Since nothing numbs the pain of a disappointing football game quite like a 50-cent slice, an old-fashioned ice cream, or a fat sandwich, here are the 14 best restaurants in New Brunswick. All are within a five-minute walk from Rutger’s campus -- it’ll take you longer to decide what to eat than where to eat.
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60 Sicard St The sign outside this conspicuous corner joint claims it’s the “Best Pizza in Town,” and we’re not about to argue this, particularly because there aren’t many other places that have a fry slice in their arsenal like Skinny Vinnie’s does. Can you think of one? Exactly.
106 Albany St It’s a little out of budget for the average college student, so when parents are in town, tell them about your academic probation over bacon-wrapped filet mignon and a dope dessert that definitely involves at least eight different forms of chocolate.
43 Easton Ave It’s called White Rose Hamburgers, but breakfast here is the most important meal. Eggs and home fries are perfect every time, and the bacon is deep-fried. You hear that? THEY DEEP FRY THE BACON. Everything is served on cafeteria trays and plastic plates, which is a quaint little touch.
61 Church St It’s the best alternative to Bourbon St in New Brunswick! Also, the only Bourbon St alternative in New Brunswick, but whatever. The Cajun/Creole menu is loaded up (seafood jambalaya, pecan-crusted catfish, po-boys, Kobe sirloin), the beer list is 22 deep, and there are themed happy hours -- like Pint Night and Wine Down Wednesday -- almost every night of the week.
49 Easton Ave The happy hour prices ($1 off drinks and apps) are fine, but the real draw is the packed outdoor patio when the weather is nice. “Bolis” (stromboli) and “potachos” (nachos, but made with potatoes rather than tortilla chips) will set your stomach up right for one to seven fishbowls.
Best sandwich: The Fat Sandwich
Available all over New Brunswick The famous Grease Trucks no longer exist in the lot on the corner of College Ave and Hamilton St (RIP), but the Fat Sandwich is still readily available. It's one of the best college sandwiches in the country, and you can get your hands on one of these bad boys at almost any spot on Easton Ave. There are well over 50 different varieties, and all come with a heaping portion of fries... on the sandwich.
12 Easton Ave It’s near impossible to walk past without stopping to sample the old-fashioned ice cream and fro-yo. Flavors change with the seasons, but the long lines out the door never diminish, even in the winter months.
130 Easton Ave The go-to spot for any Rutgers student, H'NG always has a line, even after its relocation to a bigger property (right smack in the middle of three busy bars, we might add!). The crisps (aka quesadillas) and the smoothies are excellent for Sunday breakfasts, post-football-game meals, Tuesday dinners, late-night studying nosh, and Tinder dates if you just want to be adequate.
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