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Jamesburg (Monroe Twp) NJ

sundeck sue May 18, 2012 11:58 PM

We're going to be in Jamesburg (Monroe Twp) for a few days at the end of the month.

Would love tips on great, simple places--fabulous diners--wonderful ethnic spots--restaurants that do locavore without getting fussy.


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  1. Angelina RE: sundeck sue May 19, 2012 04:12 AM

    I have heard pretty good things about this place fom friends...but I have not tried it. It is a BYOB in Hightstown:


    Then, another place..across the street I believe, is more of a home-y type place. (Roast chicken, etc.) Sorry..not here either, but I am just letting you know of some places I have heard good things about. Also, BYOB:

    Mercer Street Grill


    That is all I can come up with for now. For a diner, everyone seems to love the Americana Diner on Rt. 130 in East Windsor/Hightstown. For a diner, it is pretty decent.



    Have a great trip! :)

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      wujamie RE: Angelina May 24, 2012 06:38 AM

      I love the Mercer Street Charcoal Grill. The pork ribs are excellent as is the skirt steak. They have the best rice and beans I have ever had.

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        jethro RE: wujamie May 24, 2012 01:15 PM

        We are going to Mercer St. tomorrow for lunch. It is my first time going, so will report back.

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          jethro RE: wujamie Apr 15, 2013 06:25 PM

          I passed by during the weekend Mercer St. has a for lease sign up.

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            BeeZee RE: jethro May 29, 2013 02:25 PM

            yep, drove past today and there is a sign in the window for yet another restaurant coming soon...something "island" or "carribbean".

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              wujamie RE: BeeZee May 30, 2013 02:08 PM

              Morgon's Island Grill

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                yCf RE: wujamie May 30, 2013 06:58 PM

                is that going to be the fourth new business in that space in the last 2 years?
                It was a cafe, then a thai place, then Mercer Grill, right?

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                  MarlboroMan RE: wujamie Jul 23, 2013 07:25 PM

                  Passed by this place tonight. Made a mental note to check it out. It's Jamaican/Caribbean food. No prices on the menu.. hate that! But still intrigued. Has anyone tried it?


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                    wench31 RE: MarlboroMan Jul 24, 2013 05:46 PM

                    Ooh! Sounds good! Thanks for posting this!

        2. Duppie RE: sundeck sue May 19, 2012 04:29 AM

          Unfortunately the Jamesburg area abounds in pizza parlors and not much else,however as Angelina posted Fernandos is pretty decent, Burgers and steaks are at least passable and the service good.
          I did find a little Honduran restaurant called 2 flags on rt 33 that serves a good ox tail and stewed goat. Little more than a take out joint but clean and friendly. ask for an order of fried yucca and dunk in their home made salsa.
          There's very good south Asian places just a couple minutes away in Plainsboro as well as a Chinese grocery that has a good take out lunch buffet,a Indian street food place called Cake walk as well as a very good Indian buffet called Crown of India.
          Also in the area is a Chinese restaurant that offers a selection of Taiwanese dishes and a killer pan fried flounder called Lotus Garden.
          Good luck.

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            RGR RE: sundeck sue May 19, 2012 08:23 AM

            We haven't been to Fiddleheads in ages (different owners now than when we used to go there), but I've heard that it's stil good.


            P.S. I see that the current owners have kept the original chef/owner's smoked tomato bisque on the menu. Presuming the recipe was passed along, this is one sensational soup.


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              jethro RE: RGR May 19, 2012 01:41 PM

              I was just in Jamesburg this morning at the large park. Make sure you stop in Mendoker's Bakery in the center of town. Quality bakery in the area.

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                sundeck sue RE: jethro May 19, 2012 11:10 PM

                what's esp. good @ mendoker's bakery?

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                  marfoodie RE: sundeck sue May 22, 2012 05:52 PM

                  Everything! Love their layer cakes with fresh strawberry/bannana filling and whipped cream frosting.

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                njfoodies RE: RGR May 20, 2012 03:29 PM

                Fiddleheads is a great rec. Spent a few birthdays and anniversaries there and it is still good. Need to get back soon, but with spending so little time in Jersey these days, it makes it tough! -mJ

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                sundeck sue RE: sundeck sue May 20, 2012 10:35 PM

                Thanks all. Great suggestions. Promise to write back w/ a full report.

                One more question. My husband just asked if I'd asked about deli's in my post. And I had not.

                Any good deli's in the 'hood?

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                  BeeZee RE: sundeck sue May 21, 2012 09:15 AM

                  closest one is probably Lox, Stock, and Deli

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                  marfoodie RE: sundeck sue May 22, 2012 05:49 PM

                  I have heard great things about this place http://www.ryanspubnj.com/ It is on Spotswood Englishtown Road close to the Spotswood border. I believe it used to be an "old man's bar" and a dump. This is a casual place with quality foods.

                  Or this place - http://tavernaouzo.com/ - which is Greek. Their sister restaurant, Pithari Taverna is in Highland Park and is very good. This is on Applegarth Road.

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                    sundeck sue RE: sundeck sue May 28, 2012 08:48 AM

                    We at a really nice meal at Taverna Ouzo. The joint was jumping' on a Sat PM. Servers friendly and attentive. Started off w/ a very good tamarasalata and hot pita--the perfect beginning. Then shared the grilled octopus starter, which was also delicious--cooked just right, tender and moist and a bit smoky from the grill. My husband had the fish special--grilled dorad (?)--not remembering the name; and it was on special, so can't find it on-line--he thought it was good, i thought it was dry (the story of our married eating life)--and i thought it was pricey ($29), but that may well have been because I didn't like my bite as well as he did--he didn't like the sauce that came w/ it, but enjoyed it un-sauced. I had the grilled lamb chops, which were perfectly cooked to medium rare and taste-y--i also didn't use the lemon-y sauce, but enjoyed them without--my only complaint: lots of fat to cut off (trade-off, I know--kept it moist while cooking). My husband enjoyed a Greek beer to start; and we both had a glass of Italian wine (name?) that was on special that night for $6.99 a glass--a deal; and we enjoyed it. All in all, a lovely meal.

                    Tried Mendoker's Bakery in Jamesburg the next AM--it was also packed--didn't maybe get the full effect--got Boar's Head cold-cuts and whole-grain rolls for lunch--all fine--wasn't that tempted by the pastry selection (some wild-looking Memorial Day frostings!)--and the young server seemed a tad inexperienced, unable to steer me in the direction of an esp. fabulous breakfast pastry (just recited things that sold well). Spied local honey @ the check-out counter--and got a couple unusual jars for gifts, nicely priced ($6 and $8-ish) one lots of pecans suspended in honey, the other honey from a cranberry bog (not cranberry honey--just honey, but instead of clover or wildflower, cranberry).

                    So thanks for the tips, all!

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                      marfoodie RE: sundeck sue May 28, 2012 04:11 PM


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                        CathyR RE: sundeck sue May 30, 2013 02:39 PM

                        Went to Fernando's last night for the first time and loved it! Had the pork medallions - expected small disks of pork (as you'd get from a tenderloin). Wow! 2 boneless pork chops, each nearly an inch thick, perfectly grilled, juicy and delicious (how do they DO that?), fluffy mashed potatoes topped with 2 freshly made potato crisps/chips (?), and mix of broccoli, green beans, carrots. Lemoncello cake for dessert--delicious and the size of the slice was 'civilized'--just right. Nice tablecloths and napkins, polite and attentive service. Go! Wonderful place!

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