Amid a friendly Old-World market atmosphere, the butchers of Pulaski Meat Products smoke, slice, and link an array of Eastern European meats onsite. Hoops of Kraiana kielbasa ($4.19/lb.) spin on dinner tables or the turntables of experimental DJs, and black forest ham ($6.29/lb.) fills sandwiches with its savory, salty flavor. Frankfurters ($4.79/lb.) await the grill or frying pan, and baby back ribs ($6.59/lb.) come infused with the taste of the smokehouse. Watched over by an emblem of Poland's crowned eagle, the shop's knowledgeable employees hand out samples and help customers understand the subtle differences between Ukrainian and Hungarian kielbasa and why bologna shouldn’t be used as a pillow.
A featured business in the New York Times, Alan's Orchard is an indoor market committed to better serving the community and environment by stocking their aisles with organic produce, free-range poultry, and grass-fed beef, among the assorted products of local farmers and artisans. Unlike pickles that try to sneak pandas past customs, the unsuspicious Picklelicious fresh pickles (pint $4.99, quart $6.99) are one of one of many vegetables plucked from New Jerseyan soil that complement sandwiches on bread from Baker's Bounty ($2.99-$4.99 per loaf). Cheese chasers can corral curds by the quarter-pound with a selection of organic cow cheeses ($4.99), mixed milk cow and sheep cheeses ($5.99), and pure sheep cheeses ($6.49) from Valley Shepherd and Cherry Grove.
The Pino name has been a Highland Park mainstay since the inaugural Pino's grocery opened nearly 100 years ago. Its current incarnation is Pino's Gift Basket Shoppe and Wine Cellar, a specialty outfit that purveys wine, beer, liquor, and gift baskets. Here, customers can sample craft brews and internationally sourced wines at the newly opened tasting bar or take home an elegant gift basket of edible goodies, such as artisan salsas, tapenades, and popcorn.
Don’t be fooled by the beers on tap, the happy hour specials, or the games being played on big screen televisions—Corner Table at Whole Foods Market - Millburn-Union is not an average sports bar. Characteristically committed to ethical eating, the taproom presides over a selection of local craft beers and a menu of classic tavern fare made from locally sourced ingredients. The chefs whet appetites with battered avocado fries, accompanied by chipotle-ranch dressing, and locally-produced Chestnut Valley salumi served with a pretzel baguette. On the heartier side of the spread are prosciutto and fennel flatbreads, a pulled-pork sandwich drenched in honey-jalapeño barbecue sauce.
Blue Water Seafood Company’s expansive menu satisfies the deepest desires of seafaring appetites. Appetizers such as oysters on the half shell ($16/dozen) launch the stomach on a seafaring journey, continued by jumbo lump crab cakes ($17 lunch; $23 dinner) and fried clam strips ($15 lunch; $18 dinner). Blue Water's live Maine lobster ($26/lb., dinner only) is steamed and served with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables upon order, bringing forth celestial flavors from the abyssopelagic depths. The maritime menu is bordered by an assortment of terra firma tasties including lemon chicken with artichoke hearts and crispy garlic ($14 lunch; $18 dinner) and New Zealand lamb chops ($35, dinner only).