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May 10, 2010 01:45 PM

Flemington or nearby for 50th with a group

Hi. Twelve of us (nine adults, three kids) will be spending the weekend at a b&b in Flemington for a friend's 50th birthday the first weekend in June. We're looking for a place for dinner. Not too fancy, but no chains. We like all kinds of foods -- can be ethnic or gastropub. Outdoor dining would be a plus. Preferably within a 20 minute or so drive. Thanks.

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  1. You can try Matt's Red Rooster, Aikou (Japanese), or Viva Mexico in Flemington. In Somerville, I would try Origin for good Thai food, In Lambertville, try Lillys on the Canal or Marhaba for Middle Eastern Food. A little fancier is Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell. Also in Hopewell is Nomad Pizza which is casual but since they don't take reservations, may be difficult for twelve people. Good luck!

    Viva Mexico
    117 Broad St Ste 1, Flemington, NJ 08822

    Blue Bottle Cafe
    101 E Broad St, Hopewell, NJ 08525

    63 Reaville Ave, Flemington, NJ 08822

    1. There are many, many choices. I agree with many of madgreek99's suggestions, especially Matt's Red Rooster and Aikou in Flemington. Though I also like Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell and Origin in Somerville, they are a bit beyond your "within 20 minute drive or so" from Flemington, and there is no need to go that far. Some other places to consider:
      1. Fusion on Main, Flemington
      2. Sergeanstville Inn; about 10 minutes outside of Flemington -
      3. Pittstown Inn
      4. Jakes, Flemington (not much to look at from the outside, but the food is good and should be choices on the menu for the kids)
      5. 55 Main, Flemington (excellant food, though others on CH have said it is a better value for lunch than dinner)
      6. California Grill - - vast menu with unusual and extensive salads - - but located in a strip mall shopping center
      7. Dora's Restaurant, Clinton [Has outdoor seating on brick patio]

      Finally, I "cut and paste" and entry from an earlier CH thread with the following suggestions for outdoor dining in Hunterdon County:

      Perryville Inn, in Union Township, Hunterdon County. The food is excellent and the outdoor dining less formal than inside the restaurant.

      The Stockton Inn has a very nice outside garden dining area, and sometimes has good entertainment. The food is better at Perryville Inn though.

      In Clinton, there was the Old River House with outside tables on a patio near the "waterfall". The Old River House closed but I recall someone (Ambrose?) posting on another thread that Nino's, a decent Italian Restaurant in Clinton, was taking over the location.

      Finally, Circa in High Bridge usually has four or five tables outside, on a sort of terrace in front of the building. Food and atmosphere are very good at Circa, there's usually a nice level of activity in the restaurant and bar area, and occassionally live music. Note, however, that unlike the other places mentioned, these tables face the street. They're a good spot to watch the goings-on in town, but less bucolic than the other places mentioned.

      Perryville Inn
      167 Perryville Rd, Hampton, NJ 08827

      Pittstown Inn
      350 Pittstown Rd, Pittstown, NJ 08867

      California Grill
      Highway 202 31, Flemington, NJ 08822

      Stockton Inn
      Main Street (corner of Bridge), Stockton, NJ 08559

      55 Main
      55 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822

      63 Reaville Ave, Flemington, NJ 08822

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      1. re: Forklaw

        Thanks for all the suggestions -- I'll investigate these suggestions.. Any thoughts on Thai Tida or Angelo's?

        Thai Tida Restaurant
        236 N Union St, Lambertville, NJ 08530

        1. re: hungry100

          Assuming Angelo's is the Angelo's on Route 31, slightly north of Flemington, it is okay. It's more casual than the places I listed above. It is a pizzaria in the front with a "red sauce" italian restaurant on the side. I went a few times with my family when my kids were younger and I recall it being decent for what it is - - not gourmet food but good family food - - but I have not been there for a sit down meal for well over five years so really can't comment on the current food. The sit-down dining room is fairly large, but it might be a warm friendly place for your party of 12. In the evening they have brick oven (or at least wood burning oven) pizza. I stopped by recently for a slice of pizza and heartily recommend the great garlic knots. If you are looking at Angelo's you might also consider Max's 31, which is a bit further north on Route 31. The food might be slightly better. However, Angelo's might have a better setup for a party of 12.
          Have not been to Thai Tida.