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Where to Find Southern Comfort Food in Hoboken + Jersey City

by Brittany Butryn
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When cravings for Southern comfort foods start calling, the South isn’t the only place to indulge in a nice, hearty Southern-cooked meal that is prepared just right. Hoboken + JC have plenty of delectable Southern comfort foods to enjoy that will make your mouth water just reading about them. Southern comfort food includes items like chicken fried steak, fried chicken, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, BBQ, biscuits and gravy, pecan pie, banana pudding, cornbread, mac n’ cheese, and pretty much anything fried. Keep reading to find out where to find scrumptiously good Southern meals in Hoboken + Jersey City.

Hoboken

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Onieals | 343 Park Avenue

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A major Southern item that is cooked to perfection that you will find on this menu is Texas Chicken Fried Steak. This is a sirloin steak that is dipped in buttermilk and flour, fried, and then topped with white gravy with black peppers in it, served with mashed potatoes. Delicious.

House of ‘Que | 340 Sinatra Drive

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With a beautiful view of the waterfront, House of ‘Que serves up Austin, Texas-style barbeque, and is a favorite for many in Hoboken. The pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, and sausage are cooked in oak and hickory flavors, leaving you wanting more. If you want to order something here besides barbeque that is an absolute Southern staple, try the Frito Pie.

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The Madison Bar + Grill | 1316 Washington Street

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Locals know that the Madison Bar + Grill is a classic favorite. Southern comfort foods that you will find here include the roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob, as well as the flawlessly fried chicken wings that they offer. You can also find the Short Rib Entree served with braised short ribs, mashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts on the menu to kick your southern comfort food craving.

The Stewed Cow | 400 Adams Street

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The menu at The Stewed Cow features a large selection of Texas-style plates including a Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and loaded tots. Some hidden gems of the menu that often get overlooked but are swoon-worthy are the Cowboy Spaghetti, Gumbo, and Prime Rib — which comes with a featured side and disco fries.

Black Bear Bar + Grill | 1316 Washington Street

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The most Southern item on this ideal menu is Fried Pickles served with ranch dressing. Other southern staples found here include creamy homemade mac n’ cheese, flavorful and juicy burgers, crispy fried chicken, and the breakfast burrito.

Dear Maud | 205 1st Street

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dear Maud is a favorite local spot for date night, brunch with friends, and high-quality food and beverages. Southern favorites on this item include the Country Style Omelette, Chicken + Waffles, Cheeseburger, and the flavorsome Steak Sandwich.

Northern Soul | 700 1st Street

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Known as a prominent vegan restaurant in Hoboken, and voted for The Hoboken Girl’s #1 Best Vegan Menu of 2022, Northern Soul has southern fried goodness for vegans and non-vegans alike. The vegan fried chicken sandwich is a local favorite, along with the rest of the scrumptious items on the menu, including the Impossible Burger, and the Filet Mignon Sandwich.

Turning Point Hoboken | 1420 Sinatra Drive

Turning Point is a favorite stopping point for locals, especially on the weekends. Families and friends love to gather at this place. The next time you and your crew stop in, check out some southern goodness on this menu including Plain Stack Pancakes, Southern Chicken Waffles, Traditional Eggs, Roadhouse Bacon Stack, Nashville Hot Honey Chicken Wrap, Daisy Cakes, and more.

Jersey City

South House | 149 Newark Avenue

 

 
 
 
 
 
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South House is an exceptional place to indulge in a variety of Southern menu items like Whiskey Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak, Texas Frito Pie, Brisket Taco, Fried Catfish Tacos, Southern Spicy Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak, Shrimp + Cheesy Grits, and so much more.

Emma’s | 4 Path Plaza

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Emma’s scrumptiously tasty Southern comfort items include the Oink Pulled Pork Sandwich, Brisket Sandwich, Steak Sandwich, Chicken + Shrimp Cajun Noodles, Smoked Spare Ribs, and Key Lime Pie.

Krewe of McGinley Square | 187 Warren Street

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This New Orleans-style restaurant serves up Crawfish Calas, Barbeque Shrimp, Cornbread, Gumbo, Poboys, Cajun Blackened Catfish, Stone Ground Buttered Grits, Collard Greens with Turkey Bacon, Banana Bread Pudding, and a staple in the Louisiana- Beignets.

Heavenly Chicken + Ribs | 555 Tonnele Avenue

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Serving up delectable fried specials, this place has amazing burgers, smoked sandwiches, wings, tenders, seafood, fries, and more. You can fulfill your barbeque craving here, and order the tenderly cooked half and full rack of ribs.

Mathew’s Food + Drink | 351 Grove Street

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mouthwatering southern menu items you can find at Mathew’s Food and Drink include the Hot Honey Crispy Chicken, BLT, Deviled Eggs, Shrimp Corn Fritters, Smoked Sticky Wings, Southern Fried Shrimp, and more.

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Cherry’s Lounge | 102 Martin Luther King Drive

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Original and tasty southern items are found at Cherry’s Lounge, including Catfish Nuggets, Jersey City’s Best Chicken and Waffles, Grilled Cheese, Eggs, Grits, and southern staples that are all available for a great price.

The House of Hot Chicken | Newark Ave Pedestrian Plaza

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This spot serves Nashville-style chicken in its sandwiches, hot dogs, and tenders — and any of these dishes can be accompanied by a classic side, including mac & cheese, loaded fries, and more.

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