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Restaurants and Food Related
While most restaurants have good food,
some of the restaurants listed below offer one or more outstanding specially prepared meals.

BYOB = Bring your own bottle.

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NJ Dining listings and reviews
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Listing of food events, openings and closings
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More listings
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Listings by name or city
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Alexis Diner - Restaurant
Denville Commons
Denville, NJ
Last visited on 5-11
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 Great service, fast and lots of great food.
http://alexisdinernj.com


Anthony's Family Restaurant & Pizzeria
51 West Main Street
Rockaway, NJ
973-627-1397
Last visited on 5-06
----- Fast service, large portions and great tasting.  For great service, with a great smile and personality, ask for Janet. (She works on Friday nights.) - BYOB


American Joe's Bar & Grill
The mall at Short Hills
Short Hills, NJ
Last visited on  4-09
----- Large portions, great presentations, and fast service.  Kelly was are server and went way out of her way to give us great service.
www.joesamerican.com


Applebee's (Trinton Falls)
Route 36 & Hope Road
Trinton Falls, NJ
Last visited on 3-07
----- The service, food, and waiter was great. Our waiter Jeff, was extremely professional, very attentive, and refilled our drinks without us asking.  Jeff went out of his way to give us a truly great experience.
www.applebees.com


Bella Napoli
Prospect Plaza
265 S New Prospect Rd
Jackson, NJ 08527
732-363-4110
----- Great service and lots of great food. Extremely friendly.  Reservations are recommended.  BYOB


Bella Sera
60 Main street
Bloomingdale, NJ
973-283-8020
Last visited on 11-06
----- Great service and lots of great food. A cut above the rest.  Reservations are recommended.


Berkeley Restaurant & Fish Market
At the entrance to Island Beach State Park
24th St. & Central Ave.
South Seaside Park, NJ
732-793-0400
Last visited on 8-05
----- Great service and lots of great food.  Jam packed after 5:30 pm.


Big Ed's BBQ
Old Bridge, NJ
Last visited on 11-09
----- All you can eat RIBS, pulled or on the bone. Absolutely delicious. Thew garlic bread and salad is unbeleivable.  Five locations.
www.bigedsbbq.com -- Coupon


Blueberry Path Ristorante
Howell, NJ
732-555-1212
Last visited on 2-07
----- All you can eat family style Italian restaurant.
Hidden away in Howell Township, this small family owned business has some really outstanding specialties.
The ambiance of the freshly renovated room was delightful.
Food is cooked only for 6 to 10 people at a time so it's fresh, not that frozen stuff.
Our waiter (Vincent) brought the food out quickly, and was very attentive, except he never asked us if we wanted refills for our drinks.
We met some really nice people sitting at the table next to us, and had a nice conversation with Angela, Joann, Lisa, Dan and Sherry.
For starters they brought out large portions of five different breads.
Their Chicken Franchaise was unbelievable and was prepared by master chefs Karen and Phyllis.  
We were told that they have a cook that does nothing but make the gravy for the macaroni, eggplant, and meats etc.  Alyssa won't let anybody watch her as she prepares her own secret recipe for her award winning unbelievable tasty gravies.
They have an extensive choice of special Italian deserts and an extremely large selection of specially brewed coffee.  Each cup is brewed separately, one cup at a time, at the time of your order. You won't get coffee as fresh as this anywhere else.
The food is very reasonably priced, cooked just right, and extremely tasty.
They offer live entertainment every weekend.  We especially loved the Connie and Jimmy show.  It's a riot, with new material with each show.
We had a window seat near the rear of the building overlooking the spacious deck, beautiful shrubbery and meticulously manicured lawn. We can't wait to come back in the summer to eat outside in this lovely park like setting.
Reservations are highly recommended, as seating is limited.
Tell them that Dennis sent you, and you will get the reserved table next to Connie and Jimmy.
We have eaten here quite a few times, and can assure you that you will never be disappointed.
----- You must try Alyssa's newest creation, Yogurt & cool whip with Oreo crust. - Last visited on 8-08


Breezy Point Inn
620 Jersey Ave.
Greenwood Lake, NY
845- 477-8100
Last visited on 8-10
----- On the lake.  Delicious, very large portions, great service.
Restaurant, Lodging, Marina.
Open All Year - Summer hours: Open 7 days - serving lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch.
www.breezypointinn.com 


Carrabba's - Italian Grill
990 Cedar Bridge Ave.
Brick, NJ 08723
732-262-3470
Last visited on 07-11
----- As usual with Carrabba's restaurants', the food, presentation, and service are exceptional. 
The service is exceedingly better than almost all restaurants we have been to. (As you can see from this list, we visited a lot of them.

