Avo's Grill - Cliffside Park

Avo's Grill, Cliffside Park, NJAnother reinvented neighborhood spot, Avo's Grill underwent a major renovation and menu revamping about a year ago. The interior is now carries a chic, modern style with a beautiful black-top bar. The front of the restaurant opens in nice weather so you can dine al-fresco and still be indoors. Service is excellent, this is the type of place where the wait-staff remembers your orders and food preferences - a serious boost to any dining experience.

Food at Avo's can best be described as elevated Mediterranean with a Turkish twist. While there are a number of stellar things on the menu, one of the first things to try is an appetizer portion of their garlic dill fries. No kidding, they are probably some of the best fries in Northern NJ.  Another excellent starter, especially for sharing, is the Meza Plate - which comes with Hummus, Babaganoush, Tzaziki, Mouhamara and Pita Chips. Moving on to main courses, the Fatoush salad is a great, light choice and comes with chopped lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, parsley and a mint/sumac vinaigrette. The main plates include the ubiquitous chicken, beef and vegetarian shish-kabob. My personal recommendation - the grilled shrimp shish, seasoned with a smoky chipotle spice and served with a side of rice.

As I mentioned and feel I must mention again, the service here is impeccable and the staff is very accommodating. This restaurant has become very popular due to the great food, atmosphere and drinks. I would suggest making reservations on the weekend and calling ahead to check if the restaurant is reserved for a party. They don't have a parking lot, but there is plenty of street parking along Anderson Ave.

Reviewed by: Amanda Z. for the New Jersey Foodhound

Avo's Grill
(201) 945-9038

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