Where to Eat off the Jersey Turnpike


The New York Times opened up a readers comments thread devoted to places to eat (other than fast food) off the Jersey Turnpike. We ourselves have been so hungry while stuck in traffic on the turnpike, that we have resorted to Sbarro’s pizza, which is almost better than starving, but not by much.

Predictably, there are a few winners who didn’t understand the question (“Taco Bell!) or who would like to remind you that you should always pack a brown bag lunch instead.

But there are some good tips in the bunch—one points us to Newark’s Portuguese and Brazilian neighborhoods, and one mentions a dive bar called Jay’s Elbow Room, off the exit to Philly, where great Swiss patty melts can be had.