#SCBDExclusive: Potbelly to Open in Paramus this Tuesday!

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If you’ve been an avid SCBD reader from the beginning you know one of my favorite places to grab lunch while I interned at The Rachael Ray Show was Potbelly Sandwich Shop. It was an easy walk from the former studio in Midtown East, affordable, and delicious and I’m not normally a big sandwich person. Check out my original post featuring Potbelly, here.

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I loved eating Potbelly so much that I wanted them to open up in New Jersey. Now over a year later, they are opening their second New Jersey location (the first is in Jersey City) at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, NJ. The Potbelly official grand opening is this Tuesday, February 19th at 11am.

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In honor of the opening they are having an Oven Warming Party (which I found out via Twitter) tomorrow from 11am-1:30pm. The first 260 people to sign up (admits you and one guest) can enjoy a Potbelly Originals sandwich, a bag of chips, and a fountain drink, all for a $5 cash donation per person that will be going to Family to Family to raise funds for their projects.  Be sure to RSVP, here, tonight! I’m planning on attending, so maybe I’ll see you there?!

The MenuPhoto Credit: DNAinfo.com

The Menu
Photo Credit: DNAinfo.com

If you can’t make it out tomorrow, make sure you stop by for their official grand opening Tuesday or anytime the rest of the week.  I highly recommend the Roast Beef sandwich which is my personal favorite, I’ve even ordered it “Bigs” (30% more meat) because it’s that delicious!

Here’s to a successful grand opening and giving Potbelly a warm welcome to Bergen County!

Happy Eating! 😀

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#New #SCBD Jersey Bites Post-Enjoy A Date Night at Chakra in Paramus


Enjoy A Date Night at Chakra in Paramus (via Jersey Bites)

Before the holidays, I was invited to go to a media dinner at Chakra, a restaurant and lounge located centrally off Route 4, in Paramus. Since Chakra has such a romantic atmosphere, I felt it was only right to bring along my boyfriend, Jason. Chakra, certainly lives up to its romantic reputation with…

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Authentic Mexican Food & Cocktails at Chapala Grill– #SCBDApproved!

So normally I try to go to a restaurant once or twice if I can before I write about it but I went to Chapala Grill in Bergenfield, NJ this past Saturday night with my roommate Leah for a girls night out and had to tell you all about it!

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When we first decided to go we figured we’d just order drinks and appetizers since the cocktails they had and beer were an unbeatable price. Leah got a beer ($3.50)  and I got a Peach Margarita on the rocks ($5.50) to start and they brought us out some tortilla chips and salsa. The salsa was perfect not too thick and had a little kick in every bite. Next, we decided to order some of their specialties since they were amazing priced. Leah got the Burrito Chapala ($13.95) that is a burrito with crab meat, spinach, and more. I decided to get the Tacos Mexicanos ($11.75) with steak, pico de gallo, and cilantro. We both devoured our meals and enjoyed every bite. I even put some salsa on my tacos it was so good and we took our leftover rice & beans to go.

I’ve learned the secret to a great Mexican restaurant is that it has:

  • Strong, delicious Margaritas
  • Food Portioned perfectly
  • Affordable
  • Authentic

Chapala Grill was all that & more! We both decided to we had to bring our boyfriend, friends, and family here for dinner. They also have an awesome happy hour we were interested in attending sometime.

Chapala Grill is located at 52 South Washington Ave  Bergenfield, NJ 07621

Happy Eating…Cheers! 😀

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#SCBD Exclusive Preview: Zinburger in Garden State Plaza

Zinburger Paramus Exterior - Inside Mall

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This past weekend I was invited to go to the media preview dinner at Zinburger that opened today at Garden State Plaza. If you love burgers, shakes, and a variety of cocktails then Zinburger is the place for you.

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I went with my boyfriend Jason where we basically got a tasting of the menu and their cocktails.

The tasting menu

The tasting menu

We started off with the Dulce de Leche shake which was delicious. They split it in half for us so we could each have a taste of the shake.

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The Dulce de Leche shake 🙂

We were really hungry so we decided to start with a side of the famous Zinburger zucchini fries which were really good and flavorful. I’d recommend them or the truffle fries to anyone, the sweet potato fries at Zinburger aren’t too bad either.

Zinburger's zucchini fries

Zinburger’s zucchini fries

Next, we each ordered a cocktail because they all looked so great around us. Jason got the sangria & I got The Lemon Sipper. We enjoyed both of our cocktails which complimented our fries while we waited for our burgers to come out.

