Have you ever had a meal that you keep thinking about and craving, even weeks later? This is how I feel about a lunch that I enjoyed recently at twofiftytwo Restaurant.
Twofiftytwo is a hidden treasure nestled away in beautiful Bedminster. The restaurant fills a niche that northwestern NJ needs with fantastic farm-to-table food in an intimate setting with a fresh, modern decor. I stopped in for lunch and the restaurant was busy. We were seated immediately and given the fact that we had three little kids in tow didn’t seem to rattle our server. Our lunches were delivered fast and every bite was pure bliss. From the amazing sweet potato fries to the sandwiches to the dessert: everything not only sounded amazing but the descriptions didn’t do the food justice.
We began with a plate of sweet potato fries that were perfectly paired and seasoned with a sweet crunch that satisfied my cravings and with a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon, the flavor of the sweet potato was beautifully heightened. Next up was our entrees: we both chose kale and potato soup with sandwiches. I ordered my soup with a grilled cheese while my friend ordered hers with the chicken cutlet sandwich. My soup was delicious but the grilled cheese with caramelized balsamic onions, sautéed kale and cheddar cheese was out of this world! In fact my three-year-old ended up ordering his own grilled cheese with kale AFTER he was done eating mine. Let me say it again: The grilled cheese was so good that my three-year-old son ate kale. My friend actually closed her eyes with each bite of her outrageously fresh and savory chicken sandwich that was loaded with roasted red pepper, mozzarella cheese, arugula and garlic aioli. Although we did not sample their small plates, twififtytwo also offered delicious-sounding littleneck clams, mussels and mushroom risotto.
We finished our lunch by ordering the doughnuts. Oh my! They were the wining dish of the day: they were masterful – perfectly made and not meant for people with a fear of caramel sauce.
To sum it up: twofiftytwo is an amazing place to eat with excellent service and spectacular food. If their lunch was this good, I could only imagine what there dinner would be like! Really, it’s a must visit!
Jennifer Miller: I am a mom on a mission: to help others foster a love of eating and preparing wonderful food. I am a passionate home cook, wine enthusiast, meal-planning specialist and budding food blogger, with a love of eating, drinking, food photography and serving fresh farm to table meals. As a mother of three, I am committed to raising “foodie” children who enjoy farmer’s markets, restaurants and artisan food shops. In addition, I share healthy, in-season recipes and tips on my web site http://mealdiva.com and on Facebook as MealDiva. I am very excited to be contributing to Jersey Bites from Hunterdon County!