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dknylic Nov 13, 2009 02:59 PM

We're headed down to my in-laws' in Franklinville tomorrow (from Brooklyn), and my mother-in-law has volunteered to babysit. Where should we go? When we're driving around, it seems like everything around there is a Macaroni Grill or some other chain. We're looking for something nice but not necessarily fancy, Italian or American or just about any ethnicity as long as it's good. Suggest away!

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    tom246 Nov 16, 2009 07:31 AM

    I will pile on in favor of Blackbird Dining Establishment in Collingswood. Here is a link to a thread with some information.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594399

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    1. re: tom246
      mschow Nov 16, 2009 08:49 AM

      Unfortunately, Collingswood is probably about 25 miles away from where the OP is going to visit her MIL. Franklinville is down near Glassboro, and she's right. Lots of chain places, pizza parlors, diners and sports bars. Not so much in the way of better dining. Great suggestions, though!
      Please let us know where you ended up going.

    2. njfoodies Nov 16, 2009 06:58 AM

      I would also recommend Cork in Westmont. -mJ

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        brightman Nov 16, 2009 06:53 AM

        Blackbird in Collingswood is a terrific byo. we went last night and had an excellent meal.

        www.blackbirdnj.com

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          SteveDMatt Nov 14, 2009 01:54 AM

          Nothing in this area is going to be considered upscale, but there is some decent food to be had. The Franklinville in is good. IMO, they have some of the best crab cakes around. I have only been to Andrea Trattoria once and found it good, but really don't have enough experience at this restaurant. I really like a little whole in the wall bar that serves seafood called Cap't Cats. They serve all fresh shellfish but no accoutrement. You can't even get a baked potato. It's a good place to go for a couple hours, have a few drinks and suck down some clams, mussels and crabs.

          Other than these locations, I usually leave the are for dining.

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          Andrea Trattoria
          State Highway 40 Madison Rd, Newfield, NJ 08344

          1. mschow Nov 13, 2009 06:18 PM

            There is very little around there. I go to a well known nursery there a few times a year and pass by the Franklinville Inn all the time. I have heard that the food is very good, old fashioned and not 'trendy' or current. The place looks nice from the outside; not a place for foodies, but more than a few people have told me it's good. Note that I have never been there myself. I did see a review in NJ Monthly for an Italian restaurant in Newfield, not far from Franklinville. Here's a link to the review; again no personal experience. Either way, you had better get a reservation because I understand (from a friend who lives in Newfield), that because there are so few places down there the 'better' places get packed on the weekend.
            http://njmonthly.com/restaurantreview...

            PS: The Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville does the most beautiful live wreaths at Christmas for about half of what I would pay in my town. Just in case you want a gift for your MIL at the holiday.

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            Franklinville Inn
            2526 Delsea Drive, Franklinville, NJ 08322

            1. bgut1 Nov 13, 2009 03:15 PM

              This might help.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636905
              Good Luck.

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                dknylic Nov 13, 2009 03:44 PM

                Thanks--judging by that thread, it looks like there's not a whole lot out there.

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