Believe it or not, there are still a small handful of Morristown restaurants I have not dined my way through. It’s not necessarily for lack of wanting to try them. It’s just that I’m always out to try the newest place on the block or settling with my regular favorites.
Spoiled Rotten. That’s the words that best describe me after my recent excursion to Ninety Acres at Natirar. Before I carry myself back and away with the dining experience, I’ll let you know how I ended there. Natirar is a sprawling 500 acre property and estate in Peapack, NJ that houses a cooking school, farm, meetings and event space, and a fine dining restaurant, Ninety Acres. The property is the embodiment of countryside elegance. The restaurant is reserved for luxurious nights out with an expensive menu, extensive wine list, and elaborate farm to table fare. Previous to my most recent visit I had visited the restaurant one other time for a special birthday dinner date with my now husband. However; our friends know us all too well and more than one of our wedding guests thought to give us a gift card to this estate to use to enjoy the finer foods in life. We’ve managed to make it six whole months without finding the time to make a reservation. But, we had an empty weekend and we finally ceased the opportunity.
My husband and I have been trying to meet my grandparents for a double date dinner for months now! We hadn’t seen them since our wedding and we had taken our big honeymoon trip and they had just returned from a long cross country excursion. We had so much to catch up on. We decided that there was no better way to talk about Paris than to eat in a true Parisian style restaurant. My grandparents were the ones who introduced me to the beautiful French city back when I was 12. So it was all very fitting.
Last week I was invited in to try out a new gourmet burger restaurant. The place was Westfield’s newest restaurant scene addition, Butcher Block Burgers. After pre-viewing the menu online before my visit, I had those fun butterfly excitement feelings. It looked like Butcher Block was using a different take on their burgers. We all know that revolutionizing the burger isn’t exactly ground-breaking anymore. It seems that every bar in town now has a creation to call their own. While Butcher Block Burgers certainly has their share of all too common “gourmet burgers” lining the menu, they’re also taking another approach with some of their other menu items. Have you ever eaten a pork burger? What about a shrimp one? There are about nine different patty types on the Butcher Block line up. The diner can choose from the restaurant’s pre-designed and composed burgers or they can build their own from start to finish.
I will try to quickly get to the facts and the experience that you all are eager to read about. When iPic theaters reached out to me to extend the invitation to come in for an advanced tasting and screening at their new (and only) state of the art theater in New Jersey, I was instantly excited. The fact that I work a full time job with a long commute and carry very busy athletic and social calendars makes it extremely difficult to get to media events to represent Behind the Plates. So when I get an invitation for something that is interesting to me, relevant to the blog and my readers AND on an open day, I do a little happy dance. Ok, time to get down and dirty with the facts on this new theater.
I tried not to make you all wait too long for an idea of what to dallop that creamy buttermilk avocado dressing I put up earlier this week. For those of you who have already tried it, you most likely know it can really be used on and with anything. But, I know I sometimes need kitchen inspirations so here is my gift to all of you.
I’m taking a break from my travels today to share a summer staple lunch duo. This post would, could, should have been written years ago! A small group of us from my office started a quarterly tradition that has spanned the last five years. It involves two of my all-time favorite foods pizza and ice cream and the locations I’m about to share really have nailed down these food groups.
This restaurant review has been a long time coming. It’s not new to the local Morristown scene nor was it a first time visit for me (or even my 10th visit for that matter). End of Elm in Morristown has been around for nearly three years taking the old home of Hennessey’s bar near the train station. The restaurant has a gastropub appeal featuring refined American small plates and a great variety of craft beers and cocktails. I was quick to try it out when it arrived and I have frequented since. Why it has taken this long for me to do a write-up is a question I do not have the answer to!
I’m excited to share a new restaurant with all of you today! A few weeks back I decided to venture outside of my Morristown comfort zone in order to get some new dining perspective. One of my foodie friends and I decided that we needed to try something new and refresh our taste buds from the same old (while very good) restaurant repertoire. We drove up and over to Mountain Lakes, NJ to give The Station Restaurant a taste test.