Keyport Day Trip – History and Food Road Trip

Mr Local History Goes to Keyport New Jersey

Post Views: 596 Nothing goes better than a fun Jersey day trip to an iconic town that starts the Jersey shore and gives you so many fun choices to fill with food and history. The Mr. Local History introduces you to Keyport, New Jersey, a historic seafaring community full of history and a great place to grab a days worth of great eats! Known as “The Pearl of the Bayshore” and “Gateway to the Bayshore,” Keyport is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. With a current population…

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Retrospective: Westfield’s Excellent Diner – A Lost (and Found) Jersey Treasure

Excellent Diner Westfield 1970s

Post Views: 1,121 Or maybe we need to say: Give everyone the Disneyland Paris Café des Cascadeurs (Stuntman’s) diner update? #disneylandparisdiner As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Here’s a story about the birth, death, and resurrections…

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Jersey Comfort Food to Die For Mapping Project

Mr Local History Maps Jersey Food to Die For

Post Views: 3,195 Here’s to a lifetime of living in Jersey. Here’s the map. It’s simple. It may not be the healthiest, but Fagettaboutit, it’s Jersey’s best comfort food. Great flavor with an attitude. I just love it. You will too! Post any pics if you have them.We’re big into #foodporn 🙂 The first round of the Jersey Comfort Food map started when I wanted to get an Italian hot dog. Where would I have to travel? Or if I’m traveling the state, how do I know where the BEST…

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Retrospective: Westfield’s Iconic Jolly Trolley

The infamous Jolly Trolley in Westfield New Jersey- Mr Local History Retrospective

Post Views: 789 This is a personal story and what I’m calling a web gift from the WHS class of 1980 to all those who loved the Jolly Trolley. I hope you continue to send in your stories and photos. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn more and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page…

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Retrospective: The Cranford Hotel

The Cranford Hotel Sketch Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 980 As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project If you’ve ever been to Cranford, New Jersey, there are two places you have to go to: the Cranford Canoe Club as it epitomizes what is known as…

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What is New Jersey’s Most Iconic Diner? We Have a Winner!

Winner of the 2021 Mr Local History Diner statewide contest.

Post Views: 2,463 Being a Jersey guy who can’t forget the classic New Jersey diner. I’m not talking IHOP or Denny’s, but a REAL New Jersey diner. This story is a calling to our internet friends to identify the ultimate New Jersey’s Classic Diner for an upcoming New Jersey Historic Village wooden keepsake. After all, we are the Diner Capital of the United States so a lot of bragging rights are at stake. After two months and 600 votes, we have our keepsake nomination. Congratulations to the Broad Street Diner…

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Remembering Howard Johnson’s

The famed Howard Johnson's sign that crossed America - Mr Local History

Post Views: 3,134 Who doesn’t remember driving the car and ending up at the famed orange roof of the famed Howard Johnson motor lodge or restaurant. From Weirs Beach, New Hampshire to Daytona Beach Florida, all the way out to Anaheim, California it was the famed orange roof where you could stay at the motor lodge or grab some of the best clam boat and ice cream on the planet. So for a Jersey guy, I was surrounded by the orange roof not only in New Jersey, but it was…

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The Food Hall – Modernizing the Food Court Concept

The District Kitchen in Jersey City is the closest we've seen to being a true "Food Hall".

Post Views: 1,509 Above: The District Kitchen in Jersey City is the closest we’ve seen to being a true “Food Hall”. Some ask “why am I seeing an article about food on a history website.” Well, history shows up in strange places. As I sat in a new food court in Toronto, Canada, I realized that this is a new concept to challenge the traditional food court. Well, it’s winning! Read on…. It’s not a food court like you see at the mall. A fairly new concept, the food hall…

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The Besties – The Best of the Best in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster

