New Jersey is home to not one, but two NFL teams claiming to be from New York. And they don't just play here. The Jets and Giants practice facilities are also located in the Garden State. That sort of slight is typical: Anything great in Northern Jersey (pizza, profuse profanity, the Nets) is credited to – or stolen by – New York. Everything crummy ("Jersey Shore," gang violence, pollution) is assumed to be the organic product of fallow ground. Fortunately, the Super Bowl is giving New Jersey the chance to set the record straight.
Here's what the fans, reporters, and half-time performers smart enough to stay in the same state as MetLife Stadium should get up to if they really want to enjoy some local color.
Eat at a diner.
New Jersey is infested with diners like some states are infested with Walmarts. A meeting place for the young and old, for the slackers and the stoned, a diner is where you can find a meal at four in the morning, whether you're jonesing for a grilled cheese or the seafood special (do not get the seafood special). If you can go to just one, check out Newark's Tops the Diner, perennially voted No. 1 in the state.
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