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Rail Paul

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  1. That is one spectacular looking lobster roll. Hold onto one for me, I'm looking for Acela tickets right now...
  2. That table is quite nice, as is the (usually) round table in the same room. As you enter the room on the right, this table is on the sidewalk side, in front of the large window. Seats five or six. The fireplace projects slightly into the room, which gives both of these tables a slight barrier from the rest of the room (all of four other tables).
  3. Jim LaPrete runs Shore Catch, which has run a stall at the Saturday Montclair Farmer's market for several years. I've always been pleased with his fish, clams, etc. He may be able to point you in the right direction. Caldwell Seafood is another excellent option for fresh, quality fish. Shore Catch Barnegat, New Jersey 609-339-6380
  4. The Madison has had consistently good food in several recent visits. They have a special deal between 5pm and 7pm during the week with discounted wine and a $16.13 menu. Best deal in town, although it wouldn't be available on your Saturday night. Madison Bar and Grill
  5. Rosie has a mention on her blog that Ryland gift certificates are being honored at Craig Shelton's new restaurant. Redemption is near
  6. The Little Falls location will reopen in the next few days under the same owner's Fire & Oak casual dining label. The other stores remain open and under their same brands. Bill Pitcher has the details in the Bergen Record. Bergen Record about the change in concept
  7. Copeland in Morristown
  8. Good list. I'd add Copeland's at the Westin Governor Morris. Expensive, but very creative.
  9. Interesting that the thread began with a mention of Bistro Ole and led to a mention of Vivas in Belmar as chef Vivas used to be head Chef at Bistro Ole... ← Hello, Mark. I'll throw Brandl in Belmar into the mix. BYO, refined cuisine, very willing to customize, in my experience. Nice experience, IMHO. Paul
  10. If you like perusing wine lists, one of the best lists in the metro area is at the Park & Orchard restaurant in East Rutherford. About two blocks west of NJ 17, one or two towns south of Carlstadt. Park & Orchard restaurant
  11. It's about a mile from Med Manor to Pru Center, a little too far to walk at night.
  12. Hello, Tracey. Happy birthday for your 11th anniversary of turning 29. That sounds so much nicer than "40" The website baristanet has a map of many Montclair restaurants with outdoor seating. It's a pretty good range, from Ruthie's patio with smoker, all the way on up. You might also check if Culinariane has opened its outdoor patio yet. BaristaVille al fresco
  13. I hope things work out for everyone involved. It's possible that the business interests involved are working out a settlement, and discussing it publicly wouldn't help to bring about a resolution. Anyway, I miss the hot dogs already, and hope the store reopens soon.
  14. The Cedar Grove space was formerly occupied by Villa d'Este. Ironically, the space that LuNello vacated in Totowa became Restaurant Earth with Anthony LoPinto for a brief spell
  15. Congratulations. Crave looks capable of doing a 100 - 150 maybe 200 person reception / service on site. I'd suggest giving them a call and seeing if they're interested in the job. (I had a tour when they were finishing up the kitchen and doing some final work on the dining room last autumn.)
  16. Dee and I visited Lorena's over the summer and continue to be delighted. We've probably dined there ten times, and continue to be impressed. If you have a particular, special wine and something you'd like to have with it, chances are chef Campos could craft something for you A look at the current menu suggests they're well into a Fall-early Winter menu, with venison. lamb sirloin, root vegetables, format etc
  17. No. My family was much the same. In fact, they would pack up the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, etc and take it with them. Brought their own large bags, in case we didn't have any. Sometimes they would even take the silverware, glassware, and china. No leftovers. Sometimes we didn't even have furniture left over. Many of them are gone now, but we expect they will be back with us as the parole rules kick in.
  18. I've been to Irving's three times, and had that same experience on visit 2. Visit 1 got a piled high job, easily an inch and a half of meat. Visit 2 got much less, and I nicely asked the guy what happened to the rest of the meat (I was watching him cut it). He was happy to add several more slices. Visit 3 was a nicely piled sandwich. For $13, I expect a lot of meat.
  19. It may be a while before they serve lunch or dinner, unfortunately. The restaurant has been ready to go for about a month. Bergen Record
  20. There are two cookbooks signed by Bobby Flay offered at $50 and $42 more than unsigned books on eBay.
  21. I've heard several good reports about Church Street Cafe in recent weeks, including two earlier today. I was in the Spice it Up shop across the street, and the shop's owner mentioned that the chef visits regularly, and samples various spices, often taking several examples back for menu updating. While we were having this conversation, another shopper mentioned she had enjoyed dinner at Church Street recently and was quite delighted. I'll put it back on my list of places to visit soon. The spice shop has an unusually broad range of spices and fine teas, and they measure each sale by weight. The owner said several Montclair chefs stop by to add materials to their inventory. I refreshed my spice cabinet for the fall and winter cooking season. Ajowon, Aleppo pepper, grains of paradise, herbes de Provence, marjoram, nigella, mexican oregano, tellicherry peppercorns, raz al hanout, Zahtar, ancho powder, chipotle whole brown, posole spice, and a few bird chiles. $35 in all. Spice It Up
  22. Give Tom at Caldwell Seafood a call. They have an excellent supply of extremely fresh fish. My other suggestion is the Whole Foods in West Orange (Prospect Avenue at Eagle Rock). An enormous, jaw dropping presentation of fish.
  23. Rail Paul


    The Record makes it very difficult to link through to a specific story. Try this link to Bill Pitcher's blog, and click the first link mentioned. That should work. Lo Pinto Primed I stopped by for a look the other day. The dining room is beautiful. October 1 is the projected start date, subject to construction and licensing, etc.
  24. How about Trap Rock brewpub in Berkeley Heights, or the Huntley Taverne in Summit? You can get anything from a strip steak and potatoes to Asian accented fish, as well as a large selection of beers at Trap Rock. Huntley has an excellent wine list. Also, Ora in Morristown (BYO) is a nice choice if there's nothing happening at the Community Theater next door. All three of these are going to be in the $35 to $50 a person range. Pierre's Bistro in Harding is also a consideration, and I'm sure they'd be willing to craft a special menu for you. The next price point is significantly higher, but would add Pluckemin Inn and Copeland
  25. Thanks for this delicious writeup, Carolyn. Your description of the meal flowed wonderfully, and I could almost taste Lizziee's desserts. Your photos and words propelled them off the screen.
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