Need proof that 2016 was a good year? Go eat out.
In the mood for a delectable stuffed pizza tonight, or would you rather dine on a tender piece of filet mignon enveloped in a blue cheese Béarnaise? Oh, you’re craving a buttery lobster roll. No problem. You can find those dishes and many more — buttermilk-marinated fried chicken, meatloaf layered with ham and cheese, steamed spinach dumplings, to name (and salivate over) just a few — in the diverse restaurants in and around North Jersey that The Record has found to be among the best this year.
Indeed, 2016 has been one heck of a year. Eleven restaurants that this newspaper reviewed in 2016 have received at least three out of four stars. The following are excerpts from The Record’s reviews.