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  1. another crock of %&*#. But everyone is entitled to their opinion i guess.

    1. There are a couple of winners on the list, like Nicholas, Flakey Tart, Chez Catherine and Hickory Hog, I just scanned the list, probably missed some.

      But on the flip side, much credibility is lost when Big Ed's makes the list, that place is horrific.

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      1. re: angelo04

        I second your opinion of Big Ed's. I couldn't believe it a few years back when he was opening multiple locations.....most if not all of which have since failed to the best of my knowledge.

        1. re: angelo04

          Angelo04, what BBQ places do you recommend? I love bbq and travel a lot for business so I would be interested in hearing your recommendations, locally or in other states. Thank you in advance.

          Johnny

          1. re: corvette johnny

            I think bbq in these parts is just ok. Hickory hog is the best I've had but I don't. Seek it out often. That is because this Yankee has resorted to making his own. And I have woodburner and this thread to thank

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/608684

        2. I would not call A Toute Heure French, even though their name is. To me it's more regional American, locavore, borrowing from various European cuisines.

          1. Seeing the Orange Squirrel named among the Top 25 made me very happy. Much deserved.

            1. Hard to see how Basil T's and Artisan's rank on beer selection ... good beers, and arguably deserving in the brewpub category, but really?

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              1. re: ooi82much

                Any decent brew pubs in central NJ? I have a mug at basils so i am looking for other spots. I am referring to actual restaurants that brew on the premises. Although not a brew pub, I am running carton boat beer out ofbmy home bar now.....great local brew for those that dont know about it.

                1. re: corvette johnny

                  Closest is probably Artisan's in Toms River, which used to be another Basil T's. Totally different food & beer. Carton & Kane are the local breweries, but it looks like you know that. Next closest is probably Chicago UNO in Edison/Woodbridge on Rt 1 So.

                  1. re: corvette johnny

                    Based on the beer itself (quality and selection of styles brewed), I've always found Princeton's Triumph Brewery to be the best central Jersey brewpub. Food can be expensive and variable - some dishes seem to be different every time ordered. Impressive space but not exactly a friendly "neighborhood pub" atmosphere.

                    http://www.triumphbrewing.com/princeton/

                    1. re: corvette johnny

                      I'm sorry I don't know the name of it as this isn't really my thing but I have driven passed it on my trips to Costellos in Woodbridge. It's an old manufacturing/warehouse building on the corner of main street just before the train bridge across the street from Quick Check. I know they are a locally brew company with typical pub style fare.