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Date night in South Jersey--where to go?

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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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    1. re: bgut1

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

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

          www.blackbirdnj.com

          1. I would also recommend Cork in Westmont. -mJ