State Street Grill
- While in Bloomfield recently I happened to to
come upon the State Street Grill, just off of
Bloomfield Avenue. This place is very good,
upbeat and comfortable. The menu is
quite large and quite heavy with much to choose
from. I was very hungry and in need of a
cheeseburger. There is a real tendency to
overeat in a Jersey Diner, but I went with the the
smaller burger which was cooked to perfection.
This place has a lot of Jersey Diner in it and
even sits were an older diner once stood. It
also has a nice restaurant feel to it and even a
bit of a market feel with ready made food to go.
My burger was quite
tasty and the fries were good. I also had a
garden salad which was much better than
expected, very flavorful, complete with Italian
dressing. My guest had something called Tuna
Jackets which were also quite good.
The dish consisted of tuna salad stuffed into
potato skins, topped with cheddar cheese and
served with breaded, deep-fried, zucchini sticks -
-- very interesting dish. I
noticed that they serve breakfast all day...
a great Jersey tradition indeed.
After grabbing a
photo, I could see just how much work went into
revitalizing this small area and how nice it now
looks. Parking is still tight in the area, but there are some free spots in their small lot.
Unless you want to be a regular, it would probably
be a good idea to check it out on an off hour so
you can avoid the hassle of parking by getting a
It seems as though
the old Jersey Diner might well be competing with
a more upscale new breed in the future if more
places like this begin popping up. As long
as the food is good , who am I to complain about the
changing landscape. I do expect that New
Jersey will always remain the diner capital of the
world, always at the ready to handle most any
diner's needs. - Jersey Shadow -