Saturday, October 1 2022

If you haven’t heard of Jollibee yet, chances are you will soon. People are going crazy for this Filipino chain which until recently seemed to be everywhere except here in New Jersey.

And it was pretty accurate. After all, Jolibee has offices in Hong Kong, Macau, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Italy, UK and many more.

Then, in a huge expansion, the company opened three right here in New Jersey: two in Jersey City and one in Edison.

And it’s on its way: After an announcement a few months ago, Jollibee has opened a 4th location, this one in American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, NJ.

New Jersey’s newest location opened on February 9.

Jollibee, affectionately known as “the bee”, offers what its website calls “fast food with a Filipino twist” and its menu specializes in casual Filipino fare. His most popular dish is Chickenjoy, which we Americans all know as a very crispy, hand-breaded fried chicken.

People are also going crazy for its Filipino-style spaghetti, and many New Jersey locals are discovering the traditional Filipino noodle dish called Palabok.

Of course, they also do standard fast food items like fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, burgers, but we New Jerseyans love a culinary adventure.

We already know that New Jersey is the Italian food capital of the country. And most New Jerseyans have already had their fill of Japanese, Chinese, and Indian food. It’s definitely time to have a new ethnic cuisine to enjoy in a state where we love trying new culinary options.

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The Ultimate Guide to New Jersey Breweries

So what is a “brasserie”?

According to Thompson Island’s article on the differences between a craft brewery, microbrewery, craft brewery, and gastropub, it says:

“A craft brewery is a hybrid between a restaurant and a brewery. It sells at least 25% of its beer on site in combination with extensive catering services. In a craft brewery, beer is primarily brewed for sale to the inside the restaurant or bar. Where legally permitted, breweries may sell beer to take-out or distribute it to certain off-site destinations.”

New Jersey has tons of Brewpubs, some of which have been around for years and some that just opened last year.

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