By Liz Johnson

As fall settles in to Hunterdon County, shifting temperatures can lead to shifting appetites. Pumpkin, cranberry, thick, aromatic soups and root vegetables replace summer corn, tomatoes and watermelon on restaurant menus. Following is a smattering of selections from Hunterdon Happening List favorites.

Lambertville Station

The Lambertville Station Restaurant

11 Bridge Street, Lambertville

(609) 397-4400

The Lambertville Station Restaurant & Inn is a repeat Winner and Finalist on the 2019 Happening List, earning the top spot for Late Night Drinking and Appetizer and Finalist for Outdoor Dining, Brunch, Wine List and Beer Bar. Before the temperatures drop, enjoy lunch by the canal. And in the cooler months, experience the wine cellar with over 50 boutique wines and fireside seating. For fall, Lambertville Station is offering hot comfort foods like French onion soup, lobster & crab bisque and jambalaya; plus other favorites such as meatloaf, roasted rack of lamb and a turkey and brie panini. There are new fall menus for brunch, lunch, dinner and the wine cellar.

Homemade pierogies at The Little York (photo from Facebook)

The Little York

569 Spring Mills Road, Milford

(908) 996-2857

If you’re looking for stick-to-your-ribs fare, try the Little York’s homemade pierogies, filled with cheese and sautéed onions or venture out with the white cheddar and pepper jack quinoa balls with garlic sriracha buffalo sauce.  And keep an eye out for seasonal comfort food specials like Connie’s chicken pot pie and harvest lentil soup. The restaurant was voted Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Kept Secret.

Melissa Patisserie

56 Payne Road, Lebanon

(908) 323-2460

Try the cranberry cheddar bacon omelet topped with a dollop of sour cream at this Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Brunch that offers American and French pastries along with bistro fare.

 

Pumpkin pancakes at Gronsky’s Milk House (photo from Facebook)

Gronsky’s Milk House

125 W. Main Street, High Bridge

(908) 638-6030

Voted Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Breakfast, how could you go wrong with October’s pancake of the month: pumpkin with cinnamon butter? Warning, the pancakes are huge, so bring your appetite.

 

Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer’s Market at Dvoor Farms

111 Mine Street, Flemington

(908) 237-4582

A great place for stocking up on locally grown apples, cider, pumpkins, gourdes and various fall produce, this Hunterdon Happening Winner for Best Farmer’s Market is open through Nov. 24th.

Just Chill (Photo from Facebook)

JUST CHILL Frozen Yogurt Cafe

47 Main Street, Clinton

(908) 963-3491

Fall flavors meet icy treats at this Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Frozen Yogurt. Favorites include art cider doughnut, cider doughnut, apple pie, cinnamon bun, peppermint stick, eggnog, fist pumpkin and toasty marshmallow. Plus, you can get fresh, warm crepes with fillings such as banana caramel.

 

Fourchette

36 Main Street, Clinton

(908) 442-8675

Treat yourself to some rich, creamy cheeses, a bottle of cranberry orange balsamic vinegar, and herbs de Provence infused olive oil. Spend some time perusing French table linens, hand-carved wood service pieces from Tunisia or a brass-hammered wedding table from India at this Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Gourmet Market.

Frenchtown Fresh

2 Race Street, Frenchtown

(908) 628-0876

Try a pumpkin pie smoothie made from coconut milk, banana, pumpkin, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice. Or torque it up a notch with a ginger orange shot.Voted Best Healthy Restaurant on the Hunterdon Happening List.

Pumpkin ricotta baked rigatoni at Chef’s Table (Photo from Facebook)

Chef’s Table

10 E. Main Street, Clinton

(908) 323-2745

Note: Chef’s Table will be changing location at the end of October/beginning of November 2019. The final day at East Main Street is October 25. They will reopen in early November at 405 US Highway 22 in Whitehouse Station.

Order up a pot of meatballs or a hearty soup on the chalkboard special. If you love pumpkin, follow the Facebook page to see when specials like pumpkin ricotta baked rigatoni and pumpkin Alfredo are being offered! The menu changes daily but rest assured that each meal is made from fresh, local ingredients, artisan cheeses and hand-selected meats at this Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Italian Food.

The Milford House

92 Water Street, Milford

(908) 995-9411

Get your end-of-the-season corn fix with the seared scallops that include local corn, bell peppers, bacon and cream sauce. Crab Norfolk, wild caught salmon with whiskey butter or paprika dusted shrimp and grits are among the seafood favorites that garnered the eatery the Best Seafood title on the Hunterdon Happening List.

The Clinton House

2 W. Main Street, Clinton

(908) 730-6230

Start out with a roasted beet with bleu cheese and candied nut salad, then move on to the beef Wellington wrapped in phyllo dough with chicken liver pate and mushroom duxelle served  with bordelaise sauce. Or choose from any one of the steak entrees which earned the restaurant the Best Steak designation on the Hunterdon Happening List. Get your pumpkin fix with one of their seasonal desserts like pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin creme brûlée or mini pumpkin pockets fresh from the Clinton House Bakery.

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