Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Tell us which local businesses are your favorites.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
We have collected all the nominations, and now it's time to make your vote heard in our Readers' Choice 2012 competition to determine the best in Millburn and Short Hills? Favorite fries? Greatest gift shop? Top doc? Mechanic you trust? Best burger? Make your picks in the 2012 Readers' Choice Poll below. There are a total of 25 categories to weigh in on—from food and drink to those valuable services we can't live without, like mechanics, dentists and dry cleaners. Voting runs from July 23 through August 17. We'll announce the winners on August 24.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Tell us your go-to mechanic in comments; they may be voted a Readers' Choice later this summer
If it's near and dear to your heart, Patch wants to know — tell us about Millburn/Short Hills' best car mechanic. Do they take your car on short notice? Offer a price no one can beat? Fix that dimmed headlight free of charge? Nominate your favorite mechanic in the comments below. Once you do, Patch will officially add them to the running for best of the best—and later this summer, they may beat out the competition to become the number one Readers' Choice. We will take nominations through July 9; voting begins July 23.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Need a good sandwich? You can't go wrong at these places.
From traditional Italian cold cuts to kosher specialties and everything inbetween - there are a hots of good delis here in Essex County. With summer arriving, you told us what Belleville delis you count on for the tastiest breads, meats and homemade salads. In Belleville, Frank's Deli at 313 Union Ave. was your top choice. The Frank's Deli staff offers a wide variety of foods, including deli meats, bagels and donuts. It also sells prepackaged snacks like chips and pretzels, as well as sells beer and soft drinks and catering is available. The A & S Italian Pork Store of Nutley at 200 Franklin Ave. was your top in Nutley selection. Operating since 1990, A & S has a staff that offers a complete line of Italian food and specialties, offering a…
Monday, May 14, 2012
What's a great place to get sandwiches where you live?
Perhaps it's the fresh bread, savory meats and cheeses or homemade salads? Maybe it's the personality of the folks behind the counter. But everybody has a deli that's special to them. I mean, it's New Jersey after all. Maybe you like to get pastrami on rye, mozzarella and prosciutto, or fresh turkey on a roll. But whatever you order, you keep going back there for a reason. This week, share with us the name of your favorite deli. And, if you like, tell us why you like it in the comments section. We'll publish the results on Friday. And, in the meantime, bon appetit!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
From concert venues to sporting events, Patch readers know how to have a good time without leaving the area.
Who needs to spend a lot of time and money going on a cruise or a trip far away?According to Patch readers, there are lots of great places to "staycation" right here at home. From parks, to restaurants, to concert venues and sporting events, you know how to have a good time without depleting your wallet and your vacation week. Here's where you said you like to spend your leisure time: For Bloomfield readers, FLIC Spa was the stayaction spot of choice. After all, what better place to “get away from it all” than a full-service spa that calls itself a “vacation without the flight” ? Flic Spa offers seven different types of massages and facials, several rejuvenating body treatments and three different “Couples Retreats” featuring …
Monday, May 7, 2012
You can have a great "Staycation" right here in Essex County. What do you like to do?
Sure, going on vacation is fun. But it's also expensive and involves a lot of driving, waiting at airports, sand in your clothes and paying for restaurant meals. Sometimes, it's far more relaxing just taking some time off close to home. The term "staycation" has become popular in recent years as people take a second look around at fun places to go and fun things to do neaby. It saves gas money, travel time and you can still get home in time to watch the next episode of Game of Thrones. Maybe your idea of a great "staycation" is a spa day, followed by a good meal and a night out to hear some music. For families with younger children, a staycation may include a day trip to the zoo or museum, some pizza and a cold beer at your favorite pub. …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
There are lots of places around Essex County to go for the prettiest posies.
No one wants to miss the sweet-smelling flowers of spring, hanging planters, candles, colorful bouquets or elegant arrangements. And thanks to these local florists, you don't have to. After asking Patch readers this week where they love to get their flowers, they weighed in on a selection of wonderful shops throughout the county. Patch readers in the Caldwells and Verona-Cedar Grove overwhelmingly chose Caldwell Flowerland as the best florist. Conveniently located at 329 Bloomfield Ave. in Caldwell, the florist offers fresh cut and the dried and silk flowers needed to perk up tabletops and windowsills for any occasion. They offer a large selection and provide home delivery. Montclair Patch readers picked Clores Flowers at 590 Valley Road …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Readers say there are lots of places for delicious bagels around Essex County.
New Jersey readers have good appetites and sometimes they crave a perfect bagel - made fresh from the oven, with the soft inside and dense texture eaters have come to expect. There's no shortage of excellent bagel bakeries in our area. Here are a few you chose during this week's Readers Choice poll: Sonny's Bagels in South Orange is reader favorite, along with Bagel Chateau in Maplewood. Sonny's opens daily at 6 a.m. with freshly-made bagels at its location on South Orange Avenue. Bagel Chateau is a popular eatery on Maplewood Avenue and a good place to run into your neighbors. In West Orange, Poppy's Bagels on Mount Pleasant Avenue was far and away residents' favorite bagel shop in the surrounding area. During a busy morning rush, Jacob …
Monday, April 16, 2012
New Jersey residents love their bagels with a passion. Where do you get your favorite bagels?
Some people think a bagel is a plain old bread product in the shape of a circle and that every bagel is the same. However, New Jersey residents know that is just not true. A staple food of the state, bagels can come in all different types, sizes and shapes. Some people like to have seeds on their bagel, such as sesame or poppy or the ever popular “everything bagel” which includes a mixture of it all. Some people like their bagels to be sweet with chocolate chips or raisons or even blueberries. Some like their bagels with a kick and buy the types with onions or garlic; a few places even make them with jalapenos. Then there are the old classics such as pumpernickel and egg bagels. Then there is the size and density of the bagel. Some …
Saturday, April 14, 2012
There's no shortage of places to buy sports gear in Essex County.
With spring comes spring sports season and Essex County's Patch readers have weighed in on their favorite places to buy their gear. There's no shortage of stores where an athlete can buy baseball bats, lacrosse sticks, soccer balls, football jerseys, tennis rackets and swimsuits. Here are a few of your favorites: Stay tuned for next week's Readers Choice when we will ask you to weigh in on a New Jersey staple - your favorite bagel.