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Checking In at: Donuts Time Cafe, Hamilton NJ

For our return visit to Donuts Time we brought our friend with the inestimably discerning palate, Chris Ayers. We all agreed that these yeast-raised donuts are denser and chewier than those from other shops, and that we consider that a compliment. There’s an element of real substance to these pastries – the dough is not simply an airy vehicle for transporting sweet toppings to the mouth. We recognize others may disagree with us on the subject of light-textured donuts. Continue reading

Checking in at: Donuts Time Cafe, Hamilton NJ

A new donut shop opened near us, run by a woman named Rebecca who attended the Culinary Institute of America. Her tagline: “Home of handcrafted donuts.” All the donuts are of the yeast-raised variety. The filled donuts are sliced open, not injected. These are clearly superior to chain donuts, but we do have a few issues with them. The filled donuts could use a little more filling. They appear well-filled but all the filling is loaded in the front, open half of the donut. We like the cream filling, which tastes like marshmallow and is particularly light and fluffy, far superior to the greasy filling in chain donuts. Continue reading

Checking in at: Rossi’s Bar & Grill, Hamilton NJ

We began with Mushrooms & Long Hots. Long hots are Italian-style hot green peppers that can vary in heat from a slight nip to explosively hot. It’s fun eating them because it’s like Russian roulette – you never know the punch each pepper is about to deliver until you eat one! The heat doesn’t hit immediately; it takes about 10 seconds to really set in. A couple of these were very, very hot, delicious laid across a slice of Italian bread. Continue reading

Checking In at: Rossi’s Bar & Grill, Hamilton NJ

This is our second time to Rossi’s new location in Hamilton, but our first burger at the new spot (we’d eaten them for years in Trenton). That’s Rossi’s biggest claim to fame, the Rossiburger. And those burgers have not changed a bit. They are still as bulbous and massive as ever, still served on a Kaiser roll, and are still under-seasoned, a small flaw that can be mostly corrected for at the table. Continue reading

Checking In at: Rossi’s Bar & Grill, Hamilton Township NJ

Rossi’s Bar & Grill finally moved, this summer, from Trenton, NJ’s Chambersburg neighborhood, leaving just one restaurant remaining of the dozens of Italian restaurants that once lined the streets of the ‘Burg. Rossi’s landed in Hamilton Township, at the site of a former Charlie Brown’s. That didn’t sound promising: the old Rossi’s was an old corner tavern, with a small dining area that seemed almost an afterthought. You entered to a bar, and if there was a crowd, you left your name with the bartender. They’ve tried to keep the basic geometry the same. You still enter at the bar, with the somewhat larger dining room to the right. The bartender can stick to bartending duties as they now have a hostess desk. All the baseball photos and memorabilia made the trip. Everything, of course, looks clean and modern, for better or worse. Continue reading

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