Mr Local History Archives - The Best of the Best food entertainment and tidbits in Bedminster, Bernardsville and Basking Ridge. #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 6,434 Bedminster, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone also known as The Somerset Hills. It’s time for a real discussion on where to get the best things based on what the LOCALS say! Don’t agree? Post what you think is is best. And if we couldn’t find local, we gave best option. Best Food Best Bread: Biagios’  (Stirling) Best Meat/Butcher: Green Village Packing Company (Green Village) Best Bagels: Bagels 4 – U (Fat Bagels) (Bernardsville), Bagel Bin (Thinner ) – (Bernardsville) Best Pizza:  Lennys (Bernardsville), Venetos (Basking Ridge),…

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The New Jersey Hills are Alive with Distilling

Post Views: 4,515 Distilling in the Somerset Hills New Jersey has a deep history in distilling spirits that goes back to colonial times. The Somerset Hills is a area in central New Jersey’s Somerset County grouping six similar towns, villages, and hamlets into a cohesive geographical area. Those towns that comprise the Somerset Hills are: Bedminster, Bernards Township (Basking Ridge), Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Being from Basking Ridge, New Jersey there are written accounts that even with the foundation of Bernards Township back in 1760 where commitments were made from the…

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Best Crumb Cake in New Jersey – Discuss Now

Post Views: 4,258 Maybe we’re taking this way to seriously, but I’ve been searching for bakeries that serve New Jersey’s best crumb cake. If you’re NOT a fan of the cake, you might want to leave now because we’re really going to get into the discussion. Now for those of you who ARE fans, read on. New Jersey fans of crumb cake have been treated for years with the delectable breakfast offering. As we’ve found, this treat is not available all over the country. While companies such as Entenmanns have tried…

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Krugs Tavern Newark – Burgers and Shrimp

Krugs Tavern Newark - Mr Local History #1 pick

Post Views: 24,954 Krug’s Tavern Hits the Spot Down Neck Serving up great food and spirits with a friendly laid back attitude. Ready to take a step back in a time when life was simple and the neighborhood had a friendly active pulse. We’re heading to the Ironbound section of Newark, for a good ole fashioned neighborhood watering hole that’s also serving up some great food. Grab a chrome bar stool, stare at a Yankee repeat from the night before, and begin to hear and smell the meat sizzling on the flattop.…

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Best Burger in New Jersey – Krugs Tavern Ranks

Krugs Tavern Newark - Mr Local History #1 pick

Post Views: 17,842 Krug’s Tavern Hits the Spot Down Neck Serving up great food and spirits with a friendly laid back attitude. Ready to take a step back in a time when life was simple and the neighborhood had a friendly active pulse. We’re heading to the Ironbound section of Newark, for a good ole fashioned neighborhood watering hole that’s also serving up some great food. Grab a chrome bar stool, stare at a Yankee repeat from the night before, and begin to hear and smell the meat sizzling on…

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T3 Consortium Gets a Frappr Award for Best Burger in America Mashup!

Frapper Award

Post Views: 10,328 How bout that! T3 Consortium gets the prestegious Platial & Frapper Honorable Mention Map Award in the food category. You can’t beat that…can you? Come share in the success and post your Best Burger in America Story. Read the story…watch the videos…and then post your story of the biggest, fattest, greasiest, beast you ever threw down your throat. Don’t be shy. I know you want to! http://www.mrlocalhistory.org/bestburgerinamerica/ to read the story and join the fun… Keep it in your browser when you travel so you can stop at…

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Mapping the Best Burgers in America

We're looking for the best burger pics in America

Post Views: 12,577 First – Start your journey with 30 seconds of what we call #burgerporn. Enjoy. (we did) Who doesn’t love a good burger. Ah yes, even the statement opens the door wide open for interpretation. How big, ketchup or not, steamed, fried, broiled, with lettuce and the debate goes on and on. But it isn’t just the quest for that perfect burger that had the American flare…I’ve come to learn that everyone has a burger story and a burger opinion. And I mean everyone (Go ahead , try…

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