Galasso’s Pizzeria – The classic Italian scene in “Godfather 1” could have been “shot” here. The freshest ingredients are served in this quaint, early 1900’s storefront restaurant in the heart of Frenchtown. Check out the vintage black-and-white rubber floor tiles. BYOB. An Old-World Italian restaurant worthy of the drive. Be assured Guido Romeo, the personable owner, will stop by your table. About 25 minutes away at 48 Bridge Street. 908-996-2511
Milford Oyster House – The freshest seafood served in an exposed-stone historic structure. Try the oysters on the half shell, Crab Norfolk or the Oyster House Shellfish Stew. In addition to seafood–beef, pork and poultry items are prepared in an unpretentious yet innovative fashion. Enjoy a draft beer or Bloody Mary at the cozy, friendly bar. 20 minutes away at 92 Rt. 519 in Milford. 908-995-9411.
The Ship Inn – New Jersey’s first authentic English brewpub with a jolly Royal Navy atmosphere, serving British classics and tasty American fare. Try the fish ’n chips—what else?—and a warm or ice-cold beer. Sit in the side dining room and watch the ducks paddle by on the canal, and enjoy the frequent live music. This place will liven your spirits. 20 minutes away just over the bridge in Milford. 908-995-0188.
The Lovin’ Oven – For our health-minded guests, you’ll find locally sourced ingredients as fresh as they come, with simple yet delicious dishes; nothing too fussy or over-thought. Super-friendly service, great flavor and huge portions sure to please locavores, vegans and omnivores alike. Everything is baked on premises and the crowd is fun to be with. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love is the landlord of the building the Lovin’ Oven is housed in – if that makes any difference to anybody. Lunch every day but Monday, dinner Wed.-Sat.
Just south of the Ship Inn at 62 Trenton Ave (Hwy. 29) in Frenchtown. 908-996-7714
Cocina Del Sol – Another fantastic purveyor of authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, half a block from the Delaware River in downtown Frenchtown. The delectable menu was developed by Mexican-born owner/chef Rolando Huesca. You’ll enjoy the sidewalk seating in warm weather, and the delightful underground dining room when you need to be inside. About 25 minutes away and worth every second at 110 S. Bridge Street. 908-996-0900