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Essex Green (W. Orange) Throwback

Curlz Oct 7, 2012 04:42 PM

Okay, 'hounds...I *know* one of you will be able to help me here. Today as I drove past Essex Green with a friend who didn't grow up in the area, I said that I remembered going shopping there as a kid--it was an open-air shopping center (I also remember Short Hills Mall this way, and she *GASP* remembered the Garden State Plaza that way). I think there was a Loehmann's as one of the 'anchors,' and I also remember the tall-girl clothing store. Then I suddenly remembered that we always got to have lunch at...the Bunny __. Hop? Tail? I can't remember, but I described it to her as a non-diner diner. I seem to recall that they had a soup they were famous for too...onion? Oh, but it sucks to hit the mid-40s and lose one's brain...

Chime in, PLEASE!! Thanks in advance.

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    Marie07960 Oct 7, 2012 05:31 PM

    It wa the Bunny Hop. You are correct. I don't remember the Onion Soup, but they made a great sliced steak sandwich. That's what I used to order.

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    1. re: Marie07960
      creamfinger Oct 8, 2012 01:47 AM

      Oh dear God yes... I stll dream about that steak sandwich. A real steak, that you could order rare and sliced thick with grilled onions on a fresh roll. It was the go-to place for me and my father 20 years ago. This was back when there was a Woolworth's and a Swensen's Ice Cream Parlour few doors down, and a the chinese restauarant of my youth around back... The Golden China.

      What a great memory.

      1. re: creamfinger
        scarlet knight Oct 8, 2012 05:23 AM

        I remember the Bunny Hop and Golden China. I got YA Tittle's autograph at Carr's Dept. Store.

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      harrison Oct 8, 2012 08:29 AM

      Ah, the Bunny Hop. My staple there as a kid was the Burger Bomb (in pizza bread) washed down with a cherry twist!

      It might be urban legend, but supposedly Tom Cruise worked at that Swensens

      And many trips to Rickel with my Dad (there was no Home Depot)

      And how happy I was when Record World opened in the early 1980's!

      And finally, pretty sure i got my 3 piece Pierre Cardin Bar Mitzvah suit at Arnold Constable

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        bropaul Oct 8, 2012 01:55 PM

        Funny, I don't remember the Swensen's, everything else though!

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          eamcd Nov 6, 2012 04:33 PM

          Swenson's came later. There was a real Woolworth's there. I just remember going to the Bunny Hop as a kid and getting grape ade to drink (it would have been a treat). They had sandwiches named for the different schools in town too I think.

          A non-diner diner is a good description. There was a Rickel's, Sterns (later Macy's), Thom McAnn shoe store, a record store....

          And this is just back to the late 70s early 80s.

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          1. re: eamcd
            coldbeer Nov 7, 2012 09:21 AM

            Don't forget the Rusty Scupper...

            1. re: coldbeer
              creamfinger Nov 7, 2012 05:53 PM

              I haven't thought about the Rusty Scupper in ages. As a child I used to love being taken there by my parents. It was like eating in a spaceship with a great salad bar.

              1. re: coldbeer
                bifpocaroba Nov 9, 2012 04:54 AM

                Coldbeer, I got engaged to the mrs. after a night at the scupper !!

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                  coldbeer Nov 9, 2012 07:13 AM

                  We used to call it the Rusty Scalpel. War Dept...heh

              2. re: eamcd
                bropaul Nov 11, 2012 05:47 PM

                My last part-time job was in Stern's. They had awesome blueberry muffins in their cafe.

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                scarlet knight Nov 7, 2012 01:13 PM

                Wouldn't it be great if they could reconstruct the Essex Green Mall as if it was as an amusement park/theme park place. I would like to eat at the Bunny Hop or Golden China again or have a drink at the Rusty Scupper in my nehru or leisure suit. Good times!

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