Food & Drink in West Orange

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Supreme Bakery whips up imaginative baked goods just one mile from Thomas Edison's own inventor's laboratory. This juxtaposition is apt, given the bakery's penchant for cakes that resemble open books, designer handbags, sneakers, basketball jerseys, and even invisible friends. However, fanciful presentations don't trump the Stolz family's decades-long commitment to old-fashioned baking techniques. For more than 35 years, Supreme Bakery has baked an extensive selection of certified-kosher goods onsite and from scratch daily. The bakers prepare everything from New York?style bagels, artisan breads, and ?clairs to multi-tiered, meticulously sculpted wedding cakes. Not all of the bakers' efforts go to feeding customers, though. Supreme Bakery also gives back to the community by regularly donating food to three local soup kitchens.

40 Main St.
West Orange,
NJ
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Though The Deli Guy's signature sandwich is, perhaps surprisingly, a sloppy joe, the dish still bears strong deli influences. The sandwich is like a cross between a club and a reuben, a triple-decker behemoth layered with rye bread, russian dressing, and coleslaw. Of course, traditional clubs are served as well, including one with turkey, roast beef, and bacon. There are plenty of hot sandwiches to balance all the cold cuts, such as grilled cheese and an Italian-style hot dog that drives to tables on a tiny Vespa.

To promote a family, community atmosphere, The Deli Guy hosts an open-mic night the last Wednesday of each month. Here, amateur musicians perform as patrons order from a special menu with dinner-style entrees.

490 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange,
NJ
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In the past, you couldn't sit down at Master Pizza Italian Kitchen. Its Italian sandwiches, pastas, and pies could only be ordered for delivery?and then, someone dreamed of a dining room. Now, the restaurant's West Orange location has all the fixings: tables, a specially trained chef, and imaginary massage chairs. The chef cooks gourmet Italian dishes daily that comprise the rotating "Menu Italiania." This menu complements the regular list of appetizers and entrees, including specialty pizzas modeled after bruschetta and chicken parmigiana.

41 Freeman St.
West Orange,
NJ
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For more than half a century, Starlite Restaurant & Pizza has filled bellies with specialty pizzas, fresh seafood, and hearty Italian classics. Slices of pizza in the classic thin-crust style grow even more appetizing with the addition of gourmet touches and combinations, such as shrimp and arugula, tomatoes and basil, savory pesto, and vodka sauce. The menu's impressive seafood section features dishes as varied as shrimp scampi with roasted garlic, mussels marinara over linguine, and broiled salmon.

993 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange,
NJ
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The rich scent of real hickory, apple, cherry, and oak wood drifts from low smoldering fires, infusing the racks of meat above with flavor in a Southern Pride smoker. Drawing inspiration from all over the south, SuzyQue?s BBQ & Bar?s cooks apply spicy dry rubs to every ounce of meat before slow-smoking them, then diners can either enjoy it au-natural or slather plates with one of their signature sauces. Their sauces are inspired by recipes from Texas, North Carolina, and St. Louis and built upon a Vinegar, Tomato, or Molasses base. They also whip up an Orange Habanero sauce full of peppery spice.

The resulting mountains of melt-off-the-bone ribs, smoked wings, sausage, and brisket come to table alongside fine dining entrees, including rib-eye steak, fried chicken, and grilled salmon. Eight on-tap and 18 bottled beers lodge at the full bar, along with glasses of craft cocktails and wine, preparing palates for dessert and punctuating the sound of live bands, comedians, and poker games.

34 S Valley Rd
West Orange,
NJ
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At Slate Restaurant, a bar the size of stretch limo radiates red light and glass facets hang like icicles from a glowing blue chandelier. This delicate balance between hot and cool is central not only to the atmosphere, but also to the cuisine—in the kitchen, chefs enhance herb-crusted fish and roasted meats with sweet-and-spicy flourishes including slices of roasted pineapple and splashes of spicy chili sauce.

After 10 p.m. on the weekends, however, attention shifts away from the delicate balance to focus on live DJs spinning pulsating dance beats, a panel of flickering flat-screen TVs, and strobe lights streaking across the dance floor. Bartenders mix inventive drinks such as sake bombs and green tea martinis until 2 a.m. on weekends.

437 Main St
West Orange,
NJ
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