Restaurant Picks for July
Monday, July 2, 2012 • 8:44am
Enjoy a whole host of new and exciting places to visit.
Please be sure to let me know of your dining finds. Whether it be a restaurant, cafe, diner, bar, bakery, or simply a delicious dive...let us know, so we can share your news.
Have a great month of July!
New Seasonal Menu at the Bernard's Inn
Besides a new menu featuring lighter dishes, including fresh ingredients from his own garden, Executive Chef Corey Heyer of the Bernard's Inn, is offering a menu of lighter summer selections.
Savor local fresh-off-the-boat seafood like Barnegat Bay Scallops and Fluke Sashimi, or indulge in Berkshire Pork Loin and Griggstown Farm Chicken. Do request Chef Heyer's signature Lobster Bisque and a Bernard’s Burger. Bernard's Inn, 27 Mine Brook Rd., Bernardsville: Call: 908.766.0021.
Bovella's Bakery for Cookies and Specialty Cakes
If Red Velvet cakes are your personal specialty, or if you’re planning a special event or occasion, contact Ralph Bencivenga at Bovella’s Bakery in Westfield. You might even check with Bobby as to how you’d like your wedding or celebration cake decorated.
For a summer party or gathering, pickup several dozen cookies. Favorites are: Rainbows, Pignoli, or Chocolate Peanut Butter. Bovella’s Bakery, 101 E. Broad Street, Westfield. Call: 908.232.4149.
Culinary Creations Offers Breakfast, Lunch, Take-Our and Catering Options
Planning a Wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Shower, Special Occasion or lovely party? Searching for a caterer? Do call Andrew Pantano at Culinary Creations in Hillsborough. Not only is he able to offer magnificent suggestions, he will attend to your every culinary need.
Why not plan a visit to the Cafe and Pastry Shop? Place an order for Take-Out, or call and discuss your dining options. Culinary Creations, 434 Route 206, Hillsborough: Call: 908. 281.3894.
Proprietor Tom Carlin Announces Summer Menu at Gladstone Tavern in Gladstone
Scotch & Cigar Dinner - Thursday, July 19th - Terrace Dinner
Peach Week - July 24 - 29 - Local Farm Menu
Lobster-Palooza - August 1 - 5 - Specially priced lobster menu
Local Corn Week - August 7-12 - Local farm corn menu
Jersey Tomato Menu Week - August 14-19 - Local tomato menu
Take You our Dog to Dinner Benefit - August 26 - Outdoor seating for dogs.
Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone: Call for reservations and information, 908.234.9055.
Visit Gluten Free Gloriously Bakery in Stirling
A small town bakery with a huge big taste, where all goods are baked fresh, and frozen by the end of the day. Stop by for Italian bread, sandwich circles, crust for pizza, wraps, muffins, cookies, all kinds of desserts, and gluten-free/dairy free items. You’ll even find fresh local pasta and bakable bagels. Gluten-Free, Gloriously, 267 Main Ave., Stirling: Call: 908.647.7377.
Hind & Fore Quality Meats and Seafood
Save time. Call ahead: 908.722.6393. USDA prime Dry Aged Beef; Baby back Ribblets, House made franks with cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers, Sirloin burgers, whole pigs for your pig roasts, and more; Fresh Seafood: shrimp, swordfish, salmon, halibut, Arctic Char: homemade crab cakes & littleneck clams. Weekend Specials: Fresh fruit pies and cheesecake. Hind & Fore, 452 Rt. 28 W., Bridgewater.
July 4th and John’s Meat Market in Scotch Plains
It’s all about the official start of Barbecue Season and a chance to purchase Prime beef for your burgers, steaks, ribs that literally fall off the bone, chicken which the staff will happily cutup to be doused with barbecue sauce, hot dogs, and a whole bunch of sides.
Don’t want to serve beef? Not to worry. John’s is carrying a full array of fresh seafood. From shrimp to flounder, salmon and all of your favorites to grill, fry, or serve in a salad...it’s all there!
