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New Jersey Diners [split from LA]

I live in North Central Jersey, close to Flemington. The best diners in this area are:

Time To Eat Diner
Route 206 and Somerville Circle, Bridgewater

Simply the best food. Their soup is particularly good, often with a homemade flavor. I have yet to have a bad dish.

Bridgewater Diner (formerly Felix #9 Diner)
Route 22 Beidgewater, NJ

Good dishes, reliable, clean, service always pretty good. Their pea soup, I forget what day it is, maybe Wednesdays, is phenomenal.

And may I add

Amwell Valley Diner
Route 31 South
Ringoes, NJ

It's not so much the food, which is standard and basic, not bad at all, but nothing stands out, it's the overall feeling of the place. I always liked the vibe inside that little diner, and their trucks welcome policy shows that they're good people.

Snedon's Luncheonette
Bridge Street
Lambertville, NJ

This is it the old-world authentic diner experience. Service is always friendly & fast, food always tasty. It's got a classic feel to it, and that includes the food. Very popular on Sunday mornings, you may find yourself waiting 10 minutes. I like how thew entire staff, from cooks to waitresses, wear the Snedon's T-shirts.

Dec 30, 2009
combokid in New Jersey

Number 9 or any other Lambertville Recommendations?

I second the mention of Hamilton Grill and have had nothing but good dining experiences there. A follow-up to the Boathouse, across the alley, is part of the experience.

As a former resident of Lambertville, my dining experiences are defined by lack of money, so the cost always played a role, and keep in mind this is 5-7 years ago.

I found Lambertville Station to never rise above okay, and yet the pricing is reasonable but not cheap. If you're looking for an excellent dining experience this is not the place. Oto-Ya Japanese Restaurant was, not sure about now, a VERY good Japanese restaurant located in a charming old house. Oto-Ya I would rate, if I have to give numbers, an 8 in a scale from 1 to 10.

As diners go, Sneddon's Luncheonette on Bridge Street is as good as they get. Particularly weekend mornings, thier breakfast is basic but tasty, and service friendly & fast. You may find yourself waiting in line for 10 minutes on a Sunday morning.

The Swan is spoken of well but my experiences there were average.

Dec 30, 2009
combokid in New Jersey

Thai food in Central Jersey

I would beg to differ- there is a scarcity of Indian and Korean restaurants, at least in the more rural areas like Hunterdon County and portions of Somerset and Mercer. While you still see quite a number of Thai restaurants statewide.

However, since you are asking about good Thai restaurants in central NJ, my personal experiences have been good at:

Siam Restaurant in Lambertville, NJ

Origin Restaurant in Somerville, NJ

Dec 30, 2009
combokid in New Jersey

Chinese restaurants in Central Jersey

WHERE NOT TO EAT!

Mings
79 Rout 202/Route 31 South
Ringoes, NJ 08551

I had hoped that with a change in ownership the new Ming's (located at 'Everitts Plaza corner Rt 202/31 and Everitts Road) would be good and well-priced. It is neither. While the gentleman behind the counter was certainly more polite and pleasant than the prior owner of Lo-Fatt, the food still suffers from the same ailments. Lack of taste, lack of salt, small portions and overpriced. A simple won ton soup and shrimp egg foo yong came to almost $14. Compare this with China Moon 10 minutes away in Flemington and the total is about $10. That's 40% more expensive, with less taste and smaller portions (note the rice container is not a full pint container it's somewhere between a half-pint and pint). The rice was also not terribly hot or fresh. I was disappointed and will be driving to China Moon in the future.

Go into any Chinese restaurant and you get predicatable food, it's usually ok or really good, in plain white Chinese food containers but here they manage to tweak every single dish just enough to screw it up.

For Gods sake, Wonton soup is as basic as it gets, a standard that anyone can make, yet the soup here is not tempting. I threw most of it out. Burning nerve-damage hot, and yet flatly bland, they should get over this "no peanut oil, no msg" campaign and pay attention to what they're putting out there- how does it taste???

Sorry about the rant but I was really hoping there was a good local tasty Chinese restaurant. Oh well, China Moon in Flemington is 10 minutes away and let me tell you, their food is outstanding and much lower-priced. In fact I would say they are cheap. Compare their $6.85 Shrimp Egg Foo Young and $2.95 Large Wonton Soup. At Ming's its $8.95 and $3.95 respectively.

