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Restaurants Serving Jersey Fresh

Take it from the top chefs. The secret to getting the best tasting food is to get it locally, fresh off the farm or from the sea. Below is a sampling of what New Jersey chefs have on their menu and when these items are available. Read what our chefs have to say about using Jersey Fresh products and you'll see they are not only passionate about quality and great taste, but committed to their community. (Note: There are many more New Jersey restaurants that serve local food that are not on this list.)

Atlantic County

Los Amigos Tropical Salsa

Los Amigos Restaurant
Executive Chef Kevin Taylor
1926 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ
609-344-2293
Also: 461 Rt. 73 North
West Berlin, NJ (Camden County)
856-767-5247
www.losamigosrest.com
Los Amigos Exective Chef, Kevin Taylor will be highlighting an entree and dessert centered around the exceptional fresh produce from our "local" farms every Friday and Saturday on our Special Menu. And as always our traditional menu items will continue to be prepared with the freshest "local" produce.

Steve & Cookie's By the Bay
Executive Chef Kevin Kelly
Chef d' Cuisine Warner Christy
9700 Amherst Ave.
Margate, NJ 08402
609-823-1163
www.steveandcookies.com
On the menu: Reed's Farm Tomato Salad with crumbled Blue Cheese, Crispy Shallots and Sherry Vinaigrette; Grilled 12 oz. Strip Steak with Local Organic Arugula, shaved Fennel and Celery, Roasted Red Peppers and Fresh Mozzarella; 1/2 Roasted Chicken from Griggstown Farms with Chorzio Fried Rice; Viking Village Pan Seared Scallops preparation changes daily with produce availability; Jersey Blueberry Pie
We use Jersey products seasonally, with the exception of frozen blueberries from Paradise Hill Farm. We are working with a local organic farmer, Matt from Jah's Creations, to grow some greenhouse items in the colder months, starting in the fall.

Burlington County

Bacio Italian Cuisine
Chef Robert Minniti
2806 Chestnut Hill Plaza
Rte 130 N, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
856-303-9100 
www.baciorestaurant.com
Sample on the menu: Roasted Asparagus Soup with herbed mascarpone crostini - available seasonally through June
"Local, fresh quality ingredients are the focal point of my entire spring and summer menu."

Camden County

Lamberti's Heirloom Tomato Salad

Caffe Aldo Lamberti
Owner, Aldo Lamberti
2011 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
856-663-1747
http://www.caffelamberti.com
On the menu: Miso & Sesame Crusted NJ Black Bass, NJ Soft Shell Crab Tempura, Day Boat Scallops from Barnegat, Jersey Fresh White Corn from Johnny Boy’s, Heirloom Tomatoes
Available during growing season and seafood/fish changes with the season and what is available.
"Daily selection of freshly picked sweet white corn, there is no comparison. Vine ripened antique tomato varieties have the ultimate flavor profiles. Tender young vegetables for risottos, blossoms for stuffing, peaches for cobblers and fresh local melons for soup du jour. Every day is a mystery basket for what menus can be created when using Jersey Fresh."

Catelli Restaurant's Jersey heirloom tomato napoleon with Barata Cheese, Jersey roasted peppers, tomato water, basil "sponge", Roasted tomato -basil sorbet, basil oil and aged balsamic vinegar.

Catelli Restaurant
Executive Chef Lou Imbesi
Plaza 1000 Main St.
Voorhees, N.J. 08043
856-751-6069
www.catellirestaurant.com
In season we use: Jersey Tomatoes plum and heirloom tomatoes; cucumbers; asparagus; baby lettuce varieties; microgreens varieties and all hydroponic herbs and many other seasonal vegetables. Seasonal fruits available: Cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches,apples etc. Jersey Scallops, oysters, clams, Black Bass, Tilapia and whatever else may be seasonally available. Additionally we use Jersey wines and will be featuring four Jersey wineries during a summer promotion.
"We are so fortunate to live and work in the Garden State where we have some of the best produce available to us that we can use to showcase our State, menus and cuisine. Many take for granted how blessed we are to cook and eat produce at the peak of our local seasons."

