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May, 2007

Inside This Edition: New Jersey Food - Jersey Shadow Review: Don Jose Mexican Restaurant in East Hanover and George & Martha's American Grille in Morristown, NJ


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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant - Sometimes in Jersey you can find a real gem hidden within a nondescript strip mall.  I thought perhaps I'd found such a place over in East Hanover at a place called Don Jose Mexican Restaurant.  Judging by all the seats in the vestibule one would think that many flock to this place and perhaps they do or used to, but on this evening only a few tables were filled. 
Don Jose bills itself as serving authentic Mexican cuisine, and it does, but it just wasn't that good.  The portions were plentiful but not very flavorful.  The complimentary chips and salsa were very good.  As many of you know, I really root for a place to be good and wished my experience was much better.  It wasn't a bad experience, just not that great and the prices on some items probably could be a little better for this type of restaurant.

The service was the same as the food ... mediocre.  Serving a meal then disappearing leaves a lot to be desired in my book, especially when I wanted some sour cream with my meal.  The place wasn't busy at all and yes perhaps watching Telemundo might be more interesting than checking on a customer, but that can't be good for business.  The most inspiring thing to me about Don Jose is that I found it in East Hanover.  The most inspiring thing about it should have been the food and my experience. - Jersey Shadow -  
Don Jose Mexican Restaurant
200 Route 10 West
East Hanover, NJ 07936
Phone: 973-781-0155


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George & Martha's American Grille - George And Martha's in Morristown adds a New York vibe to a changing landscape.  I like Morristown a lot, and much is changing in town with new development both on and off "the green."  Cutter's, a mainstay for many years was an old dive bar with good food, but after a second try at life it closed once again.  Long since gone, George and Martha rode into town, saw the potential here and totally gutted the whole building.  Actually, George and Martha refers to the Washington couple who continue to make their mark here with the richness of the birth of America.
It's nice to see this slice of urban trendy pay homage to the historical legacy that is Morristown, but as they say "what's in it for me?"  Well, for starters the whole place is light, airy and comfortable with state-of-the art flat screens in the bar area which also serves as the entrance. The main dining area is a collection of tables, booths and trendy round tables alongside one wall.  Not even a hint of the former Cutter's remains except, perhaps, the location of where the new bar was installed.  The place is much larger overall as George And Martha now takes up the whole building.
We were greeted by a very pleasant attentive server who described the specials and then took our drink order.  I mention this because it was done nicely with great care.  The "Paul Revere" sandwich which I ordered amounted to the classic French Dip with Aus Jus, and fries.  It was very good and very fresh but it could have really galloped into the winner's circle with some added zip, perhaps a homemade condiment?  My guest raved about the Shrimp Po Boy and the soft drinks were generous in size.
If you want a pleasant sit-down lunch, this place is really a nice selection, and not only would I go back for lunch but for dinner and drinks too.  Perhaps George and Martha's wants to be the new Washington's Headquarters?  It surely could become the dining and watering hole headquarters for the discerning Morristown crowd.
George & Martha's American Grille
67 Morris St
Morristown, NJ 07960

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