signature “Overstuffed Hot Pastrami Sandwich.”
Bischoff’s Ice Cream, Teaneck: An 80-year-old sweets shop that dabbles in the likes of pumpkin fudge, coffee-cookie crush ice cream (coffee cream with crumbled Oreos) and strawberry ice cream sodas. (“I’ll believe it when I taste it,” Booker asserted)
Judicke’s Bakery, Bayonne: Family-run bakery renowned for cranking out old favorites (baklava, mascarpone mousse cake) as well as trendy treats (“Frozen”-themed cupcakes).
White Manna, Hackensack, and Kosher Nosh, Glenn Rock: The former is a fast-food haven renowned for its onion-packed sliders while the latter is a traditional deli dishing smoked fish platters, triple-decker sandwiches and Jewish comfort foods (chopped liver, stuffed cabbage, chicken-in-a-pot).
DP’s Pub, Garfield: A dive bar with a thing for seafood. (“Their garlic sauce is legendary,” Booker shared)
SeaGrass Restaurant, Ocean Grove: Polished eatery with a penchant for seasonal cooking.
Mount Royal Bagel Company, Marlton: The house that wood-fired, “Montreal-style” bagels (“boiled in honey water before baking,” the website explains) built.
Biggie’s Clam Bar, Hoboken: A nearly 70-year-old raw bar that’s since spun off into other states (Tennessee).
Osteria Procacci, Kingston: Upscale pizza joint specializing in gourmet pies.
Magic Fountain Ice Cream and Grill, Elizabeth: Deep-fried everything plus frozen goodies.
Carlo’s Bakery, Hoboken: The spot that catapulted reality TV vet- Buddy Valastro to “Cake Boss” fame. (“A favorite of mine, too,” Booker revealed)
Southside Roast, Cranford: Local java source with a few nibbles (soups, sandwiches) to boot.
To wit, the only way out of the restaurant rumble for the food-fatigued solon was to retreat to the relative safety of the chamber:
Looks like Mr. Text Happy bit off more than he could chew this time.