BEST OF MORRIS AND ESSEX: Readers' Choice Awards 2011

Your picks for the best food, stores and restaurants in Morris and Essex Counties.
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We proudly present the winners of our second annual poll. The people have spoken: Morris and Essex counties are home to some seriously delicious hot spots. You scoured your favorite neighborhoods, searching for the best restaurants, food shops and retail stores the area has to offer. With heavy hearts, we narrowed your suggestions down to an exclusive list of champions. Pat your stomachs, reach for your wallets and dig in.

Readers’ Choices for the Best in Morris and Essex Counties:

BEST BREAKFAST

1 RAYMOND’S 28 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.9263.

For once, your mother was right: Skipping breakfast is a bad idea. At Raymond’s, customers wouldn’t dream of it. Kick-start the day with French toast drizzled with Vermont maple syrup and playfully adorned with roasted pineapple. The brasserie’s 1930s art deco ambiance comes complete with a long counter, stool seating and a black-and-white tile floor.

2 DOC’S KITCHEN 38 First Ave., Denville, 862.209.1464

3 TOAST RESTAURANT 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099

BEST BYO

1 CUBAN PETE’S RESTAURANT AND TAPAS 428 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.746.1100

This crowded spot has a festive flavor patrons say is worth the wait. Everything is vibrant, from the food to the funky décor. Your favorite piece of tropical paradise? The sangria, with varieties featuring bananas, pineapple and even cinnamon.

2 (tie) CULINARIANE 33 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.0533

2 (tie) TIM SCHAFER’S CUISINE 82 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, 973.538.3330

3 RESTAURANT BLU 554 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.2202

BEST  FAMILY-FRIENDLY

1 TINGA TAQUERIA 215 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8226; 321 Millburn Ave, Millburn, 973.281.9500.

Tinga’s menu is about as fresh and user-friendly as they get. Allowing diners to customize or mix-and-match any dish, this casual Mexican restaurant is ideal for any picky eater in your family.

