|To those of you who know me it shouldn't come as a surprise that I would create a list of my favorite restaurants. I am by no means a gourmet, nor do I cater to particular cuisines. These are simply restaurants and eating establishments that I've visited several times. My criterion is simple, good food at a reasonable price and if the atmosphere is somehow nostalgic or unique that's a plus!. The quality of the food and the service have been consistently good - and I look forward to my next visit! If you have a restaurant you really enjoy, please e mail me. Many of these were recommendations from my friends!|
Situated amongst studio apartments and "brownstones" synonymous with the area, Amanda's is one of Hoboken's best kept secrets! Its narrow store front, adorned with antique leaded glass and hanging plants, is reminiscent of an era when small cold water "flats" were hidden behind long established family businesses. My wife and I discovered Amanda's several years ago while walking through Hoboken's busy business district. It was difficult to resist the aroma emanating from within!
Whether you're trying to impress a first date, or you simply want a romantic evening with your significant other, you owe it to yourself to visit this unique eatery. The one page menu which seems to change daily offers a diversified mix of seafood, chicken, and beef dishes all presented in a way that adds to the delicate ambience. Space limitations wouldn't allow me to do their menu justice! Suffice to say we've been back several times with friends, usually to celebrate an anniversary or birthday and have always enjoyed each visit.
Amanda's accepts reservations and I strongly recommend them since seating is limited to perhaps 40 something. If you arrive early Amanda's offers a small but comfortable bar with an excellent selection of wines and liquors served by a friendly bartender. Elegant dining in a comfortable environment at an affordable price!
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908 Washington St
During my childhood the family often visited relatives in Scranton, PA. Before the days of Interstate Rt. 80, Hwy. 46 was the primary route between New Jersey and Scranton, PA. The three-hour drive was enough to give an adult a reason to stop and stretch so we often stopped midway at "Hot Dog Johnny's" in Buttzville, NJ, just a few miles East of the famous Delaware Water Gap. Situated on the banks of the Muskanetcong River since 1944 this is truly one of the remaining pieces of "real" 1950's roadside America. Truckers and travelers that included Bob Hope and Art Carney came upon this neon adorned oasis that offers a truly tasty deep fried hot dog for only $1. The standard issue includes tangy yellow mustard, chopped raw onions, and a fresh slice of dill pickle. To wash it down, Hot Dog Johnny's offers your choice of authentic homemade birch beer dispensed from those wooden barrels into a frosted mug or a tall glass of homemade butter milk. At the perimeter of the parking area amidst the crushed white stone and meticulous landscaping the kids can entertain themselves on metal swings, just like those you had at the local play ground! You know it has to be good if I drive 60 miles for a hot dog!
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You're driving down a country road with that special someone next to you and thousands fiery colored autumn leaves are falling around you. There in front of you, eight miles from nowhere, is a rustic inn - The Wallpack Inn.
I discovered this restaurant almost 15 years ago purely by accident. It's interior is genuine rustic Americana, as genuine as the quality of the food they serve. Choose from the main dining area that features a huge fireplace and a rustic bar, or relax in the spacious greenhouse that overlooks acres and acres of wilderness. My suggestion is to choose the greenhouse in spring, summer and autumn, and save the large fireplace for a cold winter night! Prime rib, fresh baked smoked ham and some outrageous lobster are among several entrees the Wallpack Inn features every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Once seated you'll be treated to a generous portion of multi-grain bread sliced fresh from a huge eight pound loaves. There's also an extensive salad bar stocked with local produce. Eat sparingly for dinner awaits you and be sure to leave room for the many homemade pies and treats that are on the desert menu. My favorite is the fresh raspberry pie - slightly tart, light, and always tempting a second piece!
During dinner, 97 year old James Woolsey plays decades of your old favorites non-stop on a 100+ year old piano. This in itself is worth the 65 mile trip from the New York metro area! The hospitality customers are treated to spills over to the local wildlife as the Inn's owners treat the deer to fresh grain and apples. As the sun sets dozens of deer come within a few feet of the greenhouse, unaware and unaffected by the people kept safely inside. It's better than any live show I've ever seen!
The Wallpack Inn is located in Wallpack Center, in the extreme Northern corner of New Jersey. From the New York metro area take RT. 80 West to Rt. 15N. Follow Rt. 15 to Rt. 206N. Down the road a piece, about 1 mile past the entrance for Stokes State Forest you'll see the large sign on your left. Follow the signs and hang in there, you're only about eight miles away from some of the finest food you'll ever have! Don't be intimidated by the crowded parking lot - the Inn is large and the possible wait passes quickly having a drink at the bar! If you get lost, call the Wallpack Inn at (973) 948-3890. Make sure you tell them you saw this on Bob's Internet page! Click on the picture above to see a picture of the Inn's interior.
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