To Market, To Market to Buy a Fat Pig?….

21 Mar

Not at this market. Market, a great restaurant in Harding Township, NJ on Mt.Kemble Road (The Country Mile) is one of mine and my husbands favorite spots. It is the “old” Pierre’s and thankfully is nothing like it. It is hip and contemporary but at the same time warm and inviting. We usually sit at the bar since it’s just the two of us and we like the bartender, Gardener, who has at times made us a “special cocktail” upon request.

Now for the important part-the food! The food here is what I would call a fresh take on classic American cuisine. We eat here often and have had just about everything on the menu, so I’ll stick to our favorites.

The salads, the classic caesar is just that and then there is the beet salad, my personal favorite. Red beets, tossed in a light Dijon mustard vinaigrette served over a bed a mixed greens and topped with fried crispy shallots is wonderful with the fresh earthy taste of the beets. Another notable salad is the” Market salad”, fresh green beans, cherry tomatoes, mini golden Yukon potatoes and radishes tossed in a house vinaigrette over a bed of greens is a nice mix of vegetables that you don’t often see and taste great together.

The Soups at Market are delicious. We had the pleasure of talking with the chef one night and asked his secret to these delectable, comforting soups and his reply, “low and slow”. We have had the winter root vegetable, New England clam chowder, split pea and mushroom bisque that is drizzled with a bit of truffle oil and they have all exceeded our expectations. They are hearty, flavorful and great for sopping up the last drop with bread!

The Market Burger, it comes on a potato and onion roll with your choice of cheese and toppings, special “Market” sauce (which I am guessing is ketchup and mayo with some other ingredient I am unable to identify) and amazing french fries that don’t even need ketchup, is excellent! The fries are thin, perfectly seasoned and done to slightly crispy perfection.

Beef Burgundy with polenta and candied carrots is the perfect dish for a cold winter night except that I prefer it with mashed potatoes instead of polenta, just not a fan, it’s a texture thing, and they are happy to oblige. The chunks of meat fall easily apart with a fork and the sauce is hearty and full of flavor. The candied carrots add a bit of sweetness and of course are a healthy addition to the dish, hopefully helping with my ever failing eyesight.

Cast Iron Chicken with herbed spatzle, roasted mushrooms and pan jus is a nice departure from the typical chicken dish. The sauce is surprisingly rich but it works and is quite tasty with the mushrooms and spatzle. Spatzle is not something you see often but is a welcome change from rice, potatoes or pasta you usually see on the menu.

New York Strip with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach…yes, a simple meal that you can get at lots of restaurants but not a lot of restaurants do well. The steak was tender and cooked to our liking and the mashed potatoes are creamy and the creamed spinach is dreamy. We even overheard a gentleman next us claim “this is the best steak I’ve had in a while”. Which was good to hear since I just ordered the same thing and he was right!

The service here has gotten better over the last year since they’ve opened and it’s nice to know we have a great place to go, close to home and enjoy a good meal and see a smiling face. The menu changes with the season so we are excited to see what they have in store for Spring…at Market.

2 Responses to “To Market, To Market to Buy a Fat Pig?….”

  1. Kasey Carrethers January 20, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to mention that I have really loved surfing around your weblog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I am hoping you write again very soon!


  2. Amber March 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    Home again, home again jiggity jig…


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