Franco’s Pizzeria

4 Mercer St
Hopewell, 08525
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(609) 466-2991

Italian, Pizza

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The Blue Bottle Cafe

101 E Broad St
Hopewell, 08525
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It is usually very hard for me to award 5 stars to a restaurant. Maybe I take it too seriously, maybe I've had the luck to dine at some exceptional places that cause others to pale in comparison, maybe I'm a decent enough cook to be able to recreate or improve upon things I've tasted while eating out? All of these and more are factors in my decision. Still, while driving home from the Blue Bottle I knew what I had to do. Today was my third lunch here, and I've also had about that many dinners. I like coming at lunch time because several of the dinner options are also available, as well as more casual lunch fare. It's a cute but tiny place that can get noisy at dinner. But this is true of many byo"s, especially when diners are enjoying the food. At lunch it is much quieter. I started with a crab cake that is as good if not better than any any you can find on this state( trust me, I'm a crab snob) the slaw that accompanied it was composed of jicama, Apple, and snow pea shreds. Perfection. Next came NJ monk fish, in a pea sauce, plated with a melange of peas, snow peas, and mushrooms. The starch was a red rice. This was one of the best fish dishes of the year. Knowing how good the deserts are I had to pick one, a lemon cake with meringue and limoncello sorbet. This also had lemon curd and NJ blueberry compote. There was not one thing I would change in any of the courses, and I'm sad to say I would probably not be able to recreate anything( well maybe the crab cake) the restaurant has been open just over 9 years, and is run by 2 CIA grads, who also happen to be married. They certainly treat this place as if it is their baby. Christa was my server and she was exceptional, I asked if there were any nearby ice cream shops. She took the time to call one, but it had gone out of business. Just as well since desserts are a must( care if the wife part of the team) The fifth star is based on the fact that this is Byob. I have certainly not found another in this state as good as the Bottle. My best lunch of the year so far. Yelpus Maximus.
The Blue Bottle Café experience began even before arriving on a warm sultry early September evening. The open top drive from Bucks into Mercer on two lane blacktop was lovely, and reminded how beautiful this part of the Delaware Valley can be off the beaten path. Still, there is a beaten path to The Blue Bottle for those who are good trackers, or read Yelp religiously. So, upon approach there is a level of anticipation that grows with finding parking on the surrounding streets and walking the quiet tall treed lane to the house. First impressions were excellent, as the country inn sentimentality was well put together. Even at the 5:45 seating, the rooms were pretty much full, and the staff bustling. Our table in the front was between two larger parties, but we did not feel pressed, nor forgotten by our servers. We ordered the Blue Bottle Salad and Whole Wheat Lasagna. The salad was quite good, with a few unusual additions like Toasted Hazelnuts, Sliced Red Grapes, shaved Manchego, and a nice Red Wine & Honey Vinaigrette, on top of fresh local leafies. AT $10 it seemed like very good value. The Lasagna looked great upon arrival, but had a few issues. Attempting to cut through a corner with the edge of my fork, the entire square heavily gave way to the pressure due to unexpected firmness within the construct of the pasta mix. I used a knife and fork the rest of the way to save the dish from being too distressed from overworking the less sharp fork edge. As you would anticipate from this description, the Roasted Veggies within (Yellow and Green Squash, etc.,) were undercooked and still too firm to be within the finished product. It was dense and chewy. No doubt garden fresh, but in need of either longer roasting or baking. At $25.50 that came accompanied with some disappointment. Neither of us wanted to finish the plate, nor take home the balance. Clearly, The BBC has lots of charm and is a wonderful find on the back roads of this area. Still, whether just a bad choice, or a lack of quality control, the back end of our first impression was more measured than its beginning.
Finally made it out to Blue Bottle after it was recommended by a friend. Tucked away in a street in Hopewell, it looks like a basic small town restaurant from the outside. The inside however, is surprisingly modern with unique decor. It's also smaller with an intimate yet casual feel. The food was quite good. I started off with the pork pate, which was very good. The side of pickle and honey mustard was a great addition which gave things a good flavor. Overall though, I've had a slightly better version of this dish previously. I then had the sea scallops which also were very good. It came with a touch of bacon which really brought things home. Definitely the highlight of the meal. The service here was excellent. From the very specific recommendations of the waitress to the fast speed at which the meals were prepared, there wasn't a moment of slack throughout the entire meal. Definitely a good option in the central jersey area

(609) 333-1710

American (New), French

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Brick Farm Market

65 E Broad St
Hopewell, 08525
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(609) 466-6500

Cafes, Bakeries

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SweetGrass Restaurant

9B E Broad St
Hopewell, 08525
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(609) 333-8912

