Raise a fork and cheer: The Claremont Diner’s cheesecake is now on the menu at Jack’s Cafe.
If you grew up in Verona, you probably had at least one meal at the Claremont Diner. It sat at the corner of Pompton and Bloomfield for four decades and was open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And if you had a meal at the Claremont, it usually ended with a slice of the best diner cheesecake on earth.
The Claremont, alas, is long gone; replaced by the DCH Acura dealership. But the cheesecake recently resurfaced, thanks to Vincent Lavingno, who joined the staff at Jack’s last year. Lavingno says he got the recipe from his grandmother, and doesn’t know how she came by it. However she did, it tastes like the real deal: rich, creamy and tangy–the kind of cheesecake that demands your full attention as you eat.
Jack’s, which is owned by life-long Veronan Jack McNamara and his wife Marianne, isn’t baking the cheesecake in Claremont Diner quantities–yet. But if the slices are gone when you get there, don’t despair. Jack built his reputation on some of the tastiest soups (cream of mushroom and cream of sweet potato, to name just two) and most comforting comfort food in the area: meatloaf, baked macaroni & cheese and a build-your-own burger option, along with Chicken Francaise and a home-style pasta dish that pairs penne with broccoli, white beans and sausage.
Marianne McNamara says Jack’s is going to have discount coupons in the Money Mailer that will hit our mailboxes in April. But with a $5 lunch special daily and $9.95 dinners on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, do you really have to wait? Jack’s is located on Bloomfield Avenue near the Verona Post Office. It is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Saturday, from 4 to 9 p.m. for supper Tuesday to Saturday. [mappress]