In our column, The Best Local Thing I Ever Ate, we ask local chefs, restaurant owners, and food lovers to share their favorite dish in the area. These are the kind of meals that you crave, dream about, salivate over. The meals that you order over and over again.
This month, three picks that are sure to satisfy the need for comfort food in the coldest of winters:
We received several tips from readers about their love of the Bacon Jam Fries at Stuffed Burger (150 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042) The fresh cut fries take Jersey’s Disco Fries to a whole new level. They’re covered with Havarti Cheese then topped with Bacon Jam, Chipotle and Garlic Aioli.
Reader Martta Kelly is a fan of the Chicken Lollipops at The Yellow Plum (1099 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ):
“A friend of mine, a regular reader of Baristanet, turned me on to this restaurant and now, like her, I am hooked. One of my favorite appetizer/small plate dishes is the Chicken Lollipops. Marinated in sesame sauce, these are tender, juicy, Korean-style chicken legs, that you eat by hand with dipping sauces. The marinade is to die for and will keep you coming back.”
Reader “firstdog” offers a sweet pick — a slice of Gina’s Bakery (110 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) Brioche french toast—warm, buttery slices of sweet brioche covered in slivered almonds and powdered sugar. Yum!
Do you have a “Best Local Thing I Ever Ate” to share? Want to show some love to your favorite chef or restaurant? Send it to us here and it may be featured in upcoming editions.