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Hamilton Grill Room - One of the Best Meals EVER.

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Not too many places in the world are worthy of the perfect rave. 

I mean - the absolute, 100%, hands down perfection rave.  But the place I ended up at last night gets it all the way.

Tucked way back down a short gravelly alley, and perched right on the river in Lambertville, NJ is Hamilton Grill House.   Open fire with a chef slinging on fresh seafood.  Champagne bought from the small bar across the way (it's BYOB).  Smiling staff full of spot-on recommendations.  Cookbooks for sale - the owner was just in last month's Food & Wine.  White tablecloth without being white tablecloth. Peachy light filtering if thru the trees that flank the river.  Romantic without being intimidating.  Table and bar seating around the firepit.  Outdoor patio seating with twinkly lights.  Luxe, but casual.

Crazy good grilled caeser salad (never had that before).  Tremendous oysters.  Reed thin pomme frites.  Giant prawns cooked in an anchovy butter sauce.    Whole branzino charred up on grill, deboned and then dressed with fennel slaw.  Grilled white tuna.  Cobbler with homemade ice cream w/ a caramel twist.

It's just one of those meals/experiences that I almost have no words for.  If I had a restaurant, it'd be along these lines. 

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Comments

misty

HA, it is Frank! Sorry about that. These little river towns are sliced apart by a bridge - in 1 minute you walk across and you are in PA!

Guess I'm just dying to get out of New Jersey so bad :)

Frank

The restaurant seems to be in New Jersey, not Pennsylvania.

wade

before I read your last sentence I was already speechless...I promise I will eat there.

you're a lucky dog...!

Nancy

Wow...looks like a fantastic place. But I'm especially taken yet again by your photog skills. Beautiful food porn as always.

Cowgirl

There are some places in the east that just can't be beat...this looks like one of them. What a sweet, sweet setting.

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