Italian hot dogs to rainbow donuts: the 16 best NJ foods of the year

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If you live in the Garden State, you know that we are home to some of the most delicious foods you’ll ever eat. Here are OMJ’s picks for the 16 best New Jersey foods of the year, all of which will make your belly very happy (but please don’t eat them all at once; these dishes are meant to be savored). Bon appetit!

The rainbow bagel which is coated in Fruity Pebbles and filled with birthday cake cream cheese plus colored sprinkles at The Bagel Nook in Freehold, one of many colorful rainbow foods being served up across the state

Cholander mac and cheese at Kimchi Smoke in Westwood, which is topped with pulled pork, Fatboy bourbon chipotle sauce, smoked kimchi and more cheese!

Cholander Mac and Cheese

Cholander Mac and Cheese

This gorgeous presentation at Blu Sushi in Ridgewood, via one of our favorite food Instagram accounts, Boozy Burbs

In-house dry aged duck breast at Common Lot, named one of the best new restaurants in New Jersey:

The applewood bacon at The River Palm Terrace in Edgewater, which was named the best steakhouse in New Jersey

Applewood Bacon the River Palm way…… #riverpalm_edgewater #bacon #applewoodbacon #appetizer #barbque #bbq #EEEEEATS

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A bucket of wings at Black Bear Bar Grill in Hoboken

The pan roasted day boat octopus at Instagram popular restaurant Porta in Jersey City

Chicken and waffles at City Perch at the new iPic movie theater in Fort Lee, which also has a separate dine-in menu so you can nosh while you watch

A hot dog at Jimmy Buffs in West Orange and Kenilworth, one of our picks for the best hot dog in Jersey

House of Cue’ in Hoboken is a must try for any barbecue lover

A pie from the Star Tavern in Orange, named one of the best pizzerias in the whole country!

The nutella panini at Oakland Diner in Oakland, one of our favorite New Jersey diners

#brunch #nutella #panini

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The ultimate maple bacon pancake milkshake at Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater

And for breakfast or dessert, the red velvet pancakes at Top’s Diner in East Newark

The sunbutter fudge swirl at oWowCow Creamery in Lambertville, named the best ice cream in the state by NJ.com

Sunbutter Fudge Swirl in a hand dipped waffle cone.

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Italian rainbow donuts from Glaze Donuts, which we got delivered via Uber. They’ve got locations in Wayne and New Milford and will open a new bakery soon in Paramus as well as one in West Caldwell in early 2017.

Chasing rainbows… ????: @theflexiblefoodie #ig #friday #healthyeats #marzipan #downthehatch #chocolate

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