The Tortilla Press' Strawberry Tangle

The Tortilla Press
Head Chef/Owner Mark E. Smith
703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
856-869-3345
www.thetortillapress.com
On the menu: Our Tangle dishes - using fresh strawberries, blueberries and peaches (as the season progresses) for desserts; also a strawberry habanero vinaigrette for salads * Asparagus quesadillas and asparagus soup * Chile Rellenos with Jersey beet tips * Mesquites quesadillas (using Jersey corn and avocado) * Spring mix lettuce salad with the strawberry habanero vinaigrette
We use Jersey Fresh products year round - when farms are no longer harvesting we request Jersey Fresh from our produce vendors. We also change our menus according to the season to spotlight Jersey Fresh products.
"Any chef worth their salt wants to capitalize on the love affair between NJ residents and their farmers. The quality and taste of product is unbelievable. We even showcase special "farm to fork" dinners whose menus are always centered around the season's freshest produce and fruits."

Elements Cafe
Head Chef Fred Kellermann
517 Station Ave Haddon Heights NJ 08035
856 546 8840
www.elementscafe.com
On the menu: peach and blueberry pie, heirloom tomato salad, corn gazpacho and many more when available. We use New Jersey grown lamb, chicken and chicken eggs.

Cape May County

Sea Salt Restaurant
Head Chef: Lucas Manteca
8307 Third Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ
917-628-7994
seasaltstoneharbor.com
"I work with two organic farms in South Jersey that they grow all my produce for my restaurant. I base my menu in the availability. We believe in a sustainable community as a source of health and rescue of the enviroment."

Essex County

Terra Tea Salon and Fair Trade Eco Market
Owner/Chef: Grace Chow Grund
10 Church Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-744-6600 shop
www.terramontclair.com
Terra Tea Salon and Fair Trade Eco Market has been sourcing locally grown and organic ingredients from New Jersey farmers since the tearoom opened its doors in 2006.  Terra serves lunch and afternoon tea six days a week, serving Jersey Fresh salads, made-from-scratch soups, cheese, fruit and breads - all from local farmers and bakers.  We work with Starbrite Farm and a host of farms including ER & Sons, Terhune, Manoff, Paradise Hill,  Blooming Glen, Cherry Grove, Oak Grove, Bobolink, and Valley Shepherd.  We're involved with Slow Food NJ and have helped out at Food Alliance ad other local food related community events.

Gloucester County

Grotticella's Regional Ruchetta

Grotticella Ristorante
Head Chef Nino Chirico
745 Corkery Lane
Williamstown, NJ 08094
856-629-8000
Sample: Insalata Ruchetta: Arugala, sliced tomatoes, red onions, radicchio lettuce are all the ingredients from Pontano Farms in Vineland. Available farm fresh during the months of May through October.
"I prefer when in season to use the local farm products because of the freshness and shelf life."

Mercer County

Tre Piani's Garden State Seafood Panzanella Salad

Tre Piani Restaurant
Executive Chef/Owner Jim Weaver
120 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ 08540
Princeton Forrestal Village
609-452-1515
www.trepiani.com
We use local ingredients year round whenever available
"Our menu reflects the local growing season and we incorporate as many things local as possible year round. Besides produce we also incorporate lots of local seafood, poultry, meats, cheeses and more. Our style is very European, in that we look to the seasons for menu and special inspiration."

 

The Brother's Moon NYC bread with Jersey Fresh tomato pesto, basil pesto, asparagus and arugula from Honeybrook and Terhune Farms

The Brothers Moon
Head Chef William Mooney
7 W. Broad St. Hopewell, NJ 08525
609-333-1330
www.brothersmoon.com
On the menu: Seared scallops over local organic Oak Grove Mill polenta with buttered asparagus - roasted Griggstown Farm chicken with braised leek, asparagus and chicken quesadilla with cheese from Valley Shepherd - Organic grass-fed beef burger form Simply Grazin' Farm
Meats and cheeses and eggs year round, produce is seasonal
"I enjoy the fact that I know where my food comes from. I am proud of these farms and farmers. I know what I am feeding my family, my children."

