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Oh, The Bisque Is Back at The Fanwood Grille

Paul Watterson makes lobster bisque at The Fanwood Grille.
Paul Watterson vacationed each summer in Maine when he was young.
Watterson visited seafood restaurants, such as this one in Maine, as a boy.
The Wattersons on vacation in Maine.
New England clam chowder is one of the award-winning soups at The Fanwood Grille, which was named by The Daily Meal for having the Best Soup in New Jersey.
The Fanwood Grille's legendary lobster roll
The Fanwood Grille, 34 S. Martine Ave. in downtown Fanwood. (908) 322-9500

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Bisque Is Back at The Fanwood Grille. 

Paul Watterson knows a thing or two about seafood. Having spent his childhood summers in Maine, he knows how a real lobster roll and New England clam chowder should taste. His lobster bisque, which sold out in a day the first time it was offered, is back by popular demand as part of the Fanwood Grille's Fish Friday offerings, including crab cakes and the award-winning New England clam chowder.

The bisque starts with real Maine lobsters that are boiled and reduced to give a zesty seafood flavor. Watterson adds flavorings, heavy cream and lobster claw meat.

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"It's so authentic, you can almost hear the seagulls flying above," jokes Watterson, whose soups were voted Best in New Jersey by foodie website The Daily Meal in January.

On Saturday, St. Patrick's Day, Watterson will make his own corned beef and cabbage boiled in Guinness for an unparalleled taste.

"We'll have great corned beef cabbage and corned beef sandwiches as our special on Saturday and Sunday for St. Patrick's Day this weekend," said Watterson. "Like everything we make, the corned beef has a Fanwood Grille twist to it. On Sunday, we'll have our corned beef hash made from scratch. It's something you can't get anyplace else nearby."

Located at 34 South Martine Ave. in downtown Fanwood, the Fanwood Grille opened in July 2017 and features fresh food prepared daily. It serves “hometown cooking”: at breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. (Tues - Sat) and 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. The eatery features fresh soups made daily that are available for eating in or taking to go and warming up at home. It also has an extensive catering menu. Call (908) 322-9500 or visit The Fanwood Grille Facebook page, which is updated daily.

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