Food & Drink in Avenel

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A staple in college towns, Cluck-U Chicken feeds poultry fans across the land with zesty chicken dishes, including the signature Wingers, more than one billion of which have been sold since the restaurant opened in 1985. Chefs also serve up tasty fare such as chicken sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and chicken-breast bites. Cluck-U fare is available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery, making it an ideal choice for game days or a blind date with a chicken farmer.

1195 Saint Georges Ave
Colonia,
NJ
US

Capital of one of the five largest states in India, Hyderabad is something of a melting pot. Its streets contain both ancient temples and modern sky scrapers, while its cuisine combines Turkish, Arabic, and Indian flavors. The chefs at Deccan Spice attempt the same feat at their new Worth Street location, which invites guests to step inside for a taste of Hyderabad's unique culture.

The cooks in the newly-opened location at 214 Worth Street in Iselin as well as the established Jersey City location specialize in some of the city of Hyderabad's most celebrated dishes. They whip up a wide variety of dishes, including sizzling liver fry and Bheja fry, Gongura mutton, goat paya, and Hyderabadi-style dum biryanis such as natu kodi biryani, which are enriched with the herbs and spices of Hyderabad's local Telugu and Marathwada cuisines. They invite every visitor to bring their own favorite beverage, and don't charge a corkage fee for opening a bottle or dislodging a popped cork from a friend's nose.

214 Worth St.
Iselin,
NJ
US

Though the staff at French Fry Heaven believe the best way to serve a potato is fried, they're not in agreement about how they should be seasoned. That's why they cut, fry, and flavor potatoes and sweet potatoes into 50 styles of french fries?some of which, like Napoleon, aren't even French. For more traditional serving versions, they offer slightly salted fries served Dutch-style with a dollop of mayonnaise, British-style with a splash of malt vinegar, and Utah-style with pickle-laced ketchup. But once the chefs veer from the traditional style fries, things really start to get interesting.

The team can season fries in a range of infused salts, from the rich black truffle salt to the mouth-searing ghost pepper salt. To enhance the natural sugar of sweet potatoes, chefs sprinkle those fries with a choice of dessert toppings. These can include options such as blueberry sauce or cinnamon and brown sugar. They can even blend secret ingredients that mimic the flavors of a funnel cake. Their signature fries drip with a range of sauces, from the Canadian poutine to Cajun remoulade.

Woodbridge Center Mall
Woodbridge,
NJ
US

If you look around Mie Thai?s dining room and spot patrons digging into dishes that aren't on the menu, it's not because they're celebrities or the town's spelling bee champ. It's because they ordered the (sometimes secret) dish of the week that Mie Thai's chefs post on Facebook.

In addition to these creations, which have included gai tod rad prig?fried chicken, basil, and lime leaves in a spicy chili and garlic sauce?patrons can order a variety of fried rice bowls, bean thread noodles with tofu, and traditional Thai desserts, from sticky rice with mangoes to fried bananas drizzled with honey. Diners also enjoy an expansive vegetarian menu. These dishes pair with BYOB drinks.

34 Main St.
Woodbridge,
NJ
US

A flaky danish enfolds prunes and almond paste. A banana-cream pie sports tufts of fresh-whipped cream. There’s a certain nostalgic quality to the baked goods at La Bonbonniere Bake Shoppe, which is fitting for a place whose origins date back to 1952, the year nostalgia was discovered. Each morning, seasoned bakers whip up cupcakes, batches of real buttercream frosting, and sugar-laced pastries. They also knead dough for nearly a dozen varieties of bread including french, rye, and pumpernickel.

Though sweets are the shop’s focus, they have a full-catering menu with soups, sandwiches, and hot meals. In addition, they offer a wide variety of canned jams and salsa, plus organic dog treats.

356 Amboy Ave
Woodbridge,
NJ
US

Gold-leaf writing inscribed across the towering red portico at the entrance to The Shannon Rose Irish Pub announces what one might expect to find inside: “Premium Stouts,” “Irish Whiskies,” and other culinary staples of the Emerald Isles. Behind this imposing entryway lies a series of dining rooms that have a markedly different effect; chandeliers create a sense of intimacy as they illuminate Gaelic artwork and aged hardcovers resting on lofty bookshelves.

855 Saint George Ave
Woodbridge,
NJ
US

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