CRANFORD - On Wednesday afternoon, NJ.com's food writer, Peter Genovese, released a list of 15 great N.J. food towns that no one knows about

How Cranford is considered a "food town that no one knows about" despite winning NJ.com's Best Downtown Competition is perplexing, but residents are still happy with the recognition.

Genovese's description of Cranford read:

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 is wonderful.