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January 24, 2022

Holsten's Brookdale Confectionary | Bloomfield, New Jersey

stools at counter

Holsten's Is A New Jersey Legend

 

Holsten’s ice cream parlor has been a legendary meeting spot in Bloomfield, New Jersey for over 75 years. 

 

They are famous for their homemade ice cream and candy. 

 

They also serve burgers and other classic American food. 

 

It still holds old-school charm in its décor. 

 

New Jerseyans have known about Holsten’s for many years. 

 

ice cream parlor
candy counter
stools at counter

 

Holsten's Becomes World Famous


But in 2007, Holsten’s suddenly became world famous. 

 

The producers of the HBO classic series, The Sopranos, decided to film the very last scene of the series at Holsten’s. 

 

 

  This is the very table where the scene was filmed: 

 

 

The Tony Soprano Table

 

When the star of The Sopranos, James Gandolfini, died several years ago, there was a special tribute to him.

 

The booth was "reserved" for "Tony Soprano" that night. No one sat at that table. 

 

Gandolfini was from New Jersey

 

James Gandolfini dead at 51: Holsten's Ice Cream Parlor reserves booth where 'Sopranos' filmed final scene  

 

It was even spoofed recently in a Trump-Russia opening skit on Saturday Night Live, since Trump and Michael Cohen have apparent mob connections: 

 

 

 

You can check out their website here: Holstens Brookdale Confectionery 

 

The restaurant is part of the Sopranos tours that are still going on many years after the show ended 

 

♪ Don't Stop Believin'♪

 

You may also want to read about Summit Diner and Police!

 

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Holsten's Brookdale Confectionary | Bloomfield, New Jersey

January 24, 2022

June 29, 2015

Summit Diner | Summit, New Jersey

Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey

 

The Summit Diner - A New Jersey Classic

 

New Jersey is known as “the diner capital of the world.” 

 

A truly classic American "diner" is a prefabricated restaurant, with the exterior partly or wholly stainless steel, and brought to the site to be assembled.

There were several classic diner manufacturers, mostly in New Jersey. Possibly the best known of these was the Jerry O’Mahony Company, which produced around 2,000 diners from 1917 to 1952. 

 

Only about 20 of these are still extant, with Summit Diner being one of them. It was built in 1938.


Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey


Summit Diner in Summit, New Jersey is one of the classic New Jersey diners. 

 

My husband had a BLT and I had a grilled cheese sandwich (and we're both on diets, boo!) 

 

They were both delicious, and the staff was very friendly.

 

Classic interior of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
Classic interior of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey

Classic interior of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
Menu of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey


Summit is a very wealthy town, and there are some rich and famous people living there. 

 

So I really like that the Summit Diner is deeply  involved with the Other Fellow First Foundation

 

The Foundation website says:

We exist to bring help and comfort to New Jersey families in distress. In life, the true measure of a person is not how high you fly. Instead, we think it's all about how high you bounce. All of us have good and bad days. Most of us have better good ones than bad. However, every once in a while, the less fortunate need a helping hand. That is why we exist. We fund only organizations that deal with New Jersey families in distress. All of our profits go to organizations like the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the New Jersey Community Foundation, Summit Area Public Foundation or Family Promise.

 

The website also says that 

 

We have chosen the Summit Diner as our symbol. People come to the Summit Diner for much more than just great food. It deals with many other personal hungers. It is a great place to meet someone and feel like you belong. Its honest simplicity and cozy atmosphere make it a great metaphor for a foundation with our mission, operating in the most densely populated state in the country.

Well, how wonderful can you be? The Summit Diner is the real deal in so many ways!


Classic interior of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
The Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey


 

More About Diners

 

You can read about another iconic New Jersey Diner:

 

Bendix Diner

 

and a famous ice cream parlor:

 

Holsten's Brookdale Confectionary.

