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May 6, 2013 04:14 PM

Moving to Denville from Montclair....

Looking for any and all suggestions
Price can range from dollars to hundreds

Looking for anything adventurous, French, mexican, and everything that's a must try

We love all types of foods and will try anything once

Please advise chowhounders!

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  1. Denville Dairy for all your ice cream desires. It's right on Broadway. It gets very busy in the summertime.

    1. We moved from West Orange (right over the Montclair border) to Morristown about 3 years ago. We still lament over the food aspect of the move. We have found that a lot of our new favorite restaurants have liquor licenses and make for a more expensive night out. There is definitely more driving around here, so a night out could involve 10 to 15 miles one way instead of 2 or 3. There are no Greek restaurants in Morris County. We miss Greek Taverna and Stamna. The closest Greek restaurant is on Eisenhower in Livingston - Lithos which is good, but pricy. We used to go to Mendhi frequently when we moved to town, but now we go to Caffe India (BYO) for Indian Food. We love Raul's Empanadas for an occasional deep-fried treat! Mockingbird Cafe in Basking Ridge isn't that close to you, but I would highly recommend it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's a kind of Raymond's place where you could get a burger or an entree for dinner and the food is excellent. We like both Marjan and Pamir (BYO's) for middle-eastern food. We have tried a few places for Italian food. Portofino is not bad and we actually like Mario's in Morris Plains. By far, the best is Osteria Morini in Bernardsville but that is a distance for you. Although I still like Tomato Pie for their Grandma Pie, my new favorite is Millie's Old World. I can't decide if I prefer the coal or wood-fired pizzas. Lemongrass on Route 10 in Morris Plains is a Viet Thai mix. Some nights I am happy to split a green papaya salad and a bowl of Pho for dinner. There is nothing like Blu that we have been able to find. I would love to find a grass-fed beef burger, but haven't located that one on a menu yet. I usually pick up some beef at the Farmer's Market and grill them myself.

      1. Well, you are going to have some fun! There is no shortage of restaurants in Montclair -- and good ones too!

        Montclair is a hot-spot for restaurants -- a real restaurant town. First, just for ease and convenience, head over to Trip Advisor and check for Montclair restaurants. I would think they have got to have close to 100 listed. That will be a good starting point. Then come here and do some searches. There have to be plenty of threads for Montclair.

        There's some excellent places there. I've recently had some excellent food at Acappello.

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        1. re: ELA

          I read it that way too -- but they are moving from Montclair to Denville.

          1. re: Disneyfreak

            Read it wrong...sorry. Just go back to Montclair to eat. LOL.

        2. Heard some excellent things about Mesob...and very much wanting to get there very soon.

          1. ABSOLUTELY +1 on Denville Dairy! That's the ice cream of my childhood and I never go through Denville without getting some. :-) The black raspberry and coffee chip are personal favorites, but their vanilla soft-serve is also wonderful. You WILL wait, but it will be worth it!

            Separate of that, I have to sadly agree with Marie when she says she's still lamenting the food part of her move...I grew up not far from 'downtown' Denville (where routes 53 and 46 meet) and there just isn't much good food to eat. That said, you'll have to try:

            -Hunan Taste (don't let the overdone decor fool you--the food is good!)

            -Cafe Metro is on Diamond Spring Rd and serves healthy salads, sandwiches, pastas, etc.

            If you're on the Rt 10 side of Denville, you have some other options within reach, but I have to agree that you're going to need to drive for the really good stuff. Let us know what part of the world you'll be in...

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            1. re: Curlz

              Based on your comment, I will have to try Hunan Taste. I was doubtful that it could be good looking at the gaudy exterior. Thanks.