Dining Under the Influence


–  Introducing JENNIFER NANGANO, a food influencer passionate about presenting food adventures on Instagram. Follow her @FoodaholicNJ

Jennifer Nangano (Food Influencer):

Hailing from Freehold, New Jersey, I am a long-time Monmouth County resident, and I am employed at a local municipality. When I’m not exploring restaurants, you can find me at home cooking, taking a class at the gym, walking my dog, or chatting with my daughter Devyn, who is a student at the University of Florida. Devyn is supportive and typically a willing participant in the whole vlogging/ dining experience!

Flair for Reviews

My Instagram page came to life because I had a flair for reviewing my dining experiences on Yelp – especially the photography aspect of the review. I started the Food Influencer Instagram account to showcase the photos to the community. As Instagram has evolved, I did as well by keeping updated on current trends and adapting my content to fit the viewer’s needs.

Making a Smile

My IG stories are where you will find my true personality, and sense of humor as I frequently poke fun at myself, rant, or post whatever makes me smile at the moment. I love making people laugh.

What Makes a Great Restaurant?

I think what makes a great restaurant is a diverse menu and creative dishes. Also, ambiance and aesthetics are critical, as an attentive and friendly staff, and finally, owner presence and pride in the establishment.


What Makes a Great Meal?

What’s important to me in a meal is a memorable experience, the use of high-quality ingredients, and an impressive presentation. Portion size matters as well. I don’t like the plate to be too big or too small. As a Food Influencer, I enjoy tasting many dishes while dining out and dessert is a must even if I’m too full.


Sharing My Passion

What I like best about being a food influencer is I enjoy using my platform to share my passion for culinary experiences. My sense of humor and perspective while presenting the information makes me unique. I like inspiring/influencing others to explore places they may have not yet tried. Also, I love connecting with a local food-loving community and meeting new people while doing it.

Favorite places in these categories:

 by Food Influencer, @FoodaholicNJ



The Butcher’s Block in Long Branch

Red Horse by David Burke in Rumson



Cuzin’s in Marlboro is a favorite of mine, and they have fantastic steaks as well.



I love La Mondina in Brielle

Anjelica’s in Sea Bright

Birravino in Red Bank

Osteria in Marlboro



Mostly Smoked in Manalapan is great

I love Mutiny BBQ in Asbury Park – I’m a BBQ lover



Peking Pavilion in Manalapan:

Mizuki Hibachi in Wall Township

Xina in Toms River was memorable

Kings Chinese Food in Freehold is a longtime favorite



I love Los Barberos Birria Tacos in Belmar & Asbury Park

Texas Mexican in Freehold


Fine Dining:

618 in Freehold

Sea Crest Grille at Shore Club in Spring Lake

Scarborough Fair in Seagirt is lovely as well



I love the Skillet in Freehold

Over Easy Kitchen in Marlboro



Krispy Pizza in Freehold
Brooklyn Square in Jackson

Joe’s Rotisseria in AP is creative

Federici’s in Freehold is amazing



Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar

Watermark and Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten in AP

Red Rock in Red Bank


Waterfront Dining:

River Rock in Brick

Iron Whale in AP

Proving Ground in the Highlands is amazing

Salt Creek Grille in Rumson


Favorite Bars:

Tommy’s Tavern and Tap in Freehold

The Loaded Spoon in Freehold is a fantastic spot

Asbury Ale House in AP

Woody’s Ocean Grill in Tinton Falls


Favorite Dive Bar

Jamian’s in Red Bank

Pinky Shrimps Seafood in LBI


Favorite Bakery:

Del Ponte’s in Bradley Beach


Coffee Shop:

Coffee Surf Co in Belmar has excellent coffee.


Follow Jennifer Nangano on Instagram @FoodaholicNJ