Friday, July 8, 2016

Get to Know JC Eater: Lorna

Welcome to "Get to Know JC Eater" where every week I post a profile of a local resident who wants to share where and what they love to eat in Jersey City.  This site is meant to be useful to the community so what better way to do that then involve the community itself? If you'd like to be featured, please leave a comment below or email me directly.

This week's JC Eater is a local home renovation specialist and nacho expert. 

What's your name?
Lorna McManus 

Where in Jersey City do you live?
It depends on who you ask :) Bergen Hill, Bergen-Lafayette, McGinley Square, Journal Square - we usually go with Bergen Hill...or for folks who aren't familiar - near The Beacon or St. Peter's Univ.

Do you have a favorite non-food spot/area in Jersey City?
Lincoln Park West - I love reconnecting with nature soothing.

Do you follow a specific dietary lifestyle?

Gluten Free
I try to limit sugar to once a week (never happens, we live near Lee Sims...enough said).
Also try to be dairy free when I can...but nachos always have a way of converting me :)

What are your favorite places to eat in your neighborhood?

Carvao - Casual atmosphere, great ribs (perfect after a night of drinking...or during), the Caldo Verde Soup is terrific especially on a cold day or if you have a cold. Good caipirinha. They also have takeout and delivery.

Delicias De Puerto Rico - Great food, great prices! Chicken stew, rice & beans, and fried plantains. They have a large sit down service area inside, takeout and delivery as well.

3CB (formerly 3 coffee beans) - amazing guacamole!! It's a tight squeeze inside, but there is seating. They also do takeout and delivery.

Larsen's - Great local diner! They have a music theme, so there are musical notes all over and music videos playing. They also have homemade corn bread that smells AMAZING and an ice cream bar! Super friendly service and PARKING!!

Coconuts - Latin/Caribbean menu. The steak on the Special Entrees menu is delicious!

What are your favorite places to eat in Jersey City overall?

O'Leary's Publik House - Irish Nachos & Wings...need I say more? They also have some of the best burgers and are always experimenting with daily specials. OH, and did I mention there's an outdoor space and PARKING!! The owner is on the JCFD, so there's tons of FD & JC memorabilia throughout the space...very cool.

Light Rail Cafe - Chicken Nachos & Turkey Burger with a side salad are my go-tos! They infuse their own alcohol and have a constant flow of new fun drinks on the menu. The owner is JC born & raised and is constantly giving back to the local community and hosting wonderful fundraising events and promotions.

O'Hara's Downtown - Wings, Nachos (are you seeing a trend?) and sliders on WAFFLE FRIES!!!

Taqueria Viva Mexico Kitchen Cafe in Paulus Hook - great folks, great mexican food and great nachos!

Downtown Harvest CSA - We participate in this CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) every year, we're actually doing it with friends (local filmmakers - Pearl) this year. The CSA gets their produce from a NJ organic farmer. We love receiving fresh local produce every week, and getting to try new things we would have never thought to try before!

Is there a particular dish in Jersey City that's your favorite or that you find yourself recommending over and over?

There's too many to choose from! I tend to recommend the burgers at O'Leary's a lot because people aren't familiar with the spot and often overlook it. When you're GF and have to order burgers bun-free you really start to appreciate the actual burger, and O'Leary's does a great job.

What kind of restaurant would you love to see in Jersey City that isn't here already?

I'd love to see a great Cuban place with a liquor license (I know, I'm asking for a lot) - I miss the mojitos at Hard Grove.

Any other info?
My husband and I fix up homes throughout JC and provide affordable housing to the local community.
Instagram - @GreenPenInvestments
Facebook - GreenPen Investments
Twitter - @LornaMcManus
Snapchat - @GreenPenInvests

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