The part that most impressed us, is the ability of the server to not interrupt us when we are talking, explain the specials in great detail, slowly, clearly, and understandable.  It's the attention to detail that makes the dining experience most enjoyable.  Getting the order correct, serving each order to the right person without asking, refilling our drinks before they are empty.

I asked for a ginger ale, easy on the ice, and each additional refill came exactly that way.  Every other restaurant always brings the refills with 80% ice regardless how you asked for the first one, and a lot of the times the first one is 80% ice also.

Jen was our delightful waitress, and you guessed it, see did everything perfectly.

Don't forget the numerous choices of deserts including the delightful shot glass ones. Because of their small sizes, you can have 4 or 5 different deserts and have less calories than one big dessert. Lol.

David A. Crone the proprietor, asked us if everything was OK while we were eating, and asked if everything was OK when we were leaving. 

We would like to congratulate David, Jen, and the staff, for another great dining experience.


Carrabba's - Italian Grill
6725 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234
609-407-2580
Last visited on 12-09
----- I very rarely critique any restaurant in this much detail, but this one has done everything so perfectly, it justified the extra time and detail.
After going to the convention center and/or gambling, and you want to eat at an inexpensive restaurant and have an absolutely great meal, then this the place to go.

Julie is a dream waitress, she catered to our every whim (we had quite a few), she got every order and request done perfectly. 
She also refilled out drinks without asking or waiting till they were empty.

We asked another helping waitress an unusual question, she said she would ask for us.  Within a couple of minutes, the "Proprietario" Brian Krueger came to our table and said he had a surprise for me.  After he presented me with the surprise, I immediately said I have a surprise for you; a review on my website so other people could experience the great time, outstanding food and service, while in a quiet and great atmosphere, also a meticulously clean establishment.
Julie told us that Brian was a great person and continually went out of his way to make sure that customers have and exceptional experience at his restaurant.

The bathrooms were a delightful surprise, they were so clean the you could eat off the floor.  How many restaurants have you been to that even remotely resemble being clean???
The hand soap and the towels were the same quality and presented the same as a high class restaurant.

The bread came out piping hot, unlike many other restaurants that serve it warm to cold.  The bread was served with butter and a plate of olive oil mixed with other spices not just black pepper.
The food presentation and taste was way above the average restaurant...
The grated cheese was exceptional, not the cheaper "no taste" cheeses, and the serving size was very generous.

The room was surprising quiet even though there were lots of small children.

There were numerous choices of deserts including the delightful shot glass ones. Because of their small sizes, you can have 4 or 5 different deserts and have less calories than one big dessert. Lol.

The six of us wish to thank everyone at Carrabba's for a very wonderful and delightful experience.

Coming from the AC expressway to the garden State parkway going South (which is exit 38)
Take exit 36.  Go a few miles and make a U turn to the opposite side of the highway.  Go about 3 miles, and it will be on the left side at the end of the mall.


The Chart House
Lincoln Harbor / Pier D-T
Weehawken, NJ
201-348-6628
www.landrysseafood.com/locator.html Discount

Chatterbox Drive-in (formerly) Sonny's Drive-In Restaurant
1 State Highway 15
forecast for
Augusta, NJ
973-300-2300
Last visited on 2-04 
----- An authentic 50's Drive-in Restaurant.  The girls roller skate your order to your car, or you can choose to eat inside.  The food is reasonably priced, cooked just right, and exceptionally good.
Check out the cruise nights Wed & Sat with custom cars.  Live DJ  Fri & Sat Nights during the summer.
I suggest you call to verify events and times, as they change and have special events from time to time.
Near the Sussex county fairgrounds, at the intersection of Routes 15 & 206.
www.chatterboxdrivein.com
During the summer months (May-September)...
     EVERY THURSDAY is "Bike Night"
     EVERY SECOND FRIDAY is "Corvette Night"
     EVERY SATURDAY is "Cruise Night"
     From Memorial Day through Labor Day we have "Car-hop" service



Cockadoodle Do!  - CLOSED
97 Spring Valley Road
Blairstown, NJ
908-362-1446
Last visited on 4-08
----- Hidden away in Hardwick just North of Blairstown.  Outstanding all you can eat "Carvery Menu" consists of soup & salad bar, roast leg of lamb with herbs, roast top sirloin beef, roasted fresh ham, baked Virginia ham, roast turkey w/sage stuffing, selection of vegetables, starches, & gravies.  Large portions, great tasting.  They have a humongous fireplace burning logs. -- (Only open on Friday Saturday, and Sunday.)


