RU ready to eat? Check out these underrated New Brunswick food spots
When moving to a new place, especially a college town, it can be extremely overwhelming to adjust to a new environment. Many people grow up in one place and spend their whole lives in one area, so learning and adjusting to somewhere unfamiliar can be really intimidating.
But one highlight of moving to a new place is being able to discover the variety of food options available in the area. Moving allows you to experience a new place, new food, new people and a new culture.
While you may be stuck eating at the dining halls for now, there’s no harm in learning about what options New Brunswick has to offer.
Let's take a look at a rundown of my favorite hidden or underrated restaurants in New Brunswick:
Destination Dogs, also known as “Ddogs,” is one of the best, and one of my personal favorites, restaurants in the New Brunswick area. It has amazing food, a fun environment and a great vibe.
The menu is focused on hot dogs, but they all have a gourmet feel and are travel themed. The restaurant has different hot dogs or sausages for different cities around the U.S. and the rest of the world.
The staff is so kind, and the food is always phenomenal. Even though it’s mainly a hot dog place, my personal favorite recommendation is the nachos with chorizo. If you’ve never been, it’s a must.
Hansel ’n Griddle
This is the best spot to hit after a rowdy night out. Hansel ‘n Griddle, better known as just “Hansel,” has great food and is open until midnight on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends.
Hansel serves a good mix of classic foods, such as burgers, paninis and crisps, its version of a quesadilla. Don’t forget to make your meal into a combo to get their amazing potato wedges on the side!
Hansel is a tried and true late-night joint with comforting food and a welcoming atmosphere. Overall, Hansel is a 10/10 — would recommend it.
PJ’s Grill & Pizza
PJ’s is a true hidden New Brunswick gem. From the outside, it may seem like just another college town pizza place, but it's so much more than that. PJ’s has some of the best food I’ve had in New Brunswick. My absolute favorite thing on their menu is their penne alla vodka.
PJ’s is a beautiful and quaint local pizza shop with amazing food, genuinely kind employees and good prices. If you haven’t been yet, please go. You won’t regret it.
Stuff Yer Face
Stuff Yer Face is a New Brunswick staple. If you haven’t been yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for.
Known for its strombolis, also known as “bolis,” Stuff Yer Face delivers tasty food in a fun bar-like environment. My personal favorite item on the menu is the chicken wing potachos, their spin on buffalo chicken nachos.
Stuff Yer Face is the place to be on game days, with its array of beers and famous fishbowls. You have to try this Rutgers classic if you haven’t already. Trust me, you’ll love it.
Sakana Sushi & Japanese Cuisine
Another downtown New Brunswick hidden gem, Sakana Sushi & Japanese Cuisine is a must if you love sushi at a reasonable price.
Sakana touts an all-you-can-eat menu, which only costs between $28.99 to $29.99 depending on what day you go. For that price, you get three rounds of amazing all-you-can-eat sushi and appetizers, which I personally think is extremely reasonable.
The food is always phenomenal, and it’s BYOB, which is a fun plus. Overall, Sakana is well worth the experience as both the food and overall vibes are always amazing.