During my September blogging hiatus we attended a wedding in Parsippany, New Jersey — fantastic Indian buffet dinner, goat curry was best but it was all good. Aside from that, a few other restaurant visits of note:
- Gencarelli’s Cucina, in Montclair, is a decent locally owned and operated Italian spot, open only a few years, excellent service, well-designed with a fun patio in back; food was only okay, appetizers better than main courses, but certainly edible, and big portions; a perfectly reasonable neighborhood Italian restaurant.
- Smashburger, also in Montclair (and many other cities nationwide but somehow not, yet, in Dupont Circle), makes a tasty burger and good fries too, though the whole smashverbiage schtick on their smashmenu is a little smashoverdone, if you smashknow what I smashmean.
- The Office, in Westfield, is the recently-refurbished original location of a small (seven location) NJ sports bar and grill chain, server was green but extremely enthusiastic; decent food (we tried nachos and steak salad) although sadly they do not offer table beets from Schrute Farms; outstanding beer selection, especially by chain standards; good happy hour specials; a little too chainy for my taste but the bar area had a semi-seedy feel that worked; probably would have felt less odd if there had been more than three other people there for lunch on a Friday. If I lived there, I could see it being part of a lunch/happy hour rotation.
- At one of those Maryland rest stops where they have several fast food outlets I panicked and got some sort of “chicken” sandwich from Roy Rogers, from which I had not purchased food since college (and which I will not link to due to annoying Flash website and because it’s Roy Rogers for crying out loud). I ate 2/3 of it, somehow survived, and will not make the mistake again.