Author: Pat Tanner

Chefs take to takeout—to branch out or to find an upside to the downturn.

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Copper Canyon

July 22, 2011

Pat Tanner praises the "finesse and artful presentation" of the Tex-Mex classics at Copper Canyon in Atlantic Highlands. Not everything, however, is at that level.

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Le Rendez-Vous

June 22, 2011

One of the better French restaurants in the state, Pat Tanner reports, is Philippe Lièvre’s Le Rendez-Vous in Kenilworth. Don’t miss the hanger steak with crispy frites, Tanner advises, or whatever crepe is on the menu.

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When I asked Verona resident Floyd Cardoz how his life had changed in the 36 hours after he emerged victorious in season three of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters last week, he said half-jokingly, “I’ve suddenly become a ‘personality.’ ...”

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Belford Bistro

March 17, 2011

Stirring the pots harmoniously, a husband-and-wife team gives Monmouth County diners a reason to cheer.

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Fortune Cookies

December 21, 2010

Despite its unpromising name, Fortune Cookies in Bridgewater is that exciting rarity, a place to sample authentic Chinese cuisine, in this case, Hunan, reports Pat Tanner.

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That’s what Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton—creators of the Canal House Cooking volumes—have been called. Here’s why.

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Peacock Inn

August 18, 2010

A multimillion dollar renovation brings an eighteenth-century Princeton mansion irresistibly into the present, with food and drink to match.

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Some say no, yet most pastry chefs are women. Here’s why.

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