From Rt 80 to Howard Boulevard is Pub 199, CASH ONLY, and Cracker Barrel
I would suggest Pub 199, just a mile or so north of I-80 in Mt. Arlington. It does have a liquor lisence, but alcohol is by no means the focal point of the operation except at the bar itself. What they do have is a lot of room, including an outdoor area for nice weather, and an inexpensive surf and turf menu. We’ve never felt rushed. Clientele is very varied, age-wise, you won’t feel “old” there. (Neither do I, at 62)
They don’t seem to have a website, but the Yelp people seem to like it too:
Based on a number of very positive reviews, I think that you should give some thought to Alice’s Restaurant, which is located right on the shore of Lake Hopatcong. They feature very local produce from a farm on one of the islands in the lake, and the executive chef is none other than David Drake, late of the eponymous restaurant in Rahway that closed earlier this year.
While I have not yet been there, this place has been on my radar screen for a few months, after reading several of those very positive reviews.
Below is a link to their lunch menu:
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Four old friends will be getting together to talk old times next month. Two of us live in NE Pennsylvania (the Poconos – hence, my posting name) and two others live in the East Brunswick, NJ area.
We were looking for someplace that is more-or-less midway between the two areas, and on Google Maps it looks like the area just South of Lake Hopatcong would be around halfway.
Of course, since the area is not near anyone’s home town (well, at least not in our small group) we don’t know what’s out there. So, here’s the deal:
Four male geezers, 60 plus, looking for a decent place for lunch and conversation where the management wouldn’t be angry if we lingered over coffee for maybe an hour (but no longer) after lunch. Doesn’t have to have a liquor license, and shouldn’t be too noisy, so that those of us who have old eardrums can hear each other’s conversations.
FYI, I did a search of this site, and the only place I found that everyone seemed to like was Cliff’s Dairy Maid in Ledgewood. But, it is a drive-in with no inside seating so that’s not in the running (but maybe for a quick stop after lunch for some ice cream) [8D]
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, including suggestions for a different area that wouldn’t be unfair to either group of travelers.
Lived in Sparta NJ -Lake Mohawkc The lttle quaint plaza by the lake was like a Bavarian Style Village. There was a place there that was a combo Liquor Store & Restaurant – don’t remember the name but it was a nice place for lunch
the Black Forest Inn right off 80 in Hope nj is excellent!! great german food….
if your in Denville go to Denville Dairy best ice cream in jersey i might say…
pub 199 is a good suggestion, have not been to Alices but hear good things. you can try resvoir tavern in boonton great pizza and italian food. I think it kinda fits a roadfood joint. its closer to highways 287 80 24 might be quicker to get to. just go after lunch crowd leaves it turns into a local bar. you can sit there until dinner crowd 5 or 6 before they will want the table. i would suggest ording a pizza then an app and sharing all thru the afternoon
Morris County, NJ
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