Sen. Cory Booker was up and at ’em early Tuesday, greeting his social media flock with an invitation to toss a few local shops his way in order to some them much-deserved love during Small Business Week 2014 .
In honor of #sbw2014, what's your favorite #NJ small business? Tweet it at me, and I’ll RT. — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 13, 2014
The New Jersey Democrat quickly learned that food is what fuels 99.99 percent of ALL discussions online.
Sure, there was an architecture group named here. And a woman-owned outfit was heralded there.
Shoutout to SeaGrass -- anyone have any non-restaurant NJ #smallbiz? RT @ChrisKohatsu: @CoryBooker SeaGrass Restaurant, Asbury Park! — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 13, 2014
But the majority of folks were determined to spread the word about personal dining gems, a must-hit list that included:
Giorgio’s Pasticcerie , Hoboken: Family-owned bakery specializing in Italian and French pastries.
Blueplate , Mullica Hill: Neighborhood restaurant specializing in Modern American cuisine.
Benny’s , Fair Lawn: Old school luncheonette dealing in home fries, patty melts and their signature “Overstuffed Hot Pastrami Sandwich.”
Bischoff’s Ice Cream , Teaneck: An 80-year-old sweets shop that dabbles in the likes of pumpkin fudge, coffee-cookie crush ice cream (coffee cream with crumbled Oreos) and strawberry ice cream sodas. (“I’ll believe it when I taste it,” Booker asserted )
Judicke’s Bakery , Bayonne: Family-run bakery renowned for cranking out old favorites (baklava, mascarpone mousse cake) as well as trendy treats (“Frozen”-themed cupcakes).
White Manna , Hackensack, and Kosher Nosh , Glenn Rock: The former is a fast-food haven renowned for its onion-packed sliders while the latter is a traditional deli dishing smoked fish platters, triple-decker sandwiches and Jewish comfort foods (chopped liver, stuffed cabbage, chicken-in-a-pot).
SeaGrass Restaurant , Ocean Grove: Polished eatery with a penchant for seasonal cooking.
Mount Royal Bagel Company , Marlton: The house that wood-fired, “Montreal-style” bagels (“boiled in honey water before baking,” the website explains) built.
Biggie's Clam Bar, Hoboken : A nearly 70-year-old raw bar that’s since spun off into other states (Tennessee).
Osteria Procacci , Kingston: Upscale pizza joint specializing in gourmet pies.
Magic Fountain Ice Cream and Grill , Elizabeth: Deep-fried everything plus frozen goodies.
Southside Roast , Cranford: Local java source with a few nibbles (soups, sandwiches) to boot.
To wit, the only way out of the restaurant rumble for the food-fatigued solon was to retreat to the relative safety of the chamber:
Ok thanks for your #SBW2014 shoutouts - need to go preside on the Senate Floor now. Catch me on C-Span. — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 13, 2014
Looks like Mr. Text Happy bit off more than he could chew this time.