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Jul 25, 2007 09:42 AM

Flemington area eats

Hi all - Just moved to Flemington and am looking for some local recs. Think Flemington north up 202 to Somerville - Im already all scoped out on Lambertville / New Hope etc area. Ive been to several of the local places - Red Rooster & Blue Fish grill were both excellent, California Grill was above average, Union Hotel was, at least food wise, sub-par. Id love to find a good local Sushi place, Indian place & Pizza place above all. Oishi in Newtown PA was my go to sushi spot until the move - Im hopeful there is somethoing of that quality nearby? Is that wishful thinking??

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  1. We have eaten at Viva Mexico at 117 Broad Street, Flemington and their food is just delicious. Authentic mexican!!

    Another one, but, haven't been there in over a year is Il Mulino on Fulper Road. They have very good food. They don't have a website, but, here is a link to a map and some other posters experiences.

    Another one is Max's Bristro right on Main Street. We have eaten there many times and every time the food was delicious. Again, no website, but, here's more information for you.

    For great BBQ you should go to Ol' West BBQ on Rt 31 in Annandale. We went a few months ago and the food was great.

    For Asian and Indian there is a new place on Main Street called Fusion that I've heard really good things about.

    Here is a link that will give you all the discussions on restaurants in Flemington that we have had here on the Mid-Atlantic board.

    Hope this helps you out somewhat.

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    1. re: nizza

      Have to differ about Ol' West BBQ. On our one visit there - the service was awful (a bunch of unsupervised kids) and the food was worse. Limp greasy disgusting fries and we don't even want to talk about the ribs or the pulled pork. Oh, and the "coleslaw" we were served clearly came out of a gigantic commercial bucket and to add insult to injury, it was brown around the edges. Unbelievable. I would never go back there.

      Viva Mexico - we were so happy with this place when it first opened. But we have been a few times since and now we think it's not so much. It's seriously slipped.

      It's a bit of a drive, but the R.U.B. Hut in Manville is light years better than Ol' West.

    2. Since you're willing to go as far north (east?) as Somerville, Shumi on Doughty Street is my pick for sushi. Put yourself in chef Ike's hands for an omakase experience. That's how I developed my love of monkfish liver.

      In the other direction, Cocina del Sol in a basement on Bridge St in Frenchtown puts down good and hearty southwest offerings.

      1. Welcome to Flemington, Howchound. Things have gotten much better foodwise around here in the last few years but that's not necessarily saying all that much.

        That said, there a few really good places. You've already found some of them. The Harvest Moon in Ringoes is very good. It's located in a beautiful stone house and they have both a tavern room and more formal dining rooms. In the tavern you can order off of either the tavern menu or the dining room menu which is nice, because the prices in the dining room are higher, but the food is more complex.

        I know you were asking for recs from Flemington North up 202, but the Sergeantsville Inn gets good reviews. We haven't been there in a while but our last experience was a very good one.

        Pizza - that's a tough one. There are so many pizza places in Flemington. The only one we regularly go to is Joe's located over by the Shop Rite (I forget the name of the road right now - Commerce St.? ) It's across from the Dutch Country Market (which also harbors a few chowhound worthy items.) For really excellent pizza, go to DeLucia's in Raritan (First Avenue ).

        Breakfast - Moms in Ringoes or Canyon Creek Grill in Kingwood are both very good. (Moms does great pancakes and egg dishes. Avoid the french toast at all costs. Canyon Creek also does eggs well, great waffles, good pancakes.


        Cannela's in Turntable Junction (across the green from Bluefish) serves Puerto Rican food. They just opened so they're still finding their feet, but the empanadas are delicious.

        And BTW, I agree with you about Cali Grill and the Union Hotel.

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        1. re: flourgirl

          I just had to add a footnote here. We had dinner in the tavern room at the Harvest Moon last night and it was seriously disappointing. (We haven't eaten in the tavern room in a long time.) My husband and son both ordered pasta dishes, which turned out to be ridiculously small portions, (and not inexpensive I might add.) Both son and DH were disappointed by their choices. My husband said that he's had better in many pizza restaurants and that his salad was terrible. (My salad was terrific, an arugula salad with crispy duck confit, croutons and a lemony ceaser salad type dressing). I also ordered a personal pizza, which I wasn't very happy with because the crust was awful. Very bready and thick. Yuck.

          My husband also asked for some more bread after he received his pasta dish. (We all were served exactly one roll upon being seated.) I swear, the server looked at him like he had just asked her to take off her shirt instead. Then she mumbled that "sure, but I'm going to have to heat it up." She finally came back with the roll after my husband had already finished his meal. And the thing she dropped on his bread dish was rock hard and so dark brown it was almost black. Unbelievable.

          And I have to say if it wasn't for the fact that a portion of our meal was covered by the remainder of a gift certificate we received a while ago we would have been seriously angry by the size of the bill after the overall disappointing experience we had. Bottom line, the value just wasn't there. The quality of the food was sub par, the prices have increased and the portions have decreased. I doubt we'll be going back anytime soon.

        2. Wow, Flourgirl sorry to hear about Ol' West BBQ. It was really good when we went,but, that was several months ago.

          Terrible to hear about Viva Mexico it's been awhile since we were there, but, the couple of times the food was great. I've heard that they opened another place on Main St and maybe they are spread too thin now.

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          1. re: nizza

            I know - we were bummed after our experience at Ol' West. You know how it is, lots of times you go out to eat, and the meals OK... nothing to write home about, but OK. But our experience was so bad at Ol' West that we were actually angry because we felt ripped off.

