At the main crossroads in Dumont, in northern New Jersey, stands a sandstone Reformed church dating to the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Just up Washington Avenue, a Revolution-era homestead survives as the public library. Next to the freight-train tracks is a diner thought to be the oldest in the state.
Dumont, an unassuming borough of two square miles, values its history and relative anonymity.
food distribution charity from a local church. The couple moved to Dumont from Ridgefield, a Bergen County borough crossed by highways, 15 years ago, when their three children were young.
“The whole idea of being able to let your kids get on their bikes and ride in the neighborhood without you panicking — that’s Dumont,” Ms. DeMarco said.
The dining scene skews casual. Besides Grant Street Cafe, in a small retail cluster north of downtown, choices include Fink’s BBQ Smokehouse, for pit-smoked meats; Denaro’s, for submarine sandwiches; XO Taco & Bar, for Mexican food; La Taberna, for steak and tapas; a pair of Italian restaurants and a pair of sushi spots. But for longevity, no place beats the tiny, memorabilia-filled, circa-1920s Dumont Crystal Diner, as much a landmark as the old church steps away.
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