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Best Northern New Jersey Cheap Eats

As the world economy slows down, we may want to tighten our belts, but we still need to fill our stomachs. Splurging at top-rated restaurants is fun for special events, but where can you go for a good quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of our selections for the best cheap eats in Northern New Jersey.


Au Bon Pain Sandwiches
Quick Bite
101 Hudson St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Healthful choices aplenty at this popular chain. More...

Bella La Pizzeria Pizza
Quick Bite
337 Hwy. 18
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
No matter how you slice it, pizza-lovers will adore Bella. More...

Big Ed’s BBQ Barbecue
Dining Room at Big Ed’s BBQ, Matawan, NJ 305 Rt. 34
Matawan, NJ 07747
Extra big napkins and extra big appetites are required to dine here. More...

Bobby’s Burger Palace Burgers
Quick Bite
3535 Rte. 1, Ste. 177
Princeton, NJ 08540

Remember to say “crunchify!” at this burger joint from Bobby Flay. More...

Cubby’s BBQ Restaurant Barbecue
Quick Bite
249 S. River St.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Big barbecue eaters will like this little place. More...

E.B. Chinese Chinese
Civic Center Mall
324 Rues Ln.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Everything here is nice with rice --- or noodles or pancakes. More...

Frank's Trattoria Italian
Quick Bite
Sayrebrook Towne Center
2909 Washington Rd.
Parlin, NJ 08859
Neighborhood pizzeria offers so much more. More...

On The Border Tex-Mex
Sears Shopping Center
51 U.S. Hwy. 1
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Come for the freshly fried chips and tableside-made guacamole. More...

Samdan Middle Eastern
Dining Room at Samdan, Cresskill, NJ Rio Vista Plaza
178 Piermont Rd.
Cresskill, NJ 07626
Culinary oasis in a little Middle Eastern spot. More...

Tina Louise Pan-Asian
403 Hackensack St.
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
The noodles are slippery, the dumpling skins silky, the crispy chicken crackling, and the tofu light and airy. More...

Trattoria Mediterranea Italian
2472 Lamington Rd.
Bedminster, NJ 07921
A taste of Calabria in a Northern New Jersey strip mall. More...

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