Jamesburg (Monroe Twp) NJ
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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! :)