2 IL VECCHIO CAFÉ 234 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 973.226.8889

3 SEÑORITA’S MEXICAN GRILL 285 Glenwood Ave., Bloomfield, 973.743.0099

BEST  BUFFET

1 Minado Restaurant
2888 Route 10 West,
Morris Plains, 973.734.4900

2 Cinnamon
Powder Mill Plz. West, 2920 Route
10 West, Morris Plains,
973.734.0040

3 Attillio’s Tavern
80 E. McFarlan St.,
Route 46 East, Dover,
973.328.1100

BEST CHEAP EATS

1 Dover Grill
240 Route 46 East,
Dover, 973.989.4007

2 Chili Willie’s
702 Main St.,
Boonton, 973.299.8775

3 Next Door
556 Bloomfield Ave.,
Montclair, 973.744.3600

BEST DELI

1 Sergio & Co. Italian Specialties
28 Broadway,
Denville, 973.627.1043

2 (tie) Millburn Deli
328 Millburn Ave.,
Millburn, 973.379.5800

2 (tie) Morristown Deli
7 Elm St.,
Morristown, 973.267.3766

3 Nicolo’s Italian Bakery and Deli
6 Baldwin St., Montclair,
973.746.1398

BEST FRENCH

1 Grand Café
42 Washington St.,
Morristown, 973.540.9444

2 (tie) CulinAriane
33 Walnut St.,
Montclair, 973.744.0533

2 (tie) Serenade
6 Roosevelt Ave.,
Chatham, 973.701.0303

3 (tie) Restaurant Lorenas
168 Maplewood Ave.,
Maplewood, 973.763.4460

3 (tie) Verjus Restaurant
1790 Springfield Ave.,
Maplewood, 973.378.8990

BEST GREEK/ TURKISH

1 Greek Taverna
292 Bloomfield
Ave., Montclair, 973.746.2280

2 Lalezar Turkish Restaurant
720 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair,
973.233.1984

3 Stamna Greek Taverna
1045 Broad St., Bloomfield,
973.338.5151

BEST INDIAN

1 Cinnamon
Powder Mill Plz. West,
2920 Route 10 West,
Morris Plains, 973.734.0040

2 Chand Palace Banquet Hall
257 Littleton Rd.,
Parsippany, 973.334.5444

3 Mehndi Restaurant
88 Headquarters Plz.,
Morristown, 973.871.2323

BEST ITALIAN

1 Caffe NaVona
147 Route 46,
Rockaway, 973.627.1606

2 (tie) Fascino
331 Bloomfield Ave.,
Montclair, 973.233.0350

2 (tie) Portofino’s
29 Mills St.,
Morristown, 973.540.0026

3 (tie) Attillio’s Tavern
80 E. McFarlan St.,
Route 46 East, Dover,
973.328.1100

3 (tie) Osteria Giotto
21-23 Midland Ave., Montclair,
973.746.0111

 

 

Best Diner

1 Jefferson Diner 5 Bowling Green Pkwy., Lake Hopatcong, 973.663.0233

Area residents aren’t the only ones nostalgic for the 1950s—The Food Network has featured this diner twice. You love the chrome and fluorescent décor and family atmosphere. Customers browse the 18-page menu before selecting typical fare like burgers or moussaka from the “Big Fat Greek Section.”

2 The Alexis Diner Denville Commons, 3130 Route 10 West, Denville, 973.361.8000

3 Millburn Diner 72 Essex st., Millburn, 973.376.0504

Best Romantic

1 The Manor 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange, 973.731.2360.

A colonial masterpiece, this elegant restaurant lives up to its lofty name. Tradition rules, from the business-casual dress code to the delicate china gracing each table. Residents eager to share the love reserve the “Romantic getaway for two” package, feasting on five courses before heading to The Manor’s own Marriott Residence inn.

1 Ninety Acres 2 Main St., Peapack-Gladstone, 908.901.9500.

Luxuriously rustic, ninety acres is an eco-friendly gourmet restaurant at the Natirar Resort. After navigating a winding road through the woods, you find this scenic sanctuary nestled in the wilderness. You love the farm-to-table promise of fresh ingredients grown on the premises and the 1,200-selection wine list.

2 Copeland 2 Whippany Rd., Morristown, 973.451.2619

3 Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, 973.731.3463

Best Vegetarian

1 Veggie Heaven 57 Bloomfield Ave., Denville, 973.586.7800.

With a meatless menu and the serenity of a Zen garden, this family-owned chain spot offers soy and wheat masquerading delightfully as pineapple chicken and broccoli beef.

2 HLS Juice Bar and Grill 1859 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973.763.1127

2 (tie) Loving Hut 538 Route 10, Ledgewood, 862.251.4611

3 (tie) Cafe Metro 60 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.625.1055

