The Jersey City culinary food scene is off the charts, and what better way to experience it than to enjoy a variety of cuisines from different venues—all at one reasonable price, and all in one day or one night?
Jersey Girls Food Tours (JGFT) showcase the gastronomic scene in Jersey City, perfect for locals and non-locals alike. Guests can enjoy YUMzzz from the best eateries in town and get a dose of JC history while walking from spot to spot.
My gals Janis Borroto and Alessia Aron (pictured from left to right, above) of JGFT invited me on a test run of one of their new Jersey City tours, titled “Best of Downtown.”
Click below to read about our day and find out more about the different tours…
Note for all tours: Arrive hungry. You are going to eat!
Our first tasting establishment was Wonder Bagels (the Jersey Ave. location). While WB is tiny on the customer service side, the back part where all the magic happens houses tons of Pillsbury dough. They sell about 1200 bagels a day, and lines on Sundays can wrap around two blocks.
Where the dough gets mixed.
Fully formed and fresh for the oven.
Deliciousness. (We all loved the flavor of the veggie cream cheese, too—a must try.
Torico Ice Cream
I had wanted to check this place out for a while, but I was not in the frozen treats mood when I’d passed by, and the line can get pretty insane!
We tried mango, raspberry, and avocado (yes, avocado) sorbet, which was quite lovely.
I fell in love with this place when I had lunch with my friend. Stopping here on the tour was cool because I was afraid to ever try a burger with an egg, but the sliders looked delish so I braved it. Park & Sixth delivered. Eat your ground short rib, american cheese, lettuce, bacon, caramelized onion, chipotle mayo, ketchup & a runny fried egg in a cute bite-size package. P & S is totes down to earth with everything, but for this menu option, they do not allow substitutions/deletions. You must go all in.
I still don’t care for the egg/burger thing. But fab!
My favorite food on crack! Truffle fries were my thing for a while, but Kimchi fries from Kraverie give my favorite version of TF’s in the world (from another local resto) a run for their money.
Residents and nearby foodies know what’s up with Taqueria. On the tour, you get to try a variety of tacos of your choosing. I’ve had almost everything on the menu and recommend the steak and pork tacos.
Residents love this pizza! I already knew their bread was fab from a previous visit, where I was also pleased with their meatballs and kale salad.
Even though the spot was super busy at 7pm on a Saturday (the moment we walked in), Dan Richer still took the time to talk to us about his concept with the craft making his pizza dough. He also talked about it to the New York Times here.
I’m like “Yum!”
And we ended it at that—happy and oh-so-pleasantly full of fabulous food and knowledge about the love that goes into it.
Hamilton Park Food Tour (every other Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm)
New on Newark Avenue (I can’t wait to try these spots! I did get to visit Union Republic—review here.)
Best of Downtown JC (every Saturday 3-6 pm) (Did the whole tour and my personal review of Park & Sixth here)
Prices range from $45 to $55 including all food samples and beverage pairings on select tours.
Visit http://www.jerseygirlsfoodtours.com for more info and to purchase tickets. Advance purchase required, as tours fill up fast.
If you love culinary adventures and getting to know more about your city’s restaurants, chefs, history and residents, this is for you!
JamesAugust 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm (9 years ago)
The only thing is there’s plenty of great food options outside of the downtown area as well. But does these tours happen all the time?
I’ve been to most of these places, but I’d love to get more background on the places, etc.