The Lemon Sipper

The Lemon Sipper

Next, our burgers came out. Now, if you like your burger done Medium Rare then you’ll love Zinburger because they cook their burgers on the lighter side. I got the Samburger which has Applewood Smoked Bacon, American Cheese, and Thousand Island dressing on it. I requested mine be Kobe Beef since it’s an option at Zinburger. I ordered it Medium but next time I go I will order it Medium Well since it was still a bit read for my taste but it was delicious and huge! Jason ordered El Diablo which is topped with Fire Roasted Jalapenos, Pepperjack Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Chipotle Mayo. Unlike me he likes his burgers Medium Rare so the red didn’t really bother him. He also enjoyed it and thought it had just enough kick to it.

The Samburger

The Samburger

El Diablo

El Diablo

If you’re looking for a burger that is different then usual and options when it comes to fries then Zinburger is the place for you! The Paramus location also has a full bar which is great to watch the game. I’m definitely looking forward to more girls night out and date nights at the Paramus location since it’s so close to where I live.

The Zinburger in Paramus is located at 1 Garden State Plaza, Space #1146, consider it your lunch/dinner option next time your shopping at the mall!

Cheers! 😀

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*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for my meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBD & Boozy Burbs Bergen County Sandy Relief Fundraiser

Please join Small Chick Big Deals & Boozy Burbs to support those affected most by the Super Storm Sandy in Little Ferry & Moonachie. All proceeds will be going to the Borough of Moonachie Relief.

Tuesday, November 13th from 7-9:30pm
At Rockleigh Country Club
26 Paris Avenue, Rockleigh, NJ

Cash Bar (portion of proceeds being donated to relief efforts)
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from area restaurants and caterers
Raffle (entire proceeds being donated to relief efforts)
$5 Suggested Donation/Entry Fee

RSVP via Facebook here or here.

Interested in donating or helping out?

Email #SCBD at smallchickbigdeals@gmail.com or Boozy Burbs at info@boozyburbs.com

Check out my latest Jersey Bites post: Great Beer & Meal for a Deal at Miller’s Ale House!


Great Beer & Meal For a Deal at Millers Ale House (via Jersey Bites)

A new restaurant has opened in Paramus right next to 24 hour Fitness and it has become a regular spot for me now. Miller’s Ale House, the second to open in the state of NJ, too. Miller’s is a chain but is located mostly in Florida & Pennsylvania. They are known for their great food with affordable…

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The Best of Bergen Made An Appearance at #Bergenfest 2012!

If you checked out my fall event round up, you know that Bergenfest  held by Bergen Health & Life was last week and it was an event not to be missed! It took place last Thursday, September 27th at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel from 5-9 PM. I went along with three of my main girls– Lauren, Leah & Nicole.  Lauren is a foodie & a photographer, she took just about all the pictures I will be featuring in this post unless I mention otherwise, Nicole also has a food/nightlife blog– Rockland 411 and Leah, who is one my roommates and is an adventurous eater, she also hails from Canada originally! Bergenfest was a great night, so let me tell you why!

The ladies & I taking a picture by the Step & Repeat!
Photo Credit: Lauren Kelly

“This event is an amazing chance to experience the best of Bergen County—and to have a great time and find treasure too,” says Andy Shane, publisher of Bergen Health & Life.

Bergenfest was an event not to miss, the people of Bergen county were dressed in their very best and prepared to meet some of the counties best vendors. Tables of vendors filled the lobby showcasing their resources to residents from hair salons to dentists you could find it at the festival.

The moment you stepped into the main room, the smell of food filled the air. I know my senses were taunted by the smell and astonished by the variety of food vendors that were present. They were all fully prepared for the huge crowd that awaited. I knew some of the vendors and have written about two: Mr Cupcakes & Blue Moon Mexican Cafe. I also came across a few vendors I’d love to visit in the near future like MK Valencia, Broadway Joe’s Bagels, and the renown Biggie’s Clam Bar.

At the MK Valencia table, getting ready to dig in!

The girls & I in the photo booth NYC photo had provided. Hair & makeup by the Moxie Salon in Ridgedale, NJ!

The night would not have been complete without a performance from Bergen’s own Janice Robinson who performed her hit, “Dreamer” which engaged the whole crowd. There was also a fashion show that followed soon after. Of course the night ended with the celebrity sighting of RHONJ own, Jacqueline Laurita. See more pictures below:

It was definitely a night to remember and I can’t wait to check out the restaurants that were present at the event! Looks like I’ll have more local deals to cover! If you live in Bergen county it’s an event you won’t want to miss! I know the ladies & I had a great night! 😀

Be back with more event coverage from this past weekend before you know it!!! 😀