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Lunch on a Rainy Friday at Grill 73 in Bernardsville, New Jersey

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When our family first moved out to the Roxiticus Valley from New York City’s West Village, Rex and I commuted in to our NYC office a lot more than we do now, but we had a hard and fast rule of “never on a Friday.” Instead, on Fridays we ventured out to explore the local restaurants and catch up our “couple time” over a business lunch….at the Limestone Café in Peapack, Black Horse Tavern in Mendham, or Grill 73 in Bernardsville. A couple of Fridays ago, Rex commented that we hadn’t been out for one of our Friday lunches in far too long, so we tried out the new Equus restaurant in Bernardsville, New Jersey. We had such a good time (and a delicious lunch) that we decided to get back in the weekly habit last Friday with lunch at Grill 73 in Bernardsville.

I must apologize in advance for neglecting to take pictures of our food, as it was both beautiful and tasty. Some days I forget the photos, other days I take lots of photos and never get around to posting the restaurant review. One day Goldilocks will get it just right, but in the meantime, I’ll share the photo I snapped of the restaurant, as well as some photos from the Grill 73 web site.

With so many great choices on the Grill 73 menu, you’d think Rex and I would have ended up with two different appetizers and two different entrees. Surprisingly, we both chose exactly the same thing: the fried calamari with spicy marinara to start, followed by the Thai Beef Salad (marinated flank steak over romaine with tomatoes, red onion, cucumber & soba noodles, sweet thai chili soy dressing). Rex remembered the calamari appetizer as small, so he refused to share, but when he saw how huge the portions were, he immediately regretted his decision…even though Grill 73’s calamari is amazingly crunchy and flavorful, there was no way either of us could finish, so they packed it up for us to take home. Turns out it heated up just fine in our toaster oven for Sunday leftovers. The Thai Beef Salad was just the right combination of flavors, textures, and some serious heat (spicy spicy!), and unlike our appetizer, the size was just right.

We didn’t have room for dessert, so it was time to head off to Gary’s Wine and Marketplace in Bernardsville to pick up our wine order and a couple of cases of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Grill 73, 73 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ.  Phone (908) 630-0700.

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