Cold Springs Depot
Cold Springs, NY
Last visited on 8-03
----- Nice outdoor seating, with food that was good and different.  The kids will love the trains that pass every 15 minutes within 15 feet of where you are eating.  One train is local, and the other flies by at up 115 miles per hour. (pretty wild)
www.coldspringdepot.com


Cosi
Livingston, NJ
Last visited on 12-02
Last visited by web site visitor on 4-09 - Hasn't improved at all.

----- We went for desert at night and we were not impressed, as the deserts that should have been hot were just above room temperature. We also had the worst waiter possible, as he decided to substitute items in our order without asking us, because they ran out of whatever we asked for.  Their ice cream Sunday consisted of vanilla ice cream (only flavor available) with whip cream only, no toppings or syrup.  
www.getcosi.com


Country Pancake House and Restaurant
140 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
973-444-8395
Last visited on -- 7-10
The Country Pancake House and Restaurant serves over 100 varieties of pancakes (Zagat rated as "pancakes the size of pizzas"), over 20 different types of French Toast, over 50 versions of Belgian Waffles, endless omelets and eggs benedicts. Not only this but their own creation of an open-faced omelet which they have dubbed the "Country Egg Frittata" also available on top of a waffle.

These pancakes are unreal, food is great, service is great, and the sizes are big enough for 4-5 people.
The prices are very reasonable.  You have got to go to this place, awesome awesome !!!!!!!
www.Countrypancakehouse.net


The Crab House
541 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
201-840-9311
Last visited on -- 7-05
----- Overlooking the Hudson River -- Outstanding ambiance, food, serving size, presentation, and view of the Hudson river and New York skyline, service.
www.landrysseafood.com/locator.html - Discount

The Culinary Institute of America's
Hyde Park , NY
----- Discover the world's next culinary stars in The Culinary Institute of
America's on-campus public restaurant.
www.ciachef.edu/restaurants/Index.html


Dave & Busters
Palisades Center Mall,
West Nyack, NY
Last visited on 2-08
----- Dave & Busters 50,000 square feet of good food and a huge arcade.
www.daveandbusters.com
Teens aren't allowed unless they are with a 25 year or older adult.


Don Pepe II Restaurant
18 Old Bloomfield Ave.
Pine Brook, NJ
973-882-6757
Last visited on 1-03
----- If you like seafood then this is the place to go.  The service is impeccable, the food came out quickly and was great tasting, and the portions are humungous.  My favorites were the garlic mushrooms, garlic soup, garlic chicken, and the pineapple sorbet imported from Spain.
http://donpepeii.com


Don Pepe Steak House
58 Route 46 West.
Pine Brook, NJ
973-808-5533
----- They don't serve Piaya, and have less choices in seafood at this location.
www.donpepesteakhouse.com


Due Nicola Ristorante Italiano
75 Main Street
Little Falls, NJ
973-256-2984
Last visited on 4-04
----- The service is impeccable, the food came out quickly and was great tasting, and the presentation was great.


E&V Ristorante
Patterson, NJ
Last visited on 11-02
----- The service is impeccable, the food came out quickly and was great tasting,  the presentation was great, and the portions are humungous. If your hungry you will get two meals from your serving, if not you will have three meals. Get there early there's a long wait.  --
www.evrestaurant.com


Emerald Point
40 Sterling Rd.
(East Shore), Greenwood Lake, NY
845 477-2275
Last visited on 9-09
----- Restaurant & Marina - on the lake. -- Delicious, super large portions, Excellent service !!!
Indoor cafe, bar and lounge with beautiful lake view, outdoor deck and gazebo bar, children's menu, backyard bar, volley ball and horseshoes, dock rentals, live entertainment Fri.-Sat. in the lounge - Sun. thru the summer on the deck
Open all year - Summer hours: Open 7 days from noon


Frank's Pizza
The Morris County Mall
(near Walmart)
235 Ridgedale Avenue
Cedar Knolls, NJ
973-889-0276
Last visited on 4-04
----- Their pizza was one of the best I had in a long time.  Everything was just great.


