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Superstar Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm (also an F&W Best New Chef 2005) doesn't just recommend New Jersey restaurants in Hackensack and Hoboken (covered yesterday in Mouthing Off). In fact, he likes so many in Montclair, the town in which he lives, that today we'll devote the whole blog to Montclair restaurants.
A great brunch place. The French toast and the pancakes are delicious. It's always busy; more often than not there is a bit of a wait. 28 Church St.; 973-744-9263 or raymondsnj.com.
It's an Italian restaurant, but the best part is that they sell their homemade ravioli, meatballs and stuffed peppers every Saturday from a little store right next door: You can see the whole family making the ravioli. 98 Walnut St.; 973-746-0789.
Awesome ice cream. So many flavors and toppings; also chocolate-covered frozen bananas. 17 Church St.; applegatefarm.com.
This is the restaurant that inspired the black truffle beignet on our menu! All the ingredients here are really fresh, and the falafel has great flavor from all the herbs they use. 82 Church St.; 973-744-2115.
Beyond the Bagel
This place makes their bagels in-house. When I go there, here's what I always order: an everything bagel, toasted, with sausage and cheddar cheese. 219 Bellevue Ave.; 973-655-1199.