Mary and Shelly Withers let more than two decades of cooking together shine through in the kitchen, which fills with the crackling of hot oil and the slower contralto bubbling of stews and gravy as the two work in concert. Flanked by berry-colored walls, diners take seats at raw-wood tables and benches to dig into soul-food favorites such as baked mac 'n' cheese, fried catfish nuggets, and jerk chicken. Caterers laden with trays bound for weddings and other events rush past diners slowly working through cups of coffee and Mary's red velvet cake, which lets feasts end gradually, unlike picnics in wind tunnels.
The chef at Zaika Barbeque & Grill pulls 14 years of experience out of his hat as he prepares traditional Pakistani dishes cooked- and spiced-to-order with halal ingredients. As he barbecues chicken, lamb, and beef, he locks spices and flavors into kebabs, whereas his tandoor oven slowly lets juicy chicken tikka stew and gather up as much flavor as it can. Waiters guide diners through the wide selection of entrees, which includes vegetarian curries and rice dishes. A petite menu of Pakistani desserts coddles sweet teeth after dinner, assuaging their ever-present, irrational fear of the tooth fairy.
Muscle Maker Grill grew out of a small smoothie shop, where owner Rod Silva prepared health-conscious alternatives to fast food. The restaurant has since expanded with a menu tailored to accommodate diners with vegetarian, carb-free, and gluten-free diets. The crew prides themselves in creating healthy versions of popular foods, and continues to serve the shop?s original protein shakes with favorites such as chocolate peanut butter and strawberry banana. Additionally, Muscle Maker Grill displays the calorie count for each dish on the menu.
Inside the homey neighborhood gathering place, physical competitions such as football light up TV screens as barkeeps pour on-tap domestic, international, and craft favorites. In the kitchen, multitasking chefs sauté shrimp, slow-smoke barbecue St. Louis ribs, and grill bratwursts and new york strips. The upscale grill fare mixes with comfort food classics, such as meatloaf in mushroom gravy, five-cheese paninis, and juicy burgers crowned with premium toppings. Some nights, guests perform their own renditions of classic tunes during karaoke.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at McWhorter Barbecue, a down-home barbecue joint in Newark. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at McWhorter Barbecue, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. With its spacious interior, McWhorter Barbecue is a great choice for big groups and celebrations.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to McWhorter Barbecue in jeans and a hoodie. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? McWhorter Barbecue also offers catering.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near McWhorter Barbecue.
With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a data at McWhorter Barbecue.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a down-home barbecue joint in Newark. None of the fare at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's menu. Got kids? No problem at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.