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January 2017

Revisiting the Long Valley Pub and Brewery

I was a regular at the Long Valley Pub and Brewery; my family used to go there every Friday. In fact, there was a publication that listed the best breweries in the USA and we were listed as a regular customer and called the Brew Pub family.  However, over the years, they changed chefs, management, and owners.  The food went down and then down, and then down again.  The Brew Pub also had a weird odor which I assumed was the yeast.  I used to joke about it with the owner of the Old Mill.  

Meanwhile the beer was always good, but the market changed and now you can get micro brews pretty much wherever you go.  I'd give the restaurant a go and then stay away; we'd have a good meal and then go there too much and the food was inconsistent.  That's changed very recently.  Anyway, here's an updated review below and to see how much it has changed, my harsh OLD review from over 6 years ago.  Needless to say (really write), The Long Valley Brew Pub is a great building, has great micro brews, and good pub food.



We've been here two times in the past month for lunch and both visits were enjoyable.  We were seated right away and the staff was very friendly.  I ordered the same thing both times - not that there weren't other items on the menu but we are on a mostly protein diet so I wanted to stick with safe diet items. 

Naked Wings Long Valley Pub and Brewery
Naked Wings Long Valley Pub and Brewery

I started out with the beef barley soup which was solid and loaded with meat and veggies.  Lisa ordered their naked wings which were tasted and hit the spot.  Naked because they weren't breaded or floured before being fried.  We went hot sauce and they looked and tasted great.

Both visits I went beer sampler.  Not that I couldn't decide which beer to get (Amber or Lazy Jake) but I just like getting the beer sampler because it's fun.

As I did with the beer sampler, I ordered the same thing - the best of the wurst  but with a twist.  I substituted out the mashed potato for sautéed spinach and I really liked it.  This dish was always a favorite of mine and continues to be a favorite.  Your get three different wurst with whole seed mustard.

I think the Brew Pub is a solid place for lunch or dinner, especially if you are looking for pub food and good beer.  


Best of the Wurst from The Long Valley Pub and Brewery
Best of the Wurst


Writing this review as I sit at my table.  First time back in many years after being a regular.  We waited 30 mins for chicken nachos and wings which when they arrived were cold.  Unfortunately they arrived after the entrees were attempted to be delivered which we sent away.  Food is average but the timing was horrendous.  Our burgers were ok but I ordered my medium and they came on the well done side - not sure if they continued to cook our food after we turned it away.  Beer is still good but I wouldn't drive far for it.  

If you are coming to the area and want a good burger go to the old mill.  If you want great entrees go to redwoods




The Boathouse in Orlando Florida

We just came back from our annual Disney World trip and as usual we ate at some fabulous restaurants.  Our biggest surprise came with dining at Disney Springs' The Boathouse.  It's awesome and a tad bit pricey but worth every penny.  Before I jump right in, a few words of wisdom for you.  

Disney Springs is not your same old downtown mall  - it's a major shopping mall that is likely super crowded.  So that means, you need to try to get to your reservation a little earlier than usual or leave enough time to get through the crowds.  Also, the restaurant is likely to be crowded too and the check in for reservations is on the inside so don't get caught on the line outside the restaurant.  Finally, if you want to eat in a boat, I think you need a larger sized party and a reservation in advance.

The Boathouse Coriander Seared Ahi Tuna
Coriander Seared Ahi Tunsize party and request it in advance.

We ended up scoring an outdoor table which was on their dock.  It had a beautiful water view. The menu has a lot of different fish and seafood options - quite a few of them are local.  I ended up ordering the local white gulf shrimp.  Normally, I'm not a lover of shrimp because I'm worried about it's source but not this time.  They were delicious.  Anyway, back to the menu. They feature Gibson steaks which they make a big deal out of; for me, I don't go to a seafood restaurant and order steak.  However, someone in our party did order a Filet and they let me taste it - it was really good and cooked nicely.  Their drink menu was good  - featuring a lot of local  Florida beers.

