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Nauvoo Grill Fair Haven, NJ..delicious!!!!!

We went here on Sat. night and had such a great meal!! I had the homemade lobster ravioli (which I never order bacause I know it almosy always is the frozen kind they buy from a vendor, but this was NOT,,,it had chunks of lobster oozing out!!) mu husband had a porterhouse steak that was so large, it came with veggies and a hash browned potatoe, our friends had the hanger steak with mashed that was in a demi glaze, and homemade cavetelli pasta with sweet sausage and brocolli rabe. The food was great. Everyone really enjoyed their meals.

Our appetizers were a cold seafood platter, very good..and an order of fried calamari, that was just ok. My fiend ordered it...nothing special about it. I never order it unless I know it will be amazing. I really like it at Milos in NYC.

If you have not been to Nauvoo, it is definately worth a trip!

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  1. I had dinner once at Nauvoo, but it dates back to the spring of '04. The surroundings were very attractive, and the seating in the main dining room was really comfortable. Unfortunately, the cuisine left something to be desired, my main course veal being particularly disappointing in terms of quality, preparation and taste. At the time I remember thinking, "Too bad!" because I really liked the ambiance. Comments about Nauvoo on other food boards have mirrored my experience though they are not recent. Obviously, Angelina felt the food was excellent, so it's possible there might have been a change in kitchen personnel.


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    1. re: RGR

      I am sorry to say that my experience at Nauvoo mirrors RGR's. While not a recent meal (because I would not go back), my one dinner there was unpleasant. It was rather like a wedding reception, with mediocre food at best and tattered service. On the other hand, a friend having lunch there this past week reported it adequate.

    2. I had dinner at Nauvoo last night - the menu offered a nice variety and the atmosphere was pleasant; however, the service and food left much to be desired. I ordered a salad with grilled chicken (well-done)- simple enough I thought. At first, our meals were delivered to our table and I only got a salad. When I inquired about the grilled chicken the waitress took the salad back to the kitchen. She then returned with a salad with spicy, blackened chicken. Apparantly, the chef and waitstaff interpreted well-done as spicy, blackened. How does staff of a restaurant that wants to be of high calibar confuse these two terms? So, instead of bringing me what I ordered they charged me $7.00 for a salad took $4.50 off the bill for the grilled chicken. I left hungry. If the staff would improve their service (e.g. - ask questions if they are unsure of what someone ordered; bring customers the meal that was ordered) then Nauvoo may have potential for being a good restaurant.

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      1. re: newjersey

        I'm not sure why you felt you had to specify that your chicken be cooked well-done since chicken should never be anything but cooked all the way through. Of course, that doesn't excuse them from serving it to you blackened, which sounds more like burnt to me.

        If you read my previous post, you can see I'm not a fan of Nauvoo and, while I respect Angelina's opinion of the meal she had there, your experience offers no incentive for me to try it again.

      2. Ordering meat with a preference for how it is cooked is common practice. Rare, medium, well-done - you get the picture. At a restaurant such as Nauvoo this shouldn't be a problem.

        I was impressed that they had turkey burgers on the menu. You can't find those at many restaurants in Monmouth County (pls. let me know if anyone has any suggestions). However, I won't be ordering one at Nauvoo because I enjoy mine well-done, so I'm not sure what that would mean to them - maybe served with duck sauce?

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        1. re: newjersey

          I think it's you who doesn't "get the picture." With all due respect, when it comes to chicken, there is no such thing as ordering one's preference. Nobody in their right mind eats rare, medium rare, or medium chicken. In fact, I've never even heard of ordering it that way. Chicken is *always* cooked *completely through*, i.e., "well-done," in order to prevent possible food poisoning from salmonella and campylobacter. Restaurant kitchens are very much aware of this and don't have to be instructed by the diner regarding the doneness level. Btw, the same goes for turkey.

          Now, if you're talking about duck and some other birds, like squab and pheasant, that's an entirely different matter. For example, duck breast (magret) can be cooked rare or medium rare without any harmful effects. In fact, they are the preferred levels because the breast gets dried out if it is well done.

        2. Three things:

          1) I have been to Nauvoo Grill three times because it is close to my in-laws and have never had a decent meal there.

          2) Chicken, when cooked even a bit less than fully, makes for a painful evening at best.

          3) As a fairly frequent poster here and on the Manhattan board, I am constantly amazed by the broad range of food-related knowledge exhibited in every post by RGR.