 

You can also read more about old diners at these great sites:


Diner Hunter

Retro Roadmap 

Roadside Architecture/Diners

 
John Baeder does wonderful paintings of diners (click on oil and watercolor links):


John Baeder Fine Art


Linking up to: 
 
Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!
 

Summit Diner | Summit, New Jersey

June 29, 2015

April 04, 2015

Hot Dog Johnny's | Buttzville, New Jersey

Hot Dog Johnny's


Hot Dog Johnny's . . . in Buttzville?

 

In our meanderings around Warren County last October, especially after our visits to Belvidere last fall, we somehow always ended up in Buttzville on our way home. 

Buttzville? 

Yes, that is the name of a census-designated place within rural White Township, New Jersey. 

The name is indeed bizarre. However, Buttzville was named after the Michael Robert Buttz, who founded the village in 1839. 


White Township was named after Alexander White, who built a mansion in the area. 


It was all rather confusing to the poor GPS on my phone, which insisted that we were actually in nearby Belvidere. I guess my GPS likes Belvidere! 

 

Anyway, Buttzville, despite only having 146 residents, has a unique attraction: Hot Dog Johnny’s! 


Hot Dog Johnny's

The legendary Hot Dog Johnny’s has been family owned and operated since the family started out of a little hut near the rural part of Route 46. 

 

They quickly outgrew that stand, and set up shop right on Route 46.

 

They are considered one of the most popular roadside attractions in the United States. 

 

You can visit their website and order some rather hilarious merchandise

 

There was a cute article about the place:

 

Hot Dog Showdown: Hot Dog Johnny's churns out deep-fried dogs and ice-cold buttermilk

 

Also, if you are in the area, you can have some delicious hot dogs, French fries, and birch beer – or buttermilk if you prefer. 

 

We always ask to have our hot dogs “with everything.”

 

They are open year-round. Cash only! No menu! Service: abrupt. They are busy! Know what you want when you get to the window!

 

Hot Dog Johnny's is located on the banks of the Pequest River


Hot Dog Johnny's

For more New Jersey hot dogs, please read WindMill and Max's -- A Hot Dog Rivalry

 

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Hot Dog Johnny's | Buttzville, New Jersey

April 04, 2015

March 26, 2015

You Deserve A Break Today Commercial | Television

old television

You Deserve A Break Today


McDonald’s is struggling nowadays in the market. 

 

Perhaps they should drop that idiotic campaign and extremely stale “I’m lovin’ it” and go back to this classic from the 1970s, with a new cast, of course.

 



Oh, right they can’t, because for some stupid reason they abandoned the rights to the song.

This advertisement is filled with very talented performers. 

 

I spy John Amos (appearing at the time in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and future father in Good Times), Anson Williams (future Potsie in Happy Days), John Wheeler (the manager with the operatic voice, I remember him singing operatically as part of Felix's opera club in The Odd Couple), Johnny Haymer, future actor in M*A*S*H ("Put a shine on the floor!”) and the wonderful character actor Robert Ridgely (with the clean burger machine!) 


I’m trying to figure out the others, especially the actor who opens the commercial. He looks familiar. 


This commercial was immensely successful and influential, and the best campaign McDonald’s ever had. 

 

You may also want to read It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature! and  Look For The Union Label, two other iconic TV commercial from the 1970s.

 

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You Deserve A Break Today Commercial | Television

March 26, 2015

November 16, 2014

WindMill and Max's -- A Hot Dog Rivalry | Long Branch, New Jersey

WindMill Hot Dogs
WindMill Hot Dogs, Long Branch, New Jersey

 

Windmill Hot Dogs and Max's Hot Dogs

 

In the fierce hot dog wars of the Jersey Shore, there are two famous rivals, both of them in Long Branch.

 

WindMill Hot Dogs has been around since 1964. 

 

They are now a chain in several shore towns, but the most iconic is the first one in Long Branch. It is the only way shaped like an actual windmill. 


