The rich scent of real hickory, apple, cherry, and oak wood drifts from low smoldering fires, infusing the racks of meat above with flavor in a Southern Pride smoker. Drawing inspiration from all over the south, SuzyQue?s BBQ & Bar?s cooks apply spicy dry rubs to every ounce of meat before slow-smoking them, then diners can either enjoy it au-natural or slather plates with one of their signature sauces. Their sauces are inspired by recipes from Texas, North Carolina, and St. Louis and built upon a Vinegar, Tomato, or Molasses base. They also whip up an Orange Habanero sauce full of peppery spice.
The resulting mountains of melt-off-the-bone ribs, smoked wings, sausage, and brisket come to table alongside fine dining entrees, including rib-eye steak, fried chicken, and grilled salmon. Eight on-tap and 18 bottled beers lodge at the full bar, along with glasses of craft cocktails and wine, preparing palates for dessert and punctuating the sound of live bands, comedians, and poker games.
Though they can grill up tender pork ribs and make a mean barbecue sandwich, the chefs at Pepe’s BBQ really shine with their authentic Peruvian cooking. Within their smoky kitchen, they fold tender slices of steak into traditional dishes such as lomo saltado and bisteck a lo pobre. They pluck plump chickens straight from the spears of fiery rotisserie grills, then serve the birds Peruvian-style: dressed in spices and hand-knitted alpaca caps. To craft their ceviche dish, the chefs marinate fresh seafood in lime juice, onions, and cilantro. Diners await meals such as this next to the lofty windows in the seating area while sipping on fizzy Inka Cola—a sweet soft drink imported from Peru.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at McWhorter Barbecue, a down-home barbecue joint in Newark. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at McWhorter Barbecue, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. With its spacious interior, McWhorter Barbecue is a great choice for big groups and celebrations.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to McWhorter Barbecue in jeans and a hoodie. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? McWhorter Barbecue also offers catering.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near McWhorter Barbecue.
With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a data at McWhorter Barbecue.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a down-home barbecue joint in Newark. None of the fare at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's menu. Got kids? No problem at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Mary and Shelly Withers let more than two decades of cooking together shine through in the kitchen, which fills with the crackling of hot oil and the slower contralto bubbling of stews and gravy as the two work in concert. Flanked by berry-colored walls, diners take seats at raw-wood tables and benches to dig into soul-food favorites such as baked mac 'n' cheese, fried catfish nuggets, and jerk chicken. Caterers laden with trays bound for weddings and other events rush past diners slowly working through cups of coffee and Mary's red velvet cake, which lets feasts end gradually, unlike picnics in wind tunnels.
Find great grub without the attitude at Legal Beans — this barbecue joint is the perfect place for a low-key meal in the heart of Jersey City's Historic Downtown district. Legal Beans is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Long guest list? Not a problem at Legal Beans, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort. Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Legal Beans' gorgeous patio.
Can't get out to Historic Downtown tonight? Have your food from Legal Beans delivered straight to your door, or swing by and carry out your meal yourself. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Legal Beans as well.
Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Legal Beans' Division Street address.
Legal Beans is quite pricey, so get ready to fork out more than $75 per person to dine here. You can leave the credit cards at home when heading to Legal Beans — it's strictly cash-only. Legal Beans dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.