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New Jersey Drive

jdross19 Aug 20, 2010 02:25 PM

Hi. The lady and i were thinking of taking a nice lazy drive on Saturday. We'd like to relax near a lake, or mountains, or just someplace scenic. And then have a nice laid-back dinner and watch the sun go down. We're not really looking for an expensive restaurant - but obviously we want to eat really good food. Any ideas on where to go? Starting point is Hoboken, NJ, and we'd like to avoid the Jersey Shore....thinking of Lake Hopatcong, never been...or....thoughts?

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  1. bgut1 RE: jdross19 Aug 20, 2010 03:19 PM

    How about Alice's? It's right on Lake Hopatcong. As far as the food, the kitchen is headed by David Drake, considered to be one of the best in NJ. Here is a link for the restaurant - http://www.alicesrestaurantnj.com/ind....
    Enjoy your Saturday.

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      phDuh RE: bgut1 Aug 29, 2010 06:59 AM

      Hubby and I went on a drive to the Blairstown Farmers Market yesterday, and then headed to the Boathouse at Swartswood Lake. (on Route 521) Nice al fresco dining at the edge of the lake. Food is mostly pub grub, but well done.


    2. ambrose RE: jdross19 Aug 20, 2010 03:28 PM

      I agree with bgut1. Alice's was the first place that popped into my mind, even before you mentioned Lake Hopatcong.

      You may want to read some of the comments about Alice's before you make a commitment. The few reviews on this board have been rather mixed. For example.....


      Here are some "professional" reviews that may be of interest:




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        rakh RE: jdross19 Aug 28, 2010 08:08 AM

        Maybe late for you, but the Chatterbox in Augusta NJ is very good, and is a drive-in restaurant.

        1. menton1 RE: jdross19 Aug 30, 2010 10:37 AM

          A well-kept secret among the locals is Antelao Restaurant, just over the Pa border in Delaware Water Gap. This is a gorgeous area, the actual gap itself was carved out of the mountains by the Delaware River a few millenia ago..This gem in an old Victorian house only has 14 tables, so reservations are a must, but you will be very very happy you went. Food made with care and with the freshest local ingredients.


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