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April 23, 2008 > JEBZ: A taste of American comfort food in Newark

JEBZ: A taste of American comfort food in Newark

By Geoffrey Stanford
Photos By Shari Wargo

"The art of cooking is so seductive and my passion is abundant. If I can give that to people and have them delight in my food, then I too, will be happy." This is the driving force behind the zeal of proprietor and chef of JEBZ restaurant, Joseph Zielinski.

JEBZ restaurant, located in Newark, opened in December of 2007 and provides a unique dining experience. With grapes and artwork adorning the walls and fixtures, JEBZ offers a Mediterranean ambiance with great food, soft music and outstanding service.

Tracing his roots back to the Midwest, Zielinski's love for food and the culinary arts began at a very early age. Inspired by his grandmother and aunt, he began experimenting with food early, and upon moving to New Jersey as an adolescent, Zielinski was introduced to Executive Chef Jimmy Tarrintino at La Fantasia. His progression from dishwasher to line cook provided Zielinski with an education from what he called, "The school of hard knocks." Spurred by Tarrintino's encouragement, Zielinski uncovered his passion for food and headed for Europe as part of the Armed Services.

Returning to the states, Zielinski moved back to Milwaukee and landed a lead line cook position at the acclaimed restaurant, Louisa's Trattoria. After a year, he headed east to enroll in New York's famed Culinary Institute of America. "It had always been a dream of mine to attend the institute and I reveled in the opportunity to learn more about the industry. The rigorous two year course of study reinforced my dedication, discipline and enthusiasm for the craft," said Zielinski.

Having spent the past 12 years learning and refining his craft, he found himself being lured to San Francisco by Chef Judy Rogers of Zuni Cafˇ. "I always thought of San Francisco as the West Coast capital of culinary culture in America," said Zielinski. "Judy's invitation was an opportunity for me to actually experience the abundance and availability of California," he added.

Zielinski joined the Cypress Club in San Francisco, and in 1999 he ascended to the top with the status of executive chef. While at the Cypress, Zielinski incorporated a down- to- earth approach to American cuisine. His style and efforts were locally recognized in Downtown Magazine, as he was featured as a rising chef in San Francisco. His dishes have also been featured on the television show, Bay Cafe with Chef Joey Altman.

Now, Zielinski has brought this San Francisco experience to Newark. JEBZ boasts a full bar that is open all day every day, as well as a great wine selection. A weekend breakfast is served from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., with dinner served from 4 - 11 p.m. Zielinski uses the knowledge and experience he has gained on a daily basis, experience we benefit from. One bite is all it takes to become a regular customer, and Joseph is always there to say hello, shake your hand and fix you the best meal you've had in a while, maybe ever!

JEBZ Restaurant
Open Daily
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Dinner: 4 - 11 p.m.
Brunch on Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
39742 Cedar Blvd., Newark
(510) 661-0355

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