3 Toast Restaurant 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099

BEST JAPANESE

1 Sogo Hibachi grill
248 Route 46 West,
Denville, 973.784.4981

2 Minado Restaurant
2888 Route 10 West,
Morris Plains, 973.734.4900

3 Sakura Hibachi Steak
House 949 Route 46 east,
Parsippany, 973.335.8818

3 Sushi Lounge
12 Schuyler Pl.,
Morristown,
973.539.1135

3 Dai-Kichi Japanese restaurant
608 Valley Rd.,
Montclair, 973.744.2954

BEST MEXICAN

1 Rattlesnake Ranch Café
559 E. Main St.,
Denville, 973.586.3800

2 Chili Willie’s
702 Main St.,
Boonton, 973.299.8775

3 Mexicali Rose
10 Park St.,
Montclair, 973.746.9005

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

1 Pazzo Pazzo
74 Speedwell Ave.,
Morristown, 973.898.6606

2 Piccolo’s Restaurant
174 Kinnelon Rd.,
Kinnelon, 973.492.2700

3 Highlawn Pavilion
Eagle Rock Reservation,
1 Crest Dr., West Orange, 973.731.3463

Scenic View

1 Highlawn Pavilion
Eagle Rock Reservation,
1 Crest Dr.,
West Orange, 973.731.3463

2 Alice’s
24 Nolans Point Park Rd.,
Lake Hopatcong, 973.663.9600

3 The Newark Club
1085 Raymond Blvd.,
Newark, 973.242.0658

BEST SEAFOOD

1 Denville Seafood & Codmother’s Café
61 Broadway,
Denville, 973.627.2987

2 Restaurant Blu
554 Bloomfield Ave.,
Montclair, 973.509.2202

3 Spain Rincon
41 Richard Mine Rd.,
Wharton, 973.361.8290

BEST STEAK

1 Arthur’s Tavern
700 Speedwell Ave.,
Morris Plains, 973.455.9705

1 Franklin Steakhouse
522 Franklin Ave.,
Nutley, 973.667.1755

2 Don Pepe Steak House
58 Route 46 West,
Pine Brook, 973.808.5533

3 Rod’s Steak and Seafood Grill
1 Convent Rd.,
Morristown, 973.539.6666

BEST THAI

1 Origin Thai 2
10 South St.,
Morristown, 973.971.9933

2 Thai Chef Restaurant
28 Diamond Spring Rd. #A,
Denville, 973.983.0800

3 Thai Ping
811 Main St.,
Boonton, 973.335.9541

 

BEST BAKERY

1 Calandra’s Italian and French Bakery

244 Route 46 East, Fairfield, 973.227.5008.

You love breaking bread with the Calandra family, the tribe that has been behind this old-fashioned bakery for more than 40 years. The dough? Worked by hand. The ingredients? Always fresh. Sweet-tooth voters gave two powdered sugar-covered thumbs up for the
specialty cakes, pastries, gelatos and sorbets.

2 The Bread Company 113 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.509.2525

3 Gina’s Bakery 110 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.233.1010

BEST ORGANIC/HEALTH FOOD SHOPS

1 Grassroots Natural Market

20 First Ave., Denville, 973.627.5440

A health nut’s heaven, Grassroots offers fresh produce at supermarket-low prices. It’s all about the local vibe, from the outdoor seating to the butcher manning the all-natural deli. Residents kick back at the coffee and juice bars. But moms on the move are equally at home, grabbing Amy’s entrees from the freezer.

2 The Health Shoppes  66 Morris St., Morristown, 973.538.9131

3 The Bread Company 113 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.509.2525

Butcher

1 Schwind’s Pork Store
155 Route 46, Rockaway, 973.627.0956

2 Mastriano’s Quality Market
1058 N. Broad st., Bloomfield, 973.338.6880

3 Kings (multiple locations)

Caterer

1 Laurence Craig Catering
1799 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973.761.0190

2 Sergio & Co. Italian Specialties
28 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.1043

3 Burrini’s Olde World Market
1204 Sussex Tpk., Randolph, 973.895.6100

3 House Party Inc.
3535 Route 46, Parsippany, 973.316.0111

Cheese Shop

1 Sergio & Co. Italian Specialties
28 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.1043

2 Gary’s Wine & Marketplace
121 Main st., Madison, 973.822.0200

3 C’est Cheese Inc.
64 South St., Morristown, 973.267.2941

Coffee Shop/House

1 Hobcaw Café
20 Grove Ave., Verona, 973.239.2329

2 Java’s Brewin’ Café
770 Morris Tpk., Short Hills, 973.921.0123

3 Smartworld Café
74 South St., Morristown, 973.359.9800

3 Village Coffee Company
164 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, 973.762.6660

Farmers’ Market

1 Morristown Farmers Market
Morristown Post Office Parking lot, 973.455.1133

2 Alstede Farm
84 Route 513, Chester, 908.879.7189

3 Boonton Farmers Market
Upper Plain St. Parking lot, Boonton, 973.257.9107

3 Ledgewood Farm
1013 Route 46, Ledgewood, 862.251.4600

3 Wightman’s Farms
1111 Mount Kemble Ave., Morristown, 973.425.9819

Gourmet Food

1 Sergio & Co. Italian Specialties
28 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.1043

2 Gary’s Wine & Marketplace
121 Main St., Madison, 973.822.0200

3. Mia Famiglia
277 Main St., Millburn, 973.467.5740

3 Burrini’s Olde World Market
1204 Sussex Tpk., Randolph, 973.895.6100

Seafood/Fish Market

1 Denville Seafood & Codmother’s Café
61 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2987

2 Freeman’s Fish Market
155 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, 973.763.9363

3 Kings (multiple locations)

Wine and Spirits

1 Gary’s Wine & Marketplace
121 Main St., Madison, 973.822.0200

2 Amanti Vino
30 Church St., Montclair, 973.509.9463

3 Village Wine Shop
163 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, 973.763.3778

3 Wine Legend
277 Eisenhower Pkwy., Livingston, 973.992.4441

 

ON THE TOWN

Beer Selection

1 Egan & Sons
118 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.1413
Residents craving “real beer” find the luck of the Irish at this bar, where home brews are always on tap. With its dark wood and brick interior, this pub’s atmosphere is cozy and authentic. Packed on weekends, Egan’s is the county’s answer to a New York hot spot—with a bit of Celtic flair.

