The crisp cracks of baseball bats ring through the air as crowds cheer on young athletes at Continental Soldiers Park, a haven for those nostalgic for midcentury Americana. Just off to the side of the baseball fields, hiking trails, and bocce courts, Field of Creams Café completes the sensory tableau with creamy scoops of hand-dipped ice cream and the meaty aroma of grilled burgers. Though a throwback to a simpler time, the walk-up eatery opened in 2006 to feed the hungry players of the Mahwah Annual Memorial Day softball tournament. Its popularity has grown over the years, thanks to a counter that stays open seven days a week to feed park-goers, players and spectators between football and lacrosse games.
Despite the eatery’s burgeoning renown, little has changed in the years since it opened. Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers and 100%-beef burgers still fly from the sizzling grill into the soft embrace of buns, and crinkle-cut fries and onion rings continue to don crispy coats in the fryer. The eatery also blazes new ballpark traditions; among its most popular items are bubble teas laden with chewy tapioca pearls and dessert crepes that can be folded into gloves for catching errant fly balls.
At Badlands Tacos, diners are transported to the titular locale upon gazing at the eatery's southwestern decor. Cow skulls adorned with feathers and bright ceramic art festoon the umber-colored walls. From behind a walk-up counter, a chalkboard menu displays an array of Mexican tacos, chimichangas, and 11 kinds of enormous burritos filled with fixings such as flank steak, cilantro, and guacamole. Badlands Tacos offers numerous ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo: from booths and tables at their BYOB restaurant, outdoor seating, catering for special occasions, or take-out to feed pet llamas hidden under the porch.
Tim Latterner of the Highland Fling considers Jersey Burgers "…the place to go for anyone who craves a juicy, tender and reasonably priced burger," describing the food as “melting in your mouth” and “made with love.” The chefs at Jersey Burgers earn such praise by making each beef, salmon, and veggie burger fresh to order, stacking crisp bacon, jalapeños, and gooey cheese between fresh buns. They also cook up hot dogs, meaty sandwiches, and crispy fries that complete classic American meals or classic American food fights.
Allendale's seasoned skillet wielders sizzle up a menu of breakfast dishes and, according to New Jersey Monthly magazine, some of the best soups, salads, and sandwiches in the state. Awaken sluggish appetites with a selection from the bevy of breakfast spreads, such as the Truck Driver ($7.95)— two eggs, toast, and pancakes, with a choice of bacon, sausage, ham, or CB radio—or the homemade corned-beef hash ($8.25). Or quell the moans of afternoon stomach gnomes with a hearty helping of Kyle’s Famous pulled pork—slow-roasted succulence marinated in a signature barbecue sauce and enswathed between the soft ends of a roll slathered with its pre-fame friend, coleslaw ($7.95). Served on a wide variety of breads, rolls, and wraps, Allendale Eats! sandwiches are made with Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, including the Virginia ham ($5.45) and eggplant parmigiana hero ($6.95). Like a vegetable chef's washing machine, Allendale Eats! rotates soup flavors, offering up classics such as chicken noodle ($2.95 for a small cup) and distinctive delicacies such as potato leek, and crab and corn chowder ($3.95 each for a small cup). For junior noshers, a children’s menu slings out a slew of mini meals, such as a chocolate-chip pancake served with bacon and orange juice ($4.95), and the grilled-cheese sandwich served with a cookie and a drink ($4.95). A new, ever-changing dinner menu adds nightly pasta, entree, and dessert specials to the mix.
The peanut-butter slathered sandwiches at the Peanut Butter Blues Cafe happily swim in a sea of thirst quenchers and open-mic sound waves. Nutty connoisseurs can expand their palates with sandwiches including the Junglicious, which partners peanut butter with honey, cinnamon, and fresh bananas ($5), or the Guitar Hero, a concoction of peanut butter, wild honey, and blackberry jam ($5). The café also outputs heftier sandwiches, such as the Smoked Salmon BLT ($9) and the Hungry Man From Siberia, comprised of meat dumplings, mushrooms, sour cream, and dill ($10). For liquid fuel, open-mic enthusiasts can snag steamy espressos ($2), chilled orange-chocolate shakes ($5), or the too-cool-for-simple PB Blues house shake, which unites bananas, peanut butter, chocolate, and walnuts ($6).