For more than 25 years, Sarah Zadoroznyj's home-baked treats were the talk of the town. Those lucky enough to sample her cookies and cakes at her daughter Rebecca's bake sales and school functions insisted that her desserts were the best and they urged the skilled baker to start her own shop. So she and Rebecca did just that.
At Z-Licious, the duo uses fresh ingredients and preservative-free recipes to keep their customers coming back for favorites such as biscotti and cupcakes. Flavorful, well-crafted eats are the specialty here: "You don?t need a $3 cookie bigger than your hand that?s usually not even fully baked," mom and daughter explain, which is why their ovens produce goodies that prize quality and affordability over size alone. Sarah and Rebecca also see their business as an opportunity to help the planet, using eco-friendly packaging materials and offering discounts on coffee when customers bring in their own mugs.
Old traditions live on at Rivara's. The old-fashioned dining hall is the domain of a family that has owned restaurants in New Jersey since 1916. They serve up classic American cuisine, from salmon grilled with herb-butter to baby back ribs served with unexpected pairings, including fried tempura shrimp and crab cakes. Across from the main restaurant is the Owl Pub, a casual bar area where guests can unwind with friends, catch a game with the NFL Sunday Ticket, or discover a new local musician before they pull all their music off of Spotify.
Casa De La Trova pays homage to Cuba by re-creating its flavorful, Spanish- and island-inspired cuisine. Accordingly, the menu overflows with seafood dishes?whole red snapper and grilled jumbo shrimp, to name a few?roasted pork, and tender sirloin steak. One signature dish, arroz con pollo, takes 40 minutes to bake in the oven and consists of chicken on the bone, rice, and fresh veggies in lime juice. At meal's end, diners can indulge in authentic Cuban sweet treats such as guava and cheese empanadas and house-made flan.