The Delicious Bread at The Boathouse
The Delicious Bread at The Boathouse

The first thing we dug into was their bread.  It was delicious.  Yes I understand.  Bread.  It was sweet, yummy and firm.  The butter was also delicious.  I only had one piece but that was due to my diet not my lack of desire.  We ordered a second round which was also devoured.  Go ahead a pull the bread apart many many times!

OK, back to the shrimp.  I ordered the locally caught gulf shrimp in what was surprisingly steamed in Old Bay - not that Old Bay seasoning on shrimp is unique, but the shrimp tasted so good, I assumed there was something else on them.

My entree was a delicious coriander seared tuna roasted shishito peppers in a soy lemon sauce.  It was awesome and prepared nicely. As mentioned above, someone from our party did try the steak and let me have a taste and it was great.  Again, I would recommend there fish or seafood because you are at a seafood restaurant but if you want to go steak, have no fear because it's tasty.  My son ordered the wild caught salmon on cedar plank - I tried it.  It was good but pretty much standard.

This was a highlight of our 8 day trip to Disney World this year.  It's not cheap but then again, you are in Disney World.  Enjoy it.


The Boathouse Locally caught shrimp special
Locally caught shrimp



Tewksbury Inn Oldwick NJ

This is my original post from Yelp.  I'm usually there on Mondays for lunch and try to go there two times per month for dinner.  It's also going to be my site for my 50th birthday dinner. 


This is an update to my 2011 review.  I eat here at least 1 per week.  It's my favorite all time restaurant.  The bar is fun and can be a little loud but if you want quiet there is the dining room  The staff is really professional and friendly.  The food is high quality and everyone I've ever met here for dinner or lunch always brags about how awesome the Tewks is.  Their menu changes between lunch and dinner so I'll give you my highlights for each...

Lunch: Lunch is spectacular.  I usually get oysters that are fresh and shucked nicely,

Fresh Shucked Oysters from Tewksbury Inn
Fresh Shucked Oysters from Tewksbury Inn

but if you are looking for something else: the french onion soup which is traditionally prepared and flavorful, the mussels (get extra croutons because you will want to drink the broth), steak carpaccio, and the sesame wings which are magical (get them at lunch because they aren't available at dinner).   Lunch entrees include the burger which is one of the best in the area (get in rare with blue cheese, fried onions, and mushrooms and thank me later), any of their salads (tuna nicoise and buffalo chicken are my favorites), or the bistro chicken which should be named the best friggin' pan fried chicken.  I also love their caesar salad - yeah i get it it's romaine but their homemade dressing is plate licking good and I also love the pan seared trout.  Heck, even their cole slaw tastes great and I hate cole slaw.

Dinner: Dinner is even better than lunch if that's possible. There are a few overlaps with lunch appetizers but must orders for dinner are the butter poached lobster and boston bibb salad.  I NEVER eat dinner at the Tewksbury Inn without ordering the butter poached lobster.  If I want to try something else, I ask my girlfriend to order something else and then we split the apps.    For entrees, I love the pineapple marinated hangar steak (get it rare), pan roasted sole which is a new item (I had this a week ago and LOVED IT), the sesame crusted tuna, and the lamb shank.  At dinner, I do try to get one of the specials but if not, I go with  one of my go to items mentioned above.  Finally, the burger IS available but it's off menu so you need to ask for it.

This is my favorite restaurant around.  I'd eat here every day if I could.  If you have any worries just follow my recommended items and thank me.  Maybe they will even let you order the sesame wings in the bar at dinner time; probably not, but tell them you read my awesome review and maybe you'll be surprised.

Go and Love The Tewksbury Inn.


Caesar Salad from Tewksbury Inn
Caesar Salad from Tewksbury Inn

Like I wrote above, Lisa and I are usually here on Monday's for lunch.  In fact, during a business work week you'll find me at my corner table with my laptop working.  As usual, I had the oysters and the caesar salad which is the entree portion with anchovies and extra dressing.  I eat every drop of the caesar salad dressing.

Not shown in any pics, I also had the bistro chicken but without their delicious mashed potatoes and opted to double the sautéed spinach.  Still awesome.  

It's all great.