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Hunterdon county eats + Tomato Tasting

Heading out there this week for Rutgers great Tomato tasting at Snyder Farm near Pittstown. I'm wondering if any of you would recommend local eats of or around that area...will eat all: burgers, indian, japanese, french, thai, etc (and in all price ranges).

If you've never gone to the Tomato Tasting, it's a total mindblowing blast of tomato varietals and extension agent fun:
http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/pdf/rut...

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  1. too bad the tasting is during the workday and far away, this looks like so much fun!

    1. My son and I are planning on going to this. Haven't made it there in a couple of years - really looking forward to it.

      1. Its short notice and a bit of a drive but we are going to try to get there. Looks like a lot of tasty fun :)

        1. It's SOOOO AWESOME, i can't even begin to explain (Where else can you sample over 100 varieties of tomatoes all in one sitting???) Last time i was there I kinda OD'ed on the toms and had some withdrawl for a couple days later.

          Now, about the nearby eats: anyone? anyone?

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          1. re: sixelagogo

            Pru Thai in Clinton is decent, and about 5 miles north, on Rte. 173.

            Aikou in Flemington, 7 miles south in the shopping center that houses Staples and Bank of America, for very good hand rolls.

            Huarache Azteca is on Main Street in Flemington, and it's good if you stick with the Tortas -- the Cubano is my absolutely favorite sandwich.

            1. re: sixelagogo

              Ditto on the cubano sandwich at Huarache Azteca. One of the best sandwiches in the area. Another recommendation is the Bridge Cafe in Frenchtown. Try the spinach cakes. Delicious. The Perryville Inn is very good, though I've never been there for lunch. The Cafe at Rosemont does a nice lunch and it's a pretty ride to get there.

              1. re: sixelagogo

                Given that the tasting runs from 3 PM 'til dusk I assume you're looking for a lunch spot nearby.

                As pitterpatter says, Pru Thai in Clinton is OK but it's not top notch Thai food. The Old River House has a great setting, right next to the river in Clinton. You can eat al fresco but the food is average at best. Dora, also in Clinton, also offers al fresco dining at this time of year and it's somewhat more upscale than the other two places. In Pittstown itself, you might consider the Pittstown Inn. I had a pretty good lunch there several months ago but dinner is another story.

                If you don't mind being a little farther away, 55 Main and Fusion in Flemington are very good for lunch. Both are BYOs whereas the Pittstown Inn has a liquor license.

                Have a great time at the tasting!

                1. re: ambrose

                  Ambrose, I usually defer to your judgement, but think that Fusion is bad, wrong, totally conceptually in lalaland. That said, I haven't had lunch at 55 Main yet but will most certainly try it. Thank you.

                  Two other decent finds are Meils, in Stockton, which is about 15 minutes from the Rutgers farm, and do have their corn cakes. They do all of their desserts in-house, so make room for that as well. Another is Bluefish Grill, for fish and chips, which are the best outside of London, as far as I can tell, and so inexpensive you will be amazed. Also make sure you get their housemade potato chips. They are 8 minutes from the Rutgers farm, at the ticky-tacky Liberty Village, but on the outside edge, on Church St. in Flemington.

                  1. re: pitterpatter

                    Wow, pitterpatter, you must love driving those back roads in Hunterdon County!

                    It takes me about 20 minutes to get from the Rutgers Farm to the Liberty Village area in Flemington. I would allow 30-35 minutes to get to Stockton.

                    I like Miel's, especially for lunch or a late afternoon sweet. My only dinner experience was so-so (probably worth a second try). My initial experience at Bluefish Grill was not particularly good but I was persuaded to go back and had a very good fish and chips there. Way too much food though!

                    1. re: ambrose

                      Noooo! I live one mile from the Rutgers farm and drive to Flemington almost every day. It takes me 10 minutes, max. 20 minutes to Lambertville. And I've never had a speeding ticket in my life!

                    2. re: pitterpatter

                      If you go to Bluefish Grill, proceed directly to the fish tacos!

                2. Charlie's Pool Room in Alpha, NJ supposedly has the best hot dogs in NJ. Thanks for the reminder about the Tomato tasting. I am definitely heading out there.

                  1. I didn't get a chance to attend this, darn work got in the way :))

                    Anyone attend and if so, please give a report. There's always next year!

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                    1. re: tom246

                      Great event this year...i was worried about the state of the tomatoes (blight, rain, hail, oh my!), though my worries were only partially justified. Some of the MasterGardeners I spoke to said they had planted over 140 varieties for the even, but could only sample 90 or so (i would italicize "only" if i could). They also had a peach and summer apple tasting which was fun, as well as a basil/tomato survey. For the first time ever, a restaurant (eno teca) from Princeton was there with bread, gazpacho, and bruschetta samples...Great stuff, especially after ODing on raw plain tomatoes. Loads of people, though a good set-up that allowed for decent people flow.