Waterside Dining with Exquisite Views
Admittedly, all but 1 of the 5 restaurants I profile in the Fall Dining Issue of US 1 are across the river in PA, but they each come with great views of Central NJ. And there are some pretty noteworthy eats at, for example:
Charcoal BYOB in Yardley, where 2 young brothers are making waves as far away as Philly with their progressive American cuisine
The Yardley Inn: Just mere feet from Charcoal, updated traditional American fare shines due to the exacting standards of Chef Eben Copple, who deserves more recognition on this side of the river
The Black Bass Hotel: New owners who bought the outdated inn and restaurant upriver in Lumberville at auction a few years ago have given it a new lease on life.
Is Your Apple Pie Prize-worthy? I’ll be the Judge of That!
The West Windsor Community Farmers Market is holding a bake-off for home bakers on Saturday, October 11 and I am honored to be a judge, along with pro baker Karen Child (formerly, Village Bakery & Brick Farm Market) and Princeton food writer & restaurant critic Faith Bahadurian.
Here are the details, straight from the market folks:
Amateur Apple Pie Bake Off Contest –Due to the overwhelming outpouring of peach pies in our August contest, we’ll be hosting an apple pie contest. Think you make the best apple pie around using NJ apples? Come show us your stuff! Pies are due at the market at 10:30am with judging at 11:00am. First, Second and Third place winners will receive Market Bucks to be used as cash at the farmers market this season. Amateur bakers only and pre-registration is required. To register, for more details and rules, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to manager Chris Cirkus and everyone at the West Windsor market for being voted NJ’s #1 farmers market for the second year in a row by American Farmland Trust.
Pregnant Princeton Dining Scene Giving Birth This Month
Jammin’ Crepes: For years, Kim Rizk & company’s inventive sweet and savory crepes have been enjoyed at area farmers markets. Her long-awaited brick-and-mortar spot on Nassau Street has passed its final inspections & will be opening any day now.
(UPDATE: MAMOUN’S OPENED ON 10/6/14 – JUST AS INDICATED HERE:)
Mamoun’s Falafel: Rumor has it (thanks, Mimi O of Princeton Tour Company!) that this NYC chain with outlets in Hoboken & New Brunswick will at long last open its Witherspoon Street digs within hours. Fingers crossed!
Seasons 52: This well-regarded small chain that already has a popular Cherry Hill location will open on October 30 at MarketFair Mall (in the space that had been Barnes & Noble). Seasons 52, self-described as a “fresh grill and wine bar,” changes its menu 4 times a year and sports an extensive wine list that includes 52 wines by the glass.
SweetGrass: The unique, beautiful structure that had been Bell & Whistle (byob) in Hopewell has just reopened with a new name and new chef/owner, Sarah Gresko. She terms her menu “bold American,” but much of it pays homage to her culinary training at Johnson & Wales in Charleston, SC. (Think fried green tomatoes & chicken with andouille cornbread stuffing.)