5 things we can’t wait to eat

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Some people start the new year thinking about how to get healthier, how to be a better person, how to get more stamps in their passports.

These are noble goals that remain deep in our hearts (doomed to be forgotten by February). But just ahead, here’s an idea of ​​all the delicious food the New Year will bring.

This list will surely grow. We look forward to sharing a year’s worth of favorites with you. Next new year. But as 2023 kicks off, here are five of his dishes we’re most looking forward to.

Pizza at Squares & Fare, Egg Harbor Township

Consider this the holy grail of our food resolutions.

Squares & Fare is a self-proclaimed “underground pizzeria” with no restaurant. Reservations are accepted from one month in advance. If your fingers are quick enough, beat other pizza fans to secure a pick-up date and time and don’t wait so patiently for that day to come.

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However, it’s not as easy as it seems and he has struck out twice so far. The first time it was due to him not having his PayPal pin number ready (learn from his mistakes), the second time he wasn’t fast enough and the timeslot he chose disappeared in front of his eyes.

But 2023 is our year, and we can almost taste the cheesy, thick-crust pie.

go: squaresandfare.com.

Garibaldi Square, Torta in Asbury Park

Are sandwiches tempting? I think so.

This has been making me drool since 2020 when I spotted a picture of a torta while scrolling through Instagram. , the layer of mayonnaise attracted us, and since then a screenshot of the photo has been saved to our desktop.

Problem: Asbury Park has so many good restaurants and not enough time to visit them all. But in 2023, we will finally turn our feet to Piazza Garibaldi.

go: 420 Main Street; 732-455-3994, garibaldimexicanfood.com.

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Must Get Scond, All About Freehold Township

We spoke with bakers Lisa Elsis and Amy Scotty this fall, the one-year anniversary of the legalization of selling homemade baked goods in New Jersey.

The women, who have spent most of their lives baking bread, met in a Facebook cooking group during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eventually, they decided to qualify as pastry chefs together, and “we were the only adults in the class,” Elsis said with a laugh. “Our head chef was younger than the children.”

Clam cakes, pound cakes, chocolate babkas, cookies, brownies, banana bread and more than 20 scones are made to order and sold at Holmdel’s Bell Works marketplace. Elsis and Scotti say they hope to soon find a commercial space where they can start making croissants and Danish pastries.

go: 732-372-5278, mustgetsconed.com.

Howell, Trajudas of El Buen Taco

We love finding great food in unexpected places.

In 2021, we fell in love with the crispy, thin-crust pies from Saturn Pizza, a gas station brick pizzeria. This time, we head to El Buen Taco, a Mexican restaurant at Howell’s Delta gas station.

Everything they serve looks delicious: semitas, sopes, empanadas, birria, enchiladas and more. But we have our eyes on the Tlayuda, an Oaxacan dish made from tortillas topped with steak or chicken, cheese, beans and avocado, and can be opened like a pizza or folded and grilled like a quesadilla. doing.

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The restaurant is takeout only, but to be honest, it’s not the first time I’ve had Mexican food in my car.

go: 2001 Route 9. 732-997-4501.

Chicken cutlets from Anthony’s from Brooklyn, Toms River

Dozens of different sandwiches were what first drew us to this Italian deli. This Italian deli recently celebrated his one year anniversary at Tom’s His River.

For example, my wife’s special has sopressata, fresh mozzarella, and hot honey, while the Gaetano is made with mortadella, ricotta, pesto, and tomato.

But then I found a deli chicken cutlet topped with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella. Sundried pepper, arugula, mozzarella, balsamic sauce. Sun-dried peppers and burrata. And broccoli rabe and mozzarella cheese. The crispy chicken cutlet is excellent as is, but topped with toppings (including eggplant).

go: 1808 Route 37. 732-955-9600, anthonysfrombrooklyn.com.

Sarah Griesemer joined USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey in 2003 and has been writing all things food since 2014.

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