Forte Pizzeria & Ristorante
Randolph, NJ
Last visited on 10-09
----- Forte offers take-out and delivery service.  If your sitting in the Ristorante section, ask to sit in Louie's section.  Very friendly, his service was impeccable, the food came out quickly and was great,  the presentation was great, and the portions are humungous.
Get there early there's a long wait.  Reservations for six or more are highly recommended.  BYOB
www.restaurantpassion-nj.com/listing.asp?r=fortepizzeria14  


Fuddruckers
Wayne, NJ
Last visited on 10-04
-----Hamburger size and quality has gone downhill big time. This time the food left us with upset stomachs. We are crossing this place off our list.

www.fuddruckers.com


Gallagher's Steak House
228 W. 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
212-245-5336
Last visited on 10-10
After see the Jersey boys playing at the August Wilson Theatre, we went across the street to Gallagher's steak house.  To our disappointment all entries came A La Carte.  The food was good, not great and large portions. The prices were outlandish, considering one baked potato was $8.00.
I would look for another place to eat if I were you !!!
www.gallaghersnysteakhouse.com/dinnermenu.asp


Garlic Rose Bistro
41 Main St. 
Madison, NJ  07940
973-822-1178  Last visited on 11-12 
Their other location - Cranford, NJ  908-276-5749
----- New Jersey's First All Garlic Restaurant!  Believe it or not they use 2500 bulbs of garlic a week. This is a delightful restaurant with a great atmosphere, truly outstanding food with great presentation, and outstanding service thanks to Lucy.  Because this restaurant is small and cozy, you will have to make reservations sometimes two weeks ahead.  They have some wine but you can BYOB.
www.garlicrose.com


Greengrill Rodizio Restaurant  - CLOSED
450 Hackensack Ave.
Hackensack, NJ
201-488-2885
Last visited on 09-09
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The Brazilian BBQ (Churrascaria) -- This is an outstanding place to visit.  They have 16 different kinds of meats cooked on an open BBQ, 14 to 18 traditional Brazilian dishes, 25 to 30 type of fresh salads.  They will come around with meat on swords, straight off the rotisserie, and ask if you would like some on your plate.  They have live music on Saturdays and a cooked pig.
  A Brazilian Churrascaria
Uniquely in a traditional Brazilian format and setting, Green Field boasts a delicious All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet of Mouthwatering barbecued meats, Grand salad bar, and Brazilian hot dishes to satisfy anyone's hunger. They barbecue various meats over an Open barbecue pit, using only natural wooden charcoal.
http://greengrillrestaurant.com     
Garden State Parkway North to exit 161 route 4 East (Go 2.5 miles)
To Hackensack Ave. North exit.  Turn right at the 2nd light into Pathmark shopping center.


 They also have another place in the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, New York.  CLOSED  845-353-5355 -- The service was a lot better than the NJ  location, but didn't have as nice a salad bar as the NJ location.  Look very closely at the pictures on the wall.  These pictures are imported from Brazil, and are made entirely from butterfly wings.  They also have a large display of real stuffed animals.
 
    

Horizon Cruises
NJ Departures
Lincoln Harbor
Weehawken, NJ...
NY Departures
Pier 63 @ 23rd St. and 12th Ave.
at Chelsea Piers behind Basketball Park.
----- Multiple yachts available for a dinner, or for a wedding.
www.horizoncruisesinc.com


Harold's New York Deli Restaurant
3050 Woodbridge Ave.
(Near the entrance to Raritan Center)
Edison, NJ
732-661-9100
Last visited on 11-03
----- Noted for their super large portions.  My Corned Beef was super lean, and melted in my mouth.  Sandwiches consist of  9 or 19 oz. portions.  The cakes are at least one foot high, and the eclairs are at least one foot long by 4 inches in diameter.
They are located in numerous hotels.  Search Google.com for locations.
www.haroldsnewyorkdeli.com  


Houlihan's
Fairfield, NJ
Last visited on 4-06
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The food is good, but the service is mediocre.  The soups are barely warm 95% of the time and closer to room temperature.   The quiche is always room temperature.  The wait to get your order is always unbelievably slow, and that's when they are not even busy.


Huller's Black Forest
1250 E. Veterans Hwy - (Rt 528)
Jackson, NJ
800-580-4378 - 732-363-2045
Last visited on 5-04     
----- Their specialty is German food.  Hullers is a Butcher shop and Restaurant, which explains why the quality of the food is so good.  All the meats served in the buffet were absolutely the greatest, no fat, or nerve and was the best tasting I ever had.  The waitresses were friendly and the service was great.   Their offer a buffet every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Reservations highly recommended. -- BYOB
An excerpt from their menu worth noting - Since 1968, Huller's has been know for making the finest homemade cold cuts, sausages and smoke meats, all made in the authentic German tradition.  Huller's Black Forest brand products never contain and MSG, artificial colors or fillers and are naturally hardwood smoked, and lower in sodium.  They only serve the finest mid-western corn fed beef, and age each cut a minimum of 3 weeks in their own humidity controlled coolers.


