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  1. hello everyone,

    I was just looking for a little help. I was wondering if anyone knew of any really good hole in the wall italian restaurants in central to northern nj. Something nice to go to but not exactly babbo if you get what im saying. Thanks for the help.

    Try Toscana Trattoria in Whippany. It's the most authentic italian cuisine.

  2. This is odd. At some point during the last couple of years, a number of BBQ restaurants have opened up in Montclair, as if to compete with what used to be the lone BBQ restaurant in town, Indigo smoke. Let's take a look at the competitors.

    Indigo Smoke

    387 Bloomfield Avenue

    Montclair, NJ 07042

    (973) 744-3440

    www.indigosmoke.com

    The first BBQ place in Montclair that I was aware of. They serve KC-style BBQ. They don't have pulled pork though, which is one of my favorite BBQ'd meats. More info in the Indigo Smoke thread.

    The Wood Pit

    108-110 Bloomfield Avenue

    Montclair, NJ 07042

    973-954-4679

    www.thewoodpit.com

    This joint opened up a little over a year ago. When I first read that it was Southern-style, images of ribs that were boiled, grilled, then drowned in BBQ sauce first came to mind (nothing against Southern-style BBQ, that's just standard rib-prep for the chicken and rib places around here). The name though did imply that there was some smoking going on, which was later confirmed by a glowing review from Pete Genovese. I plan on trying them out tomorrow.

    Ruthie's Bar-B-Q & Pizza

    64-1/2 Chestnut Street

    Montclair, NJ 07042

    (973) 509-1134

    www.ruthiesbbq.com

    I don't think this place is much older than The Wood Pit. Genovese gave it a decent review, but noted, "The Wood Pit, on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, would win the local barbecue joint showdown, but Ruthie's has the advantage of pizza, and better parking." They offer a few different styles of BBQ (Carolina pulled pork, Memphis-style ribs, etc).

    Sandy's St. Louis Style BBQ & Soul Food

    146-148 Bloomfield Ave

    Montclair, NJ  07042

    (973) 233-0510

    I know the least about this place. There's very little information on the internet and no reviews - they might not even be open any more. Seeing as most rib places around here don't smoke their food, I suspect that it might not be real BBQ. Grilled/boiled ribs aren't bad, they're just not BBQ.

    There you have it. There are now 3 (possibly 4) BBQ restaurants in Montclair alone, when a mere decade ago there were barely that many in NJ. So how is the Montclair BBQ scene? What do you guys think of these places? Who makes the best ribs? Brisket? What should be avoided? I figured it'd be easier to share experiences in a single Montclair thread rather than start a new thread for each restaurant.

    Disclosure: I really like BBQ. In fact, I first discovered eG's forums while scouring the internet for good, local BBQ places, at a time when NJ was mostly devoid such smokey subsistence. I had been to the chains (Famous Dave's, Big Ed's, Dallas BBQ), but wanted something more authentic. With eGullet's help, I discovered many decent to good BBQ places (Stickey's, Front Street Smokehouse, Grub Hut, Bourbon BBQ in NJ; RUB, Dinosaur, Brother Jimmy's, Hill Country, and Daisy May in NYC). Thanks eGullet!

    There's Famous Dave's.

  3. This is one of those deja vu moments. Eric and I went there over the summer and I could have sworn he posted about it. but I digress.

    It was fairly new when we tried it. The gelato was yummy -- I had pistachio which really had that pistachio flavor. I don't remember what Eric had -- perhaps it was something coffeeish or the Bacio -- classic chocolate and hazelnut. He enjoyed his as well. they came in these cool cups -- not like the regular paper cups that ice cream comes in. The prices were not cheap, but the stuff was high quality.

    My only eyebrow raising moment was that these guys on line right after us wanted gelato and then a cup of espresso. Neither of the girls behind the counter knew how to use the espresso machine. Both of them tried to figure it out but couldn't. It was taking them forever to try to help thes customers. Eric told them he knew how and they had him go behind the counter to give them a hand. Then the mom of one of the girls came in and she went to help to. I think the customer finally decided to have a cup of regular coffee instead.

    The girls were nice though and the store was very new so hopefully by now they know who to work that machine.

    We haven't had the chance to go back yet -- since we are not often in that area. But I would go back.

    They have pumpkin pie flavored Gelato which is really good. They also made a pumpkin gelato pie for the fall season. looks yummy too.

  4. This is one of those deja vu moments. Eric and I went there over the summer and I could have sworn he posted about it. but I digress.

    It was fairly new when we tried it. The gelato was yummy -- I had pistachio which really had that pistachio flavor. I don't remember what Eric had -- perhaps it was something coffeeish or the Bacio -- classic chocolate and hazelnut. He enjoyed his as well. they came in these cool cups -- not like the regular paper cups that ice cream comes in. The prices were not cheap, but the stuff was high quality.

    My only eyebrow raising moment was that these guys on line right after us wanted gelato and then a cup of espresso. Neither of the girls behind the counter knew how to use the espresso machine. Both of them tried to figure it out but couldn't. It was taking them forever to try to help thes customers. Eric told them he knew how and they had him go behind the counter to give them a hand. Then the mom of one of the girls came in and she went to help to. I think the customer finally decided to have a cup of regular coffee instead.

    The girls were nice though and the store was very new so hopefully by now they know who to work that machine.

    We haven't had the chance to go back yet -- since we are not often in that area. But I would go back.

    They have pumpkin pie flavored Gelato which is really good. They also made a pumpkin gelato pie for the fall season. looks yummy too.

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