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  1. FYI, Whole Foods in West Orange is now selling fresh pasta from the Severino family. I had the plain old spaghettie which was lovely...but they also had fresh pumpkin ravioli.

    had the pumpkin ravioli yesterday...it was very good.

  2. they've got a big ad in Exit Zero this week saying "we're back...new management, new chef, new look, new menu". the new chef is formerly of Moonfish Grill. i'll try to get over there next week.

  3. hey Scarlet Knight...

    have you tried Frescos (next to 410 and same owners)? i went recently for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. i thought it was better than 410, which i used to like but now, not so much. and the service was great, too.

    haven't been to the Pier House (the former Water's Edge) yet but it's on my to-try list for the summer. the menu doesn't excite me much but i keep seeing the chef on the local cable channel (the show that promotes all the Wildwood restaurants) and his segment has piqued my interest.

    let's see...what else...not sure if your comment about the Ebbitt Room was directed at the food or the atmosphere, but if it was the latter, did you know you can order small plates while sitting on the front porch -- might be a nice alternative if you like the food but find the dining room to be a bit much (which i get, btw but i think the food is great :laugh: ).

    oh yeah -- how about Union Park? i've only been once but thought it was quite good, and i've really got to get back there to try their burger, which sounds tempting. decor-wise, it's sort of a fuddy duddy hotel dining room as you'd expect, but the vibe made up for it -- a little loud, but relaxed and fun.

    have a great time!

    go Rutgers, yo

  4. at first i was lukewarm about Lucky Bones, but now i really like it -- for what it is, that is, which is basically better-than-average pub grub. and others must feel the same, since the place is always crowded, even in the dead of winter. it definitely fills a niche on the cape island dining scene.

  5. i forgot to mention one other thing that made me really happy about LBI: in beach haven toward the south end of town is a tiny little storefront called la oaxaquena.  when you first walk in, it looks like they don't have much of anything but snack food, but a closer look reveals several varieties of dried peppers, the usual pegboard full of mexican herbs and spices, tortillas, jamaica, AND lots of snack food.  i wasn't expecting to find a mexican grocery down there.  excellent!

    just noticed this post - very cool - thx for posting about this place. whereabouts is it? a goole search proved futile... :rolleyes:

  6. thanks Katie. i think you're right. i'm bummed...i liked it. well, the good news is that Sea Salt up in stone harbor, which looked like it had shut down, is still around and will be opening this weekend.

    btw, anything new and exciting going on at martini beach? is the menu still oriented toward tapas/small plates?

  7. Terrible location and terrible parking. Nothing has made it here.

    this is true. back in the 70s, it was a dingy newstand/card/candy store back run by a really nasty old guy, and nothing since then has lasted more than a few months. we used to joke that he cursed it. it's too bad, really, because a few years ago someone put a decent amount of work into renovating it, but to no avail.

  8. Just wondering: Has anyone else tried the pie at the place on Route 3 W, just past (or just before) Clifton Commons? We had great slices there a few years ago, less successful experience taking out. But I think they've changed hands since then. I can't remember the name, although I believe it's...Route 3 Pizza.

    ...formerly known as Paulie Pizza. yeah. Paulie was always good for a 3 am slice. another place that hasn't changed in forever. sadly, the pizza isn't as good. i also love how the "new" owners have never bothered to get a real sign - they still have just a banner up over the old Paulie sign.

  9. i was there a few weeks ago. it was my second time, but first since the new chef took over. i wasn't impressed. it's odd - even with a different chef, i experienced the same issue that made my first meal disappointing. both times, the apps were decent to good, but the entrees were mediocre to bad. this last time, we had the duck papardelle and the pumpkin pierogi. the duck dish was literally swimming in cream sauce, and the pasta was much closer to fettuccine than papardelle. the pierogi were bland, overcooked, and oily. the crab cake and butternut squash soup apps, on the other hand, were not bad, although the soup was a bit overseasoned.

  10. yeah, Marc's Cheesecake on Valley Rd. 53 Valley Rd. to be precise, close to the Paterson border. you'd drive right by this place and never notice it, it's just a small storefront. but they make great stuff. they have something like 30 flavors (not all of which are available all the time, tho) and if you want something special they wil try to accommodate you.

    in addition to the pumpkin, they also have a pumpkin chocolate swirl.

    and yeah, their brownies are out of this world.... and supposedly a wicked chocolate truffle mousse cake, although i've not tried that yet.


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