Dec 30, 2009
combokid in New Jersey

Chinese Food Recommendations - Central NJ [moved from Tristate board]

WHERE NOT TO EAT!

Mings
79 Rout 202/Route 31 South
Ringoes, NJ 08551

I had hoped that with a change in ownership the new Ming's (located at 'Everitts Plaza corner Rt 202/31 and Everitts Road) would be good and well-priced. It is neither. While the gentleman behind the counter was certainly more polite and pleasant than the prior owner of Lo-Fatt, the food still suffers from the same ailments. Lack of taste, lack of salt, small portions and overpriced. A simple won ton soup and shrimp egg foo yong came to almost $14. Compare this with China Moon 10 minutes away in Flemington and the total is about $10. That's 40% more expensive, with less taste and smaller portions (note the rice container is not a full pint container it's somewhere between a half-pint and pint). The rice was also not terribly hot or fresh. I was disappointed and will be driving to China Moon in the future.

Go into any Chinese restaurant and you get predicatable food, it's usually ok or really good, in plain white Chinese food containers but here they manage to tweak every single dish just enough to screw it up.

For Gods sake, Wonton soup is as basic as it gets, a standard that anyone can make, yet the soup here is not tempting. I threw most of it out. Burning nerve-damage hot, and yet flatly bland, they should get over this "no peanut oil, no msg" campaign and pay attention to what they're putting out there- how does it taste???

Sorry about the rant but I live close by and was really hoping there was a good local tasty Chinese restaurant. Oh well, China Moon in Flemington is 10 minutes away and let me tell you, their food is outstanding and much lower-priced. In fact I would say they are cheap. Compare their $6.85 Shrimp Egg Foo Young and $2.95 Large Wonton Soup.

Dec 30, 2009
combokid in New Jersey

Lo-Fatt Chow nr. Flemington, NJ

And may I add: the quality, or lack thereof, of the food, its remarkable similarity to the blandness in taste and extreme radioactive hotness, is only more parallelled by the pricing of Lo-Fatt, which I checked online (http://www.lofattchow.com/catalog/all...).

THE PRICING IS EXACTLY THE SAME.

I've reached the following conclusion:

I believe the people, or person, behind Lo-Fatt are the same people running Ming's. I think he just changed the name and hired a manager or franchised it out.

The low-quality, felt-ripped-off feeling was exactly the same as my prior dining experience at Lo-Fatt's. It's too coincidental. Go into any other Chinese restaurant and you get predicatable food, it's usually ok or really good, in plain white Chinese food containers but here they manage to tweak every single dish just enough to screw it up.

For Gods sake, Wonton soup is as basic as it gets, a standard that anyone can make, yet the soup here is not tempting. I threw most of it out. Burning nerve-damage hot, and yet beyond bland, they should get over this "no peanut oil, no msg" campaign and pay attention to what they're putting out there- how does it taste???

Sorry about the rant but I live close by and was really hoping there was a good local tasty Chinese restaurant. Oh well, China Moon is 10 minutes away and let me tell you, their food is outstanding and much lower-priced. In fact I would say they are cheap. Compare their $6.85 Shrimp Egg Foo Young and $2.95 Large Wonton Soup.

Dec 30, 2009
combokid in New Jersey

Lo-Fatt Chow nr. Flemington, NJ

I had hoped that with a change in ownership the new Ming's (located at 'Everitts Plaza corner Rt 202/31 and Everitts Road) would be good and well-priced. It is neither. While the gentleman behind the counter was certainly more polite and pleasant than the prior owner of Lo-Fatt, the food still suffers from the same ailments. Lack of taste, lack of salt, small portions and overpriced. A simple won ton soup and shrimp egg foo yong came to almost $14. Compare this with China Moon 10 minutes away in Flemington and the total is about $10. That's 40% more expensive, with less taste and smaller portions (note the rice container is not a full pint container it's somewhere between a half-pint and pint). The rice was also not terribly hot or fresh. I was disappointed and will be driving to China Moon in the future.

Dec 29, 2009
combokid in New Jersey