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Joe & Maggie's Bistro, Long Branch, downhill?

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Joe & Maggie's Bistro, Long Branch, downhill?

Deb Van D | Jan 17, 2003 09:51 AM

I am not a regular at Joe & Maggie’s by any means, and would be interested to know if last nights’ dinner was typical of what they offer. I have enjoyed a few pleasant lunches there, but the offerings seemed more predictable.

Last night I ordered grilled salmon and was perplexed by the concoction that arrived at the table. A flatbed of mashed potatoes paved the bottom of the plate, topped by way-too-crunchy green beans (read "undercooked", and this is NOT summertime) and strips of red pepper...over these, for reasons that are not clear to me, there were apple chunks sauteed with cinnamon, topped by salmon that was distinctly less than fresh. Overall were scattered what looked like deep-fried garlic chips, but they didn't taste like garlic, so maybe they were taro root? Unaccountably, there was a ruby-red glaze drizzled around the perimeter of the plate. It may have been a port wine and balsamic vinegar reduction, but it didn’t work. Someone in the kitchen seems to wax creative, but the combination was ill conceived if not downright weird.

Another selection on the menu that puzzled me was the Cajun style double-cut pork chop that comes with littleneck clams and a honey-scented Creole sauce. It may have been wonderful, but the concept furrows my brow.

My companion had sole. It was presented with fewer histrionics and it was deemed adequate.

When our server asked if she could wrap my largely uneaten fish and I told her that it was well past its prime, she offered and “Oh,” but nothing more.

It is hard enough to find good or even decent restaurants in this area; this was disappointing, and not inexpensive.

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