Thanks for the report Aleswench. I really miss that place, and NJ food in general. Someday I’m hopeful to return to that place. I forgot to mention the hospitality aspect to you. In addition to the superior food, that is one of the friendliest establishments I’ve ever dined in.
Thank you all for your suggestions. We ended up at "The Best Little Lunchonette" – and it was great! I had the pancakes, which were about the best I’ve ever had. (I could swear that you said that too, tamandmik, but I must have been reading some other thread and it stuck in my head)- but I’m glad that it did because brunch was outstanding. The bacon crispy, thick & delicious. Bob had corned beef hash, sausage links and eggs. All done to perfection. Excellent coffee. And the service was fantastic! Such a nice waitstaff, and the owner, Frank was so friendly and went out of his way to make us newcomers comfortable and happy. He also said that they will be featured in NJ Monthly soon. They were in to do a review, but did not tell him for what item. I can’t wait to see that article. The place was packed with locals. We will be going back and would highly recommend this little gem to anyone passing by this area. And yes, Chatham is a very charming town, nice to walk around and shop. Very quaint. And, by the way, it looks like I’ll be seeing alot of it – I do believe I’m going to take the plunge and go to Dog Grooming School!! So, I’ll be able to try the other places you all recommended. OH – and also – there is a Whole Foods in Madison! I was very very excited to go there, as I hear wonderful things about it, but didn’t think they were in NJ. The place is incredible – there seafood came fresh from Fulton Fish Market and the meat selection was outstanding. I loved that nearly every item, produce etc. was labeled from it’s point of origin. However, we were both so full from brunch that we are possibly the only two people that have ever gone in and not come out with a thing. Could not even think of food. But I am certainly looking forward to returning with a somewhat empty stomach. Not too empty though, or my bank account probably would be [;)] It was an all around awesome day – thank you again! Sue
I agree Chatham is a nice little town to walk around in. If you head just a couple of miles further west on the Main Street, you’ll come to the town of Madison, another walkable upscale town. And, at 13 Central Avenue you will find a 1940’s era hole-in-the-wall called Central Lunch. Their specialty is a tasty roadfood delight called a Klondike. It’s a sandwich with ground beef, onions, cheese etc and it’s fantastic.
If that’s a little too divey for you, Firehouse Pizza, right next door, is pretty good too.
Here’s what the New York Times had to say about Central Lunch a couple of years ago.
Chatham is an interesting place. Nice "small town USA" feel with nice older homes, but also good corporate areas (ATT, Nabisco, Novartis, etc.)
I do remember eating lunch in a popular little French-ish (but not pretentious) cafe with good fresh small dishes that was in a shopping center near route 24/124. ShopRite anchors the centger, and the restaurant is around the opposite corner on the bottom floor.
If you have time check out the "Great Swamp" a really nice area with walking areas through a nature study swamp. Or the adorable tres wealthy Harding Township down the road from the shopping center.
There was a place there I went to, tiny, called "Best Little Luncheonette". I am not even sure if there is a sign there. It’s on Main Street though. You’ll know you are in the right place if you see the walls arranged in a baseball theme. I was there a few times, the last time though was about 7 years ago. It’s a little cafe with awesome food.
Hi all! To make a long story short – recently I was laid off from my office job of 5+ years. And I’m fine. No condolences needed, as I wasn’t very happy to begin with. I had planned on making a change this year anyway – it just happened alot faster than I thought. So, I’ve decided to make a total transformation and quit this 9-5 lifestyle and see if I would enjoy and be good at pet grooming. Some of you know how I adore the critters, and although it is very hard work, I think it would be very rewarding. Tomorrow Bob & I will be visiting a school in Chatham, NJ to further our research & options. Does anyone know of a great spot for lunch in the vicinity or will we be "pioneers"??
Thanks for any suggestions – Sue
Chatham, NJ or in the vicinity
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.