Meals that are fast and easy are great.

My go-to's are always Wawa, Capone's in downtown Toms River, or Little Mia's off Boulevard in Seaside Heights.

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Now, every now and then it's fun to really mix it up and grab a sit-down meal.

New Jersey has no shortage of places to go.

From some of the best diners in the country to amazing seafood restaurants and mom-and-pop restaurants all over, there's something for everyone.

What about a "traditional restaurant" though?

Readers Digest has ranked the best "traditional restaurant" in every state, and New Jersey's not only has a delicious-looking menu but a fascinating history.

What is a traditional restaurant?

According to Readers Digest

Our picks for the best traditional restaurant in each state include eateries serving dishes that reflect the locale, iconic establishments and places locals rave about.

It doesn't necessarily mean the place is over-the-top fancy, however, the pick for NJ is a pretty classy place.

What are the most traditional restaurants in the tri-state area?

before we get to New Jersey, let's take a look at New York and my former home of PA.

In New York, you're gonna want to head to the Moosewood in Ithica.

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

It's a 'heavy on the veggie' vegan restaurant, I'm not a vegan by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm down to try anything once.

In Pennsylvania, you have to head to the City of Brotherly Love and check out Rex at the Royal.

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

I would have assumed it was a cheesesteak place, but this spot looks pretty good! They feature a bunch of seafood, nice entrees, and a unique drink list.

It's not quite my style, but I'd give it a shot.

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So Really, What's the Most Traditional Restaurant in New Jersey?

You'll have to hop on the GSP headed South to get there, but it seems worth the drive.

It's called the Knife and Fork Inn, in Atlantic City and outside of the food, the history of this building is pretty cool.

According to their website, the Knife and Fork Inn was opened in 1912 by then AC Mayor William Riddle and some of his friends.

It was originally a men's-only drinking and dining club.

Women were permitted in the 'ladies lounges' until they were beckoned by their husbands, and the third floor was sometimes used for gambling and 'other' activities.

Their website also delves into the prohibition period in American History.

Apparently, the Inn would continue to sell booze even while it was illegal across the country.

Nowadays, anyone is welcome to dine in the restaurant and the food looks mouth-watering!

World Class Steaks, Fresh Seafood, and be sure to save room for dessert because the Tres Leches Cake is to die for.

Check out the full menu HERE.

Have you ever eaten here before? If so, would you agree that it's New Jersey's most traditional place to eat?

I know I'm looking to give it a try!

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