It's one of the first dishes you're served as a child and it begins a craving that lasts the rest of your life. New Jersey's love for mac 'n' cheese goes that far back.

I amazed my kids with my late mother's special recipe for mac 'n' cheese using Philadelphia brand cream cheese and Kraft Cheese Whiz, which you can see here.  It's still a big hit to this day and I haven't seen anything like it anywhere.

Whether it comes from a box, homemade, The Morristown Mac and Cheese Festival, or a fine New Jersey restaurant, we want our mac and cheese!

So which of the many fine Jersey restaurants have the sacred mac and cheese? How about these from my Facebook page:

Mike Gregorio

Place out in Metuchen called Be My Guest Personal Chef & Catering. Great cheese to Mac ratio. Perfect with their BBQ Ribs or as a stand-alone, especially for the kiddos.

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Rich Ross

Wawa

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Giulio Poli

ROYAL FARMS

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Richard Nashmy

Lobster Mac & Cheese! Tops Diner, East Newark!

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Tom Aiello

El Toro Loco in South Plainfield, they make a good loco mac 'n' cheese

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Keith Vena

Salt Creek Grille (Princeton). They make a fantastic Bacon Bourbon glazed macaroni & cheese

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Eryn O'Ree

For convenience stores, Wawa Mac & Cheese is sooo good. For a restaurant B2 in Point Pleasant has some great Mac & cheese!

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Marc Cohen

Aunt Berta's Kitchen is homemade goodness! in Hadden Township and Lindenwold

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Laurielle Nagel

Cracker Barrel

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Arlene Pugliese

Mission bbq makes a really, very good mac 'n' cheese

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No matter where you get it, it will always be worth the wait!

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Best coffee shops & cafes near NJ beaches

When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don't count us out when it comes to coffee.

With all the hustle and bustle involved in the average New Jersey resident's day, coffee is essential. It doesn't matter whether you're living in the cities of North Jersey or the vacation spots at the shore.

In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey shore coffee houses, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much people at the Jersey shore love their coffee.

With respect to that, I asked my social media following where the best coffee houses at the Jersey Shore were, especially since my two places no longer exist.

Below is what they came up with. (And see this other article for their coffee shop and cafe recommendations for Central Jersey.)