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Apr 21, 2008 06:22 AM

Hands Down- Best BYOB in Central Jersey?

Have had this started before but want to hear what the THREE best BYOs are in Central Jersey. I list my 'current' three as:

El Meson, Freehold- Best authentic Mexican in the land
Pithara Taverna, HP- nothing short of great food
Sahara, NB- tons of variety, not as good as other two though

Thanks to all.

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  1. Bad experience at Sahara,

    but I'll ad Origin Thai in Somerville.

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    1. re: RPMcMurphy

      I was torn between putting Origin Thai in Morristown/Somerville or Sahara. nice call, thanks.

      1. re: RPMcMurphy

        Do give *Splash of Thai* a chance. (It's around the corner and down the block from Origin.) You do know that I'm a big Origin fan but hard as it may be to believe, I think Splash may have them edged out by a nose. I don't know if they have the same super-bargain-type lunch menu but I'll post something when I find out.

      2. I'll throw in Thai Thai, Old Bridge, RT 516

        1. Lorena's, in Maplewood, is in a BYO class above all others, i.e., one of the best restaurants in the state!

          Table, in Little Silver, is excellent.

          Cafe de Thai, in Matawan, is a new favorite of ours. We've been there twice and ordered mainly from the French side of the menu (though we've had Thai curry puffs both times), Delicious!


          El Meson is our favorite Mexican restaurant in NJ. However, I think it's hyperbole to state that it's the best "authentic Mexican in the land." Based on what I've heard from people who have been to Mexico, I don't think the food's particularly authentic, but it is very tasty.

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          1. re: RGR

            by "the land" I meant no more than a few county radius- just an expression that I like the place, no more- no less.

            1. re: RGR

              A strong second for Lorena's being alone at the top of the heap.

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              1. I really like the food and service at Taka in Asbury Park