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Ryland Inn in the last year?

I'm considering the Ryland Inn for a special occasion family dinner. Has anyone been there in the last year or so, or better yet, since Craig Polignano became the executive chef in mid-2014? Other options under consideration are the Blue Bottle Cafe and At the Pass.

Dec 21, 2014
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Looking for Craft Beer Restaurant halfway between Stockton and Point Pleasant Beach

Not sure whether your request for a "craft beer restaurant" means you are looking for a restaurant that crafts its own beer (i.e. a brew pub), but if so, Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton is between Stockton and Point Pleasant, though closer to the person coming from Stockton. If by "craft beer restaurant" you mean a restaurant that serves fine beers, I leave it to others who live closer to that area to suggest their favorite locations, but again I suspect the Princeton area will have some good choices.

http://www.triumphbrewing.com/princeton/

Dec 18, 2014
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Historic Taverns in NJ

First time I went, probably close to ten years ago, I thought the food was mediocre at best and had no inclination to return. However, I was there twice in the last six months (due to location and because it was chosen by the people we were meeting) and both times the service was excellent and I felt the food was pretty decent. Perhaps it was because my expectations were low from the first visit, or perhaps the good beers and good company affected my palate, but based on the last two visits, I would not be reluctant to give it another try. It's not gourmet, but a decent place for a meal and a fresh beer or two with friends.

Sep 16, 2014
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Historic Taverns in NJ

linlinchan - since you don't get out to Hunterdon County, here's one for you in Morris County: Long Valley Pub & Brewery. Ate there a couple of weeks ago. Beautifully restored building, nice outdoor seating area if the weather is good, decent beers made on site, and decent food.

http://www.restaurantvillageatlongval...

Sep 15, 2014
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Is there a good diner in Egg Harbor area where I can kill a couple of hours on a Sunday morning

Understood. I would stay aware of the demand for the table and not overstay my welcome. The Sunday rush at a diner usually does not start quite that early - - maybe not until 10:00 or so. But your suggestion of taking it to Starbucks at that point is a good one.

Sep 13, 2014
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Is there a good diner in Egg Harbor area where I can kill a couple of hours on a Sunday morning

Is there a good diner in Egg Harbor area? I need to kill a few hours early Sunday morning (8:00 - 11:30) while waiting for my son to run a program at a school there. I figure a diner might let me sit for a while (so long as I order some food now and then) while I get some paperwork done. I'm from Hunterdon and have no idea what's good/bad in the Egg Harbor area. Any suggestions?

Sep 12, 2014
Forklaw in New Jersey

Historic Taverns in NJ

We have so many historic inns and taverns in Hunterdon County that it's hard to remember let alone name them all. Many are excellent restaurants too. Just a few that come to mind, covering a range from Inns with higher end restaurants to local, historic bars (locations in parenthesis if not part of the establishment's name):

Glen Gardner Inn: http://www.glengardnerinn.com/

Fox and Hound Tavern (Lebanon Boro): http://www.foxandhoundtavern.com/

Pittstown Inn: http://www.pittstowninn.com/

Sergeantsville Inn: http://www.sergeantsvilleinn.com/abou...

Clinton House (but I definitely do not recommend the food): http://www.theclintonhouse.com/

Harvest Moon Inn (in Ringoes): http://www.harvestmooninn.info/

Mrs. Rileys Publik House (High Bridge)(local tavern/bar and sometimes rooming house since late 1800s) http://highbridge.org/businesses-and-...

The Stockton Inn: http://stocktoninn.com/

Lambertville House (historic hotel with bar): http://www.lambertvillehouse.com/acco...

National Hotel (Frenchtown)(historic bar room on first floor and the Rathskeller below): http://www.thenationalhotelnj.com/the...

Frenchtown Inn: http://www.frenchtowninn.com/history-...

The Ship Inn Restaurant & Brewery (in Milford): http://www.britishbrewpub.com/about-us-2

There are so many more but these came to mind first. I'm sure the other Hunterdon County CH'ers can suggest others.

Aug 18, 2014
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Wellfleet & Other Towns on the Cape

Wow. Capecodguy's posts are certainly a wealth of information. Exactly the kind of info I'm looking for.
As an aside, before posting my inquiry above, I ran searches for Cape Cod and Wellfleet, and almost nothing recent (i.e. from the last 2 years) came up. But following the link you posted, I see there certainly have been recent posts. Re-ran the same searches and now finding lots on Cape Cod including Wellfleet. Wonder if the latest update to CH has some glitches in the search feature.

Jul 28, 2014
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Wellfleet & Other Towns on the Cape

Thanks. Are these all in Wellfleet?

