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Northern New Jersey Sunday Afternoon Top Rated Restaurant

fishfroggy Apr 21, 2010 10:23 AM

If u could please help me; friends are coming in from out of town. I am looking for a top rated restaurant that is open this Sunday afternoon in Northern Jersey. (Highlawn not opened till 5 and Saddle River Inn is closed.on Sunday )

Saddle River Inn
2 Barnstable Ct, Saddle River, NJ 07458

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  1. Foody4life RE: fishfroggy Apr 21, 2010 11:16 AM

    Lorenas in Maplewood. Open 2-9 Sundays. One of the favorites of local Chowhounds.


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      fishfroggy RE: Foody4life Apr 21, 2010 05:39 PM

      Thanks, that would have been great. Just called, they are having a party till 5. Any other place maybe a little further north?
      Thanks again.

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      cmarie RE: fishfroggy Apr 22, 2010 04:45 PM

      try Campania in Fair Lawn. excellent italian food.
      or Verjus in Maplewood has great French food. I believe they do a brunch on the weekends, Not sure what time dinner starts.

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        NJfoodLover RE: cmarie Apr 23, 2010 11:30 AM

        Isn't Campania the place on Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares where the trashy people get into a fight?

        Sorry I can't think of any Top Rated Places for Sunday afternoon. Some are closed but most of the ones I know of are open but not until 5 pm.

        Actually Latour on Ridgewood Ave in Ridgewood opens at 4pm

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          cmarie RE: NJfoodLover Apr 23, 2010 10:22 PM

          yes, it was on Kitchen Knightmares, but I don't think the food was a problem. More of in house mis-management. The chef is great and sources a lot of his menu items from local farms. All breads are baked in house, he makes fresh pasta and mozzarella every day. I found them through the Slowfoods organization...which I trust more than Gordon Ramsey.

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          menton1 RE: cmarie Apr 25, 2010 11:51 AM

          Campania-- top rated? IMHO it's the epitome of ordinary, just another red-sauce "Italian".

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            tommy RE: menton1 Apr 25, 2010 12:01 PM

            It's very ordinary. The Bergen Record and its editors fawn over the place. They seem very friendly with the chef/owner, which may explain why they get served edible food in a reasonable timeframe, as opposed to what I've been served, and how long it took to get it.

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              menton1 RE: tommy Apr 25, 2010 12:14 PM

              My theory is that anytime you see menu items in Italian (on this side of the pond) avoid the restaurant like the plague. Or when they say "Tuscan specialties"and haven't a clue what ribollita is!

              Even Babbo has their menu items in English...

              1. re: menton1
                tommy RE: menton1 Apr 25, 2010 01:32 PM

                It's a step up from the average red sauce places around here, I think you'd have to agree.

                The only thing that annoys me about the menu is the relentless use of fonts. It's dreadful to read, and looks amateurish and a mess.

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