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Gordon Ramsay gave a NJ restaurant a makeover

wench31 May 21, 2009 07:48 PM

I found this article on APP . Restaurant was originally called Flamangos in Readington and got a makeover from Gordon Ramsay.

http://www.app.com/article/20090521/N...

It is now called the Junction.

Has anybody been here yet?

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  1. bgut1 RE: wench31 May 21, 2009 09:38 PM

    Anyone want to take one for the team? What about you Shabby? :)

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      RGR RE: wench31 May 21, 2009 10:01 PM

      There's a prior related discussion here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620337 .

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        Freeholdtwsp88 RE: RGR May 22, 2009 04:19 AM

        never heard of te place by either name, these days money is tight i like to go where i know i will get a what I want.

      2. shabbystorm RE: wench31 May 22, 2009 06:04 AM

        Got a crazy long weekend ahead of me.

        Looks like they do serve lunch, Sure, I'll take a road trip some time next week and check it out!

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          bgut1 RE: shabbystorm May 22, 2009 09:23 AM

          Thanks Shabby. I knew I could count on you. :)

        2. shabbystorm RE: wench31 May 23, 2009 03:30 AM

          And another restaurant in NJ touched by a Gordon Ramsay makeover...Bazzini in Ridgewood NJ

          http://www.northjersey.com/food/bazzi...

          1. shabbystorm RE: wench31 May 26, 2009 01:10 PM

            Visited Station Restaurant in Whitehouse Station NJ Rt 523 for lunch.
            I do not know anything about the restaurant before the Gordon Ramsay makeover, do not have a baseline.
            The restaurant is large, Farmhouse Country decor, wood plank floors, and stonewalls, very cozy. Acoustics are not great.
            If you have never been to this area of NJ, the restaurant is on main street, small town America feel in New Jersey, next door to the train station.

            The restaurant was very busy for lunch, and the hostess explained it has been busy since they reopened last week. Like all Ramsey makeovers it was a battle of their dream vs what they need to do to run a successful business. From reading, Gordon Ramsey's Advice is usually the same - A successful restaurant is one that puts the desires of its customers, above the desires of its owner.

            The food, in my opinion, is just that, small town America, homogenized, basic ‘diner like’ food. If I was going to makeover the restaurant from the outside looking in, based on other dining options in close proximity, it would be the easy bet.

            Fried Dill Pickle Chips – Good – Fried pickles now checked off my life to do list 3.00
            Slider Combo – 3 mini burgers – turkey – buffalo – meatloaf – with special sauce – no lettuce cheese pickles onion- on a small sweet bun. – Ok 11.00
            Sweet Potato Fries – good

            Menu for lunch was simple but expensive.
            Soup of the Day

            Salads

            Sides

            Burgers

            Biggers – which were main entrees ranging from 13-18
            Prime Rib
            Meatloaf
            Roasted Chicken
            Ribs
            Glazed Salmon
            Mac and Cheese
            Chicken Jubilee

            Dessert – Pie

            After lunch grabbed dessert at Polar Cub Ice Cream Rt 22 – Polar Pop – Yummy!
            Then Took a ride over the mountains and through the woods to Flemington NJ!
            Good road trip!

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              shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm May 26, 2009 01:25 PM

              My mistake, not Station restaurant - Junction Restaurant.
              Apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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                bgut1 RE: shabbystorm May 26, 2009 02:56 PM

                Thanks for the review Shabby.

            2. shorebilly RE: 3kidlets Jun 9, 2009 05:25 AM

              Going back to what they feel comfortable with, rather than what would actually work. Sometimes it is just scary what these owners think. BTW, I LOVE Kitchen Nightmares!

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