          I forget the post and where, but I just read one where RGR described the laws of kashrut ( I am a non practicing jew ) and many, many posts complete with website listings about all kinds of restaurants. *apple polishing mode off*

          Feel free to flame me.

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          1. re: seal

            Flame you? Are you kidding? And I love you, too, seal! lol

            That post about kashruth to which you are referring is on the Manhattan board and was in response to one of many questions from a lacto-ovo-vegetarian in Ireland (Isn't the internet grand?!) who will be visiting NYC. She's trying to come up with restaurants suitable not only for her but also for her DH who is a serious carnivore. I love that kind of challenge.

          2. I only eat there once as posted above. When I am in the area, I really only like to go to Le Fandy. My one meal at Nauvoo Grill was good, but like I said it was a one time deal.

            Needless to say, I respect everyones opinion on the place and I value all your input!

            1. lol RGR. I didn't think YOU were going to flame me.

              As for other nearby places I like, pretty much just Barnicle Bill's. A long time ago I used to go to What's Your Beef. Anyone been there lately?

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              1. re: seal

                Hi Seal! How is Barnicle Bill's? We were supposed to go one night to meet friends in the summertime, but the plans fell threw and we winded up at staying home that evening.

                I was at What's your beef about a month ago and it was good as always. I enjoy the prime rib there. I always over do it on the salad bar, but I love it!!! The place is always jumping!

                1. re: seal

                  I hadn't been to What's Your Beef in some years and when we did finally go last winter I was reminded that it is a solid "eh." We ran into nabes who go there regularly, sit at the bar, and enjoy a $10 steak sandwich very much. It seems like a good way to go.

                  Hook, Line and Sinker, nearly next door, is similar in price and cuisine. You can get some good food, fair value, but it is hardly a destination. Barnacle Bill's remains a favorite. They really do some nice things with fish, make a great burger and I still like their mussels and linguine. Not surprising that their Asian dishes are good. Sing, one of the two owners is from Hong Kong, and he has on staff a large proportion of his extended family.

                2. Barnicle Bill's has had one of the best burgers and steamers combos around for quite a while.

                  Nothing fancy (heck, there are peanut shells a few inches deep on the floor ;o), but good food all around. Also surprisingly good oriental dishes, beer on tap, and an extra bowl of peanuts for the kids to go feed to the ducks.

                  1. We've enjoyed several decent meals at NG, mostly go for lunch...its never crowded tho...which makes me wonder why...I have witnessed servers loudly arguing in the front lobby in front of diners...which always bothers me...but I can't say we've ever exp'd a lousy meal or horrible service direct to the table.

                    It's a shame there is no view out lovely designed Mission-styled windows ..but so it goes. The interior is lovely.

                    As small town lovers, Fair Haven offers a number of great estalishments, NG is not our first choice..but for whatever reason we haven't let disgruntled employees steer us.

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                    1. re: HillJ

                      I don't understand why they have all those windows. I knew the guy running it for a while and stayed far away. I think there is a new manager now but I'm scarred from too many terrible meals there. I go to the bar with my wife sometimes as its right around the corner from home. BTW I think the Raven and Nauvoo have the same owners. Had a great meal at the Raven and the Peach last Saturday night (inspite of the hour long wait for our reservation). I find it patchy there but very good last Saturday.

                      1. re: PeteSucato

                        Yes, they have the same owners. What's the problem with the windows?

                        We haven't been to Raven & Peach since Urs Moser left. He was quite a fine chef, and we had a couple of very good meals there when he headed the kitchen. The two things that stand out in my memory are a superb lobster salad starter and an excellent rack of lamb. The restaurant had -- and, I hope, still does -- very attractive decor. As I recall, a tropical theme. We were there at times when it was not busy, so no wait at all.

                        1. re: RGR

                          No problem with the beautiful windows themselves the entire restaurant is tastefully decorated Mission style. There is no view--unless you call parking lot and side street a worthwhile vantage point. (grin)

                          1. re: HillJ

                            No disagreement with you there. :-) It's a very attractive and comfortable restaurant. All the more reason to feel sorely disappointed about the mediocre food.

                    2. My husband and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary by having dinner at Nauvoo Grill just about a month ago ( we had never been there and was given a gift certificate as a gift) - things must have changed over the years because we had a lovely experience - our server was pleasant, sweet and very attentive - good wine/cocktail list and the champagne was wonderful - the food was great, my husband had a pasta dish with chicken and fresh cheeses while i sampled the bison burger which was to die for - perfectly cooked and served with fresh crisp fries - at the end of our meal we had a visit from the owner who introduced himself and was a real pleasure to talk with...