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May 20, 2011 04:14 AM

New Restaurants in the Marlboro/Freehold area

Despite the state of the economy, many new restaurants are opening up locally. People gotta eat, right?

Here's some you may or may not have heard about yet:

Fredo's. Replaces Ferrari's on Rt. 9 North in Freehold (near Chester Lighting). Italian, ho-hum.

Lemon Mediterranean. Same plaza as above. Most likely next to Aangan Indian restaurant. (I checked. I was right). Headed by Chef Ash, "executive chef of a popular Freehold restaurant." Hope it's not a lemon. (Ha, ha).

Hartigan's Grille. Serving breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner. 3 Tennant Ave., Englishtown. Advertises that all ingredients are fresh, never frozen.

Fusha - Chinese, Japanese, Thai. 27 South Street, Freehold. Also Vietnamese and sushi.

Firehouse restaurant. Not yet open. Have not seen for myself, but the location is in the same plaza as Masala Kitchen Indian restaurant on Rt. 9 North in Marlboro. My wife saw a sign in the window where the "Halloween Superstore" usually occupies. That's a big spot.

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  1. Chef Ash was the chef of Ferrari's years back. It will be interesting to see what his Mediterranean menu looks like. Hopefully it's not going to be like some self-proclaimed Medi restaurants that are essentially Italian with a few other regional ethnic dishes thrown on.

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    1. re: JerZ Wine Geek

      Signage is up for Firehouse restaurant. Looks like they are taking the end spot, not the whole store (used to be Marty's Shoe Outlet a few years ago). Saw some workers smoking outside when we drove by today.

      We went to Hartigan's Grille on Friday night. Used to be Four Boys Luncheonette (Four Boys ice cream is still next door and operated independently).

      Nice people, good food. I was going to get an omelet, but they let us order the early bird special (even though it was past 6 pm), and it was such a great deal, I couldn't refuse. Entree, side vegetable, soup or salad, beverage, and dessert for $8.95. I had the chicken parm, wife had the meatloaf. Great all around. Everything tasted homemade, and baking is done on the premises. Oh, appetizers were half price as well. We had an order of homemade mozzarella sticks.. definitely better than any others I've had.

      Four Boys Luncheonette
      , Englishtown, NJ 07726

        1. re: wench31

          Not yet, but they're still working on it. Can't find any info on the web about it, but they do have a presence on Facebook.

          1. re: MarlboroMan

            My family and I have eaten at Fusha on South Street quite a few times throughout the summer. It has become our go-to sushi place for several reasons:
            delicious - sushi seems fresh and is beautifully prepared and presented., lot's of creative choices though a little heavy on tempura-type ingredients in the rolls
            great prices -advertised as "half price", a bargain!
            lovely staff - service is polite and prompt, servers make personal connection despite limited English of some;
            bubble tea!! they call them Smoothies, available in many delicious flavors with either bobba, coconut jelly cubes, or "popping bubbles"(little spheres filled with juice?)

            easy to park in Market Yard lot right behind storefront location...don't dress up!!!

            definitely worth trying...hope it lasts!

            1. re: randy115

              I got one of their menus in one of the Clipper magazines.. great prices on sushi!.. will try this Friday and report back here.

              1. re: MarlboroMan

                Well, I tried this place Friday before last. Randy is right on the mark! The fish was very fresh, well presented, AND half price! For instance, a pair of hamachi nigiris was only $3.00! Spicy tuna roll? $2.50! I managed to put away $40 worth of half price sushi (Essentially, $80). Fusha is now my new favorite sushi joint!

            2. re: MarlboroMan

              Firehouse restaurant currently "closed for renovations and repairs." Not even open a year yet.

              1. re: MarlboroMan

                Re: Firehouse: Went to MonsterGolf a few doors down and they seem kinda totally closed.

                1. re: MarlboroMan

                  I saw "Firehouse Restaurant" being gutted the past couple of days. Not sure what's going in there, but there was one of those big red dumpsters outside and a lot of activity. Hopefully another restaurant.. but PLEASE not Italian!

                  Actually, I doubt it would be Italian since there's already an Italian/pizza place in the plaza.

