Challenge to Chowhounds Around Somerset County
Well, it's that time of year when we take my mother-in-law out for a holiday dinner. If left to her, we'd be eating at Olive Garden or Lonestar. *eye roll* So, I'm looking for suggestions around Somerset County (Bridgewater area but can travel some).
Here's the challenge. The restaurant can NOT be:
Asian, Japanese/Sushi; Thai, Vietnamese (or any similar); Indian; Mexican. Prefer to avoid Italian and chains.
Cannot be too modern (she likes traditional) or too loud. She doesn't like too high end/too upscale (obviously).
So, what this basically leaves is good old fashioned American or semi-Continental cuisine.
Is there such a place like this around Somerset County?
Gladstone Tavern or Sublime-Gladstone
90 Acres-Peapack-may be too noisy
new small place in Bedminster across from the post office and just down from Willies
3 West in the River run shopping center in Basking Ridge
273 Main St, Gladstone, NJ 07934
665 Martinsville Rd Ste 101, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
The "new small place in Bedminster across from the post office and just down from Willies" is twofiftytwo (http://www.twofiftytworestaurant.com/). Great food and BYOB. The only problem we found was that weekend dinners tend to be loud b/c of the din of conversation bounding off the small space, contemporary decor. So I'd take your MIL there on a weeknight - or for early dinner.
Sublime has wonderful food! But I'd caution taking your MIL b/c the food may be too creative for her based on your request. The chef has great experience with Asian food and incorporates those flavors with much success, including spiciness... So I'd leave it for yourself to try. (http://www.sublimenj.com/)
Gwendolen, I remember your request from last year. Perhaps you could tell us where you ended up then. It would give us some insight into what is acceptable to your MIL.
Also, I'm confused by your comment that "if left to her, we'd be eating at Olive Garden or Lonestar". Both are chain restaurants and, in my experience, often very loud.