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Dishing It Up In Morristown

By: Dina Deleasa-Gonsar, Guest Contributor,  DishItGirl.com

At Citizens Bank we love to celebrate our local communities and cities. As a bank, we’re also interested in helping you get out in your city, on your budget. With our Live Local series, we’ve partnered with local influencers to create guides to some of our favorite cities, and help you uncover the best food, entertainment, and hidden gems in your backyard or on your travels.

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Morristown, New Jersey is known for its many historical sites. It’s home to many parks and trails, most famously the Morristown National Historical Park. You can also find a number of Revolutionary War sites and war monuments as well as the Washington Headquarters museum in this town. It is a hub for the arts and culture as it is also home to the Mayo Performing Arts Center. As you explore the different museums and landmarks, make sure to experience all of the different types of cuisine the area has to offer. There is no shortage of hidden gems as well as memorable dining experiences to be had.

Beenies Ice Cream $

38 Morris St, Morristown

If a sweet treat is what you are after, Beenies Ice Cream shop is a must. Their inventive flavors are homemade, creamy, and delicious. Try their signature "Midnight Snack" with Captain Crunch and chocolate covered potato chips. Or maybe you want to tap into your childhood with a scoop of “Dunkaroos.” They also have dairy-free and vegan offerings. After grabbing a cone, take a stroll through the Morristown Green and plan your next stop.

Macho Nacho $

76 Morris Street, Morristown

This Mexican restaurant has a cult following in Morristown among its locals. Fresh, authentic, and family friendly is what Macho Nacho is about. This place has an extensive menu of tacos and burritos among many other favorites. Order as many carnitas as your heart desires because Macho Nacho is wallet friendly as well.

Galapagos $

98 Speedwell Ave, Morristown

This small, unassuming storefront is the type that most people may pass by. However, inside this humble setting is some of the most amazing central American cuisine. Their fried tilapia platter is complete with rice, beans, salad, plantains, and a well-seasoned crispy whole fish. Their pupusas are arguably the best in the surrounding area: a thick piece of cornmeal bread filled with cheese (do not pass up the ones with squash blossom). Wash it all down with a tall glass of horchata and leave full!

Slamwich Scratch Kitchen $$

143 Main Street, Madison

On the outside, it seems like an old retro diner. However, this blue awning-clad establishment is offering sandwiches with creative concepts and local ingredients. Inventive combinations include the “Dirty Jerz Duck,” a sloppy joe of duck confit with red onion jam, and “Pop That Pastrami,” featuring their house-made pastrami. There are also plenty of belly-busting breakfast sandwiches and rosemary fries to go with the sandwich of your dreams. Before you leave, don't forget to grab a pint of house-made pickles to go.

Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen $$$

110 South Street, Morristown

Jockey Hollow is a truly unique restaurant experience. Located in the historic Vail Mansion, it houses four different dining experiences. The mansion’s basement hosts a beer hall named Rathskeller. On Fridays, you can find musical acts along with a sizeable beer list. The menu features traditional favorites such as pork schnitzel and pierogies to go with your pint.

The upper levels host both the Vail and Oyster Bars. The Vail Bar is described as a “glam 1920s-style cocktail bar” and features an extensive menu of both seasonal and standard cocktails you can sip while sitting in a library setting. The Oyster Bar is considered the center of the Jockey Hollow experience. Seat yourself amongst the lively crowd in between marble columns. Dine on braised Spanish octopus, hoisin-glazed heritage pork ribs, or almond gazpacho to name a few of the outstanding seasonal dishes.

Finally, if seafood is what delights you, daPesca would be your choice. Follow the grand staircase to find this fine dining experience. The restaurant prides itself on featuring seafood sourced from the coast of New Jersey. For something a little extra special, book the chef’s table experience and pull up a seat in the kitchen.

South+Pine $$$

90 South Street, Morristown

Just steps from the Morristown performing arts center rests South+Pine American Eatery. The menu uses seasonal ingredients with a farm to table style. This dishes served are both artistic and comforting. Standouts include the fried chicken with sweet potato waffle and harissa honey, along with the staple black Caesar salad and potato chorizo fritters. South+Pine is also known as a great brunch option or for pre-theatre dining.

Healthy Italia $$

55 Main Street, Madison

Healthy Italia is a piece of Italy steps away from the bustling Morristown green. The shop boasts delicious homemade food to go as well as a gourmet marketplace. If you have the time, make sure to take a cooking class. The kitchen and cooking school is always bustling, full of laughter and good food. The instructors make you feel right at home as you pull up a seat to their kitchen table.

Dina Deleasa-Gonsar is the creator, writer, and television personality behind the popular food blog DishItGirl.com. Dina shares her family traditions and recipes, along with her modern twists on food and entertaining with her readers. She is known for bringing her recipes to life with her relatable kitchen stories and honest quick wit. You may remember seeing her appear alongside her family on the E! Networks show “Married to Jonas.” More recently, she became part of Hallmark Channel’s, Home and Family show by being named their Best Home Cook as well as an instructor with the Healthy -Italia cooking school in New Jersey.

She hopes to continue to inspire home cooks to venture out and create meals that become the centerpieces for family time and traditions, whether it is a 4-course meal or simply breakfast for dinner! You can catch her putting on some heels and hitting up a 5-star restaurant then chasing down a food truck.

Join her as she tries to land somewhere between Martha Stewart and her mom in her home cooking adventures. If you can dish it, you best believe she can eat it!

With the exception of direct quotes, any advice and opinions are of the guest writer.

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