Njmonthly.com’s 2012 Jersey Choice: The Best of NJ offers a list of the best food purveyors, retailers and wonderful places chosen by NJ Monthly readers. The list is separated into 4 sections – Food and Drink, Shopping, Health and Beauty and Recreations and Attractions.
Some of our favorites are:
Best Milkshake – Holsten’s in Bloomfield makes its own ice cream. Of course. Been doing it the same way since 1964. But it also makes its own syrups—vanilla, coffee, chocolate, strawberry, you name it. Blend ice cream, syrup, a little milk—and even a topping, like fresh strawberries, if you’d like—in a steel container, and you have an unbeatable thick shake. Most popular is vanilla, followed by chocolate. About a quarter of all shakes are ordered malted, vanilla again the most popular. When he makes one for himself, Ron Stark, one of the owners, leans toward cookies-and-cream ice cream with vanilla syrup. “You get a little extra texture,” he says. (1063 Broad St; 973-338-7091; holstens.com)
Best Wings – When Adam Richman of the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food stopped by the Chicken or the Egg in Beach Haven, he chose the chicken—the Ludicrous Buffalo chicken-wing challenge, to be exact. The legendary LBI eatery first opened its doors in 1991 and has built a loyal following serving wings and breakfast 24/7 in season. With 15 sauces—including favorites like Bee Sting and Ludicrous—you’ll be sure to heat up your Shore experience. “Chicken or the Egg is the quintessential Jersey Shore eatery,” says reader Dave Hershberger of Ringwood. Be the judge of the fiery wings yourself. (207 North Bay Ave; 609-492-3695; 492fowl.com)
Best Ice Rink – Since opening its doors in 1975, Mennen Arena in Morristown has shepherded countless young skaters through the process of learning to glide across the ice. The arena’s exceptional learn-to-skate programs and extensive public skating hours have made it an epicenter of skating in northern New Jersey. The facility has three rinks, a full snack bar, pro shop and private party rooms. (161 East Hanover Ave., 973-326-7651,morrisparks.net)