Foodie Finds

Featured Restaurant: Americana Diner

Americana diner is a hidden gem found in the heart of East Winsdor, NJ. For the past 25 years, the classic chic retro restaurant has been serving Jersey with freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, dinner, and high quality European inspired desserts. Neon signs above an elongated bar area with sayings like burgers and shakes, freshly baked goods, and cappuccinos gives it a homey vibe. Bite right into a NY style brick oven bread and a palette of butter with flakes of sea salt. No wonder why Thrillist refers to Americana as “The Best Diners In New Jersey.”

Whether you’re craving, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, each specific menu will fulfill any and every mood. Made without all that nasty stuff, forget the high-fructose corn syrup, artificially sweetened syrup, overly sugary drinks, processed foods and bring on the hand selected veggies, cage-free eggs,  organic teas, Vermont maple syrup, fresh squeezed organic juices and European desserts with a few simple ingredients. Now, go make your heart happy.

Hold the guac. Nope, you will most likely want extra guacamole.  Start off with orange juice inspired mimosas, which pairs perfectly with guac and chips; using tomatoes, cilantro, red onions, olive oil with a hint of apple cider vinegar. Americana diner and bar, hence the name, has a full bar service, you can quench your thirst with beers, wines, seasonal cocktails, or create your own beverage.

Get comfy in your leather booth and order a life altering lunch. Preferably a grilled veggie panini on toasted sour dough bread with zucchini, mushroom, roasted red pepper, and mozzarella (opt out the mozz for a vegan-friendly dish); the fries are light with a crisp or you can easily substitute them for a house salad. Well deserved.

The restaurant had a delightful ambiance with a separate trendy lounge area. The service is quick and each waiter is attentive, cleaning the table right away in between meals and replacing utensils for the utmost importance. Americana Diner and Bar serves your stomach between the hours of Mon-Sat 7am – 11pm; Sun 7-10pm. Save room for dessert. 

Featured Restaurant: Talula's

Jersey Shore pizza redefined! 

Talula’s has a collection of wooden benches, vintage inspired canisters filled with straws, a bar with blueberry beer and queen B cocktails, and not to mention handcrafted sandwiches on sourdough bread and focaccia bread (house baked). Of course, my favorite item was the margie pie with vegan cashew cheese and you would have never guessed it was dairy-free cheese. The thick consistency and creaminess pairs perfectly with the fresh basil.You can decide whether to sit inside or outside this retro charm, but I sat on a cozy bench where I could see my pie baking to perfection. The laid back vibe and quick service makes it  the top pick for foodie lovers.

  • Margie pie with vegan cashew cheese
  • Pesto and pickle on sourdough bread hold the cheese & mayo; made with basil pumpkin seed pesto, bread and butter pickles, lettuce

I cannot stop dreaming about how soft the bread was, the flavor combinations, and the incredible drinks which had just enough sweetness. I totally got to feel like Beyonce for a second with my Queen B cocktail with rooibos lemon rose vodka, honey syrup, and a spot of lemon juice.

I give Talula’s 4/4 stars!

Featured Restaurant: Kaya's Kitchen

Kaya’s Kitchen is located in the heart of the Jersey shore and every order is freshly prepared with a lot of love. With a full smoothie bar, culturally blended dishes, and desserts for your sweet tooth, it’s a veggie knockout. Warning: you’ll feel good afterwards. It’s both vegetarian and vegan friendly with non-dairy ranch dressings, cheeses, and tempeh, tofu, and seitan protein options.

Start off your day right with an order of Tempeh Buffalo Wings with a side of cucumber ranch. It’s a tad bit spicy, but you can dip it in the cucumber ranch to cool off. You can swap the tempeh wings for tofu or even go for the seitan ribs, if you’re feeling the homestyle BBQ flavor.

Get your protein with a Lentil Veggie Burger stuffed with carrots, kale, broccoli, zucchini, and walnuts served on a whole grain roll. Add any additional toppings including vegan mayo, vegan cheese, or tempeh bacon. Extra guac is never a question; plus, the crispy roll and slightly burnt lentil burger gives your entree an extra crunch. 

If you’re digging an internationally inspired dish, then go for the Lion of Judah a blend of sauteed veggies like broccoli, sweet onions, peppers, garbanzo beans, and black beans in a sweet sauce. Served over brown rice. Don’t forget to take a bit into the cube size lentil loaves. The portion size will send you home with leftovers. You won’t hate it!

P.S. You should always save room for dessert...until next time.

Featured Restaurant: Roberta's

Roberta's is located on 45th street and Vanderbuilt inside foodie central aka Urbanspace where you can find Greek, Italian, Mexican, and every type of food imaginable. With over 20 food vendors including Mimi's Hummus, Bang Kok Bar, Amali Mou, and, Good Stock, you won't go home hungry. Plus, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan friendly options.  

Roberta's is home to the wood fired pizza with traditional, marghertia, and other pie clever titles like Lil' Stinker, Cheesus Christ, and White Guy. The Traditional and Bee Sting (minus the sorpresa) pies had a light crust and the bottom was slightly burnt for an extra crisp. The sauce was semisweet and the Bee Sting pie was a tad bit sweeter from the added honey. You know the mozz is good when it's stringy. And it was extra stringy.   

The sauce wasn't overly salty or flavorful to a point where you know the chef is hiding the real ingredients. It's a simple yet authentic traditional Italian dish. Keep the dough rolling and take a bite into a steamy thin crust pizza slice.

If you're in Brooklyn, check out their original location.