Rack, There’s a terrific place called Indigo Smoke on Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, but it’s not a dive. It’s casual, great food, and definitely a fun place to eat out–jazz playing, red velvet cake on the dessert menu. It’s near Newark, but in a good neighborhood. Oh, and it’s byob.
There’s another barbecue spot called Smokey’s Great American on Orange Road in Montclair that’s totally a takeout place. It’s delicious, awesome sides, very humble. Bill, the owner/chef, is a sweetheart.