Jul 28, 2014
Forklaw in Southern New England

Wellfleet & Other Towns on the Cape

Will be vacationing in Wellfleet mid-August. Looking for recommended places on the Cape. Although based in Wellfleet, we will be driving around lots of the Cape and eating out often (breakfast, lunch, dinner, basic meals and special occasion meals, American and Ethnic), I welcome all thoughts on any type of place you think worth a visit, especially in the mid-Cape area.

Jul 26, 2014
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Suddenly Craving Biltong

Hmmm. Jonty Jones is $9.99 for 4 oz?? Braiitime is $25.00 per pound, which I'm already having trouble explaining to the wife ("it's not $25.00 for a pound of beef jerky. It's $25.00 for a pound of fine steak that's dried up, sliced, shriveled and just looks like beef jerky.") Is the Jonty Jones that much better than the Braiitime for $40.00 /pound?

Jul 01, 2014
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Suddenly Craving Biltong

Drongo - What did you think of the biltong from africanhut.com? That is one of the online vendors I was checking out. Have you tried any others? (I prefer the sliced to the "sticks" if you've tried both)

Jun 30, 2014
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Suddenly Craving Biltong

Thanks "Just Visiting." I had run a google search last night before posting to CH and came up with the same fb post from Braiiitime as you posted in your reply, however on my search it came up as a 2012 entry and none of the links worked. But on your post, the links work, and now I see Braiitime is in Keansburg NJ, and the Springbok Potjie Festival is an annual event in Middletown - - both worth a road trip from where I am in Hunterdon County to satisfy my jonesing for Biltong. Did not know there was a South Aftrican ex pat population in the Middletown area. Of course, if someone knows of a place making/selling Biltong closer to Hunterdon, I would not mind a shorter trip for a quick fix.

Jun 30, 2014
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Suddenly Craving Biltong

Does anyone know where I could find Biltong in New Jersey? It's a cured meat from South Africa, sort of like beef jerky, but it's much thicker, tastier, and spiced and cured differently than jerky (biltong is cured with vinegar and is air dried for several weeks, and not smoked). Have not had (or thought about it) it since I lived with a South African guy in college in the 1980's. Whenever he'd get a care package from home, we would finish off pounds of the stuff in a couple of hours. Totally addicting stuff. Woke up this morning, for some reason thought of biltong, but cannot find anywhere to get some. It can be ordered online, but I'd rather find it locally (meaning anywhere in NJ) .

Jun 29, 2014
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Best Cakes in Central NJ

Maddalena's Cheesecakes makes absolutely unbelievable cheesecakes (and non-cheesecake cakes), including special occasion cakes (e.g. wedding cheesecakes, etc.) Their bakery is in Ringoes, just south of Flemington, but their products are available in a number of specialty food markets such as the Stockton Market and some supermarkets in Hunterdon County. Their website lists the places you can get their products, but I assume for the freshest item - - or something custom made - - you want to go to their bakery. (Warning - the bakery in Ringoes does not look like much from the outside. . . on-site sales are not their primary business, but you're going there for the cakes, not the d├ęcor). The business is run by a delightful woman, Janet Maddalena, and her two sons. (They make a great apple pie too and have gluten free cheesecakes.)
http://www.maddalenascatering.com/che...

May 24, 2014
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Lox wings in Jersey ??

Your post brings back fond memories from my childhood, when my mother would get "fleagels" (aka lox wings) from the appetizing counter at Waldbaums Supermarket.
I see lox wings on the wholesale price list of Rachel's Springfield Smoked Fish Company, although they are not listed on their retail menu. It may be worth a call.
http://springfieldsmokedfish.com/whol...

May 19, 2014
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Nik's Wunderbar - Route 22 - Hunterdon County - Readington/Whitehouse Area

A German restaurant, Nik's Wunderbar, opened about 6 months ago at the location of the old Busher's Wunderbar. (After Busher's Wunderbar closed in the early 2000's, the building was repeatedly and extensively renovated by a succession of short-lived restaurants, most recently Max's 22.) Interesting that the spot has returned to it's German "roots." Has anyone been to Nik's Wunderbar? Food any good?

May 04, 2014
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55 Main, Flemington: Worth a trip?

Has anyone been to 55 Main lately? We were there about five years ago and thought it was very, very good, but for some reason it fell off our radar and have not been back since. We're thinking of going tonight, and I'm wondering whether any CH'ers have been there more recently, what they thought of it, and if there are particular dishes they recommend (or recommend avoiding).