Jekyll & Hyde Club Theme Restaurant
1409 Avenue of the Americas
(between 57th & 58th Streets)
New York City, NY
Last visited in 1999
----- Check out all the floors while waiting to be seated.
My favorite floor is the Library.  Frankenstein exhibit only shown at 8:00 p.m.
www.eerie.com   --   www.nyctourist.com/topten_jekyll.htm


Joey's
2019 Greenwood lake Tpke.
Hewitt, NJ 07421
973-728-2222
Last visited on 6-10
----- Joey's is a very nice cozy restaurant across from greenwood lake.  They offer a selection of foods that are different as well as some of the usual selections, exquisite, large portions, and  you guessed it great tasting.  The service is great, but it's a shame that they have to charge you $1.65 for a tiny glass of soda about 1/4th to 1/5th the size of anybody else, especially after adding ice.  Refill sodas are not free as in most other places.  Ask for a pitcher of water with lemon, it's free.  BYOB


Joe's steak Shop
274 South main Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
908-454-9545
Last visited on 08-10
www.joessteakshop.com
----- The sandwiches meat was good but the bread and skimpy ingredients were cold and dry.


Kopici Family Restaurant
163 Union Ave.
Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
973 -283-8112
Bloomingdale, NJ
Last visited on 6-04
----- We attended a party here and the food was great.  Many unusual and delightful entries. We also had a party here, and everything was superb.
www.kopici.com -- http://kopici.getwebnet.com 
Take Route 23 North to Route 287 North.  Get off at exit 53.  Turn left at light.  Make a right turn onto Van Dam Ave.  Take it to the end, it goes right into their parking lot.  If you miss Van Dam Ave. Turn right at the traffic light which will be Union Ave.  Kopici will be on the left side.


Lafayette House Restaurant
Olde Lafayette Village
Building U
Lafayette, NJ 07848
973-579-3100
Last visited on 1-10
--------- great service, great food, and a very large fireplace.
www.thelafayettehouse.com


Larisons
Chester, NJ
Last visited on 12-02
----- The original Larison's Turkey Farm was one of our favorite visits right after thanksgiving when the stores start displaying their Christmas wares.  On our recent visit we noticed the lack of Christmas decorations in the lobby and in the dinning rooms.  The wooden Indians and famous second floor with the bears and other animals were regrettably absent, as was the cozy, charming and unique little Christmas store behind the restaurant.  We also miss seeing the animals that were roaming around in the back of their property.  The food was good and service was great.  The old historic part of Chester seems to be turning into regular everyday stores and has lost its charming appeal.
www.larisons.com


Lotsa Pasta
In the Upper Montclair Train Station
275 Bellevue Ave.
Upper Montclair, NJ
973-744-7900
Last visited on 12-01
----- Housed in an old train station, within 7 ft. of active train tracks.  They also offer outside dining.
Their specials are truly magnificent and the service is great and fast.  We come here on a regular basis.
Take out & free delivery - 7 days.
Their other location -- 174 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon NJ  973-492-2700
www.lotsapastaonline.com 


Maria's  - CLOSED
Across from Willowbrook Mall
Wayne, NJ
Moved to a new location. 973-256-9006
Last visited on 4-09
----- Home made ravioli and other pastas.  The jumbo hand made raviolis are the greatest ever.  Lots of cheese and very little pasta around the edges, melts in your mouth.  These are so big that 4 of them equal 1 dozen of any competitor's raviolis. 


Mars 2112  - CLOSED
1633 Broadway
(Corner of 51st Street)
New York City, NY
Last visited in 1999
----- Cost 20 million dollars.
If you are pregnant or have back problems, don't go into the initial simulation ride.
If you go to the lower level and stand in front of greeting desk.  Look to your left on the far wall and you will see a light that looks like a vertical thin line.  Move your head from left to right and you will see for an instant a wide picture of a wine glass and other assorted pictures.
www.nyctourist.com/topten_mars.htm


Mt. Fuji Restaurant
Rt. 17
North Hillburn, NY 10931
845-357-4270
Last visited on 10-09
----- This place has an unbelievable ambiance, great food and presentation.  Set upon sixty secluded acres and perched high atop a private mountain with breathtaking views of the Ramapo Valley, The Views offers a fabulous setting for Sunday Brunch, a dramatic backdrop to our Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Shows, a spectacular choice for Weddings and Social Occasions.  
http://theviewsatmtfuji.com
From Morristown, Wayne Area: Take Route 287 North to N.Y.S. Thruway North. Exit at 15A. Make right at traffic light and the next right again. You will pass under and overpass, (Thruway), go straight to The Views, entrance will be on your left.


