Thursday, September 15, 2016

All About Downtown 2016: Where to Eat

As posted, this Saturday is the All About Downtown Street Fair with close to 300 vendors and more than 80 different food vendors.

Wondering where to eat? Check out the guide below:

Familiar faces from downtown like Satis Bistro, LITM, Stella's Pizzeria, Choc-O-Pain, and Left Bank Burger Bar along with some of the newer places like Van Hook Cheese, Pet Shop, and The Kitchen Step will all be there. Pasta Dal Cuore and The Archer, who were both at All About Downtown for the first time last year are back again this year along with local market favorites like Eemas, Baonanas, Bang Cookies, and Black Swan Pies.

Last year's slider and chips from The Archer
Best Bets for Vegan and Vegetarian
Anita's Vegan Kitchen
Koro Koro
Good Karma Cafe
House of Gains
Gypsy Grill

Best Bets for Pescatarian
Just BeClaws
Jersey City Fish Stand
The Angry Crab

Best Bets for Gluten-Free
Koro Koro
Word Bookstore & Cafe - they'll have gluten-free cookies from Bread and Spoon

Best Bets for Food Trucks
Milk Sugar Love
The Angry Crab
Modcup (I recommend starting here to give you a boost to get through everything)
Jerk-N-Grind - relatively new to the scene, this is where to go for your jerk chicken fix.

Beef empanada from O'Lala's Empanadas at last year's festival
Special Mentions
If you're looking for a good empanada, you have to stop by O'Lala's Empanadas. Located on Communipaw Avenue, All About Downtown is one of the few times where they are easily accessible in this part of town, and it's well worth stopping by to taste one of their fresh and delicious empanadas.
Waffle It and Co., who's been a favorite vendor at markets, is here again and their liege waffles with your choice of toppings are not to be missed.
If you're looking for a refreshing, non-alcholic drink, check out Lizzmonade or The Big Straw.
While I haven't tried it, I'm interested in the addition of Kath's Catering this year, a pig roast and bbq vendor.
Garden Steaks Catering was a big hit at this year's Project: Eats and they're back for All About Downtown, so make sure to stop by.
Taste of Poland, who runs a pop-up in Jersey City, will be there taking care of all your Polish food needs.
For skincare that's as close to food as you can get (with the tempting scent to match), check out the beautiful products from Taproot Organics.
Outer Limits Hot Sauce has some of the best local hot sauce around with products ranging from mild to extremely spicy.
Departed Soles, Jersey City's own local brewer with gluten-free and not gluten-free beer and some of the best can art ever is worth a visit.
The Citizen is bringing their delicous wings (made by the chefs at Eemas) and Cholita Paletas

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