Food Openings We’re Excited About: Poke, Burgers, Mexican, Cake & Coffee


Yes, yes, Dairy Air has closed up (for some time now). But we are way more excited to talk about what’s open!

Proven Poke

Proven Poke

Montclair Center gets a dedicated poke spot and we couldn’t be happier. Proven Poke opened at 19 Church Street in Montclair Friday with a choice of poke bowls or burritos and wide array of options to fill them with — tuna, salmon, tofu, crab, avocado, shrimp, chicken and octopus. Add crunch with crispy garlic, nori strips, toasted rice puffs, or stray from the healthy side with crumbled Fritos or Doritos.

Diesel and Duke, Caldwell

Diesel & Duke

Now there’s two places locally to get delicious, gravity-defying Diesel & Duke burgers. In addition to their Glenridge Ave. location in Montclair, now there’s Diesel & Duke in Caldwell. Located at 455 Bloomfield Ave., the Caldwell Diesel & Duke offers burgers, poutine, fries, and yes, those fried Oreos in a bright, new space with ample seating. Our burger pick? The Smokeshow burger featuring bacon, aged Cheddar, onion ring and BBQ sauce.

Layers of Flavors

It’s getting dangerously difficult to walk down Montclair’s Walnut Street without giving in to sweet temptation at Gina’s, Cucina 98 and Red Eye Cafe. Now joining the mix is Layers of Flavors, a new cake and coffee shop at 102 Walnut Street.

El Toro Loco

El Toro Loco Bloomfield

Ever since Senorita’s closed in Bloomfield, a Mexican restaurant with cocktails was sorely missed. Now El Toro Loco Bloomfield, a modern Mexican Kitchen and tequila bar, opens at 80 Washington Street in Bloomfield with a grand opening fiesta this Saturday night.

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