Saturday, May 28, 2011

Skylark Diner & Lounge | Edison, New Jersey

I realize it's been several weeks since my last post, but there will be lots of new material coming in the next few days. Stay tuned!

Yesterday, we landed in Newark, NJ. After checking in at the hotel and a leisure afternoon, we headed to Skylark Diner for dinner. It was your typical, albeit slightly upscale, diner fare and the restaurant was featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." By the time we got there, the place was pretty crowded, so it was good that we had made reservations ahead of time.

Skylark Diner
Route 1 & Wooding Avenue
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 777-7878
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The decor had a retro-fifties feel, with a modern flare.

We started with their spinach artichoke dip. As you can see, this particular one was covered with cheesy awesomeness. Our son ate most of it by himself, which I suppose was ok because it at least had some veggies in it ;)

We also ordered the "potato boats," which were your standard potato wedges with bacon, sour cream and cheese. The cross-cut chips they used as garnish were actually very tasty and the most interesting part of the dish.

The bread was rustic with a crispy outside and a soft, chewy middle.

Grandma ordered the "Portuguese Shrimp and Fettucine" (chorizo sausage, shrimp and scallops in a garlic-saffron-tomato broth). I was surprised that they actually used sea scallops instead of smaller bay scallops. She said the sausage was a little on the spicy side, but overall the dish was very good.

Our son ordered the kids turkey meatball and pasta. He hardly ate any of it because he filled up on chips and dip.

Julie had the "Grilled Vegetable Napoleon Burger" with tossed greens. The sandwich was a brioche roll filled with sliced portabella, zucchini, eggplant, tomato, fresh mozzarella and herb sherry Dijon vinaigrette.

I went with their "Smoked, Slow Roasted Pork Loin Sandwich," which had layers of sliced, smoked pork with cornichon dijonaise, shaved red onion and manchego cheese on griddle toasted sesame semolina. I was hoping for a slightly more smokey flavor, but the flavors melded well together.

My sister-in-law ordered some kind of burger with mashed potatoes on it. I'm not sure what it was called and I didn't see it on the menu, but it looked really good.

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