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          1. My husband and I went to Aangans a couple of weeks ago. Looks like there's been a change in ownership. The host is Asian and the staff aren't Indian. I saw that Chef Ash sign too.

            Aangan Restaurant
            , Englishtown, NJ 07726

            1. High Praise to Meredith's New Orleans Cuisine on RT 9 in the space where Mamarma was. On my phone so table to write a proper review, go, you won't be disappointed

              1. We had dinner at Meredith's New Orleans Cuisine this past Sunday evening. The food was excellent. A basket containing crusty French baguette slices and some homemade corn bread, both warm, arrived promptly. Plenty of butter! From the apps list, we shared the Crab Cake Bites. Also ordered some Hush Puppies. Mr. R.'s main was the Jambalaya, while I had the Blackened Flat Iron Steak. For dessert, he had the Mississippi Mud Pie while I had the Bananas Foster prepared tableside.

                Our delightful server, Michelle, provided attentive service. The interior space will look somewhat familiar to those who ate at the previous occupant, Kuzu, as the tables and chairs are the same. However, not surprisingly, the wall decor has been changed to reflect the style of cuisine.

                It's great having a new restaurant just 5 minutes from our house that is NOT Italian. While it appears likely that we have a winner, I'm going to reserve final judgment about Meredith's until we've eaten there a few more times.

                Meredith's New Orleans Cuisine photos:


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                1. re: RGR

                  On a semi-related note, there is a "Kuzu" Turkish Cuisine restaurant on Rt. 9 North in Howell. Amusingly, it is directly across the highweay from "Kazu" which is a sushi restaurant. :)

                  What I'm wondering is.. any relation to the previous Kuzu in Manalapan?

                  9 North
                  37 Berdan Ave, Wayne, NJ 07470

                  1. re: MarlboroMan

                    Yes, Kuzu's owners sold the restaurant in Manalapan to Meredith and moved to Howell. We haven't eaten at the Howell location (and probably won't make the shlep to do so), but we passed it yesterday on the way to taking care of some business in Lakewood. Judging from where it's now located, i.e., a very small strip of stores instead of the large Summerton Plaza, my guess is that they moved to get cheaper rent.


                  2. re: RGR

                    Meredith's website:


                    Are they on the north or southbound side of Rt. 9?

                      1. re: yCf

                        Is it in the same plaza as Shirin Cafe?

                        1. re: equal_Mark

                          No. Shirin is in the Design Center. Meredith's is in the Summerton Plaza.


                          1. re: RGR

                            R - Thank you for the great photos and review of Meredith's. I had a chance to review the website and menu and got a chuckle from the description of Miss Mindy's Shrimp and Grits - "now available in New Jersey". Really?

                            1. re: bgut1

                              You're very welcome, b. And I sincerely appreciate your compliments. :)

                              I think that statement is meant to refer specifically to *Miss Mindy's* Shrimp and Grits as opposed to that combo in general. Michelle told us that Meredith got the recipes she is using from New Orleans natives, Miss Mindy being one of them. Thus, "now available in New Jersey" would be accurate.


                              1. re: RGR

                                R - I'm sure one could look at it that way however the same could be said about the other eponymous dishes (e.g. Mr. Cliff's Cajun Kettle, Mr. Wes's Bread Pudding, etc.). But to be honest, I didn't read it that way. The description reads: "Shrimp & Grits has been a go‐to dish in Louisiana for ages, and it's now available in New Jersey." To me that seem to be stating that they are introducing Shrimp and Grits to NJ.

                                1. re: bgut1

                                  Well, you've got me there, b.! I didn't look at the full description on the website before responding. Now, I have to agree with you since as we know, there is another restaurant in our area (which must remain nameless!) that serves Shrimp & Grits. ;)


                                  1. re: RGR

                                    Agreed. And an exceptional rendition I might add.

                                    1. re: bgut1

                                      I suppose in an attempt to quell the opposing interpretations of the phrase, "now available in New Jersey." has been removed from Shrimp & Grits entry on the online menu... :-)

                                      1. re: equal_Mark

                                        I've had the shrimp & grits at Meredith's. Maybe they should just quell their attempt at making the dish altogether. It was probably the weekest dish of a whole bunch. Tip of the cap to the bread pudding, and the hushpuppies, but it ends there.