2 The Second Half on Main 5 E. Main St., Denville, 973.784.4040

3 Cloverleaf Tavern 395 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 973.226.9812

Girls’ Night Out

1 Attillio’s Tavern

80 E. McFarlan St., Route 46 East, Dover, 973.328.1100.

In Jersey, we know Italians can cook. But Attillio’s proves the masterminds behind chicken scarpariello can also bust a move. Forget fistpumping— locals watch country, classical and even ’70s funk performances while feasting on traditional Italian food. For an unforgettable
girls’ night out, drink cocktails at the bar before hitting the dance floor.

2 Martini Bistro & Bar
40 Main St., Millburn, 973.376.4444

3 Sushi Lounge
12 Schuyler Pl., Morristown, 973.539.1135

Cosmos

1 Sogo Hibachi Grill
248 Route 46, Denville,
973.784.4981

2 Grasshopper Off the Green
41-43 Morris St., Morristown,
973.285.5150

3 Rod’s Steak and Seafood Grill
1 Convent Rd., Morristown,
973.539.6666

Irish Pub

1 Dublin Pub
4 Pine St., Morristown,
973.538.1999

2 Quiet Man
64 E. McFarlan St., Dover,
973.366.6333

3 St. James Gate Publick House
167 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood,
973.378.2222

Live Music

1 Attillio’s Tavern
80 E. McFarlan St., Route 46 East, Dover,
973.328.1100

2 Blackthorn
1735 Route 46 East, Parsippany,
973.334.4900

3 Dublin Pub
4 Pine St., Morristown,
973.538.1999

Margaritas

1 Rattlesnake Ranch Café
559 E. Main St., Denville,
973.586.3800

2 Chevy’s
1900 Route 10 West, Morris Plains,
973.644.2660

3 Tiffany’s
231 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains,
973.290.9777

Martinis

1 Sogo Hibachi Grill
248 Route 46 West, Denville,
973.784.4981

2 Tabor Road Tavern
510 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains,
973.267.7004

3 Martini Bistro & Bar
40 Main St., Millburn,
973.376.4444

Neighborhood Bar

1 Grasshopper Off the Green
41-43 Morris St., Morristown,
973.285.5150

2 The Second Half on Main
5 E. Main St., Denville,
973.784.4040

3 Boonton Avenue Grille
108 Boonton Ave., Boonton,
973.316.9090

Sports Hangout

1 Black River Barn
1178 Route 10 West, Randolph,
973.598.9988

2 Adam’s Beer Garden
123 Hibernia Ave., Rockaway,
973.627.9617

3 Rattlesnake Ranch Café
559 E. Main St., Denville,
973.586.3800

Wine List

1 The Manor
111 Prospect Ave., West Orange,
973.731.2360

2 Serenade
6 Roosevelt Ave., Chatham,
973.701.0303

3 Copeland Restaurant
2 Whippany Rd., Morristown,
973.451.2619

 

Bookstore

1 Sages Pages

300 Main St., Madison, 973.377.7777.

Like the frayed binding of a favorite novel, this small, independent shop brings you back to a quainter time, before electronic readers and bookstore giants. customers love the small-town feel, personal service and well-stocked children’s section. Your favorite nook? the cozy reading lounge upstairs.

2 Ray & Judy’s Book Stop
40 W. Main St., Rockaway,
973.586.9182

3 Mendham Books
84 E. Main St., Mendham,
973.543.4949

Consignment/ Vintage Clothing Store

1 Restyle Renew

27 E. Main St., Denville, 973.983.8100.

Factory-fresh duds are last season’s look. Area residents show their passion for fashion and environmental sustainability by selling and shopping at this consignment store. Wallet- and eco-friendly, Restyle Renew doesn’t just offer clothing and accessories; you love its selection of furniture and jewelry designed by local artists.

