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2010 Must Try List

AC Captain Feb 13, 2010 10:54 AM

My top three for the year are:
Lorena's in Maplewood
Trinity in Keyport
Uproot in Warren
I'm sure there's more but that's all I have for now.
Oh I hope elements is on most of your lists since only a handful of chowhounders have been there.

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  1. MGZ RE: AC Captain Feb 13, 2010 11:30 AM

    Good list. I've got Le Fandy, Rossi's, and Blue Bottle as my top three.

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      AC Captain RE: MGZ Feb 13, 2010 11:58 AM

      I think I need a rossiburger in 2010.

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        njfoodies RE: AC Captain Feb 16, 2010 04:13 AM

        You simply cannot go wrong with a Rossi burger. It's all about the flavor of the meat! YUM! Might have to go back one night this week after class! -mJ

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      HillJ RE: AC Captain Feb 13, 2010 01:23 PM

      If you haven't given the Belford Bistro a try, consider adding this wonderful restaurant to your 2010 list. Also, Niko's Trapezi A Greek Taverna in Long Branch has become a week day lunch favorite for my husband and I when he's home. Evening/weekend dining traffic has increased for both of these (fairly new) establishments for good reason. And, both have been highlighted on this board to extensive and most favorable review.

      1. njchowgal RE: AC Captain Feb 14, 2010 09:11 AM

        My 2010 list is:
        Blue Bottle
        Lorena's (completed 2/13/2010)
        Nomad Pizza restaurant

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          AC Captain RE: njchowgal Feb 16, 2010 08:08 PM

          Great list. Hope you enjoyed Lorena's I can't wait to get there.
          I think I have to add Ama to my list, so many places to try in 2010.

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          aklein RE: AC Captain Feb 17, 2010 03:38 AM

          Catherine Lombardi (for drinks)
          El Familiar
          Super Pollo II
          Blue Bottle

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            AC Captain RE: aklein Feb 17, 2010 10:29 PM

            Where is Blu?

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              aklein RE: AC Captain Feb 18, 2010 02:46 AM

              Blu is in Montclair... while it has earned some rave reviews, others use the word "overrated." However, I've spoken directly to some people who have been and heard nothing but raves about the food. Either way, I'm intrigued.
              BTW, Blu also was named as a top restaurant by NJ Monthly, which I know doesn't always mean all that much.


          2. ChefJune RE: AC Captain Feb 17, 2010 11:57 AM

            Lorena's is excellent. So is CulinAriane in Montclair.

            Where is Rossi's?

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              Foody4life RE: ChefJune Feb 17, 2010 04:34 PM

              Rossi's is in Chambersburg (Trenton): http://www.rossiburger.com/

              Our list includes:


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                njfoodies RE: Foody4life Feb 18, 2010 04:06 AM

                I hit Rossi's again last night! So good, and I highly recommend asking for the homemade chips with your burger over the fries, that is assuming you are going there for a burger. So good! -mJ

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                  ChefJune RE: Foody4life Feb 19, 2010 10:54 AM

                  mmm Trenton is quite out of the way for a Jersey City resident.

                  I'm looking forward to getting back to CulinAriane. ;) and Lorena's

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                    njfoodies RE: ChefJune Feb 19, 2010 12:01 PM

                    Definitely a heck of a haul for a burger, but damn it is good! -mJ

              2. equal_Mark RE: AC Captain Feb 17, 2010 06:57 PM

                Belford Bistro

                1. JerzeyShore RE: AC Captain Feb 18, 2010 07:37 AM

                  Our new to try list for the next few months:
                  Blue Bottle
                  Atlantic Bar & Grill

                  1. Spiritchaser RE: AC Captain Feb 19, 2010 11:19 AM

                    A Toute Huere in Cranford should be an addition to your list.

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