Elizabeth Avenue is also well known for its many different varieties of food. Everything from American to Italian to Portuguese to a wide variety of Latin American culinary delights. A visit to Bella Palermo Pastry Shop will thrill your taste buds. The Avenue features a wide variety of food; you can find Custard Cups, Uruguayan Pastries, Arepas, Cuban and Colombian coffee, espresso coffee, canola, pupusas, pizza, Italian Hotdogs, tostones, steaks, shellfish, Cuban Sandwiches, and so much more. Centanni’s Meat Market and Algarve Fish market and a host of produce stores hold court around the historic Union Square area. Located just around the corner on Centre Street is the newly expanded Baby & Teen Gallery. This area also features a Farmer’s market throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall, and free concerts during the Summer months.
El Salvadoreno and others serve fine Latin fare. Going straight to the Port, you can dine one of the City’s elegant Spanish restaurants, including Manolo’s. Also off of East Jersey Street is Madrid, another wonderful Spanish restaurant in Midtown. Dolce Restaurant & Lounge is a great meeting place located on Broad Street. For the best Cuban Cuisine, Seafood and Steaks, visit Alvarez Café, a landmark which has been on the Avenue for more than 35 years.
In the western part of the City, there are many shopping and food choices. On Elmora Avenue, you can stop and enjoy Kosher Chinese food, and visit the Jerusalem Restaurant which serves a varied menu of Kosher foods. The Elmora district offers a variety of shopping opportunities, and is also home to two of the city’s largest supermarkets, PathMark and ShopRite, and a Home Depot store.
On Westfield Avenue is Aroma Restaurant & Lounge, formerly known as Los Faroles. Europa Restaurant & Café is located across the street. Nearby, on Magie Avenue, the Garden Restaurant straddles the Union border, but many Elizabethans are proud to claim it as their own because of the great quality of food. In the northern section of the City, are several fine Portuguese restaurants, including Valenca. In the Bayway district, you will find other fine restaurants, and one of the area’s busiest stores, Bayway Liquors, where you will always find a bargain.
Peterstown district is an ethnic enclave, which features some Italian and Spanish delis and cafes, DiCosmo’s – a legendary Italian ice shop, and of course, one of the City’s most well known Italian restaurants – Spirito’s. St. Anthony’s Church is still the hub of this very vibrant community, and many of its older residents enjoy the beautiful Peterstown Community Center just off the banks of the Elizabeth River.