It’s a great week to Go Out to Eat!
Doesn’t have to be fancy...just really fresh and good!
Let me know if you’ve discovered a great, new place!
Finally Opened: Urban Burger Greets the Public in Cranford
Location: Urban Burger, 13 Eastman Street, Cranford
Call: 908.277.7790
Owned and operated by Executive Chef Frank and Lisa Rizzo.
Doors opened Saturday, August 10th at 11:30 a.m.

Once the popular Italian Pantry Bistro, Chef Frank and Lisa Rizzo are inviting you to enjoy Urban Burger with a totally new look, new hours, and of course a new name. Hope to see you there!

Munchmobile Votes Salads at Park Wood Diner in Maplewood, “Top Dog”
Readers of the August 9th edition of the Star Ledger were informed that the Park Wood Diner in Maplewood features nearly 30 salads on their regular menu. Among others, the Munchers sampled the Mediterranean Attitude, the Popeye, Buffalo from the Sea, Palm Spring Cafe Salad, and the John Salad.

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According to the Munchers, the Winning Salad was the Popeye with spinach, mushrooms, prosciutto, bacon and mozzarella. Salads at the Park Wood Diner in Mapleweood won Top Dog for the week.

Proprietors Pete Kikianis and his family, cordially invite the publc to come and experience their great array of salads, entrees, sandwiches, desserts and exciting  other dishes featured on their extensive menu.. The Park Wood Diner is located at 1958 Springfield Ave., Maplewood. Call for information and take out orders. 973.313.3990. Website:

Challahs, Rugalach and more at Swiss Pastry Shoppe in Scotch Plains
Amazing but true, so many people love delicious Rugalach. And as the summer draws to an end, many folks are returning to at-home entertaining. Whether a back yard barbecue, party at their immediate residence, or at a restaurant, or inviting their favorite caterer to offer an assortment of desserts, take matters into your own hands, and visit the Swiss Pastary Shop in Scotch Plains.  Treat family and friends to a pound or two of Baker John’s delicious Rugalach. Arriving in flavors of apricot, chocolate, or nuts and raisins, don’t leave without a couple of his delicious cheese Danish, fresh blueberry muffins, cupcakes, cookies, rolls, rye bread, and an oversized rich and delicious challah.

With the Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper arriving early this year, (actually Wednesday, September 4th), why  not call and order your challahs in advance. They’ll be ready for pickup at your convenience.

Planning a party? Stop in and speak to Baker John. about a birthday or special celebration cake. Swiss Pastry Shoppe, 1711 E. 2nd Street, Scotch Plains; Call: 908.322.4751

The Gladstone Tavern Presents the Hudson Whiskey Dinner
Make plans to attend the Hudson Whiskey Dinner headed by Ralph Erenzo, owner of Hudson Whiskey, on Thursday, August 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 per person, (plus tax and gratuity). To purchase tickets, make reservations, or for more information, Call: 908.234.9055. Gladstone Tavern is located at 273 Main Street. online: www.GLADSTONETAVERN.COM

The Ryland Inn Presents A Celebration of the Corn Harvest Fresh New Jersey Corn will be highlighted at The Ryland Inn Corn Harvest Dinner, on Thursday August 22nd, 2013.
The menu features: Hors D’Ouvres * Cocktail & Wine Pairings, and a Five Course Dinner.  Time: 6:30 p.m.
Starting with: Canapés “n” Whiskey Punch at 7 p.m., followed by a 5 Course Dinner. Chilled Corn Soup, Cape May Oysters, Domestic Caviar, Garden Herbs, Marques De Gelida Cava Rose of Pinot Noir  *Fresh Corn Polenta, Pan Roasted Tile Fish, Mangalitsa Bacon, Summer Truffle, Pascal Jolivet Sancerre
*Corn Succotash, Griggstown Chicken, Locally foraged Mushrooms
Hitachino Nest White Ale
*Corn “Béarnaise”, Flatiron Steak, Potato Salad, Noble Tree Cabernet Sauvignon
*Corn & White Chocolate Panna Cotta. Pistachio Cake, Lemon. Verbena Ice Cream, Bourbon Crème De La Creme
Cost:$99 per guest (plus tax and gratuity)
Ryland Inn, 111 Old Route 28, (off Route 22), Whitehouse Station. Call for reservations and information: 809.534.4011.WWW.RylandInnNJ.Com

CRAFT BEER DINNER at Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Warren
Philadelphia Yards Brewing Company
Thursday, August 29th at 7 p.m. - Cost: $55 per guest (plus tax and gratuity)
*Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale - Heirloom Tomatoes, Peaches & Basil
*Yards Cape Cod of Good Hope IPA: BBQ Grilled Salmon, Black Russian “Pocket” Grilled Red Onions
*Yards Brawler-Local Pork Sirloin with Nduja Spread, Fennel
Yards Grad Cru Polenta Tortino, Lemon Sorbet
Call for reservations and information: 908.754.1222. Stone House at Stirling Ridge, 50 Stirling Road, Warren.
                 Please Let Me Hear from YOU!!!
“Word-of-Mouth really works! If you hear of a fabulous restaurant, bakery, cafe, diner, or an incredible place to eat, munch, chow, or dine, please let me know.

I’d also like to know if you’ve discovered a fabulous at home chef, caterer, or place that prepares great  ice cream, yogurt, or gelato. You are welcome to email me: I look forward to hearing from you, our valued readers.
Have a great week!