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  • 7 Foodie-Approved Restaurants in Bayonne {That You Must Check Out}

    When you hear Bayonne, you may not think “dining destination” — in fact, many of you may not have even ventured into this seemingly far away peninsula famous for various random movie references {not all of them good} and for being next to Staten Island. However, if you’re willing to take that jump onto the 8th street light rail, you might be pleasantly surprised to find there is great dining in both old and new restaurants no matter what you are craving, with a nice little change of scenery. Here are our top dining picks in Bayonne for a foodie-approved meal.

     

    Mezcal Kitchen

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    Newly opened on Broadway, this place has adorable ambiance and authentic Mexican food that tastes delicious, including classic tacos, burritos, huaraches, tostadas and more. It doesn’t hurt that their homemade sangria comes in a giant glass and is pretty amazing (I don’t know about you but finding blackberries in my sangria is exciting). Their weekend brunch {including $20 mimosa pitchers} is nothing to sneeze at either.

    Rincon de Espana

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    If you’re looking for legitimate Spanish food, this place has just about anything you could want, including a killer paella, not to mention their garlic shrimp. Rincon’s homemade potato chips and house made sangria {sense a theme?} are also great menu items not to be missed.

    Buon Appetito


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    It would be remiss not to mention at least one Italian place on this list, which is arguably what Bayonne does best. Not only does Buon Appetito have a great deli where you can get homemade soups and sandwiches for take out, but their dining area has delicious dinner specials in addition to one of the best renditions of penne vodka around.

    Otaiko Hibachi & Sushi

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    Satisfying both your Hibachi and sushi cravings in one location, this place has fresh sushi with a creative spin on their rolls {opt for their Bad Boy Roll — spicy crab and spicy white tuna inside topped with salmon and spicy mayo} and a great sake selection. And if you’re coming with a big group and want some entertainment, they will seat you in the Hibachi section of the restaurant for food and a show.

    Little Food Café

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    This breakfast and lunch spot has enticing and original sandwiches {like the Thanksgiving Wrap and the Bayonne Bomber}, as well as fresh and filling salads and fresh baked goods that are available daily. Sunday brunch is a Little Food staple from 8-2pm on weekends, featuring enormous omelettes and ridiculous huevos rancheros {sorry, no alcohol here, although the coffee is delicious} and the best part is that every breakfast entrée comes complete with a set of adorable tiny heart-shaped pancakes.

    Café Talya

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    This Turkish breakfast and lunch joint is tiny — so make sure you get there early or be prepared to wait. Putting a creative spin on the classics with fresh-squeezed orange juice, vanilla bean pancakes, and the Talya omelette with Turkish sausage, this place is not to be missed. When it comes to service, the waitstaff’s friendliness is top notch.

    Pompeii

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    Pizza is arguably one of Bayonne’s biggest claims to fame — with a variety of great spots to enjoy a slice or pie. Fine diners need not apply here, but Pompeii is a great casual spot to walk in and get a slice – and if you can’t find it, follow the aroma from the street!  

     

    Have you been to any of these spots in Bayonne? Which is your favorite?


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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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