Jersey City’s Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten now features distinctive selections that will enable diners to enjoy regional BBQ without having to take a road trip. Executive Chef Franco Robazetti traveled near and far to gather an exciting array of recipes for the Hall’s guests. He journeyed to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia and collected tips from renowned barbeque parlors.
Zeppelin Hall has long been known for German specialties that will remain on the menu, and barbeque is not really a culinary departure. Germans have long been masters of cured meats and many who emmigrated to the United States also became BBQ chefs.
We visited Zeppelin Hall early on a Saturday evening. It is a lively spot in the neighborhood and very easy to get to. Conveniently located at the Jersey Avenue Light Rail stop and just a few blocks from the PATH Train Grove Street Station, there is also generous parking available.
The European-style biergarten has three interior rooms and a huge, tree-lined outdoor garden all featuring comfortable communal table seating arrangements. When we were dining many families were having dinner, including groups with young children. Sports fans will like the strategically placed monitors that allow guests to enjoy their favorite games. There is no table service, but guests can use the efficient order-and-pick-up windows.
The new barbeque menu includes brisket, St. Louis style ribs, slow-smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken and beef ribs with delicious homemade sauces, along with classic sides like mac and cheese. Guests can order items a la carte or as an entrées. Portions are generous, great for table sharing and the price point is very reasonable.
We love the top-notch selection of beers that pair wonderfully with the menu. With over 160 varieties on tap like Palm, Rare Vos, Long Trail Ale, Abita Purple Haze, Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale and rare bottled selections, even beer aficionados will be pleased.
Zeppelin Hall holds special events throughout the year including Sausage Fest, Mardi Gras, Beer and Barbeque Fest and Bacon Fest. They also feature live music performances and nightly specials. Stop by after work, on weekends, make a date or gather your group. This New Jersey spot is a barbeque lover’s heaven.
The restaurant is open daily Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Zeppelin Hall is also available for parties, special events and catering.
88 Liberty Drive
Photos are courtesy of Zeppelin Hall.