OK, sportsfans, that's enough about burgers already. I'm more interested in other things food, especially in the Central Jersey area. So, with the New Year upon us, is anyone interested in reflecting a bit and posting a vote for favorite meal/restaurant of 2008?
I am. However, I must first admit that I have not made it to Bayshore Bistro, Trinity or Catherine Lombardi yet (my New Year's resolution will be to rectify that). But after running the gamut from Nicholas to 10th Ave Burrito over the past year, I'd have to say my favorite dining experience this year in Central Jersey (excepting my regular faves like Shipwreck, Eurasian Eatery, Brickwall and the aforementioned and rockin' 10th Ave. Burrito) was at David Burke Fromagerie. What started out as a frustrating experience when we found our anniversary reservations left us sitting at the bar, the staff couldn't have been more helpful and respectful and the food was high-quality and sophisticated yet casual. We can't afford the ticket to become regulars, but the effort of the staff, the food, the great atmosphere all added up to a great dining experience. I'm not trying to crown Fromagerie as the finest restaurant in the area, but it was my favorite experience this year.
I had the BOOM burgers (they were fine), ate at Viva's a few times (slipping already), tried JRs (I don't understand tiny food), was choked by pretention at the holy Restaurant Nicholas (get over yourself, no excuse for an ordinary halibut dish at $35) and ate the best sushi of the year at OTA-YA in Lambertville (never fails).
To be fair, the best meal of the year in a restaurant was at Wolfgang's Steakhouse in NYC, while the best by far were the meals prepared at home with friends and family.