Burlington is thriving. The 2010 census shows our population up by a fraction under two percent since the previous survey. That, combined with our unique position – as a city in New Jersey, but a suburb of Philadelphia – has seen some interesting developments on our dining scenes.
While determining any sort of best restaurants in NJ will always reflect personal taste, this list suggests restaurants ideal for trying something that may perhaps be new to you.
Not surprisingly, Blue Claw specializes in seafood. Blue crabs, Dungeness crabs, king crabs, snow crabs, soft shell crabs, just about every popular variety is represented. What may be a new experience is enjoying fresh product, rather than food that’s been wheeled from the back of a deep-freeze truck. The crabs served here are fresh everyday, flown in from sources as distant as Florida, the pristine waters of Baja in Mexico, and the northern pacific.
No list of Jersey restaurants would be complete without Italian cuisine, but – defying the tradition of lengthy dinnertime experiences – Casamari Italian Traditions has worked hard to produce a great lunchtime menu. The midday wait staff is as attentive, friendly and efficient as their evening counterparts, and of course the beautiful decor, with its feel of olde world Italy, remains unchanged. Every meal is delivered with fresh bread and pizza bites; don’t miss out on the Eggplant Rollatini with a side of Pasta Marinara (it alone qualifies Casamari as one of the best restaurants in NJ).
Café Bombay is family owned Indian restaurant and dedicated to providing exceptional, authentic Indian cuisine to Burlington New Jersey residents. Offering a large variety of authentic Indian dishes that encompass the diverse culture, you can be certain that everything at Café Bombay is cooked fresh from scratch. Some of their best dishes include:
- Rogan Josh
- Kerala Shrimp Cury
While English and Irish food has always been a big deal to the working immigrant population of the entire eastern seaboard, Dolan’s Irish Pub tries hard to be innovative in serving authentic versions of the classic Gael-Mheiriceánaigh favorites, including:
- Guinness braised brisket
- Harp-battered fish n’ chips
- Shepherd’s pie made with Irish cheddar
- Bangers and mash cooked using Irish sausages
All the old favorites done with a new spin. For tastes you may have had before, try Hunan Triple Delight, Godmother and Son, Seafood Bird’s Nest, Chicken In Three Delights and West Lake Duck, all chef’s specials. And remember, as all meals are prepared individually, they can be ordered with less (or without) corn starch, hot pepper, salt or sugar.
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