Food & Drink

August 8, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- High heat and humidity this week, combined with a performance issues of a new air conditioning unit, led to two unexpected days off for the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. "We hate to disappoint anyone, but it was too hot for our ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- August 5-11 is National Farmers Market Week, an annual celebration sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Now in its 19th season, National Farmers Market Week takes place ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market's highly-anticipated From Farm to Table benefit dinner will take place on Saturday, Sept 15, 2018, outside at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building (430 Park Ave.). The proceeds of this special event will benefit Operation Chillout Homeless ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Osaka Japanese Restaurant (427 Park Ave.) has reopened in downtown Scotch Plains following renovations after a fire.  Osaka restaurant, which is located across the street from the Municipal Building, offers a wide array of Japanese dishes, such as Miso soup, house salad, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sunny skies on a beautiful summer day resulted in bustling business for the Scotch Plains Farmers Market on Saturday, July 28. The market, which is run by the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association, is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Thursday, July 26, will be a "Dog Day of Summer" in downtown Fanwood. Three local businesses -- at Nick's Pizza, Rocko's Ice Cream, and Fanwood Grille -- are joining forces to raise money for the North Shore Animal League on Thursday, July 26,  when each will donate ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After a week of blistering heat and humidity, the area was treated to beautiful weather on Saturday, July 7, at the Scotch Plains Farmer's Market.  Patrons were able to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with prepared foods and other items at the market. The ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) marked its 1st anniversary on Saturday, July 7, with $1 hot dogs and other specials. Many of the eatery's regular customers -- including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella came in to help celebrate ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Rocko's Ice Cream celebrated its 2nd anniversary on Sunday, the hottest day of the year, which no doubt helped keep sales brisk at the local ice cream store in downtown Fanwood. In particular, customers were willing to try Rocko's newest introduction: refreshing acai bowls topped ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Star-Ledger food critic Peter Genovese (of "Munchmobile" fame) has included The Fanwood Grille in his online poll for "Best Hot Dog in New Jersey." With numerous hot dog places in the Garden State, the voting is divided between two regions: North Jersey I (Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS,  NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department will host its 150th anniversary fundraiser on Tuesday, July 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m at the new Stage House Tavern, (1099 U.S. Route 22 East, Mountainside). Prices are  $35 per person. $65 per couple. The ticket includes buffet dinner and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Osaka Japanese Restaurant (427 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) has announced that it has closed for renovations and hopes to reopen in one month, according to the owner.  The restaurant sustained damages last week when it had a small fire inside the premises. Osaka restaurant, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Known locally for its lobster rolls and for having the Best Soup in New Jersey, according to The Daily Meal food website, the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave. in downtown Fanwood) now has a growing reputation for its foot-long grilled hot dogs.  "It's been crazy. Since the ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) has been named one of the stops on the 15th annual Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey The motor coach bus tour is organized by Erwin Benz and John Fox, who is one of the country's best known hot dog experts. The event attracts visitors ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Brigitte and Reese Priel and Gia Milano are focusing on reading for their 7th grade service learning project, which is part of the social studies curriculum at Terrill Middle School. The girls have undertaken a multi-step project centered around books. They are ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 2018 Scotch Plains Farmers' Marketplace season officially begins on Saturday, May 12, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The popular open-air market celebrates its 26th anniversary this summer and this year promises a wide range of "Best of the Best Vendors" with fresh, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Grille is helping sons and daughters give back to their moms on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 13) by offering a free breakfast to any mom who comes in with her family from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  "Moms do everything for their families, so we thought, 'Why not treat her ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Vine Ripe Markets, an independent grocery store on North Avenue in Westfield, is not your typical supermarket. For owner Frank Bruno, the son of a cop and a teacher, it’s a dream come true.  “It was a life-long dream,” Bruno said. “I envisioned the American dream as being a small ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- With sunshine and springlike temperatures, it was the perfect time to reopen Rocko's Ice Cream, which had closed for the winter.  Brothers Rob and Brandon Watterson, the owners of Rocko's, were looking forward to this moment after taking the winter season off to give  downtown ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School was the site of great food from some of the area's best food trucks and great music with performances by The North Ave. Band, Ruined Life 2.0 Band, and the award-winning Moonglowers. DJ Barry of B4 Productions kept things moving. The ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Grille (34 So. Martine Ave., Fanwood) celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5, with Mexican-inspired specials, including steak fajitas served with Mexican rice and refried beans, meat and cheese burritos, chicken chimichangas, and a variety of quesadillas.  "We ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Rocko's Ice Cream will reopen for the spring on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The hard ice cream selection will include a wide variety of great new flavors, including: Vanilla Peanut Butter Ripple Coconut Castaway (coconut ice cream with chunks of chocolate and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- For the second year in a row, Nick's Pizza has teamed up with Park Middle School and will feature over 300 original poems written by 7th grade students taped to the outside of its pizza boxes on Friday, April 27. The pairing of pizza and poetry was the idea of Alexandra Hanner, a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield. More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market will launch its 2018 season on Saturday, May 12 at the Municipal Building parking lot in downtown Scotch Plains. "Our popular open-air market happens to be celebrating its 26th year, and promises to be one of the best again in the area," said ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- While spring snows seem to now be over, eventually warm weather will take over on a permanent basis, and the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., Fanwood) is ready for the change of seasons. This week, the eatery reintroduced its yogurt parfaits with fresh berries that proved so ...

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WESTIFELD, NJ – Rock ‘n’ Joe’s in Downtown Westfield is tentatively set to re-open next week following an electrical fire on Saturday, according to owner Lincoln Chaudry. The small fire was caused by an electrical short in the ceiling. According to Chaudry, the fire department needed to break ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America and volunteer co-chairs, Dawn and Rich Buchanan of Fanwood will host a Riedel Wine Tasting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masker's Barn located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Guests will enjoy great wines using Riedel wine ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started around noon at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street on Saturday. According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides. “It ...

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METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School's Father's Club will host a Car Show and Food Truck Festival (featuring live DJ and Beer Garden) on Saturday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.   Food Trucks will include: Boardwalk Freddy Bro-Rito Cousins Maine ...

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