I don't really know why, but people in this area really eat a lot of bagels. If you've never had a bagel from the Northeastern United States before, you might be pleasantly suprised. They are different than the nasty frozen one you buy at the market. If you have ever been to the national chain Einstein Brothers, then you know how good NY style bagles are.
Currently, there are 3 place in town to buy bagels, in addition to WaWas all over the city that have grab and go bagles that can be toasted and dressed up for an additional charge (don't eat WaWa bagels cold, though. ugh.)
Bagel Factory/New York Sandwich & Salad Company
219 S Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360
Located on Delsea Drive a few blocks from the intersection with Landis Avenue
Overall the best bagel place. Good quality bagels and sandwiches. Eat-in and take out.
Yummy daily specials updated daily on website. Open for breakfast and lunch.
1406 S Main Road
Vineland, NJ 08360
Located in Magnolia Plaza at the intersection of Main and Magnolia Roads.
My least favorite bagel place. Their bagels are extremely dense and sit like lead in the belly. Some people like that. Not I. They have some interesting flavors though. Take out only.
Cousins Deli & Bakery
2630 E Chestnut Ave (Across from the High School)
Vineland, NJ 08361
They have great sandwiches and spreads.
Eat-in and take out.
Stewart's Drive-in isn't known for culinary excellence, but rather for nostalgia and novelty. It's a "NJ thing." There are locations in several other states on the east coast as well. The family has to go at least once each summer. Stewart's is a 50's styled eatery where you drive up and the hottie waitresses (called carhops) take your order in your car, then hang the little trays on food on your window. You sit in your car and eat. It's kinda fun to do if it's not too hot out. They make an outstanding rootbeer floats called a "Black Cow." Open from April til October.
Cute fan website link below .
Going out for an ice-cream in the evening is a popular pastime in NJ because because it is very hot & humid in the summer. I loooove ice-cream and we have several ice-cream stands in town:
Deek's Deli-N-Kustard Kitchen: This is the place I remember going to as a kid. Back then it stood alone in a wooded lot, now it has been encorporated into a homey little strip mall. The ice-cream is really good. Their pineapple has always been my favorite. They also have take out deli items. Seating is outside only.
Main & Magnolia Roads, 691-5438.
General Custard's Last Stand: A 50's themed ice-cream parlor which is known for it's excellent Cuban Sandwich. It is the only parlor in town with eat-in seating. Located near Vineland High School on
2578 E Chestnut Ave, 692-2992.
Serene Custard: It has always been my favorite because it was the first in town to have a miniature golf course. Currently seating is limited to outdoors only, although they have been working to renovate an old train car to provide indoor seating. A city zoning snafu has held up the project for a few years. Located on the Boulevard overlooking the railroad tracks.
N West Blvd and Garden Roads, 692-1104.
Lincoln Falls: (see corresponding tip). Go there for golf, not ice-cream. Their ice-cream selection is dismal.
There are also 2 national chains:
Rita's Water Ice- one on Lincoln and Landis Avenue and one by the Cumberland Mall on Delsea and College Drives. Their best item is actually their vanilla soft custard.
Friendly's Restaurant: These restaurants serve family friendly food and tasty ice-cream desserts. 2 locations, both within the Cumberland Mall complex.