Nino's Bellissima Pizza
890 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10017
----- Mama Mia $1,000 Pizza Introduced in New York City
http://ninospositano.com/page/1f8n2/Ninos_Bellissima_Pizza.html


Nutley Diner
Nutley, NJ
Last visited on 5-09
----- Great food and great Caesar salad, fast service.
http://nutleydiner.com


The Original Pancake House
817 Bloomfield Ave.
West Caldwell, NJ
973-575-9161
Last visited on 5-09
----- Their apple pancake and The Dutch Baby are two of the most colossal dishes that I have ever seen.  The chicken crepe (my favorite) was also awesome, it's to bad they decided to remove it from the menu. We were told that they only serve that particular dish during the week and not on the weekends. While I am still trying to figure what kind of sense that makes, it will cost them some customers, including the large group I usually go with.


Outback Steakhouse
1538 Rt. 23 North
Butler, NJ
973-850-3055
Last visited on 7-13
----- The first thing that impressed us, is that the manager Betsy McCourt told us that we can call ahead for seating of large groups.  The Parsippany outback told us you can't call ahead for large groups.  The service is impeccable, the food came out quickly and was outstanding.

The part that most impressed us, is the ability of our server not to interrupt us when we are talking, explain the specials in great detail, slowly, clearly, and understandable.  It's the attention to the details that makes the dining experience most enjoyable, like getting the order correct, serving each order to the right person without asking, and refilling our drinks before they are empty.

This was the third time we visited this outback with a large group (11 people) and had Stephanie for our waitress.
She is a delightful waitress, and you guessed it, see did everything perfectly.
For great service, with a great smile and personality, ask for Stephanie.
www.outback.com


Outback Steakhouse
1300 Route 46W
Parsippany, NJ
Last visited on 10-13
----- This location has gone down the toilet.  Service is bad, Caesar salad was like mush, ran of of the syrup in Ginger ale soda, silverware was dirty and full of finger prints, food was cold, chicken is thin and hard like shoe leather.  Outside of these things the place wasn't bad..



Papa Johns
----- Great tasting pizza, cooked just right, not greasy, you'll love it even more if you have a sensitive stomach.  -- Read the write up on their site. 
Our commitment to quality can be seen in all of our ingredients, from our fresh (never frozen) water-purified traditional dough, to our vine-ripened fresh-packed tomato sauce, to our 100% real cheese and many other premium ingredients.  Check their web site for locations.
www.papajohns.com


Pilgrim Restaurant/Diner
82 Pompton Ave.
(Route 23 South)
Cedar Grove, NJ
973-239-2900
Last visited on 3-10
----- The time it takes to take your order and get served is incredibly fast.  The portions are large, great tasting, reasonably priced and not overcooked.  This combination is hard to beat!!!  They also offer take out orders.


Pilot House
Brick, NJ
Last visited on 2-04
----- Exquisite food, exquisite ambience, exquisite view, exquisite service.  In a word exquisite.
www.pilothouserestaurant.com


Poor Henry's
8 US Highway 202
Montville, NJ 07045
973-335-1155
Last visited on 5-09
----- This is probably the worst experience we have had in a very very long time. Six of our seven dinners were barley warm, french fries were cold, and one diner had an unidentifiable object in it.  Refill sodas are not free as in most other places.
Lauren our server, was extremely polite, attentive, asking if she could get us anything else, asking if we wanted our drinks refilled, and was apologetic for the meals.  Although this was her second day working here, she provided us the best possible service, a lot better than most seasoned servers.


Rainforest Cafe
Menlo Park Mall
Edison, NJ - Last visited on 11-08
Palisades Center Mall
West Nyack, NY - Last visited on 6-03
----- The food is different and great.  Join the safari club, and you won't have to wait to get in.
www.rainforestcafe.com


Rich's Ice Cream II
1611 Rt. 37 East
Toms River, NJ
732-573-1919
Last visited in 8-00
----- Their gelato Ice and Ice Cream combo is great. Second location:
Rich's (Rt 37 and king Street next to 7-11)
Reported by a website visitor on 4-04
----- They have flurrys that are out of this world.


Ruby Tuesday
Last visited on 4-11
----- We have eaten in a many locations, and the food is always good, especially the hamburgers.
www.rubytuesday.com


South Street Creamery Cafe
146 South Street
Morristown, NJ
973-267-8887
Last visited on 4-02
----- If your going to the Community Theatre make sure you stop at this wonderful family run desert cafe.  This is a lot more here than just ice cream.  The service was great, the decor is lovely, the owners are great and friendly, the ice cream is home made, and the espresso is great.  Don't forget to try their newly added section for lunches and private parties.