2 My Inheritance
202 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair,  973.233.1112

3 Duet
79 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston,
973.535.1133

Antiques Store

1 Somewhere in Time
344 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell,
973.403.7745

2 Between Friends
9 Bloomfield Ave., Denville,
973.625.2111

3 Montclair Antique Center
34 Church St., Montclair,
973.746.1062

3 Penny Lane Fine Arts and Antiques
815 Main St., Boonton,
973.299.1555

Art Gallery/Photography Store

1 Speak-Easy Art Gallery
817 Main st., Boonton,
973.557.8268

2 S.H.E. Gallery
819 Main St., Boonton,
973.335.0943

3 Midland Gallery
13 Midland Ave., Montclair,
973.746.4884

Baby/Children’s Boutique

1 Birth Boutique
28 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville,
973.627.8850

2 Denim and Daisies
713 Main St., Boonton,
973.331.9009

3 Over the Moon
619 Valley Rd., Montclair,
973.746.1728

Cosmetics Shop

1 The Beauty Bar
622 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair,
973.655.0182

2 Let’s Make Up
25 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston,
973.992.2585

3 Mendham Apothecary
88 E. Main St., Mendham,
973.543.4400

Gym

1 Anytime Fitness

1004 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains, 973.998.6300.

Forget that excuse about being too busy to work out—you can always find time to pump iron at this 24-hour gym. filled with treadmills, ellipticals and free weights, anytime fitness is your favorite exercise hub. You love the gleaming purple-and orange interior, clean equipment, helpful staff and flexible payment plans.

2 Lakeland Hills Family YMCA
100 Fanny Rd., Mountain Lakes, 973.334.2820

3 Platinum Fitness
309 Pompton Ave., Verona, 973.857.2500

Flower Shop

1 Jerry Rose Floral and Event Design
176 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, 973.762.1085

2 Buds For You
4 Midland Ave., Montclair, 973.744.2222

2 Flowers by Candle-Lite
559 E. Main St., Suite 6, Denville, 973.625.0010

3 Caldwell Flowerland
329 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 973.226.1309

3 Moody Blooms of Boonton Florist
813 Main St., Boonton, 973.917.3773

Gift Shop

1 Surprises in Store
25 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.2445

2 Diann’s Gifts & Collectibles
970 Route 46, Kenvil, 973.584.3848

3 Faith & Begorrah
40 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.0070

Home Boutique

1 Surprises in Store
25 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.2445

2 Once Upon a Table
105 Main St., Chester, 908.879.2903

3 Perch Home
9 Highland Pl., Maplewood, 973.821.4852

Lingerie Store

1 Lady K
33 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.1836

2 The Dain Shoppe
8 Community Pl., Morristown, 973.539.7586

 

Spa

1 The Urban Muse

82 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.3455.

The goddess suggested by this spa’s name may be Greek, but the décor is decidedly Asian. Bamboo plants add green to the calming
neutral color scheme in the urban muse, your chosen oasis for holistic harmony. Whether enjoying a Swedish or sports massage,
residents unite mind, body and spirit with herbal tea in hand.

2 Eforea Spa
Hilton Short Hills
41 JFK Pkwy., Short Hills, 973.912.7956

3 BangZ Salon & Wellness Spa
23 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973.746.8426

3 Depasquale Spa
51 Gibraltar Dr., Morris Plains, 973.538.3811

Jewelry Store

1 Yanina & Co.
451-455 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, 973.857.5544.
You love the exquisitely stylish diamonds, gems and pearls at this jewelry store, which offers earrings, bracelets, necklaces and bridal collections.

