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Chimney Rock Inn
800 North Thompson Avenue, Bridgewater
Hours: Sun–Wed, 11:30 am–10 pm; Thur–Sat, 11:30 am–11 pm
Style: Casual family restaurant with lively atmosphere and rustic look, serving Italian and American cuisine. Known for its thin-crust pizza.
Don’t Miss: The popular Loaded Rock Fries ($8) live up to their name and are built to share: seasoned French fries, melted Monterey Jack and cheddar, topped with crispy bacon and served with a side of Southwestern sauce. Nachos Supreme ($8) is another fail-safe appetizer. The thin-crust pizzas are worthy. Try the classic Margherita or the buffalo chicken ($12). From the grill, baby-back ribs ($18) are tender and smothered in smoky-sweet barbecue sauce. The 16-ounce ribeye ($23) comes out sizzling. Cedar-plank salmon with brown sugar and balsamic glaze ($15) is served over angel-hair pasta tossed with garlic, spinach and tomatoes. Then there are salads, burgers, wraps and various pastas. If you share the Fat Elvis sundae ($5)—banana ice cream, hot fudge, Reese’s peanut butter sauce topped with whipped cream and a cherry—you won’t end up a Fat Elvis yourself.
Heads Up: In winter, martinis are half-price Thursdays after 8 pm. The Rock offers drink specials all year in Bridgewater and at its second location in Gillette.
The Scoop: Gluten-free dinner menu every Tuesday, 5 to 10 pm.
800 N Thompson Ave
BOUND BROOK, 08805
A ginormous menu of cheap American and Italian eats plus lively, colorful, backwoods-inspired digs make this a favorite for families.
Cuisines: American, Italian