NJ Food Guide - December, 2009

Inside This Edition: Skylark Diner & Lounge in Edison, NJ and Huntley Tavern in Summit, NJ

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Skylark Fine Diner & Lounge - New Jersey is the home to invention and has given the world much in technology and culture.  Although New Jersey didn't invent the Diner (Invented in Connecticut) it sure perfected it; in fact, New Jersey today is the undisputed Diner capital of the world.  The Jersey Diner is part of our culture and part of how we do business, socialize and create lasting memories of life.  Ask anyone from New Jersey what their favorite Diner is and you will get an instant response.

The Jersey Diner experience has been captured in numerous episodes of the "Sopranos" because it's a way of life here.  Call it good old fashioned entrepreneurship or passion, the birth of the Skylark Fine Diner & Lounge is nothing short of a reflection of what New Jersey is -- one of the most innovative, diverse and unique places in the world.

Stepping into this establishment just off a very busy Route One, I was immediately impressed with the dining space and atmosphere...spacious and inviting.  Sitting down, I was struck by the fact that this may well be the very first time I have eaten in a restaurant calling itself a diner that has linen napkins... wow!  I began to look over the menu and a coke was on it's way.  The menu was large, well written, and even had the date at the top.
Looking over the menu I found interesting ambitious dishes like Ethiopian Chicken.  I began to wonder what would a place like this do with a traditional steak salad?  Well the first thing that jumped out at me was how it was written up on the menu as a NY Strip Steak Salad.  The waiter kind of shocked me when he asked me how I wanted it cooked as I haven't been asked that before with a diner steak salad.  Anyway, I said medium well.  I know some of you who read me often know I like raw beef but properly cooked medium well is wonderful.
I expected to get a nice salad with some strips of steak on top, but what arrived was nothing short of amazing for a diner... well ok, fine diner as they like to call themselves.  For 15 dollars I received and entire NY Strip Steak perfectly cooked to my order alongside some very fresh, crisp romaine lettuce, long cut cucumber slices perfectly dressed in a creamy horseradish dressing.  Some warm sauteed onions on top completed this perfect picture.  The waiter even ran and brought me a steak knife. 
Innovation is alive and well in New Jersey and the Jersey Diner just got finer with the Skylark Fine Diner & Lounge.  This is an eating experience not to be missed -- by all means, go and enjoy. - Jersey Shadow -
Skylark Fine Diner & Lounge
17 Wooding Avenue
Edison, NJ 08817
Phone: 723-777-7878





Huntley Tavern - I recently stopped by the Huntley Tavern for an evening and was really impressed.  Sitting in the bar area and wanting something to eat, I figured it would be the usual suspects found in most taverns, but not so here.  Truth be told, I really wanted chicken wings, but such an offering was apparently not to be found.  I was hungry for something to go with my Bloody Mary, something flavorful but not a whole meal.
The Asian Baby Back Ribs looked interesting so I gave that a try, and was delighted I did.  An assortment of food  ordered by our group arrived at the table: calamari, spring rolls, salad and my ribs.  Everything was raved about, and I must say that the ribs were among the very best I've ever had.  The cut was generous with plenty of meat and it was seasoned and cooked to perfection.  As the old saying goes, we eat with our eyes first and they looked every bit as good as they were. 
There is nothing worse than having to get messy eating ribs when they aren't that good.  These ribs were fabulous, and I recommend them if you decide to stop by.  Everything that was ordered this night was raved about.  I do plan on going back... the Blood Mary was tasty and this rustic Tavern is comfortable and pleasant.  The food will get me back in the door, and the next time I show up it won't be chicken wings I seek but those ribs. - Jersey Shadow -
Huntley Tavern
3 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: 908-273-3166




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