Southern, American (New), Comfort Food

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Orlando’s Grill

310 Rte 31 N
Hopewell, 08525
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I've only stopped into Orlando's for ice cream, so can't speak to their meal offerings, but this seems like a very solid place and one which is quite popular with the locals. They serve both hard and soft ice cream (as well as standard American / diner fare) and have indoor and seasonal outdoor seating areas. I discovered the place back in July and have made a habit of stopping in for a soft serve cone and enjoying it outside whenever I find myself in the area. Weather permitting, I would highly recommend doing the same as the area is quite scenic and has a relaxing vibe. As far as their ice cream, it's worth noting that Orlando's soft serve is "frozen custard" style, meaning that it is a bit lighter and creamier than the typical soft serve cone. This is a plus in my book, but figured it's worth mentioning since not everyone shares my preferences :) Staff is very friendly, attentive, and courteous and serves customers efficiently. They prefer cash, but will accept credit cards without surcharge. All in all, a great local business and the one which I think serves the best soft serve cone in the area. Even better than the more famous Cream King down the road, though you really can't go wrong with either! Maybe one day I'll try their dining options as well, and will update accordingly whenever that happens.
good food. wonderful waitresses. coffee. what more could you want in a diner in the middle of nowhere? not much. i went with the daily specials (cup of split pea soup and hamburger steak, plus apple strudel for dessert). if you're hungry, you won't be disappointed!

(609) 333-0777

American (New), Diners

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The Chubby Rose

1 Railroad Pl
Hopewell, 08525
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This was my first experience at a pop-up restaurant, and I was pleased! Chubby Rose is a quaint little place, has a very homey feel and the staff was very nice. Even though you could easily miss it driving by (look for a sign in the window), when we went inside it was hopping! Lots of delicious looking pastries and baked goods on display, and smelled of good coffee. We went for brunch, and were excited about the menu selections. I got "El Desayuno" and my bf got "Ham & Cheese Galette". While both were tasty, the galette was definitely the star and much more worth the price in my opinion. It had a very nice crust, crispy and flakey and browned around the edges. The ham was very good.... it was just so good I couldn't stop reaching over and picking it from my bf's plate. El Desayuno included fried plantains (my fave!), black beans with a little cheese, a few slices of avocado, sour cream, and homemade tortillas. It was all tasty, but I do feel that it was a little too simple to be charging $10 for, whereas the other menu options were around $7 or $8. We both enjoyed our meals and will definitely be back to check out what else pops up on the menu!
This is the kind of place you would never know was there unless somebody told you. It didn't look too promising from outside, but I was meeting with a Hopewell resident for coffee early one weekday morning and had not only been given explicit directions, but had also been told that this was the best coffee in Hopewell and a special experience all the way around. So it was. Walking into Chubbys was like walking through a door in time, back to the fifties when every luncheonette had a counter with stools a kid could rotate and go round and round on. The place was clean as a whistle, warmly welcoming, and a sentimental journey back to wonderful childhood memories of places long gone. The coffee was, as promised, hot, fresh,and excellent American-style brew.. Chubby ( who is definitely not chubby) presides over the coffeepot herself and infuses the place with personality and warmth, chatting and smiling as she passes among her customers. I have to admit I only had coffee that morning, but I watched plates of eggs, perfectly done bacon and crisp home fries being carried to tables occupied by happy locals who were obviously regulars. The smells were yummy and on one of her coffee refill runs, Chubby gave me a smidge of home fried potato just to try.... it was divine..... crusty but not greasy, perfectly cooked, and melt in your mouth hot. I can't wait to go back for more.
I'm fighting with myself as to how to review this place. Is this place even a restaurant or your grandmother's kitchen? If the later than I'd have to give it 5 stars, if you're expecting a restaurant than maybe 2 stars based solely on the quality of the food. The verbal menu on the day I visited had 2 things - BLT or Breakfast. Breakfast: 2 eggs cooked perfectly, with thick crunchy bacon, lard cooked potatoes, and regardless of the toast you ask for you get what is given to you. Coffee, or tea, or cans of soda to choose from. You have to get up and get your own drinks. It's an experience, that I'm glad I encountered, but most likely choose to go elsewhere in the future.

(609) 789-7057

Breakfast & Brunch, Bakeries

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China Wok

52 E Broad St
Hopewell, 08525
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Chinese

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The Brothers Moon

7 W Broad St
Hopewell, 08525
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(609) 333-1330

Bakeries, American (New), Salad

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Hopewell, 08525
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Hillbilly Hall

203 Hopewell-Wertsville Rd
Hopewell, 08525
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(609) 466-9856

Dive Bars

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