Hidden Gems in Dumont

Dumont New Jersey isn't one of the bigger towns in Bergen County. It is smaller than neighboring Cresskill, Bergenfield, Closter or New Milford. At under 2 square miles, some might not realize there are in Dumont, even as they drive right down Washington Avenue, through the center of Town. Here are a few hidden gems you don't want to miss, recommended by your Dumont chiropractor.

Hidden Gems

However, don't let the size of Dumont cause you to miss a couple of the gems that are here for your entertainment. There are several restaurants in town that simply cannot be missed, but two that I feel are worth mentioning here.

Right down the road from my office, The Back Care Center, on Grant Avenue is The Grant Street Café. This Bar-Restaurant has been a mainstay of Dumont long before I got here over 30 years ago.

"Grant's" or "Grant Street", as locals refer to the place is famous for their thin crust pizza and on Friday and Saturday nights, the place is hopping with families and friends sitting down to enjoy a delicious pizza dinner, in a friendly environment.

The pizza is loved by everyone but for those wanting something more substantial, there is more to the menu. I am a big fan of the salads and sandwiches which are available for lunch and for dinner. The servings are generous, and they taste wonderful. The Kitchen prepares delicious specials daily and "Grants" often has Pasta nights and Sunday, buffet breakfasts.

The bar at Grant's is great. Large, comfortable and they have great specialty drinks.

One Of My Favorites

Another hidden prize in Dumont, is Finks BBQ Smokehouse on West Madison Avenue. Fink's is one my favorite restaurants and myself along with some friends usually go there for a "boys" night at least 3-4 times a year. The atmosphere is very casual. Wooden chairs and wooden tables with brown paper table coverings. The walls of the dining area are a giant blackboard and are literally covered with your choices of beer as well as a diagram, detailing the butchering of a pig. There is no mistaking Fink's for a vegetarian venue. The bar has TV's to enjoy while you have a beer and sports are often being shown for you to watch while you relax with your drink.

While the atmosphere is very casual, the food at Fink's is "over the top good." Start with the appetizers. Anyone of them are good but personally I say do not miss the "Texas Lollypops" which are Sausage on a stick, wrapped in bacon served with a horseradish cream dipping sauce. The "New Jersey Lollypops" are also to die for. They are new potatoes, stuffed with Taylor ham and then wrapped in bacon. These are also served with the same horseradish cream dipping sauce. I am not going to tell you which is better, but I am loyal to New Jersey.

The main courses are all good. The combination platters are a great way of trying many of Fink's specialties. The spareribs fall off the bone and are delicious. However, my personal favorite is the center cut beef rib which is the best I have ever tasted.

Before you fill yourself up with the mains, don't forget to try the sides of corn souffle or mashed potatoes. They are fabulous and it is worth saving the room.