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nizza May 5, 2013 11:14 AM

My MIL is coming up (this is NOT for Mother's Day) and I have run out of restaurants to take her to. She eats very plainly. She loved Charlie Brown's because it had what she wants a salad, piece of meat, baked potato and plain veggies.

Any suggestions? No Italian, Chinese, Thai, etc. LOL

  1. grampart May 6, 2013 09:35 AM

    May I suggest you take her on a nice drive out west to the Hunterdon County town of Clinton and go to the Clinton House. A great old restaurant with the kind of menu she would feel very comfortable with. Indeed, the only "rap" against them is they're considered (by some) to be too old fashioned. I've been going there for around 40 years and have never been disappointed. It's well under an hour drive from Union.


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      nizza May 7, 2013 07:26 AM

      It sounds like a good place to go now that the nice weather is here. Thanks for the suggestion.

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        grampart May 20, 2013 07:20 AM

        Have you made your decision? Where did/will you go?

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          nizza May 20, 2013 06:40 PM

          Well her visit has been delayed for another a few more weeks, but, with the weather being nice we intend to take a ride out to the Clinton House. Thanks again for the suggestion.

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      lemarais May 6, 2013 08:20 AM

      Nizza, you never answered about Pub food. There are dozens of these type places in NNJ and they all serve plain meat, plain veg, salad, and potato! Very preferable to a diner.

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        nizza May 6, 2013 08:34 AM

        If it has a bar atmosphere that would not work, but, if they are a bar that has a separate area serving as a restaurant that would work. She would not want to eat in a bar. We go to a place in Brick that is called Craig's and I would call that a bar that has a restaurant and it's very good (at least the last time we were there and I think they have been sold). So, please make some suggestions and we will check them out. Thanks so much!

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          lemarais May 6, 2013 09:17 AM

          Ok, there are LOADS with a dining area separate from the bar:

          Paulies, Closter (Now called Cask 171)
          Fox & Hounds, Northvale
          Davey's Locker, Montvale
          Noonans, Pearl River
          Peppercorn's, Park Ridge
          Griffin's, Cresskill
          Smith Brothers, Ridgewood
          MacMurphy's, Ridgewood
          Village Green, Ridgewood

          Looks like you'll be busy dining out for the forseeable future!

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        TomDel May 6, 2013 04:49 AM

        How about one of the many diners in NJ? They certainly have the kind of food you're looking for and most of them now have a dining room with tables for a restaurant setting.

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          nizza May 6, 2013 06:33 AM

          She LOVES diners, but, we HATE diners and they are the last place we want to eat. We wanted someplace nice not a noisy, busy diner. Thanks for the suggestion it's a good one, but, not for us.

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            ttoommyy May 7, 2013 07:40 AM


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          lemarais May 5, 2013 10:22 PM

          Edit: I meant Bacari Grill in Wash Twp, and I also thought of the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack.

          Palmer's Crossing in Tenafly.

          Joe's American in the GS Plaza.

          Glen Rock Inn, GR.

          Also, lots of Pubby-type places with the food you described above always available.

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            nizza May 6, 2013 06:36 AM

            Lemaris, thanks for all the suggestions. I had put the Old 76 house as a possible when meeting a friend from New City, but, maybe this will be the time to check it out. I will keep the others in mind for the future as some of the them look promising.

            Thanks and still hope others will make suggestions as this is not a one time dinner as there will be many more in the future.

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            lemarais May 5, 2013 07:41 PM

            Old 76 House for one... excellent American food. In Tappan, just steps over the State line.

            Emerson Hotel, Emerson seems right in your category.

            What about Pub food? Lots of those.

            Seasons, in Washington Twp.

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              lemarais May 5, 2013 02:13 PM

              What county or area are you in? NJ is 150 miles long...

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                nizza May 5, 2013 02:26 PM

                Sorry, you are right and I hate when other people do that. Bergen or Passaic County would be great. Thanks and I hope there will be some suggestions.

                We were just thinking about maybe taking her to The Manor for a buffet , not the seafood buffet, as we could pick out different items that she would eat. No baked potato, but, really for one day it might be ok. LOL

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