The New Jersey Turnpike is a 122-mile parkway that includes a section of Interstate 95 and runs through East Brunswick and Newark. This turnpike is a toll road and offers dining options on most of its exits. Exit 8, which is a part of the Interstate 95 section of the turnpike, leads to East Windsor and Hightstown. These towns offer restaurants that are less than 10 minutes from the turnpike.
Scotto's Ristorante, an Italian dining establishment in East Windsor, is less than 10 minutes from Exit 8 and situated in the Twin Rivers Shopping Center. This family-owned and operated restaurant has a casual atmosphere. Scotto's offers a catering service for on-site events, such as banquets and private parties. Lunch and dinner are served every day of the week. The lunch menu offers items such as carbonara pasta, chicken fajita pizza and shrimp parmigiana. Dinner entrees include chicken and veal dishes such as pizzaiola, which is served with garlic and white wine, as well as eggplant parmigiana and Italian hoagie sandwiches. Reservations are accepted.
Scotto's Ristorante 659 Abbington Drive East Windsor, NJ 08520 609-443-6410 scottosonline.com
Basil's Legends in East Windsor serves Mediterranean cuisine and is less than five minutes from Exit 8 on the New Jersey Turnpike. This restaurant features a fireplace, Greek-themed décor and a full-service bar. Basil's also offers off-site catering services and can facilitate private events of up to 50 people. The dining establishment serves lunch on Tuesdays through Fridays, as well as dinner on the weekends. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. For lunch, the menu offers items such as black angus cheesesteak, souvlaki with chicken, pork or beef, and shrimp voula with strawberries. Dinner entrees include Greek pork tenderloin and New York strip steak. Reservations are recommended.
Basil's Legends 460 Route 33 E. East Windsor, NJ 08520 609-443-5565 basilslegends.com
Anthony's Chicken & Grill
Located in Hightstown, Anthony's Chicken & Grill is less than 10 minutes from Exit 8 and within walking distance of the Hightstown Memorial Branch public library. Lunch and dinner are served every day of the week. The menu offers chicken selections such as shepherd's pie, rotisserie chicken, chicken pot pie and “Tubs of Chicken” that contain up to 100 pieces. Other menu items include jumbo shrimp, fish-n-chips and buffalo wings. Take-out and delivery options are available. Anthony's also provides catering services.
Anthony's Chicken & Grill 109 Franklin St. Hightstown, NJ 08520 609-443-3777 anthonyschickenandribs.com