Jersey Spin - June, 2011

NJ Food Reviews - Alice's Restaurant in Lake Hopatcong, NJ And Grato in Morris Plains, NJ



Alice's Restaurant - I had occasion recently to check out Alice's Restaurant overlooking Lake Hopatcong on a hot spring evening.  Our party chose to dine on the outdoor, albeit enclosed deck, which was swelteringly hot.  I felt like I was in a sauna, but supposedly the big glass panels between diners and the lake view, and more importantly, ventilation are going to be removed soon.

Aside from this major distraction and obvious blunder which I'm sure will be corrected, the meal was fantastic.  I'm a big fan of simple but flavorful food, and Alice's delivered both and at reasonable prices.  Alice's has a warm (by this I mean cozy), comfortable and relaxed vibe to it, and the wait staff were all decked out in their Alice's shirts.

The menu was uncluttered and simple... always a good sign.  The spinach salad jumped right out at me as did the burger.  The salad was delicious as was the burger.  The ribs were a standout as were the beer battered onion rings and the mac and cheese.  As you can see all simple food, and on this day all perfectly done.  Of particular note -- the bread basket filled with home-made specialty bread and extraordinary biscuits surely pleased our diners.

Alice has made quite a mark here... set the bar high and the food is delicious, dishes well conceived and presented and set in the perfect environment.  Once those glass panels come out ,things should get better out on the deck, so by all means call ahead if you want outside seating on a warm day. - Jersey Shadow -

Alice's Restaurant
24 Nolan's Point Park Road
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey 07849
Phone: 973-663-9600

Credit Cards Accepted & Full Bar





Grato Restaurant - Morris Plains has a pretty swanky place for lunch at the Grato next to the Tabor Road Tavern.  I would never mention two restaurants together but they are both under the same ownership.  I decided it was time to check out the Grato for lunch and see how they do.

I was surprised when entering to see so many full tables for midweek... always a good sign.  The place was inviting, open and airy with pleasant music playing and not too loudly.  The restaurant was impeccably clean and the staff efficient, warm and eager to please.

The lunch menu was awesome with everything from full meals to lighter lunches and salads.  There was a mark of wisdom in the menu with offerings in a wide price range so one does not have to spend a fortune for a nice lunch experience.

I decided to go lighter this day and ordered the veal and meatball panini which was absolutely delicious and flavorful.  My guest had a panini as well with roasted tomatoes, in-house made mozzarella and fresh basil -- delicious and very filling.

There is a lot to be said about being the Jersey Shadow because nobody knows who I am so you can always be sure of an unbiased review.  This place has been here a couple of years and has had plenty of time to fall off its game, but it hasn't.  I can share with you that the Grato is very solid and may well be a permanent fixture here for many decades to come serving area businesses and residents. - Jersey Shadow -

2230 Route 10 West  
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: 973-267-4006

Credit Cards Accepted & Full Bar



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