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North New Jersey suggestions please Willowbrook, Paramus, Verona area tomorrow

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We will be in that area tomorrow . We would appreciate a casual, comfortable great food type place. Years ago we would go to E&V and loved it. However, the last two times the food was not up to par, our last visit was a year ago. Since we only make this trip once a year I want to make the most of our visit! Suggestions please for anything but Indian, Sushi or spicy food. All suggestions much appreciated.

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  1. You must try Avenue Bistro Pub in Verona on Bloomfield Ave. The chef won on "Chopped" on the Food Channel, and he's still getting it done.

    1. Another person I trust told me they highly recommend Rose Mediterranean in Caldwell...it's the former Trattoria Fresco space on Bloomfield Ave, at the top of the hill east of Passaic Ave.

      1. Coldbeer and Curiz much thanks! I appreciate your prompt and helpful response.

        1. Frank Anthony's is flat out the best restaurant in Verona. Ave Bistro is good but FA's is better.


          Rose is good as well....

          Do yourself a favor and try the homemade mozzarella and pizza at FA's I promise you it will be good.

          1. How about Cheng Du in Willowbrook. Excellent Chinese food,

            1. EL7, where did you end up going?

              1. Thanks Curlz, we ended up going late then hitting traffic. No dinner for us. We found fairway market so got some fast stuff to eat while driving. However, turns out we will have to go there again business reasons so I look forward to trying rose mediterranean with my thanks to you. Will let you know how we do. Your help much appreciated!

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                1. re: EL7

                  Rose Mediterranean in Caldwell... delicious! We finally got to eat there! We ate outside in a lovely setting. I love eating al fresco and this was delightful! We ordered tapas. Baked goat cheese encrusted with almonds and pecans over mescal greens was delicious! Harisha chicken was spicy for even my spice loving husband! Crabcake was ok, shrimp in garlic sauce very good, I can't remember what else we had. All in all a delightful different evening and very enjoyable thank you Curlz!

                  1. re: EL7

                    Always nice to hear that a rec worked out...thank *you*, EL7! I guess I need to give this place another try--enough of you have had good stuff there.