A fresh take on cooked-to-order burgers, Smashburger combines all the comforts of a well-stacked meal with the modest luxuries of expedient service and ample sit-down space. The menu boasts more smashes than two monster trucks playing tennis; Smashburgers (starting at $4.99 for a 1/4 lb.), grilled and crispy Smashchickens (starting at $5.99), Smashsalads ($4.99–6.99), and Smashsides such as the Smashfries fire up the hearts and bellies of all gracious guests. The Smashburger—100% Angus Beef plus quality veggies and cheeses on an artisan bun—takes center stage during most meals, while non-secret specialties, such as the Häagen-Dazs shake, keep mouths grounded, cool, and smiley.
David Alan Fabisch's marketplace and catering company serves a menu of creatively stacked sandwiches and specialty pizzas for any occasion, from lavish parties to simple lunch breaks. Chefs concoct meals with New York– and New Jersey–themed names, including such classics as the Staten Island with ham and salami or the Bronx sub served with herb-grilled chicken and fresh mozzarella. In the shop's private party rooms, up to 85 people can congregate around tables or bound across a spacious dance floor primed for graduation-day dance-offs and birthday beat-poetry slams.
The Great Wazu's seasoned sandwich crafters satiate deli cravings with an eclectic selection of made-to-order bread swaddlers and customizable salads for lunch and dinner. Experience a taste of Pennsylvania without illegally grazing on a stolen copy of the constitution with a philly-cheesesteak sandwich topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms ($7.47 at Parsippany) or tongue trek toward the hearty roast-beef-Insanity sandwich smothered in chipotle aioli ($7.47 at Parsippany). Cooks meticulously construct sloppy joes with diners' choice of Virginia ham ($7.30 at Parsippany, $6.05 at Hanover), roast beef and turkey ($7.30 at Parsippany, $6.75 at Hanover), or corned beef ($7.12 at Parsippany, $6.60 at Hanover). The signature Great Wazu sandwich swathes ham, cheese, cream cheese, and veggies for a combination more powerful than a bodybuilder in a Robocop suit ($6.37 at Parsippany, $5.80 at Hanover). The Great Wazu also serves a number of fresh salads ($2.99+ at Parsippany, $7.21 at Hanover) designed to quell chlorophyll cravings.
The dough wizards at Papa John's Pizza hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
You’ve got to love a restaurant that doesn’t try to be all things to all people, that takes a stand, picks just a few things, and cooks them really, really well. That, in a nutshell, is what Stony’s does for burgers and hot dogs—and boy is South Orange all the better for it.
Thai Passion Restaurant’s chefs open the door to a huge world of authentic Southeast Asian fare. Patrons can send forks exploring through a plate of thai basil ($12.95–$16.95), where chili peppers, mushrooms, green beans, onions, and a choice of meat add zest to tender grains of rice. Whipped up with the customer's financial advisor's choice of tofu, chicken, beef, or shrimp, thai curry dishes paint appetites in one of four sweet and savory sauces—red, green, massaman, or panang ($11.95–$22.95). Diners can slur words while slurping up a nest of drunken noodles ($11.95), or annunciate clearly while speaking to the shrimp eggplants ($18.95), whose ears are filled with chili paste. The staff also slings a range of vegetarian-friendly fare, including sautéed faux-duck and sweet-and-sour tofu (both $12.95).