Black Forest Inn

 249 Us 206
Stanhope, NJ

Friday Seafood Buffet Extravaganza

Each week the Black Forest Inn has a Friday buffet of “the best of the menu” and once a month they have the seafood spectacular. We had originally ordered from the menu and then looked at the buffet and changed our order. They had lobster, a raw bar, smoked salmon & fixins, lobster thermador, shrimp, both cocktail and in several dishes, several seafood entrees with lots of shell fish. Crusted tilapia, fried catfish, monk fish, etc. And in addition, they had duck confit, a carving station with a kobe-style beef and other non-seafood items. The price fixed meal includes coffee and dessert, too. Bring your appetites! It was super.

Mixed seafood & shellfish

Fantastic meal


All you could eat lobster!



 240 Spring St
Newton, NJ

Terrific Mexican & Tex-Mex

Salsa Mexican Restaurant offers a huge variety of both Mexican and Tex-Mex food in addition to daily specials. The prices give a wide variety for what ever you want to spend and all the dishes we enjoyed were great – there were six of us. They also had a vegetarian menu and children’s menu. Dessert also was super. And the service was prompt and ready to please. A nice addition to Newton. It is a BYOB, too, so really ecomonical.
We ate, quesadillas, fajitas, chimichangas, veggie burritos, and tacos. No one had anything but praise for the food. It was a nice surprise and we will go there again.

Chicken Quesadilla

Plenty of food, nice and freshly made – enough for take home. Included refried beans and salad.


Super flan. We weren’t hungry after all the food, so we shared an order of flan with 4 of us taking a taste. It was truly enough for a full dessert for two people. Another of us had fried ice cream – delicious!!!


La Baita

 7 Woodside Ave
Newton, NJ

Really great food

La Baita has new owners as of November and the food is even better than before. Great service BYOB and a terrific experience.

Blackened grilled tuna

Yellow fin tuna lightly grilled with a fine peppercorn crust, served on a bed of arugula – delicious.

Jumbo shrimp fra diablo

Jumbo grilled shrimp fra diablo served over pasta with clams and mussels added to the dish. Pasta was al dente and the sauce was hot and spicy.


Homestead Restaurant

 294 N Church Rd
Sparta, NJ

Great Steak

We came looking for a tender, juicy steak and found it.
Also ordered the calves liver with bacon & onions (a special of the day) which was wonderful. Vegetables were also excellent (mixed, fresh veggies). Service was great and the overall experience was well worth coming back many times. You just need to arrive fairly early to not have a wait – popular place. The table next to ours had the burgers and said they were terrific.

Rib Steak House Special

Absolute steak perfection. Bone in, juicy and tender. The best steak in a long time. Vegetables were delicious and not over or under cooked.

Calves Liver with bacon and onion

Fresh calves liver is hard to find (not frozen) and this was delicious. A large portion with enough to take home.

Fried Calamari

Fried calamari appetizer was ok, but a bit too much batter and seemed overcooked. Not up to the entrees. However, we also had jalapeno poppers which were excellent.

Filet Mignon

Two at our table had the filet and they both agreed it was also well worth another visit. Great steaks all around. They requested mashed potatoes which were also excellent along with the other veggies.


Bella Italia

 Rte 206 N
Newton, NJ

Great Family Italian Dining and the best Pizza!

In it new location for the past couple of years, Bella Italia has kept it great quality and prices and added a full service bar.

The food was alway excellent and remains so with a variety of daily specials

Take out equally as good and their pizza is, I think, the best!

They have a large variety of food for all price ranges.

Soft shell crab francaise

The crabs (2) were young and tender and prepared very well in the francaise batter and sauce. The linguini was cooked perfectly, althought the francaise sauce was a wee bit lemon strong on the pasta. Overall the dish was excellent. Nice warm bread with the meal and a nice crisp salard included. The honey mustard dressing was very good.

Lasagna with meat saude

Very good lasagna and with meat sauce, salady and break for until $10. Plenty for leftovers, too.

The best lasagna I have ever had came from Anthony’s in Rockaway and this is a close 2nd.


Tuscany Bistro

 Rte 206 N
Newton, NJ

Worst meal in a long time

One star for excellent service, but the food was not good at all – we didn’t even take home the leftovers because it was not edible the first time around.

We had been there on a few occasions, but always thought it was a bit pricey for the quality. Italian food is very forgiving so mediocre can still be edible, but this was not even to the mediocre level.

We never could understand why it was so crowded and so returned on various occasions assuming we were missing something.

We had finally given up, but decided to stop there for dinner on Friday evening. They were not crowded at all and maybe it was because it had gotten worse.

Last time we will ever go there again.

Grilled Tuna

One star because when it came out room temperature and I sent it back, they did try to fix it but it was no better. It seemed as though they tried to grill in on a warm grill, so instead of being seared and hot, it was barely warm and not seared, but more like poached. I had wanted it rare on the inside, so when it was returned warm, the inside was now medium, which I expected. It did not have any taste.

Side veggies were ok but the rice was very overcooked.

Linguini with shellfish

Should be No Stars – Believe it or not, this was even worse. Linguini was undercooked – not “al dente” but truly undercooked. The lobster tail was not edible. It tasted like it has been cooked for a week – not even chewable. Clams were tough, shrimp was ok. We should have sent it all back for a hamburger.


Bula World Cuisine

 134 Spring St
Newton, NJ

New owners but similar menu - great variety

Bula has new owners but kept a lot of favorites from the old menu. Food was excellent.
Service was excellent and shrimp bisque was to die for!

New owners want honest input on what works. They were great.

Shrimp over salad

Great salad – Westpark salad with a variety of items with hot grilled shrimp on top.

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