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May 26, 2002 03:09 AM

The Petite Cafe in Nutley, NJ

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I'd be curious to read other comments and critiques of this lovely little place. Chef Keith and wife, Maureen (co-owners) maintain a BYO restaurant that serves dinners only on Thurs-Sat evenings. I don't know exactly how to categorize the cuisine. It is a fusion, eclectic faire that is, imho, daring and provocative. Simply delicious and delightful. 503 Franklin Ave in Nutley. What is your opinion?


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    Miguel A. Rueda

    We agree. We go at least twice a month to see what Keith has come up with for a special. We particularly like his use of exotic ingrediants in what would otherwise be standard fare. He made a "Forbidden Rice with Scallops" appetizer that was incredible. Maureen always greets us with a smile and makes everyone feel welcome. She told us that they feel that "the food we serve should be good enough to feed our own family." It really is very good in a very small town full of good places to dine.

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      Susan Andriola

      We are regulars at The Petite Cafe in Nutley. The food is out of this world, we eat there whenever we can. Have you tried lunch? (some really great wraps and sandwiches). We've also started Sunday morning breakfast. The bananna oatmeal pancakes are great!

      1. I'm glad someone asked about this place, because I too would like to ask a question about it: while I love the food at the Petite Cafe and the cupcakes are indeed out of this world (also, the best breakfast burritos and croissants I have ever tasted), I've found that the service is consistently what I would consider bad. I've been there about ten times and can list the following experiences: the first time I went, I ordered takeout a man took my order, fetched it when it was ready, bagged it, and just left it on the counter. I had to wait another ten minutes for a girl to come out, ask me what I was waiting for, and use inductive reasoning to figure out that it was my breakfast in the bag. On another visit I ate in the restaurant, and had to ask for utensils. Another time I asked to have my leftover half hummus-n-something else sandwich doggie-bagged and when I got it home, I found that it inexplicably contained only one of the pieces of bread and none of the hummus...that may also have been the time that there were only two of us and the waitress gave us each the other's sandwich which was only obvious once they were bit into but I'm trying only to list separate visits here. Another time they sat us outside and the waitress forgot about us: I had to go inside to order a second iced tea...another time they made us wait a half hour for a table at breakfast and by the time we were seated, the breakfast menus had all been replaced by the lunch menu, and we'd gone there specifically for breakfast. I'm actually on my way back there today so obviously this stuff hasn't deterred me (it's that good), but I just want to know if anyone else has had this problem.

        1. Their cupcakes really are fantastic; I just wished they had all of those flavors available all the time! :-)

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