At "The Taste of West Orange" Best Fest in 2013, That One Spot won "Best Food." Not "Best Burger," "Best Fries," or "Best Use of Feta On a Monday Night." Simply "Best Food." As one can see, the gourmet burger joint has a penchant for leaving fans at a loss for words. Even the typically verbose comfort food blog Burger Beast summed up their review with a single syllable: "Wow."
The mass praise is the result of That One Spot's imaginative burger recipes. The chalk board menu is erasable for a reason: the chefs refuse to hold their imaginations back. Beef patties, which are forged from a blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib, are often paired with surprise toppings such as roast beef, coconut curry, banana cream sauce, and even Spam. Plenty of traditional burgers are always on hand though, with add-ons that include everything from pecan smoked bacon to corn-encrusted mac and cheese.
The chefs at Clarke Grub & Pub import two things from Louisiana: authentic Cajun flavors and New Orleans's inimitable energy. While diners feast on crawfish boils and shrimp-and-andouille cheddar grits, locals charge up on the stage to sing karaoke or answer trivia questions. On certain evenings, the bar even hosts motorcycle nights, which lure in hordes of bikers and a smattering of confused farmers looking to buy a hog. Bartenders sling drinks from a full bar to ensure that these events maintain a social, jovial vibe.
The family behind Pho-Real makes it a point to source the freshest ingredients possible, and that freshness is evident in the cuisine that emerges from its kitchen. The Vietnamese eatery's dishes range from crisp spring rolls to bowls of simmering pho garnished with fragrant herbs. Diners can also munch on skewered meats, broken-rice bowls, and banh mi stacked with pickled carrots and crisp daikon. Liquid pairings include smoothies, boba tea, and fresh coffee.