Mar 08, 2014
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3 Olives Mediterranean Afghan Bar & Restaurant - Raritan

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Has anyone tried the above Afghan restaurant in Raritan (Somerset County)? I recently had Afghani food for the first time at Silk Road in Warren and loved it. I was looking online for an Afghani restaurant closer to home and came across 3 Olives. Is it any good or should I trek back to Silk Road in Warren?

Nov 28, 2013
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Community Eatery-Flemington

Lyds or madgreek99, could you post a link to their website/menu? Google search did not uncover it for me. Thanks.

Oct 28, 2013
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between Branchburg and Flemington-lunch tomorrow?

Masala Art might fit the bill (ethnic, good food, nothing fancy). I have not been there in a couple of years, but I remember it being pretty good the 3 times I went there in @ 2011-2012, and since there are no Indian restaurants in Fleminton (at least none that I am aware of) it might be a nice change of pace for the colleagues coming from that direction. It's in Branchburg, but a very easy drive from Flemington, straight up Route 202 - - may even be quicker for the Flemingon group to get there than the Branchburg group on Route 22. http://masalaartnj.com/

Oct 23, 2013
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Belvidere (Warren County)

Red Wolfe Inn is a local favorite. Appeals to some folks but definitely not everyone's "cup of tea." Looks like a sketchy bar from the outside. Inside is a bit better, but not much. However, the food is good, particularly the steak, and they have 15 - 20 beers on tap. If you go on the weekend, you need a reservation or be prepared to wait a long time in the very small entranceway. Not a fancy place, but if you're in Belvidere and in the mood for a big juicy steak, a nice cold beer, and you don't feel like dressing for dinner, it's the best place around. No website, but here's the address and phone number: 130 County Road 519, Belvidere, NJ. 908-475-4772.
Here's a previous thread on this place, from when I first heard about it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8438...

Sep 02, 2013
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Hoboken

+1 for Amanda's. (I think you're up to 5 votes for Amanda's now.)

Jul 15, 2013
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Farmers markets

Hoping you'll keep the Hunterdon Land Trust's Farmers Market at Dvoor Farm (near Flemington) on your list, since clearly from your report you don't mind traveling on your quest for a good farmers market. See my reply to your original post for website and vendor information. I have not been there this season, but in past years when I used to go regularly, there were always at least a dozen or more vendors, all local Hunterdon County and Bucks County farmers and food makers (cheese, breads, smoked meats, etc.). I don't recall whether there are tables to eat there, but you can always bring a blanket and picnic at the farm or at one of the nearby parks. Perhaps a Hunterdon County CH'er who has been there more recently can advise what is there lately and whether its worth the trip.

Jul 15, 2013
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30th Birthday Drinks with Friends, Central Jersey...Preferably Outdoors

If you are near GKG, then another possibility is Char, on Route 202 in B'water/Raritan. Very upscale outside patio area with lounge vibe and cool gas lamps. However, it's pricey. Make sure you reserve a table beforehand for the outside area http://www.charsteakhouse.com/raritan...

Jul 09, 2013
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Fish markets in North Jersey

Metropolitan Seafood is excellent.
On Route 22, very very close to Route 78 on your way to p'burg.
(Take 78 West to exit 20A to Route 22)
check their website or call, but as of today they are listing cherrystone and littlenecks

http://www.metroseafood.com/todaysfre...

http://www.metroseafood.com/home.html

Jul 08, 2013
Forklaw in New Jersey

Farmers markets

"Central part of New Jersey" covers a fair bit of territory, and everyone has their own definition. If yours includes Hunterdon County, or you just want to take a drive on a Sunday morning, check out the Hunterdon Land Trust's farmers market in Flemington, at Dvoor's Farm (Route 12). Here's a list of vendors: http://hunterdonlandtrust.org/farmers...

Still further west (but still central NJ by some definitions) is the Stockton Market, an indoor farmers market. I have not been there personally, but I've seen others on CH recommend it, and Stockton is a great little river town not far from Lambertville: http://stocktonfarmmarket.com/index.p...

Jun 30, 2013
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Manon in Lambertville

Thank you so much for your very reassuring review. Sending my folks there for a special occasion (85th b'day) dinner because they are total francophiles, for food at least, and after buying gift cert. I started having doubts after reading a bunch of negative reviews on Yelp!

Jun 25, 2013
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Manon in Lambertville

Has anyone been to Manon in recent years? I've read very mixed diner reviews on other boards.

Jun 22, 2013
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Zest on Staten Island

Thanks for the response and the recommendations. Will check them out. I am looking for something fancy for a memorable night out, so what do you think is the BEST restaurant on S.I. - - -not just great food but a special place for an upscale meal. Any preferences?

May 22, 2013
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