Spirit Of New Jersey
----- Choose your cruise and let the Spirit move you! Whether it's a company event, a day of family fun or just the two of you, a Spirit Lunch or Dinner Cruise promises a whole new kind of entertainment. Great food, music and views of the Manhattan Skyline are just the beginning. Plus, with three ships departing from two locations (one in Manhattan, one in New Jersey!), there's a cruise that's convenient for you.
www.spiritcruises.com


Stephanie's
283 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ
973-226-2142
Last visited on 2-03
----- A real nice friendly, small and cozy place, nice and warm on one of the coldest days. Great service and the food is good and plentiful.  Because of its size you will have to make reservations.  BYOB


Stonefire
500 Route 10 West
Randolph, NJ
Last visited on 12-07
----- A real nice friendly, cozy, warm place. Great service (Debbie) and the food is good and plentiful.  They offer Sunday brunch, and a party room.
www.stonefirerestaurant.com  CLOSED


Tiffany's Restaurant & Bar
Morris Plains
231 Speedwell Ave
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
973-290-9777
Last visited on 6-10
     12pm-12am  Kitchen closes 9pm ~ Bar Apps until 10pm
     Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 12am
     Kitchen closes 10pm Mon - Thurs ~ Bar Apps until 11pm
     11pm Fri & Sat ~ Bar Apps until 12pm
----- Tiffany's offers a delightful number of menu choices.   Usually when you look through a menu you can decide on two or three choices that you would consider ordering.  This menu allows you to eliminate two or three choices and have a hard time deciding from the rest of the menu.  These choices are presented in combinations that are not usually seen anywhere.

The rack of ribs is unbelievable, and just fall off the bone.  The food is delicious and they give you enough for three people. 

Tiffs is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. Located in Morris Plains, Union, Pinebrook, Toms River and Pequannock, New Jersey.
www.tiffanysrestaurant.com


Tim Schafer
Morristown, NJ
Last visited on 4-02
----- If your going to the Community Theatre make sure you stop at this wonderful restaurant.  The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding, and the presentations were works of art. The stuffed pork chop and Filet Mignon were unbelievable. BYOB
www.brewchef.com


UNO  - CLOSED
West Belt Plaza
Route 23 South
Wayne, NJ
Last visited on 11-09
----- This was a good place to eat.  Since they closed the McDonalds next door, it appears that they hired the people from there to make a feeble attempt at cooking, instead of throwing a frozen item on a pre timed conveyor belt. It seems that they still think they are cooking hamburgers, without regard for details like, is the dough even close to being cooked on the pizza, or that pizza comes with more than just tomato sauce.  After explaining to the server that Caesar salad has Caesar salad dressing in it, not 5 drops of what appeared to be oil of some kind, and Caesar salad come with lots of graded cheese, not 10 strands, he proceeded to tell me that it was on the bottom, Duh. I guess he never saw Caesar salad before, as the dressing is tossed with the salad, not 5 drops of oil on the bottom of plain salad.  Now that I think of it, I guess I expected to much from him, I don't think that McDonalds served Caser salad, which would explain why he was unaware of what a Caesar salad has in it or what it should look like.

With the recent openings of other food chains in the same west belt plaza, it seems that for some reason they want to maintain the same quality and status of the old McDonalds.


Versailles Diner
Route 46 East
Fairfield, NJ
Last visited on 7-03
----- We asked for a medium to well hamburger and it came out raw, lemon with water and no lemon, Gyro came without the sauce, the food was freezing cold before we could eat half of it, do the weird placement of the air conditioning ducts.  They were blowing right on us to the point we couldn't stand it any more and had to get up and leave.


Vila D'Este Restaurant
182 Stevens Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ
973-256-1900
Last visited on 6-04
----- We had an absolutely fantastic party here, the room was elegant and tables was set beautifully, the food was perfect, the servers were very alert and responsive.  Our only one complaint is that when we asked where the left over food was, the server told me that we didn't ask for it, so they threw it away.  I guess the server has never been to any other parties, where it is customary to package, or at least ask if the customer wants the leftovers.  Duh !!!


Vince's family Market
480 Rt. 46 East
Fairfield, NJ
973-808-8337
Last visited on 10-09
----- Their pizza is one of the best around.  Their toppings are extremely generous and super good.


Yesterdays
Warwick,. NY
Last visited on 9-02
----- If your going to the Warwick drive-in theatre, make sure you stop at this wonderful restaurant.  All 12 of us were extremely delighted with the food and service.
www.yesterdaysnet.com


 Brewpubs & Micro Breweries
For the Beer lovers who want to experience more than the average beers.


