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Restaurant between Allentown and Somerville

barbj Jun 8, 2008 05:20 PM

I need a restaurant between Allentown, PA and Somerset County, NJ. Thank you

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    mmgpsych Jun 9, 2008 06:58 AM

    Given that there are about fifty thousand restaurants fitting your bill, if you can be just a tad more specific, I'm sure that both I and a potent pack of happy hounds will gladly supply you with a passel of recommendations.
    Type of cuisine?
    Price range?
    Time of day?
    More specific location?

    Let us know.

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      pfarrell Jun 9, 2008 06:59 AM

      Hi...you don't say what type of restaurant you need, but the town of Clinton would be somewhat in the middle and has a number of restaurants. The town is right off of Rt. 78 and easy to find.
      If you post with more information, such as cuisine and cost, I can offer more suggestions.

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        barbj Jun 10, 2008 06:13 AM

        We like well cooked food, good wine, and casual, no matter what cuisine. we have tried Rosa Luca in Asbury. Is it still around?We allso have been to Perryville Inn. We frequently go to Aqua on Rte 202 in Bridgewater. I thought that was too far for our Allentown Friends.
        Thanks for replying.

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        1. re: barbj
          mmgpsych Jun 11, 2008 05:16 AM

          We've been enjoying the heck out of Splash Of Thai in Somerville, and Shumi (extraordinary sushi) in Somerville, too. They're both BYOs. If you go to Shumi, tell Ike, the sushi chef, that one of his Saturday regulars sent you and he'll take beautiful care of you. It's costly but amazing. If you go to Splash, tell Tora the waiter that you read about him on Chowhound, and *he'll* take beautiful care of you too!

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            1. ambrose Jun 13, 2008 08:06 AM

              Well, if Acqua is too far for your friends, that pretty well rules out anything in Somerville.

              Given the fact that you like Rosa Luca and The Perryville Inn, you might consider the following places:

              The Grand Colonial Inn in Hampton (not far from The Perryville Inn but on the other side of Route 78),
              The Fox and Hound Tavern in Lebanon, just off Route 22 East,
              The Tewksbury Inn in Oldwick, and
              Circa in High Bridge.

              You can check out the menus on their web sites:


              Note: The Grand Colonial has undergone a lot of changes in the last year. I've heard mixed reports, ranging from "we had a wonderful time" to "mediocre and overpriced". I haven't been since early 2007 so I'm remaining neutral on this one.

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              1. re: ambrose
                agruel Jun 19, 2008 08:56 AM

                Mediterraneo in Bedminster is a great BYO with authentic Italian. I have always been pleased.

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                  mmgpsych Jun 19, 2008 10:47 AM

                  Kindly don't take offense because tastes differ. Still, I'm glad you've always been pleased with Mediterraneo but that makes exactly one of us. We live less than two miles from Mediterraneo, and have dined there a good dozen times in the past few years. Our first dinners were quite good (though hardly 'great') and like compulsive neurotics who keep looking in the same drawer to find the same lost key (it hasn't been there for ages) we kept going back only to find Mediterraneo getting more and more mediocre. If it's a good BYO Italian restaurant you want, there's Cafe Azzurro just a mile or two down the road in Pluckemin. For non-BYO, there's Due Terre some five miles up Rte 202 in Bernardsville. With all due respect, if Azzurro and Due Terre are slices of fresh, warm Italian bread on either side of it, than Mediterrano, to us, is the wad of baloney in the middle.

                  1. re: mmgpsych
                    agruel Jun 19, 2008 11:17 AM


                    I should rephrase my response. I grew up, as well as worked, right around the corner and know the area well. I dined there on occasion years back and had wonderful meals. The owners were always very attentive, and when he heard I was in the industry, allowed me to trail in the kitchen for fun. I have not been back for a few years, and have heard that they expanded a bit (extra catering room etc.), therefore I can't respond to your experiences. I have been to Cafe Azzurro, and love the place. Obviously Due Terre is a gem, no one can disagree with that. Have you been to The Gladstone Tavern recently? I am always curious to know how they are doing.

                    1. re: agruel
                      mmgpsych Jun 19, 2008 12:07 PM

                      That explains it. 'Years back', I think, is the operative term. That was when we, too, fell into our soon-to-be unrequited love with the place. -))))

                      One of the problems I have with Gladstone Tavern is spelled out right there on their website where it says: "We are a child friendly environment and all menus offer children's selections, so bring the kids! "
                      Yipes! It was overrun with little CEO's in training last time we were there. Though some were well behaved, others acted like future Enron men! Still, if you do have kids and want to bring them along for some better than average but very pricey fare . . .

                      1. re: mmgpsych
                        agruel Jun 19, 2008 01:13 PM

                        It's funny, after posing my quesiton to you, I did a bit of research here on Chow regarding Gladstone Tavern and saw some of the posts regading these CEO's in Training. It's a shame, I love the location, and think they did a great job restoring Chatfields. Oh Well.

                        Regarding the area, Have you been to Le Petit Chateau as of late?? I

                        1. re: agruel
                          mmgpsych Jun 19, 2008 01:19 PM

                          Not in ages. I can't for the life of me remember why we don't go there. Should we???

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                barbj Jun 21, 2008 08:31 AM

                Thanks for all the suggestions. I have enjoyed mosts of these places;.
                Standouts for me - Due Terre(Lobster Pasta, reminded me of the one I had in Lake Como), Shumi, Origins( the new one in Warren, exceptionally better than Somerville, still loud, but pretty), Try Aoyama in Martinsville, very fresh fish and lovely waitstaff.The Tewksbury Inn turns out unusual and well flavored food, however service can be long and dosorganized. Good people watching. Went to Acqua last night, very accomodating and will be very adaptable, pastas are homemade. A place Tony Soprano would go to! Great people who run the place.

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