 

 

Mediterra's Tomato Cucumber Gazpacho with Macerated Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mediterra Restaurant
Lawrence Robinson, Executive Chef
29 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
609-252-9680
www.terramomo.com
Hand made Valley Shepherd Creamery Sheep's Milk Ricotta Gnocchi, Griggstown Farm Young Spring Chicken, Simply Grazin Certified Organic and Grass Fed Beef Carpaccio, Terhune Orchard Apple Crisp.
Our menu is very seasonal, sourcing from numerous farmers throughout central and southern New Jersey. Weekly tasting menu's are designed to feature the freshest of what New Jersey agriculture has to offer.
"Eating is an incredibly intimate act.  It is necessary to have not only confidence in the food that you consume, but in the source of it as well.  Where better to source my products than in the place I was born and bred, the place where I will raise my children, the place whose success I am vesting in: New Jersey."

Middlesex County

The Frog and The Peach Hothouse Jersey Tomato with Celleryroot remoulade, walnuts, parsley pesto

The Frog and The Peach
Chef  Bruce Lefebvre
29 Dennis Street.  New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-864-3216
www.frogandpeach.com
On the menu: Peach Carpaccio and Duck Confit; Watermelon and Chèvre Tart, Hothouse Jersey Tomato; Almond Crusted Day Boat Sea Scallops; Rhubarb-Strawberry Bread Pudding
Produce available in season, hothouse tomatoes Feb. - June and Oct./Nov. Scallops available year round.
"Using New Jersey harvested ingredients is something to be proud of because not only does it support local farms and workers, but it puts the best available product on our dishes!"

 

 

Monmouth County

Bay Avenue Trattoria
122 Bay Avenue
Highlands, NJ
732-872-9800
http://www.bayavetrattoria.com
"I pride myself in buying as much local Jersey ingredients I can get my hands on - whether it's blueberries from outside of AC; corn from Freehold; tomatoes from Long Branch; scallops from Barnegat or fluke or black sea bass from the Highlands (I'm 5 minutes away from 5 marinas) or from my garden behind the restaurant.  I try to use ALL Jersey ingredients when I can. I was recently nominated for a James Beard Award because of my cuisine and regionality."

Doris & Ed's
Head Chef Russell Dare
348 Shore Drive
Highlands, NJ 07732
732-872-1565
dorisandeds.com
Crisp Black Sea Bass with Broccoli Rabe, Chorizo Hash, Jersey Clams and Saffron Cream Sea bass, broccoli rabe, clams, tomatoes and fresh herbs are all Jersey fresh ingredients.
"When we cook with Jersey Fresh products, we accomplish two great things. It assures our customers that we are using the freshest products available, and we support our State economy by purchasing from small fisherman and other local farmers and business people."

Morris County

Day-boat Sea Scallops with Basil Sauce, Garlic Chips, and Zucchini

Pierre's Restaurant
Head Chef Michael Peters
995 Mount Kemble Avenue
Harding, NJ
973-425-1212
pierresbistro.com
Morris County rhubarb crisp, May asparagus soup, May organic garlic, late summer and fall local strawberries and raspberries, June and July roasted white peaches, July  green vegetables, June, July, August, September barnagat bay scallops with corn, tomatoes, and basil, July, August, September  local sea bass, when available local tilefish, when available local monkfish, when available local apples, September through December   We work with local farmers and get direct shipments of seafood from the Jersey shore year round.

Ocean County

Red's Lobster Pot
57 Inlet Drive
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742 
732-295-6622
redslobsterpot.com
On the menu: Steamed Lobsters and Pan seared sea scallops available year round. In season: weakfish francaise; arugula salad; tomato/cilantro salsa; and corn on the cob
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