WindMill Hot Dogs
WindMill Hot Dogs, Long Branch, New Jersey

WindMill Hot Dogs
WindMill Hot Dogs, Long Branch, New Jersey

WindMill Hot Dogs
The back of WindMill Hot Dogs

Long Branch, New Jersey
The view from the second floor of WindMill.
 

You can climb to the second floor and look out at Ocean Avenue in Long Branch. 

 

WindMill's arch-rival is Max’s Famous Hot Dogs. They have been around since 1928. 

 
Max's Hot Dogs building
Max's Hot Dogs, WindMill's arch-rival in Long Branch

The intense rivalry has created fans on both sides. 

 

New Jersey celebrities that they are fans of one or the other includes Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Connie Francis,  Joe Pesci, John Travolta, several New Jersey governors, and the list goes on and on.


The interior is old-school:


Max Hot Dogs interior


I am not picking one over the other.

In both places the hot dogs are HUGE but delicious.

 
Max's closes during the winter, but WindMill is open year-round. 


Even so, these photos make me long for summer and lazy days at the Jersey Shore . . .

 

For more hot dogs, check out Hot Dog Johnny's | Buttzville, New Jersey. 

 

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WindMill and Max's -- A Hot Dog Rivalry | Long Branch, New Jersey

November 16, 2014

July 08, 2014

Bahrs Landing Is Still Standing | Highlands, New Jersey

Bahrs Landing Restaurant
Bahrs Landing restaurant, Highlands, New Jersey

 

Bahrs Landing is a New Jersey legend


Bahrs Landing is 97 years old this year, and it amazing because it sustained considerable damage in October 2012 from Hurricane “Superstorm” Sandy, which destroyed many other businesses in the area. 

It is open year-round, and the owners were determined to re-open quickly: 



But somehow it survived, and it will celebrate its 100th Birthday in 2017! 

 

We love eating there, and staring out at the water and Sandy Hook! 

 

I love the food, especially my favorite, Peach Melba! It is so delicious. 😋

 

My husband heartily recommends the crab cakes.  They were named the best crab cakes in New Jersey.

 

Right next to Bahr’s is Moby’s Lobster Deck, serving seafood and ice cream! They are open from May to October with 100% outdoor dining!

 

You can even take a ferry from New York City to visit and have a great meal!



Bahrs Landing entrance
Bahrs Landing entrance

Bahrs Landing boats
Bahrs Landing boats

Bahrs Landing dock
Bahrs Landing dock

Bahrs Landing, Highlands, New Jersey
Bahrs Landing, Highlands, New Jersey


Moby's Lobster Deck, Highlands, New Jersey
Moby's Lobster Deck, Highlands, New Jersey
 
Bahrs Landing, Highlands, New Jersey
Bahrs Landing, Highlands, New Jersey



To read more about Bahr’s Landing and Moby’s Deck, check out their website!

 

To see another Jersey Shore community recovering from Sandy, check out Sea Bright Rising.



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Bahrs Landing Is Still Standing | Highlands, New Jersey

July 08, 2014

May 13, 2014

Watching Bees Make Honey At Delicious Orchards | Colts Neck, New Jersey

Honeybees

 

Watch Bees Make Honey

 

Remember Delicious Orchards?

 

I wrote about them in 2012. It is a wonderful gourmet country food market where you can get delicious produce, doughnuts, etc. 

 

They also make their own honey right inside the store. 

 

The bees come through a tube in the wall and go into a “beehive” and produce fresh honey.

Honeybees

Honeybees
Honeybees


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Watching Bees Make Honey At Delicious Orchards | Colts Neck, New Jersey

May 13, 2014

February 10, 2014

Shop-Rite Supermarket | West Caldwell, New Jersey

supermarket

The West Caldwell ShopRite Is Special

 

The ShopRite supermarket in West Caldwell, New Jersey is unique. 

First of all, it must be an old ShopRite, because it still has the hyphen in the name. 

 
That is why I included the hyphen in the title of this post, even though the hyphen is not used anymore.