Brewpubs serve their own in house made Beers and serve food.
Microbreweries only Sell their beer.
This site list of  Beer Festivals mostly in the U.S. -  www.beerfestivals.org
 
Basil T's Brew Pub & Italian Grill - Red Bank, NJ - www.basilt.com - Brewpub

Basil T's Brew Pub & Italian Grill - Toms River, NJ - www.basilt.com - Brewpub

Bernardsville Stone Tavern and Brewery - 1 Mill Street - Bernardsville, NJ - Phone: 908-766-6575 - Brewpub

Blue Collar Brewing Company - Vineland, NJ - www.bluecollarbrewing.com - Microbrewery only
Brewery Tours every Saturday between 1 and 5pm.

The Brew Cellar at Joe's Mill Hill Saloon - Brewpub 300 Broad Street (Corner of market and Route 206), Trenton, NJ -  609) 394-7222 Breakers Brewing - Allentown, NJ - Microbrewery only - CLOSED

Cedar Creek Brewery - 236 Philadelphia Avenue - Egg Harbor City, NJ - Phone: 609-965-6367 - Brewpub -CLOSED

Climax Brewing - 112 Valley Road - Roselle Park, NJ - Phone: 908-620-9585 - Microbrewery only

Cricket Hill Brewing Company -  24 Kulick Road, Fairfield (973-276-9415). Brewery tours by appointment. - Microbrewery only

Flying Fish Brewing Company - Cherry Hill, NJ - www.flyingfish.com - Microbrewery only
Free tours/tastings every Saturday 1-4 pm

Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant - South Orange, NJ - www.gaslightbrewery.com - Brewpub

Harvest Moon Brewery and Café - New Brunswick, NJ - www.harvestmoonbrewery.com - Brewpub

Heavyweight Brewing Company - Ocean Township, NJ - www.heavyweight-brewing.com - Microbrewery only

High Point Wheat Beer Company - Butler NJ - www.ramsteinbeer.com - Microbrewery only
Brewery Tours:  2nd Saturday of each month 2-4 pm or by appointment.
High Point Wheat Beer Company is the first exclusive wheat beer brewery in America.

Hoboken Brewing - 1125 Hudson Street - Hoboken, NJ - Phone: 201-792-2337 - Microbrewery only - CLOSED

Jersey Jim's Brewing - 150 Route 206 South - Hillsborough, NJ - Phone: 908-526-5584 - Brewpub - CLOSED

J.J.Bitting Brewing Company - Woodbridge, NJ - www.njbrewpubs.com - Brewpub

Joshua Huddy's Brewery - 1250 Hooper Avenue - Toms River, NJ - Phone: 732-240-3640 - Brewpub

Kokomo's Restaurant and Brewpub - Rio Grande Avenue - Wildwood, NJ - Phone: 609-523-1800 - Brewpub - CLOSED

Kroghs Restaurant & Brew Pub - Sparta, NJ - www.kroghs.com - Brewpub

Long Valley Pub and Brewery - Routes 513/24 & 517 Long Valley, NJ (908) 876-1122
A 7bbl brewpub housed in a completely restored 250+ year-old stone barn. Featuring 2 bars, a diverse menu and a broad range of beer styles, the pub also features seasonal outdoor dining and live music. -www.longvalleypubandbrewery.com  Brewpub

Maxwell's - Hudson Brewing - 1039 Washington Street - Hoboken, NJ - Phone: 201-798-0406 - Brewpub - CLOSED

New Jersey Brewery - 201 Broad Street - Phillipsburg, NJ - Phone: 908-213-1900 - Microbrewery only - CLOSED

Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery - Metuchen, NJ - www.pizzeriauno.com - Brewpub

Red Bank Brewery - 111 Oakland Street - Red Bank, NJ - Phone: 908-842-2970 - Microbrewery only

River Horse Brewing Company - Lambertville, NJ - www.riverhorse.com - Microbrewery only
Tours and samples.

Stone Tavern & Brewery 1 Mill Street, Bernardsville, NJ - 908-766-6575 - Brewpub

The Ship Inn Restaurant & Brewery - Milford, NJ www.shipinn.com - NJ first brewpub. - Brewpub

Toms River Brewing - Toms River, NJ - Phone: 908-270-4300 - Brewpub

Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery - Berkeley Heights, NJ - www.traprockrest.com - Brewpub

Triumph Brewing Company - Princeton, NJ - www.triumphbrew.com - Brewpub

Tun Tavern Brewery & Restaurant - Atlantic City, NJ - www.tuntavern.com - Brewpub

Turtle Brook Inn - 555 Northfield Avenue - West Orange, NJ - Phone: 201-731-5300 - Brewpub


Take a vacation in another country to taste their beers. --  www.beertrips.com/trips.html

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