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May 16, 2006 12:23 AM

nice meal in Jamesburg, N.J.

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Deb and I enjoyed a good meal meal at Fiddlehead in Jamesburg, N.J.

Small place, nicely decorated on (I think) Railroad Ave. Little more than a store-front but the welcome is warm, food good and service friendly.

I had the crab cake app (decent) and the antelope main (very good). Deb's tuna was cooked as ordered. The place is BYOB so I scooted up the sidewalk to grab a bottle of bubbly at a neighborhood package store.

The fiddleheads were superb (go figure).

No room for sweets so we settled on espresso which was ok.

Tab was under $60. I'd go back.

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  1. Hey, Steve h., Thanks for the report. We've been to Fiddleheads a number of times over the years. We liked going there because, aside from the nicely prepared food and pleasant atmospherics, for a long time, it was just about the only restaurant in the general area around our house (we're 20 minutes from Jamesburg) whose owner was courageous enough to adopt a totally smoke-free policy. Sort of the Danny Meyer of Jamesburg. lol

    We haven't been there since the new owners took over more than a year ago (maybe two?), so you've got me thinking about checking it out again. I Googled and whaddya know! They've now got a website. Good on the new owners! While they've made substantial changes to the dinner menu, they've retained one of my favorites: the smoked tomato soup. Hope they're using the former chef/owner's recipe. Yum! My husband loves wild game, so I'm sure he'd head straight for that antelope special if it's available.


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    1. re: RGR

      howdy, RGR.

      I've been spending a lot of time in the Monroe/Princeton/New Brunswick area the last four months or so. Not a lot of chowish places in that part of the country but the friendliness of the people goes a long way to offset this shortcoming. Give Fiddlehead a shot and let me know your thoughts.


      1. re: steve h.

        I agree that Monroe is hardly a hub of chowish dining. And I rarely dine in Princeton and its immediate environs. However, I am more familiar with the New Brunswick area dining scene where there are some very good options.

        One of our favorite NJ restaurants, The Frog and the Peach, is in N.B. Their $19.95 3-course lunch special, which changes weekly, is a terrific -- and always delicious -- deal. Nice ambiance throughout. The semi-enclosed Garden Room is particularly pleasant.

        In Highland Park, 7 Hills of Istanbul has excellent Turkish cuisine.

        And the steamed buns at Shanghai Park are delicious. They have a second location in Princeton, which we haven't been to. Shortly after they opened there in '04, the "NY Times" reviewed it. I've linked below to the review.


        1. re: RGR

          thanks for tip. frog & peach sounds like fun.

          1. re: steve h.

            in New Brunswick must try this Hungarian Restaurant. cash only, in a basement, been there over 50 years. cheap and wonderful. a secret place.

            Chardas Hungarian Restaurant
            214 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ

            1. re: bubba poy

              Unfortunately, corporate interests from Robert Wood Johnson Hospital have moved in and knocked down the building housing Chardas, which is sadly no more. The last Hungarian restaurant in the once thriving Hungarian community of New Brunswick has closed. With this closing, and the closing of Aranka's in Franklin Park in 2004, I do not know whether any Hungarian restaurants exist in NJ.

    2. Next time walk across the street to Mendokers for dessert. It is one of the best bakeries in the tri-state area. Their cakes, pies and coffee cakes are wonderful.

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      1. re: Ellen

        Mendokers...French Eclairs...mmm...