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American Restaurants in Elizabeth

Elizabeth’s restaurant scene offers a wide selection of American classics. Here are some of the best American restaurants in town serving everything from hearty steaks to jumbo ice cream sundaes.



        Grills and Griddles

        When it comes to grills, Tropicana Diner is one of the city’s best, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 24 hours a day. You can have Nutella-stuffed French toast at midnight, fries loaded with gravy and cheese first thing in the morning, or fill up on a platter of steak and broiled shrimp for a midday snack. The island-themed decor will transport you to a far away locale, while the generous portions, endless menu options, and ever-changing specials will remind you that this is classic American food at its finest.

        Magic Fountain is another Elizabeth eatery that initially opened in 1954 as an ice cream shop. They continue to serve the ice cream treats that made them famous (and magical) for decades, and in 2004 opened a new building with a grill to add savory meals to their menu as well. Magic Fountain Ice Cream & Grill serves burgers and fries, fire-roasted meats, and Philly cheesesteaks. For a sweet ending to your meal, try a giant banana split, gooey hot fudge brownie sundae, or a thick milkshake from their classic ice cream menu. The restaurant even has a catering service that accommodates parties and corporate events of all sizes. 

        If you’re in the mood for Sunday brunch, stop by Yelp’s #1 Brunch Spot in New Jersey,  Urban Griddle. Yelp rated Urban Griddle the #1 Brunch Spot in New Jersey. The restaurant is decorated with rustic barn wood accents and dishes up classic American breakfast favorites like challah French toast, Belgian waffles, and pancakes. Visitors may need to eat here more than once during their stay in Elizabeth due to the sheer number of options for egg lovers, from meat-filled omelets to veggie scrambles. Try gourmet dishes like a fig and onion omelet or a kale and goat cheese omelet. The lunch menu features burgers, sandwiches, and salads that satisfy meat lovers and vegetarians alike. The restaurant also has an extensive beverage selection, including gourmet coffees and teas, fancy cocktails, and craft beers.

        Barbecue and Wings

        Want a familiar favorite? Wing Stop is a casual chain restaurant that specializes in hot chicken wings and boneless strips. All wings are made-to-order and are best accompanied with a side of fresh yeast rolls, coleslaw, and seasoned fries. And don’t forget the dipping sauce! Wingstop serves every flavor imaginable, from honey mustard to mango habanero. Wing Stop also offers a discount for Kean University and Union County College students—10% off a 10-piece meal. Make sure to bring a current photo ID to enjoy this student special. 


        Elizabeth is a fantastic destination for enjoying classic American fare. There is a large variety of American restaurants, whether you are looking for a barbecue joint, upscale steakhouse, or Sunday brunch spot. No matter what kind of American fare you are craving, you will find it in Elizabeth. 

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