EDGE takes you inside the area’s most creative kitchens.
The Thirsty Turtle • Pretzel Burger
1-7 South Ave E. • CRANFORD (908) 324-4140 • thirstyturtle.com
Our mouthwatering burger is topped with American cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce, and Russian dressing on a soft pretzel bun…this classic evokes nostalgia.
— Chef Rich Crisonio
The Thirsty Turtle • Irish Nachos
186 Columbia Turnpike • FLORHAM PARK (973) 845-6300 • thirstyturtle.com
These special nachos are made with potato crisps, bacon, cheddar and Monterey Jack, scallions and Guinness sour cream…truly a house favorite!
— Chef Dennis Peralta
The Famished Frog • Assorted Flatbreads
18 Washington St. • MORRISTOWN (973) 540-9601 • famishedfrog.com
My unique spin on the California flatbread was inspired by my work with world-famous chef, Wolfgang Puck.
— Chef Ken Raymond
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse • Wasabi Crusted Filet Mignon
1230 Route 22 West • MOUNTAINSIDE (908) 518-9733 • partyonthegrill.com
We prepare a crusted 8-ounce filet mignon served with gingered spinach, shitake mushrooms, and a tempura onion ring.
Daimatsu • Sushi Pizza
860 Mountain Ave. • MOUNTAINSIDE (908) 233-7888 • daimatsusushibar.com
This original dish has been our signature appetizer for over 20 years. Crispy seasoned sushi rice topped with homemade spicy mayo, marinated tuna, finely chopped onion, scallion, masago caviar, and ginger. Our customers always come back wanting more.
— Chef Momo
Luciano’s Ristorante & Lounge • Warm Goat Cheese Salad
1579 Main Street • RAHWAY (732) 815-1200 • lucianosristorante.com
The warm goat cheese salad with tender greens and a mulled cabernet dressing and toasted pine nuts is a signature appetizer at Luciano’s, where fresh ingredients and personable service in a beautiful Tuscan décor create a fine dining experience. Our menus are seasonally influenced to feature the best of what’s available in the market.
— Joseph Mastrella, Executive Chef/Partner
Garden Grille • Grilled Chicken Paillard
304 Route 22 West • SPRINGFIELD (973) 232-5300 • hgispringfield.hgi.com
Grilled chicken paillard with roasted corn, asparagus, cauliflower, baby arugula and grape tomato, extra virgin olive oil & aged balsamic.
— Chef Sean Cznadel
LongHorn Steakhouse • Outlaw Ribeye
272 Route 22 West • SPRINGFIELD (973) 315-2049 • longhornsteakhouse.com
LongHorn Steakhouse of Springfield is celebrating its One Year Anniversary. Come celebrate with us! Join us for Lunch or Dinner. We suggest you try our fresh, never frozen, 18 oz. bone-in Outlaw Ribeye – featuring juicy marbling that is perfectly seasoned and fire-grilled by our expert Grill Masters.
— Anthony Levy, Managing Partner
Outback Steakhouse • Bone-In Natural Cut Ribeye
901 Mountain Avenue • SPRINGFIELD (973) 467-9095 • outback.com
This is the entire staff’s favorite, guests rave about. Bone-in and extra marbled for maximum tenderness, juicy and savory. Seasoned and wood-fired grilled over oak.
— Duff Regan, Managing Partner
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse • Volcano Roll
23A Nelson Avenue • STATEN ISLAND, NY (718) 966-9600 • partyonthegrill.com
Hot-out-of-the-oven, crab, avocado and cream cheese rolled up and topped with a mild spicy scallop salad.
Ursino Steakhouse & Tavern • House Carved 16oz New York Strip Steak
1075 Morris Avenue • UNION (908) 977-9699 • ursinosteakhouse.com
Be it a sizzling filet in the steakhouse or our signature burger in the tavern upstairs, Ursino is sure to please the most selective palates. Our carefully composed menus feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and reflect the passion we put into each and every meal we serve.
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