13 Jersey Restaurants Highlighting Local Tomatoes & Corn

New Jersey-grown tomatoes and corn are at their peak right now. Check out these restaurants that are making the most of the local produce.

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Grain & Cane serves a salad with heirloom tomatoes and watermelon. Photo courtesy of Grain & Cane

New Jersey-grown tomatoes and corn are at their peak, and these local restaurants are making the most of the fresh produce. Be sure to check out these eateries and try some Garden State crops before the summer is over.

Talula’s • Asbury Park

Talula’s is known for its sourdough pizza. But don’t overlook their “Gimme a Wedgie” salad of iceberg lettuce, bacon and Jersey cherry tomatoes, topped with blue cheese dressing and pickled red onions.
550 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-455-3003

Drew’s Bayshore Bistro • Keyport

Earlier this summer, Drew’s highlighted Jersey tomatoes on a pork chop Milanese. Now they’re serving a Jersey corn risotto with basil oil and micro greens under seared Jersey scallops.
25 Church Street, Keyport; 732-739-9219

A Touch of Italy • Egg Harbor Township

This family-owned restaurant, open for nearly 40 years, is no stranger to Jersey tomatoes. It recently featured blackened chicken breast with roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese and those Jersey beauties.
6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township; 609-646-1855

Salted Lime Bar & Kitchen • Somerville

With a reinvented, Latin-inspired menu, Salted Lime is highlighting Jersey corn in a new dish. Organic fried chicken sits on Jersey corn pico, yellow peaches, ancho powder and chipotle mayo, marrying sweet and spicy.
46 E Main Street, Somerville; 908-864-4403

Hoagitos • Belmar

This sandwich shop’s special of the month is the Jerseyfornia Burger. The double smash patty is topped with white cheddar, onion, romaine, Jersey tomato and roasted Jersey corn aioli. Available through the end of July.
807 Belmar Plaza, Belmar; 732-556-6617

Sickles Market • Little Silver

Shop local at this specialty food, deli and butcher shop. Sickles’ July sandwich of the month is the Jersey Tomato Focaccia, made with grilled eggplant, fresh basil, Jersey tomatoes and mozzarella on grilled focaccia. Available through the end of this month.
1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver; 732-741-9563

Café Chameleon • Bloomingdale

Chef Alfredo Gonzalez has added a new special. His crab cake is served over grilled corn succotash (made with sweet corn and Lima beans), summer greens and lemon caper remoulade. Keep an eye on Café Chameleon’s Instagram for more specials.
60 Main Street, Bloomingdale; 973-850-6969

Grain and Cane • Berkeley Heights

In celebration of tomato season, Chef Louis Bayla has crafted a delicious summer salad of heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, candied pistachios, salsa verde and ricotta.
250 Connell Drive, Berkeley Heights; 908-897-1920

Rosie’s Trattoria • Randolph

Balancing sweet, savory and spicy, Rosie’s new dish completes the salute to summer with Jersey corn. Featured on the weekend, it includes scallops on Jersey corn salsa.
1181 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph; 973-895-3434

B2 Bistro + Bar • Bayville

The newest location of B2 + Bistro is offering a Jersey Salad of fried eggplant, fresh mozzarella, Jersey tomatoes and mixed greens drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.
125 Bayview Avenue, Bayville; 732-269-3000

Drifthouse by David Burke • Sea Bright

Drifthouse is pairing an ocean view with Jersey heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella in a Caprese salad.
1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright; 732-530-9760

Common Lot • Millburn

Chef/owner Ehren Ryan has crafted a summer salad of Jersey tomatoes from Harvest Drop, the Windsor-based delivery service, in an Asian-style salsa verde with capers, Thai basil, sesame and fresh herbs from Ryan’s garden.
Common Lot, 27 Main Street; 973-467-0494

Walnut Street Kitchen • Montclair

This new restaurant’s corn-inspired item is Jersey Street Corn Stuffed Squash, made with creamed corn and tajin mayo and topped with cilantro. The gold bar squash is also from New Jersey.
98 Walnut Street, Montclair; 973-746-0789

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