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BEST OF MORRIS AND ESSEX: Readers' Choice Awards 2011

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We proudly present the winners of our second annual poll. The people have spoken: Morris and Essex counties are home to some seriously delicious hot spots. You scoured your favorite neighborhoods, searching for the best restaurants, food shops and retail stores the area has to offer. With heavy hearts, we narrowed your suggestions down to an exclusive list of champions. Pat your stomachs, reach for your wallets and dig in.

Readers' Choices for the Best in Morris and Essex Counties:

BEST BREAKFAST

1 RAYMOND’S 28 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.9263.

For once, your mother was right: Skipping breakfast is a bad idea. At Raymond’s, customers wouldn’t dream of it. Kick-start the day with French toast drizzled with Vermont maple syrup and playfully adorned with roasted pineapple. The brasserie’s 1930s art deco ambiance comes complete with a long counter, stool seating and a black-and-white tile floor.

2 DOC’S KITCHEN 38 First Ave., Denville, 862.209.1464

3 TOAST RESTAURANT 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099

BEST BYO

1 CUBAN PETE’S RESTAURANT AND TAPAS 428 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.746.1100

This crowded spot has a festive flavor patrons say is worth the wait. Everything is vibrant, from the food to the funky décor. Your favorite piece of tropical paradise? The sangria, with varieties featuring bananas, pineapple and even cinnamon.

2 (tie) CULINARIANE 33 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.0533

2 (tie) TIM SCHAFER’S CUISINE 82 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, 973.538.3330

3 RESTAURANT BLU 554 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.2202

BEST  FAMILY-FRIENDLY

1 TINGA TAQUERIA 215 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8226; 321 Millburn Ave, Millburn, 973.281.9500.

Tinga’s menu is about as fresh and user-friendly as they get. Allowing diners to customize or mix-and-match any dish, this casual Mexican restaurant is ideal for any picky eater in your family.

2 IL VECCHIO CAFÉ 234 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, 973.226.8889

3 SEÑORITA’S MEXICAN GRILL 285 Glenwood Ave., Bloomfield, 973.743.0099

BEST  BUFFET

1 Minado Restaurant
2888 Route 10 West,
Morris Plains, 973.734.4900

2 Cinnamon
Powder Mill Plz. West, 2920 Route
10 West, Morris Plains,
973.734.0040

3 Attillio’s Tavern
80 E. McFarlan St.,
Route 46 East, Dover,
973.328.1100

BEST CHEAP EATS

1 Dover Grill
240 Route 46 East,
Dover, 973.989.4007

2 Chili Willie’s
702 Main St.,
Boonton, 973.299.8775

3 Next Door
556 Bloomfield Ave.,
Montclair, 973.744.3600

BEST DELI

1 Sergio & Co. Italian Specialties
28 Broadway,
Denville, 973.627.1043

2 (tie) Millburn Deli
328 Millburn Ave.,
Millburn, 973.379.5800

2 (tie) Morristown Deli
7 Elm St.,
Morristown, 973.267.3766

3 Nicolo’s Italian Bakery and Deli
6 Baldwin St., Montclair,
973.746.1398

BEST FRENCH

1 Grand Café
42 Washington St.,
Morristown, 973.540.9444

2 (tie) CulinAriane
33 Walnut St.,
Montclair, 973.744.0533

2 (tie) Serenade
6 Roosevelt Ave.,
Chatham, 973.701.0303

3 (tie) Restaurant Lorenas
168 Maplewood Ave.,
Maplewood, 973.763.4460

3 (tie) Verjus Restaurant
1790 Springfield Ave.,
Maplewood, 973.378.8990

BEST GREEK/ TURKISH

1 Greek Taverna
292 Bloomfield
Ave., Montclair, 973.746.2280

2 Lalezar Turkish Restaurant
720 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair,
973.233.1984

3 Stamna Greek Taverna
1045 Broad St., Bloomfield,
973.338.5151

BEST INDIAN

1 Cinnamon
Powder Mill Plz. West,
2920 Route 10 West,
Morris Plains, 973.734.0040

2 Chand Palace Banquet Hall
257 Littleton Rd.,
Parsippany, 973.334.5444

3 Mehndi Restaurant
88 Headquarters Plz.,
Morristown, 973.871.2323

BEST ITALIAN

1 Caffe NaVona
147 Route 46,
Rockaway, 973.627.1606

2 (tie) Fascino
331 Bloomfield Ave.,
Montclair, 973.233.0350

2 (tie) Portofino’s
29 Mills St.,
Morristown, 973.540.0026

3 (tie) Attillio’s Tavern
80 E. McFarlan St.,
Route 46 East, Dover,
973.328.1100

3 (tie) Osteria Giotto
21-23 Midland Ave., Montclair,
973.746.0111

 

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