Saturday night was our second visit to the Silver Oak Bistro in Ridgewood. We ate outside both times, unable to resist the call of a comfortable summer night meal under the stars, even in the decidedly unromantic lighting of the Exxon station sign across the street. It’s never good to have a reminder of how much your ride home will cost!
I took a quick peek inside and found it to be charming, yet small. However, there’s nothing small about Executive Chef Gary Needham’s cuisine. Silver Oak dishes up inventive Southern fare beginning with homemade potato chips with a choice of two perfectly-paired dips: a smoky and sweet barbecue sauce with a hint of heat and a cool sour cream parsley lemon dip. These types of chips are so often too greasy, but these were perfect and addictive. Our basket was emptied in seconds. Unfortunately, we came to regret our haste in devouring the chips when we waited forty minutes for our appetizers to arrive.
26 Wilsey Square
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Appetizers: $8 to $12, Main Courses: $19 to $25.
Open Tuesday – Friday 5PM to 10PM, Saturday 4PM to 10PM, Sunday 4PM to 9PM.
Dress: casual elegant.Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover.
Vanessa Druckman aka Chefdruck, is not a chef, as her online name suggests, just a huge food aficionado. She loves to cook and to eat out, and then to write about her experiences. Vanessa is a transplant from the big city and now resides in Northern NJ. She is half-French and spent a big part of her childhood in France, so as a result, there’s no fear of cream and butter for Chefdruck. Read more from Vanessa at: http://www.chefdruck.blogspot.com/ http://www.chefdruckwrites.blogspot.com/