Last winter, while out for a drive, I took my wife to White Rose Hamburgers in Highland Park.
More properly, to “The White Rose System.” Which, according to nj.com’s Pete Genovese, “opened in 1956 or 1958 – let’s say sometime in the 50s, because even the guys who work there are not sure.”
The White Rose is one of the countless food spots in New Jersey that prides itself on being different. It’s NOT White Tower, and it’s not White Castle. My brother made regular runs there from Rutgers for French fries in the early ’70s, and it hasn’t changed much since … a good thing. The food is good and plentiful and the ambience is nothing fancy. We both absolutely enjoyed our take-out burgers.
New Jersey is home to hundreds of unique places just like the White Rose as well as pretty much every fast food chain that’s come down the pike since highways got people traveling. If you had a taste for just about anything, you’ve never had to go far in the Garden State to get it.
Here’s a gallery of vintage photos showing a variety of eateries in New Jersey. And here are links to some other galleries you’ll enjoy.