More Suggestions for Mother's Day


Dear Fans of ‘Monday With Millicent,’I thank-you for sharing your favorite places to dine.   As Mother’s Day approaches, I’d like to wish each of you special moments, and special tributes for all of the love and guidance you continually provide for your beloved family.
Millicent K. Brody

Please enjoy another list of very special places to treat Mom on her very special day.

* Amuse
39 Elm Street, Westfield
“For Mother’s Day,” said Proprietor CJ Reycroft, “we’re serving our dinner menu all day long. Please call for reservations. We’re looking forward to celebrating this very special day with Mom and her family.”

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* Casa Di Pizza
50 Elm Street, Westfield
No matter how hungry you are, Proprietors Dave and Steve of Casa Di Pizza are always prepared to serve you something good to eat. 
Offering catering for all occasions, the comfortable shop serves rustic Italian cuisine, pizza, focaccia sandwiches, paninis, subs, and of course, fresh pasta.

* Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill
118-124 Route 46 E., Fairfield
Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill serves Northern Italian Cuisine. Come and enjoy large portions of your favorite Italian dishes. Do call and make reservations.

* Ferraro’s
14 Elm Street, Westfield
Ferraro’s offers Valet parking. The family-owned restaurant serves Old World Italian fare, with many special dishes.  For Take-Out and Pizza, visit Ferraro’s South, 425 South Elmer Street, Westfield.

* Gladstone Tavern
273 Main Street, Gladstone
There are many reasons to enjoy Gladstone Tavern. Executive Chef and Proprietor,Tom Carlin does his best to create delicious meals in a warm and pleasant atmosphere. With the arrival of warmer weather, look forward to outdoor dining.  
Regardless of where you’re seated, you’re always welcome to request Gladstone Tavern’s Bar Menu. Burgers are always a favorite option. 

* La Griglia Seafood Grill and Wine Bar
740 Boulevard, Kenilworth
You’ll always feel welcome at LaGriglia Seafood Grill and Wine Bar in Kenilworth. Whether for lunch, and a chance to enjoy any one of their salads, chock full of fresh ingredients, or their fine selection of Seafood, Menu highlights include: Shrimp & Diver Sea Scallops, Alaskan Cod, Soft Shell Crabs, Halibut, an assortment of Chicken dishes, and of course Herb-Rubbed Filet Mignon. Along with dessert, their friendly Bar is almost always open.

* Nicholas
160 Route 35 South, Red Bank
Celebrating their 14th year Anniversary, Nicholas is one of the premier restaurant destinations in America. Visitors will enjoy exquisite service and cuisine. Two menu highlights feature: Baby Field Greens, Caramelized Hazelnuts, Beaufort Cheese, Heirloom Beets, Baby Kale, Goat Cheese Puree, and Red Wine Vinegar, and Ora King Salmon, with Baby Leeks, Fava Beans, and Taragon Ocean Emulsion. Also featured are a spectacular array of Entrees, Soups, Salads, and Desserts. 
Located on the premises, Nicholas hosts Bar N, a casual alternative where reservations are not required. 

*  Redwoods Grill & Bar
Brunch Buffet from 10:30 am to 2:30 p.m. ($27.99)
Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m.
459 Main Street. Chester

* Rooneys Oceanfront Dining
100 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch. 
Serving lunch and dinner with a view, guests enjoy a host of their favorite seafood dishes,  including Lobster Mac and Cheese. Rooney's menu also offers a Clambake for Two that features; lobster, shrimp, mussels, a quart of steamers, corn on the cob, and red bliss potatoes, all cooked together, and oh so delicious! Specially priced, think of Rooney's Oceanfront as “Dinner with a View!”

*  Park Wood Diner Restaurant
1958 Springfield Ave., Maplewood
If you are able to recall The Claremont Diner in Montclair, you’ll be more than happy meeting Proprietor Pete, and enjoying his Park Wood Diner in Maplewood.  Don’t leave without requesting an enormous slice of the most incredible, house-baked, Lemon Meringue Pie.

*  The Frog and The Peach
Serving from Noon to 7 p.m.
Three course Prix Fixe Menu  $70
Kids under 12, $16
29 Dennis St., New Brunswick
Call for reservations and information:

235 Elmer Street, Westfield
Definitely a Westfield mainstay, Xocolatz  opened, May, 2002.  Today, it’s a definite ‘Go-To’ restaurant, where diners can look forward to delicious soups, salads, main dishes, and of course desserts. To really enjoy your meal,  remember to bring along a bottle of your favorite wine or sparkling champagne. 
And remember, Xocolatz will happily cater your next celebration, or even a family dinner in the comforts of your own home. You are also welcome to telephone your order and it will certainly be ready for pickup. Proprietor Jaime Chaves looks forward to welcoming you to his warm and cozy restaurant.

                     A Note from Millicent....
 Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to send me notes about your favorite places to dine. Have a great week, and spectacular Mother’s Day.
Looking forward to hearing from you!  And, please know that I am always here for YOU!

Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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