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New Places to Chow Down in the Valley District

Three restaurants celebrated grand openings Wednesday

Better get that appetite going, as West Orange officially welcomed three new restaurants to the Valley District — Mazzi Dogz, Planet Wings and Suzi-Que's BBQ. 

The new grub hubs each have their own allure. A hot dog topping haven at Mazzi Dogz, finger licking flavorful wings at Planet Wings or a Southern pride family friendly Suzi-Que's BBQ. 

Mayor Robert Parisi, along with members of the township council, the Human Relations Commission and the West Orange Chamber of Commerce hosted three individual ribbon cutting ceremonies Wednesday. 

Vinny Mazzarisi, owner of Mazzi Dogz said guests can expect "funky combos" at his restaurant, including, Holy Guacamole — a hot dog covered in chili, guacamole, and crushed Dorito chips. "We pride ourselves in having the best hot dogs," said Mazzarisi.

Michael Kizis said locals can come taste one of 24 different flavored chicken wings at Planet Wings. "It's fresh, natural and hand-made," he said. What's Kizis' favorite? The Leapin' Lizard, a sweet and spicy sauce that's bound to make you come back for more.

Over at Suzi-Que's BBQ, owner Susan Hoffberg said their beef has been cooking for 13 hours in a Southern pride smoker, a specialize gadget not many restaurants have. "We wanted to open a place that was different," said Hoffberg. "Here it's where neighbors becomes friends and friends become family." 

Mazzi Dogz is located at 555 Valley Road, Planet Wings is on 24 S. Valley Road and Suzi-Que's BBQ is on 34 S. Valley Road. 

Brian June 23, 2011 at 05:55 PM
This is great to see some new places move into West Orange! It will be interesting to see how they fill up all the newly vacant space on Northfield across from Turtle Back Zoo.
Beverly Meaux June 23, 2011 at 06:05 PM
As a board member with the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, I was happy to be a part of all of this yesterday. It was great to new businesses coming to town and to see the various town groups come out to show their support.
michael locker June 23, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Congrats.....Great News For The Orange Valley!!! www.SUZYQUES.com and SUZYQUES BBQ and BAR (on facebook) offers Live Entertainment This Friday and Saturday @ 9pm Both Nights~ NO Cover~ Friday~ The DELTA DEVILS Featuring Bronx Boy Jake on Dobro Steel Slide Guitars and Jersee Bob on Harmonicas~ Saturday~ A Very Special Local "Smoked and Unplugged " Performance By FELT !! Addl music 411: musiclocker1@yahoo.com
sanford josephson June 24, 2011 at 01:39 PM
We really like SuzyQue's, especially the personal attention given to diners by the owner. Our favorite West Orange restaurant remains Gaffer's however. And the best pizza is definitely at Rockit!
b June 24, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Don't forget the good diner food at Gamburgers! (Just down the block from Mazzi Dogz, which are indeed fine dogs/dogz.)
Carol Selman June 24, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Love that SuzyQue's has great music!!! And, I always put a plug in for Rockit, too, great pizza, soups, sandwiches etc.


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