2 Bilori Jewelers
23 Diamond Spring Rd. #2, Denville, 973.664.1995

3 Nancy and David Fine Jewels
266 Essex St., Millburn, 973.912.9640

3 Johari
47 S. Park St., Montclair, 973.744.8070

Men’s Fashion

1 Bob’s Men Shop
602 Main St., Boonton, 973.334.1496

2 Gambert Custom Shirts
306 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.376.1400

3 Sams: Fine Mens Clothing
555 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston, 973.422.1000

Pet Boutique

1 Fur Love of Paws
55 Broadway, Denville, 908.979.0040

2 Bubba Rose Biscuit Company
421 Main St., Boonton, 862.209.4677

3 Morris County Pet Food
99 Route 46, Rockaway, 973.625.4436

Shoe Store

1 Shoe and Sneaker Barn
11 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2330

2 Tory Janes
2 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.6655

3 If the Shoe Fits
20 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3771

Sports Shop

1 Dover Sports Center
242 Route 46 East, Dover, 973.366.3133

2 Ramsey Outdoor
Roxbury Mall
281 Route 10 East, Succasunna, 973.584.7799

3 Fleet Feet
603 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.9707

Stationary Store

1 The Papery of Denville
The Shoppes at Union Hill,
3056 Route 10 West, Suite l, Denville, 973.261.9599

2 Parcel
559 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.744.7700

3 Cambridge Street Papers
186 Main St., Chatham, 973.635.0073

Toy Store

1 Millburn Babyland
382 Millburn ave., Millburn, 973.379.2978

2 Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats
12 N. Willow St., Montclair, 973.783.6100

3 Tons of Toys
641 Shunpike Rd., Chatham, 973.765.0228

Women’s Fashion

1 Lotus Boutique
908 Main st., Boonton, 973.402.2339
Customer service never goes out of style. With trendy designs hand-picked by owner and Boonton resident Bridget Connor, this local
store combines personal attention with top fashion. You praised lotus for its feminine clothing and high-end labels.

2 Surprises in Store
25 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.2445

3 Coco An Experience
206 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, 973.233.0005

 

Tasty Treats and Eats

BBQ

1 Hot Rods BBQ
19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050.

Residents rev their engines for this BBQ pit decorated with picnic-plaid tablecloths and race-car posters. still, it’s the smoked meat that’s really hot, from pulled pork to baby back ribs. Your inner 10-year-old boy may drool over the décor, but even the most polished palate appreciates Rods’ smoky flavor and tender texture.

2 Texas Smoke BBQ
435 Green Pond Rd., Rockaway, 862.209.4078

3 The Pit BBQ
178 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.743.0086

3 The Wood Pit
108 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.954.4679

 

Bagels

 

1 Mountain Lakes Bagel and Deli
350 Route 46, Mountain Lakes, 973.627.4999

2 Hot Bagels Abroad
1129 Broad st., Bloomfield, 973.338.9616

3 Bagelicious Inc.
179 Route 46, Rockaway, 973.586.0194

Burgers

1 Arthur’s Tavern
700 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains, 973.455.9705

2 Next Door
556 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.744.3600

3 The Second Half on Main
5 E. Main St., Denville, 973.784.4040

3 Smashburger
15 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.433.7343

Candy

1 Nagel’s Candy Barn
358 Route 10, Randolph, 973.361.1688

2 Expressions
32 Broadway #2, Denville, 973.625.0025

2 Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery
1063 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.7091

