The ultimate Jersey cheap eats guide

The ultimate Jersey cheap eats guide

23 Haziran 2018 - 02:00

New Jersey is an expensive state to live and eat in, but if you can't find good cheap eats you're not looking hard enough. I ate well on this latest statewide food excursion - the big bosses will love how little I spent  - and sampled a globe-trotting array of cuisines. Indian. Middle Eastern. Soul food. Chinese. Colombian. Mexican. Greek. Thai. Peruvian. Vietnamese. And more. We were looking for lunches in the $7-$8 range, dinners about $10-$12. Hot dogs and subs were not considered; we were searching for complete meals, with sides. Our selections here are not just cheap eats; they're good - often great -  cheap eats.  Enjoy. Your wallet/pocketbook will thank you very much.  


Mi Gente, Newark

Brick City's best food bargain? Maybe the lunch specials at Mi Gente, a colorful little cafe downtown. For $5.50, you can get pernil (roast pork), bistec de pimiento (steak with peppers and onions), carne con papas (beef stew) and pollo la plancha (grilled chicken marinated in garlic and onions), among other dishes. All with two sides. It's a tiny place, so be prepared to wait for a table or do takeout.     

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28 BBQ, Bound Brook

"Oh my goodness'' were the first words in my 2007 Eat with Pete review of 28 BBQ; a copy still hangs on the wall of this small Portuguese churrasqueira. Spits of chicken and ribs slowly turn over fire, and the steady stream of customers attests to the restaurant's popularity. A whole chicken (see photo) with rice and your choice of fries, beans or salad costs $16; a half order ($9.50) is more than enough for one person. A half order of ribs is $11. 28 BBQ is the equal of any Portuguese BBQ joint in Newark's Ironbound, with one big difference: Parking is much easier. 

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San Pedro Tierra Mexican, Bellmawr

At San Pedro Tierra Mexican, tacos are $2.50, quesadillas from $3-$3.50, tortas $6.50-$7, and the salsas are maybe the most distinctive at any taqueria in New Jersey. It's a funky little taco joint; what it lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up in quality. The salsa rojo (left) and salsa verde (right) are mildly spicy and majorly addictive.        

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Al Raouche, Paterson

Funny moment at Al Raouche while I was waiting for my order: A family walks into the restaurant, dad spots the "cash only'' sign, tells owner they'll come back another time. His daughter, who couldn't have been more than 12, says, wait, I have money; she runs to the car, returns, and they sit down and eat. Sandwiches here are inexpensive and indescribably good: $3.75 for falafel, $4 for chicken kabob, and $5 for a shish kabob (lamb) sandwich that might have been the best sandwich I ate on this entire mission. Al Raouche is within walking distance of the Corrado's complex of stores in Clifton.


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