Weekend Eats: Bacon Fest at Zeppelin Hall, The Pinwheel Garden Reopens

From the start of Bacon Fest at Zeppelin Hall to the opening of a new ramen restaurant in Newport, we’ve got your top picks for where to eat and drink this weekend.

What: Bacon Fest at Zeppelin Hall
When: Friday, January 12 through Sunday, February 4
Where: Zeppelin Hall at 88 Liberty View Drive
Bacon Fest is Zeppelin Hall’s annual celebration of all things bacon. The biergarten will offer a special bacon menu created by executive chef Franco Robazetti. The menu features 20 new entrees (in addition to previous Bacon Fest favorites) with an emphasis on international bacon dishes like a bacon pad thai and bacon bolognese over pene. Plus, on Friday night 80’s camp band “White Wedding” will perform 80s hits starting at 9pm.

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What: Departed Soles Gluten Free Beers Release
When: Friday, January 12 at 4pm
Where: Departed Soles at 150 Bay Street
Departed Soles is releasing two new gluten free brews: For stout lovers, there’s the third iteration of the Rick-Rolled Oat Coffee Stout, which is described as a “5+% ABV craft beer with a hint of roasted grain (minus the gluten), maltiness (of the gluten free variety), and just a touch of bitterness and coffee.” Also making its debut is the Bumper Hops IPA, which has a “beautiful tropical aroma with the taste of orange, lemony citrus coming through, while being minimally bitter.”

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What: Menya Sandaime
When: Now Open; Mondays through Sundays from 11am to 10pm
Where: 570 Washington Blvd
There’s a new ramen house in town. Fort Lee’s Menya Sandaime just opened its latest outpost steps away from the Newport PATH station. The restaurant makes its noodles in-house and offers a variety of ramen styles including Tonkotsu, Karakuchi, Tsukemen, and Ankake Yaki.

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What: The Pinwheel Garden
When: Friday through Sunday from 12pm to 9pm (new hours begin next week)
Where: 318 Communipaw Avenue
Bergen-Lafayette’s dining scene continues to grow as dumpling/noodle bar The Pinwheel Garden reopens this weekend after a brief winter hiatus. The restaurant is debuting a new menu that includes items like Scallion Pancake Pizza, Dumpling Salad, and a Veggie “Bolognese.”

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What: Network N’ Chill at Barcade
When: Saturday, January 13 from 12pm to 4pm
Where: 163 Newark Avenue
Proud Mary is sponsoring a night of “Network N’ Chill” at Barcade. The event is your chance to mingle with photographers, makeup artists, DJs, videographers, podcasters, cosplayers, and more. Plus, you’ll be entered to win free tickets, posters, and other swag from the forthcoming movie.

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Hoboken:

What: January Yappy Hour at the Ale House
When: Friday, January 12 from 7pm to 9pm
Where: 1034 Willow Avenue
Bring your pooch to 2018’s first Yappy Hour fundraiser at Hoboken’s Ale House. Pay $5 at the door to get a special wristband that entitles you to drink specials. One hundred percent of wristband proceeds will benefit the Liberty Humane Society. So drink up for a good cause.

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(Photo: Zeppelin Hall)

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