            Viva Mexico - That's interesting - I didn't know that the same people owned both places. We've never tried the one on Main but were planning to. Well, I guess we'll give it at least one try and see how it is anyway. And yes, we were disappointed that the food wasn't as good the last two times we went as when we first started going. (Although, I will say, I still like their chicken tamales. I love tamales...)

            We've gone a couple of times to that Mexican place in Lambertville - I think it's Tortuga's Mexican Cantina? I think the food there is much better than Viva Mexico. I don't think it is particularly authentic, but the food is prepared well, and it's tasty.

          2. Howchound, welcome to the Flemington area. I hope you'll keep coming back here and post your comments about local, and maybe not so local, restaurants. There aren't many of us hounds here in Hunterdon County!

            Where to begin? First, I agree that for the best sushi you should go to Shumi in Somerville. Some consider this the best sushi joint in the state. If it's not as good as your go to place in Newtown, then you've got a problem. I'm told there is also a decent sushi place on Main Street in Clinton but I have no first hand knowledge of it.

            For pizza, you're probably better off trekking to Trenton. However, a lot of people in the area like Angelo's, which is in a strip mall on Route 31N, just north of the Flemington Circle. Others like Pizza Como in Clinton, which has been around forever.

            You've already tried some restaurants in the vicinity and for the most part I agree with the comments here. We go to the California Grill when we're feeling guilty and want only a salad. We've never been disappointed. As for the Union Hotel, this place has seen better days but if you sit outside it's great for people watching. We've learned to order only off the specials menu and for the most part the food has been fairly decent. However, you always get the same vegetables - cauliflower, carrots, squash - which I suspect come out of a bag.

            You should definitely try Il Mulino. I believe they currently offer alfresco dining and in the winter it's a very cozy spot to enjoy good Italian food. Also go to Fusion on Main and sample their take on Indian, Thai, Indonesian and Chinese food. But beware! This restaurant can be incredibly noisy on a weekend night. Go during the week or reserve a table outside (there aren't many of them). An often overlooked spot is Mangia Bene in the Ramada Inn on Route 31N, south of Flemington. We've always been pleased with the food there and it's almost worth going just to hear the manager (owner?) recite the specials. You'll see what I mean!

            For breakfast or lunch, I like the Market Roost in downtown Flemington. Quality is very high but it can be pricey. They are not open for dinner. The same is true of Teaberry's, also in town, which is a great spot for lunch and - guess what? - tea! While I think of it, there's a new place in Clinton, called the Fine Diner, which is said to offer great breakfasts and lunches.

            Somerville has so many good restaurants that it has become a destination town for many looking for great food. Between Flemington and Somerville, you should check out Alishaan, for Indian food, at 793 Highway 202E and Acqua, for Italian food, which is also on 202E, before the Somerville Circle. Acqua has very reasonable prices, great ambiance and extraordinary service (at least when I've been there). There's also a little hole in the wall place on Thompson Avenue, just off 202E, called Bosphorus. They serve Turkish food and it's great! Thompson Avenue comes up quickly just before the Somerville Circle.

            Hope this helps you. There are lots of other good restaurants in neighboring towns and along the PA side of the Delaware. You can search for these by town name or just keep monitoring this board for information. Enjoy!

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            1. re: ambrose

              Ambrose - have you been to Bosphorous lately? They have been closed for weeks (allegedly for electrical problems) and I'm thinking they may not be reopening. But I haven't checked in a couple of weeks. Maybe they reopened? I hope so - I love that place!

              And Mangia Bene? Really? I admit we've never tried it, but we have stayed at the Ramada after a friend's wedding and it was pretty horrible. I just can't wrap my head around the idea that the restaurant actually could have good food.

              1. re: flourgirl

                The news about Bosphorus is not good. It was indeed "temporarily closed", apparently because of electrial problems suffered during a particularly bad thunder storm. I remember seeing the sign on the door saying that they were waiting for some new equipment and/or parts.

                Well, I went by today and pasted to the front door is a warrant, dated July 20, instructing the tenant to vacate the premises within three days. Looks like the owner of the property had him evicted for some reason. I can only hope that the restaurant opens somewhere else. You don't find too many Turkish restaurants in this neck of the woods!

                As for Mangia Bene, it is not exactly a destination restaurant but we've always found the food very satisfying and the atmosphere to our liking. One caveat - if you're not careful, you can easily run up a bill equal to that at many of the better places in town. Choose carefully and you won't be disappointed.

                1. re: ambrose

                  That's too bad about Bosphorous. I hope they find a new space to open in - I've really been missing them.

                  1. re: flourgirl

                    Flourgirl, rumor has it that the people who ran Bosphorus will open a place "up near Bernardsville". This seems like a quantum leap in terms of location but that's what I was told.

                    1. re: ambrose

                      Rats - if this is true, it's a little too out of the way for me these days. Oh well.

                      1. re: flourgirl

                        Was just perusing the Tri-State board and noticed that there is a place in Randolph called Bosphorus. It serves Turkish food and I'm thinking it may be the restaurant displaced from Somerville/Bridgewater. Will have to check it out if I'm ever in that area.

                        1. re: ambrose

                          Thanks for the heads up ambrose, I appreciate it. Unfortunately I'm never in Randolph. Sigh.

                          If you do get around to checking out the restaurant, I'd still be interested to hear if it was the same owners. What a shame we lost such a great little place though.