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Buying fresh fish in Montclair NJ?

Farmer's market and then brunch at Le Salbuen sounds good to me.

Does one have to get to the market by a certain time for a good selection? I've only been once or twice.

Jun 10, 2013
Moondancer5 in New Jersey

Buying fresh fish in Montclair NJ?

I wondered about them! Will have to try them too.

Jun 10, 2013
Moondancer5 in New Jersey

Buying fresh fish in Montclair NJ?

And they're right nearby! Good to know, thanks!

Jun 10, 2013
Moondancer5 in New Jersey

Lunch in Montclair

Ah Pizz! has wonderful pizza and other Italian dishes also, and it's a nice roomy restaurant.

Raymond's on Church Street is great, but depending on when you get there it can be a wait to get a table. If it's a nice day it's very pleasant to sit outside, and much (much!) quieter than inside the restaurant if it's crowded. (That said, if it's nice out, sometimes it's empty inside.)

Le Salbuen is on Walnut Street and the food is wonderful, but the service can make you crazy. Very small place, right across from the Farmer's market.

Jun 03, 2013
Moondancer5 in New Jersey

Buying fresh fish in Montclair NJ?

After much trepidation, reading, and youtube-ing, I finally took the plunge and pan-seared tilapia fillets last night. You may laugh, but I have never cooked fish before (shellfish, yes). A lap band has encouraged me to seek out better proteins, and while it turned out just fabulous and I'm very pleased, I find I know nothing about actually purchasing fresh fishies. My daughter picked up the fillets at Whole Foods in West Orange.

I'd like any recommendations for buying fresh fish in the Montclair area? (I'm in Upper Montclair). I've noticed Peter's Fish Market listed on the boards a while back, anything closer? Or should I stick with Whole Foods? Thanks!

Jun 03, 2013
Moondancer5 in New Jersey

Changes at Tic Toc Diner

I've been going to Tick Tock on Route 3 since moving to the area in 1983. We had noticed changes in the menu a few months ago, but we were staggered at the changes we saw when we went there Friday night at 9pm.

The place was more than half empty, which surprised us (I mean, Friday night!) When we sat down and took a look around, we realized we didn't recognize any of the usual staff. Not one waiter or waitress, busboy, or even the manager and the cashier. The menu was shocking for how small it had gotten--barely any dinner entrees, and later on my husband said he was actually looking for the fried chicken and couldn't find it on the menu.

The worst thing: I ordered my usual chocolate egg cream. When I got it, it tasted like nothing but seltzer, and I asked the waitress to please remake it. She looked confused, and took it back. A few minutes later I suddenly caught sight of her at the soda machine, furiously filling and stirring a large glass from the machine and letting it overflow the glass at least twice (that I saw). I said to my husband oh crap, I hope that's not my drink. And then she brought it over to me, dripping wet. She hadn't even wiped the glass off, putting it on the table made a puddle (she brought extra napkins). I took a quick taste and it was slightly more chocolate, and I just said it was better. As I drank the rest I realized I couldn't taste any milk at all... but I didn't think it was going to get better a third time.

We had cheese steak sandwiches that were made of steak chopped so tiny the pieces wouldn't stay in the roll, had barely any of the onions or peppers on them, but big slabs of cheese. The busboy made more of a mess clearing the table while I was still eating than if he'd left it. When we went to the cashier, I couldn't help but tell her to please show the waitress how to make an egg cream. She looked confused.

I'm not going to debate the relative merits of diners vs other restaurants. There are times you want a restaurant, and times you want a diner, and all that that implies. Whatever time of day or night, any one of the group can have their eggs, or their burger, or ravioli, or whatever, and it will be good.

I never thought I'd see Tick Tock become bad, but it has. At first I thought the diminishing crowds there was due to the economy, but now I realize it's because it's just bad. I'll go back and give Park West another shot at becoming my favorite local diner.

May 23, 2012
Moondancer5 in New Jersey