3 Enjou Chocolat
8 Dehart St., Morristown, 973.993.9090

Cookies

1 Calandra’s Italian and French Bakery
244 Route 46, Fairfield, 973.227.5008

2 Viking Bakery
34 First Ave., Denville, 973.627.7333

3 Swiss Chalet Bakery
176 South St., Morristown, 973.267.0092

Cupcakes

1 The Stuffed Cupcake Place
231 Franklin Ave., Nutley, 973.667.7778

2 The Cupcake Corral
410 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, 973.327.2286

2 Sugar Mommy Cupcakes
60 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.625.6900

3 Swiss Chalet Bakery
176 South St., Morristown, 973.267.0092

Dim Sum

1 Hunan Taste Chinese Restaurant
67 Bloomfield Ave., Denville, 973.625.2782

2 Sogo Hibachi Grill
248 Route 46, Denville, 973.784.4981

3 Midori Japanese Restaurant
3130 Route 10 West, Denville, 973.537.8588

Gelato

1 Mara’s Cafe and Bakery
25 E. Main St., Denville, 973.625.0901

2 South Street Creamery
146 South St., Morristown, 973.267.8887

3 Gelato Giuliana NJ
49 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.6464

Milk Shakes

1 Mccool’s Ice Cream and Coffee Bar
26 Main St., Madison, 866.506.6153

2 Denville Dairy
34a Broadway, Denville, 973.627.4214

3 D’Lites of West Caldwell
5/54 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell, 973.882.0080

3 South Street Creamery 146
South st., Morristown, 973.267.8887

Cakes

1 The Artist Baker
14-16 cattano Ave., Morristown, 973.267.5540.

The gene of baking brilliance didn’t skip a generation here. At the artist Baker, mother-and-daughter pastry chefs Andrea Lekberg and Fran Davidson bake cream scones, pear tarts and chocolate-chip cookies. their celebration cakes, elaborate centerpieces for any occasion, won your vote.

1 Pink Cake Box
18 E. Main st. #101, Denville, 973.998.4445.

Cake Boss, schmake boss. Pastry chef Anne Heap proves eggs, flour and girl power are key ingredients for designer delicacies. her towering custom creations are sumptuous, with marzipan bows and glittery flowers. need a cake shaped like a Yorkie or painted like your favorite monet? This bakery’s got you covered.

2 Bella’s Bakery
286 Essex St., Millburn, 973.921.1337

3 Mara’s Cafe and Bakery
25 E. Main st., Denville, 973.625.0901

 

Smoothie and Juice Bars

1 South Street Creamery
146 South St., Morristown, 973.267.8887

2 Asana House Juice bar
127 Valley Rd., Montclair, 973.744.1500

3 Mara’s Cafe and Bakery
25 E. Main St., Denville, 973.625.0901

Soups

1 C’est Cheese
64 South St., Morristown, 973.267.2941

2 Denville Seafood and Codmother’s Café,
61 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2987

2 Doc’s Kitchen
38 First Ave., Denville, 862.209.1464

3 Wicker Basket
84 E. Main St. Suite B, Mendham, 973.543.727

Ice Cream

1 Denville Dairy
34 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.4214.

Owned by the Fine family for more than 40 years, this ice cream shop marries small-town charm with rich and creamy
desserts. it’s the simplicity of the homemade ice cream, cakes and pies that you love. Forget Ben, Jerry, edy and Breyer—the Fines’ cool treats create lines out the door.

2 Aplegate Farm
616 Grove St., Upper Montclair, 973.744.5900

3 Cliff’s
1475 Route 46, Ledgewood, 973.584.9721

3 Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery
1063 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.338.7091

Pizza

1 Star Tavern
400 High St., Orange, 973.675.3336.

You wish upon the star’s thin-crust pizza and swear by its open-faced meatball parmigiana sandwich. Owned by the same family for almost 30 years, this casual Italian restaurant boasts a bustling open kitchen. Crowds gorge on New York-style pies while avoiding the commute. You love the laid-back setting and belly-busting “everything” pizza.

2 Bevacqua’s Reservoir Tavern
92 Parsippany Blvd., Boonton, 973.334.0421

3 Ralph’s Pizzeria
564 Franklin Ave.,
Nutley, 973.235.1130

Sandwiches

1 Mara’s Cafe and Bakery
25 E. Main St., Denville, 973.625.0901.

A mom and-pop coffee and dessert shop, Mara’s won your vote for its heartier offerings. From paninis and wraps to elaborate
artisan sandwiches, lunch at the café is a tasteful mingling of seasonings, cheeses and classic deli meats. For a little indulgence, customers love cheesecake and gelatochinno, coffee blended with Italian gelato.

2 Sergio and Co. Italian Specialties
28 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.1043

3 Sandwich Theory
590 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.746.5666

Chocolate

1 The Chocolate Path
94 Walnut st., Montclair, 973.655.0822

Welcome to the dark side. This sweet boutique specializes in pure, small-batch chocolate products created from fair-trade
cocoa—all dark. Though there’s no milk or white chocolate bar on the shelves, you love gifting the truffles and caramel toffee. (At press time, this shop was closing its doors and planned to offer online sales only. Visit chocolatepath.com.)

2 Sweet Expressions
32 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.0025

3 Enjou Choclate
8 Dehart St., Morristown, 973.993.9090


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