According to a January 31st article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: 

In American advertising lingo, rite makes mite. Or maybe might. The ShopRite grocery chain is the first rite I can remember. ShopRite is a postwar neologism; for a while in the fifties and sixties, the name was spelled with a hyphen (Shop-Rite), after which the logo lost its hyphen but kept the internal cap. 

I am always interested in design and architecture. 
 
Whoever built or designed this ShopRite made it with a Japanese design.
 
I've been told that the owner at the time really liked this decor style.
 
Not only does the front of the store have an Japanese theme, but it even has endearing matching phone booths
 
One of the phone booths still has a working phone. 

Even on the inside, the Japanese design theme continues. 
 
I blatantly took pictures with my camera on the outside, but I don’t think I’m supposed to take photos inside the store, so I sneaked around the store taking took the last two photos with my crappy old  cell phone.

supermarket
supermarket

phone booths


phone booths

dragons

Sayonara sign


UPDATE 2022: There have supposedly been plans for a bigger ShopRite and to tear this one down, according to this 2021 article from JerseyDigs.

 

The Market Report gives a 2021 TOUR of this particular store.  


You may want to read my post about The Buzz Aldrin Rock, another offbeat place.

 

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Shop-Rite Supermarket | West Caldwell, New Jersey

February 10, 2014

October 23, 2012

Delicious Orchards | Colts Neck, New Jersey

Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck, New Jersey

Delicious Orchards

 

Delicious Orchards in lovely Colts Neck, New Jersey is in a rural area surrounding by produce and horse farms. 

 

Delicious Orchards is an extremely popular place to buy incredible baked goods and gorgeous produce, including lots of pumpkins: 


Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey

You can enjoy their famous apple cider doughnuts, scrumptious muffins, tantalizing cakes and pies, and luscious chocolates: 


Baked goods at Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey
Baked goods at Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey
Baked goods at Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey
Baked goods at Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey

New Jersey tomatoes are famous for quality and you can find wonderful Jersey Fresh tomatoes: 


Jersey tomatoes

You can find incredible peppers:


Fresh produce

Delicious Orchards makes fresh-pressed cider, and has one of the best selections of apples anywhere: 


Fresh produce


I also have posted about the honey making process *with bees* at Delicious Orchards

 

To read more about Delicious Orchards, read here.
 
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Delicious Orchards | Colts Neck, New Jersey

October 23, 2012

June 25, 2010

10 Things I Love About Summer


I Love Summer

 
I love making lists. 
 
Here are 10 things I love about the summer:

  1. The skies don't get dark until almost 9 P.M. (my absolutely favorite part of summer besides the warmth of the sun).
  2. Drinking unsweetened iced tea.
  3. Drinking Starbucks Mocha or Caramel Light Frappacinos  -- too much sugar and fat, I know, but it's like eating dessert with your coffee.
  4. Swimming in a pool (not lakes or oceans), especially underwater. I even love the smell of the chlorine.
  5. Barbecues and picnics. I love picnic foods: potato salad, burgers, almost anything grilled.
  6. Fresh veggies and fruits (I hate frozen or canned). Making salads with the veggies. Making smoothies with the fruits.
  7. You can open the moon-roof in the car.
  8. Eating outdoors at sidewalk cafes.
  9. Sitting (and dreaming) on front porches.
  10. The original scent of  Coppertone.
 
What are YOUR favorite things about summer? 
 
I'm talking about normal, everyday things. 
 
If you liked this post, please read my post on 5 Fun Summer Songs!
 
 

10 Things I Love About Summer

June 25, 2010

April 16, 2010

New Jersey Woman Wins Pillsbury Bake-Off and $1,000,000!



Sue Compton of Delanco, New Jersey has won the Pillsbury Bake-Off!
 
Her name was actually called by Oprah!

Here is a clip of the winner on Good Day Philadelphia:




For more on this story and for the written recipe click here.
 
You can also about a New Jersey man who is a "mud farmer" for Major League baseball.

New Jersey Woman Wins Pillsbury Bake-Off and $1,000,000!

April 16, 2010