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April, 2005

Inside This Edition: Jersey Shadow Review: Pierre's Restaurant in Morristown, NJ and Arthur's Tavern in  Morris Plains, NJ

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Pierre's Restaurant - Everyone has their own idea of what makes for a pleasant dining experience.  I've never been a big fan of buffets; I'd rather sit down and be waited on.  Lately, however, I've been hearing a lot of good things about the lunch buffet at Pierre's French Bistro in Harding.  I decided that it was time to check out what could possibly make this restaurant get such good press. 

One factor that is immediately apparent is the fact that the service is flawless.  As soon as we were seated, warm rolls and water were brought to our table.  Drink orders were quickly taken and that was followed by the arrival of a delicious cream or watercress soup.

I guess one of the things that I most dislike about buffets is the feeling of chaos - and waiting in line.  Because the restaurant is so well-staffed, the line is short, moves quickly, and there are several servers behind the buffet table to identify the variety of unusual offerings.

Everything was delicious - poached salmon, tender ham, celery root, veal sweetbreads, pate', chicken salad with dill and enough other choices to hold your interest.  After entree's were finished, a dessert cart with many temptations arrived at the table.  No one left hungry - that's for sure.

Pierre's seems to be a popular spot for business folks who want good food without spending two hours of their time.  It's clear that this establishment has found the magic formula - efficiency mixed with good, interesting food.  -Jersey Shadow-

Pierre's Restaurant
995 Mount Kemble Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960
Main Phone: 973-425-1212

Arthur's Tavern - Arthur's Tavern has been a mainstay in Morris County for quite a few years, and I decided to check it out one weekday evening.  I've had some good steaks here in the past for very reasonable prices and the prices are just as great this time around.  I opted for the hot pastrami sandwich this time, and was generally disappointed by the whole experience.  The meat was very lean and very good, but it wasn't hot only just warm.  I also ordered it with some Russian dressing and when the server returned with it, my meal was cold.  I rarely send back food, and judging by the server's mood it would have caused a problem.  My meal was tasty, but I sure didn't get what I asked for.

On the other hand, my guest had an excellent hamburger and raved about how good it was.  I did sample one of the potatoes that came with the burger and they were greasy and went uneaten.  So as I always say, consistency is the name of the game in the restaurant biz, and on this day it was not-so-good.  The tables on the main floor are noisy and it's hard to hear, so don't look for a quiet experience.  The low prices will surely get me to give Arthur's Tavern another shot, but not anytime soon.  -Jersey Shadow-

Arthur's Tavern
700 Speedwell Avenue
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Main Phone: 973-455-9705

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