Yes, they will have an array of fresh pies, and yes, the helpful staff is ready to respond to all of your important questions. John’s Meat Market, 389 Park Ave., Scotch Plains: 908.322.7126.
News from Limani Seafood Grill in Westfield
Yearning for a great seafood restaurant? Do you absolutely love chilled crab meat cocktail? Then head to Limani Seafood Grill in Westfield.
Always mindful of his loyal clientele, proprietor George Vastardis installed sound barriers throughout the dining room. Now, everyone will be able to enjoy great conversations. George also suggests that those searching for a Saturday night reservation, call at least two weeks in advance.
“I am very grateful to our customers and friends,” he continued. “We always do our best to serve the finest seafood. We look forward to seeing you at Limani Seafood Grill.”
Limani Seafood Grill, 235 North Ave., W. Westfield. Call: 908.233.0052.
Running with the Bulls at Spain 92
Proprietor Sergio Seijas announced Running with the Bulls at Spain 92 on Tuesday, July 17th at 7 p.m. Enjoy amazing guitars and great voices singing traditional songs, pasodobles and more. Call for reservations and information: 908.872.9591.
The Chocolate Bar in Westfield
Searching for a really delicious cup of gelato? Head to The Chocolate Bar on Quimby Street in Westfield. Try the delicious Cafe Tsoro with huge chunks of chocolate, or any of the many flavors. You’ll really enjoy the vast selection of this warm weather treat. The Chocolate Bar, 112 Quimby Street, Westfield. Call: 908.389.9000.
Tre Piani Fourth of July Coupon Promotion
Come to Tre Piani on July 2,3,5th and 6th and get a coupon good from August 1 to December 1, 2012. The coupon will be good for the same amount that you spend that day valued up to $200.00. That adds up to a free meal!!
Be advised the offer does not include money spent on gratuities or sales tax. The offer cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Tre Piani, 120 Rockingham Road, Princeton. Call: 1.609.452.1515.
PATIO & BALCONY DINING at URSINO in UNION
Restaurant Manager Richard Spaulding announced the opening of the Garden Patio at Ursino. Enjoy drinks with a view of the pond and fountain, then head to the dining room and Chef Peter Turso's delicious lunch or dinner menu offerings.
Savor brick oven pizza, 1/2 pound burgers and other selections from their lounge menu. Both outdoor area are available on a first come basis.
TOUR AND DINE: THE URSINO/ LIBERTY HALL EXPERIENCE
Starting at 3 p.m.: Farm to Table Menu from beginning to end at Ursino every Saturday in July. Starting with a walking tour of Liberty Hall, the colonial era home of the Kean-Livingston family, Then on to the 4 acre farm, which provides the freshest, most delicious fruits and vegetables. Guests will be invited to lend a hand harvesting ingredients which will be prepared moments later in the Ursino kitchen!
The tour ends with a walk back to Ursino, and a four course Farmers Tasting Menu prepared by Chef Peter Turso. Price: $75 per person, (Plus tax and gratuity; Beverages are additional.) To reserve: Call: 908.249.4099. Space is limited to 12 guests per tour (groups of less than 12 may be combined into one tour group;expected time for the experience is 3 p.m. to 7p.m..) Please be prepared to walk through a working farm! Credit card is needed to reserve. Charges will be applied at the conclusion of the dinner. Ursino Restaurant, 1075 Morris Ave., Union. Call: 908.249.4099.
A Message from Millicent: Greetings and Happy Summer. Am so looking forward to each of you sending me your favorite dining places.
Tomorrow, I’m heading to the Ryland Inn and a visit with Executive Chef Anthony Bucco.
Stay tuned! I’ll let you know when we can expect this icon of a Restaurant to once again Open to the public.
All the best for the month of July.
Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey. Contact her at Mkbrody@aol.com
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