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August, 2005

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Indigo Smoke - I was recently in the mood for some barbeque so I ventured over to Indigo Smoke in Montclair, NJ.  I stepped into the new location, three doors up from the old one, into a beautiful space.  All I really wanted was a good lunch and that I got; but, there is much more going on at Indigo Smoke than just good food.  The restaurant is immaculate and somehow I wouldn't have thought that my quest for good barbeque this day would put me in a trendy Montclair restaurant, but it was a delightful experience.

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I ordered the barbeque ribs, collard greens and coleslaw, and all were delicious.  The service was warm and friendly, but my drink order never made it to the table until my lunch arrived, which oddly enough didn't bother me.  I forgot to order some cornbread but to my delight a piece came with my meal.  The lunch menu was focused and to the point with just a handful of thoughtful appealing dishes.  It's always best to make your signature dishes and make them well rather than appeal to everyone.

The quality of my meal was exceptional.  Sometimes less is more as I wasn't overpowered by colossal portions, but rather just enough to fill me up.  The good people at Indigo put a great deal of thought into every detail and nothing was overlooked.  The combination of a local entrepreneur who has taken the time to create a tasty cultural experience with better than fair pricing should pave the way for this place to become a permanently loved and respected place in the Montclair, NJ,  community for many years.
-Jersey Shadow-

Indigo Smoke
387 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
Main Phone: 973-744-3440


Martini Bistro & Bar - When going to a restaurant that I haven't been to before, I find that it's a good idea to listen to the local buzz.  Martini Bistro & Bar in Millburn seemed to have pleased quite a few people, so off we went to give it a try.

Being that it was the middle of the week, one wouldn't expect a large crowd, but Martini's is only one block from the Papermill Playhouse and it was theater night. Fortunately, we had made reservations.

At Martini's you enter directly into the bar and my first impression was oh - no - this is going to be a loud, raucous dinner - lots of young people enjoying food and drink.  Not that I don't enjoy a good bar atmosphere, but I wasn't in the mood on that particular evening.  Not to worry, though; we were ushered up a few stairs through a door and into a totally serene room with dining tables set with crisp linens.  Soft jazz was playing and the atmosphere couldn't have been more relaxing.

The food fit nicely with the whole setting - not rushed and perfectly prepared.  The salads, mixed field greens, shallots with just the right amount of balsamic vinaigrette, were chilled and very fresh.

I ordered the Filet Mignon, haricot vert, served over whipped potatoes.  Oh boy, was that good and so large I could barely finish it - but I did.  My dinner guest ordered 7 spice crusted Ahi Tuna with fried Asian vegetables and Ponzu Sauce.  We were two very satisfied customers.  Martini Bistro & Bar is equipped to meet the demands of someone looking for a burger or the diner who is looking for a full course meal.  Very few establishments will attempt to accommodate both types of patrons -- and Martini's does it well.
-Jersey Shadow-

Martini Bistro & Bar 
40-42 Main Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
Main Phone: 973-376-4444

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