9 Franklin Tpke, Waldwick, NJ
In a previous post about Kinchley’s in Ramsey, I waxed rhapsodic about the cracker thin bar-pies there. But until recently, I believed Kinchley’s style to be unique in our local Northern NJ area, until I stumbled upon this entry on Tommy’s blog.
Apparently, in the late 80’s, there was a schism within the ranks of Kinchley’s, and one of the employees went on their own to open their own place. In essence, the pies at Nellie’s Place are very similar to the ones at Kinchleys (which apparently, are also derived from Star Tavern’s and also the Reservoir Tavern in Parsippany.). Like Kinchley’s, Nellie’s has a tavern-like atmosphere, although I’ll go out on a limb and say it looks a little nicer inside and the table layout is less crowded.
Nellie’s storefront on Franklin Turnpike.
Thin crust NJ bar pies await at Nellie’s. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
Main dining room
A peek inside the bar.
The pizza menu. Note the choice of “Fra Diavolo” sauce which is very much a Kinchley’s-ism.
We started off with some poppers.
Our pizzas arrive: A plain pie, A California (Pineapple and Canadian Bacon) and a Fra Diavolo with Fresh Garlic and Sausage.
First, some Birch Beer.
The plain pie is indeed quite respectable, and the sauce is actually a bit tangier than Kinchley’s, which I find a little on the sweet side.
The Canadian Bacon/Pineapple California pie, which actually worked quite well. I like to put a few shakes of hot pepper on it to balance out the sweetness of the pineapple.
I ponder the alien landscape of the California Pie.
The Fra Diavolo with Sausage and Garlic. Nellie’s Fra Diavolo sauce is actually considerably spicier than Kinchley’s, which I liked. The fresh garlic really gave it some serious extra punch, and the sausage was excellent. My favorite of the three pies.
A sampling from the Salad Bar.
Chicken Parmigiana sandwich, with really good waffle cut fries.
The chicken parm sandwich is big enough to share.