CRANFORD - Despite being declared "Best Downtown in New Jersey" two years in a row by NJ.com, the New Jersey digital news website included Cranford in its "23 great N.J. food towns that no one knows about" article. 

According to the article by food writer, Peter Genovese, Montclair, Newark, Red Bank, Jersey City, Morristown, Cape May, Ridgewood, Asbury Park, Hoboken, Princeton, Atlantic City, Collingswood, and New Brunswick are considered the N.J. dining destination "heavy hitters."

Here's what Genovese had to say about Cranford:

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When you say "Union County food destination,'' most people would reply Elizabeth or Westfield, maybe Kenilworth, too. Time to add Cranford to the list. The Cranford Hotel is a local landmark, with its upstairs and downstairs bars and good food. For burgers, head to Ye Olde Rathskeller. Hot Dogs? Little Buffalo’s Zweigle hot dogs have gotten the attention of Hot Dog Nation. Hankering for shepherd’s pie and a perfectly-poured Guinness? There’s only one place — Kilkenny House. Authentic Greek fare can be found at Ambeli Greek Taverna. Sushi? I recommend Mizu. For more upscale fare, try 100 Steps (love the raw bar) and A Toute Heure. I’ll save the funkiest spot for last - the Riverside Inn; locals call it The Dive. The kitchen’s the size of a closet, and chef John McCarthy works wonders. His prime rib rocks.

Full List:

Cranford

West New York

Keyport

Hammonton

Denville

Somerville

Belmar

Medford

Wood-Ridge

Hackettstown

Perth Amboy

Merchantville

Westwood

Somers Point

Pitman

Lambertville

Haddonfield

Bloomfield

Bradley Beach

Parsippany

Metuchen

Point Pleasant Beach

Hawthorne