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Hitzel Excellence Award

There are only two ways a restaurant may receive an Excellence Award from the Ed Hitzel Organization. The first is to be reviewed in Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Newsletter. Restaurants are reviewed anonymously. Reviewers pay their own way. The reviews are honest and are accompanied by a rating of zero to ten for food and service. Any restaurant receiving a rating of eight or above for both food and service is placed on the excellence list. It is as difficult to be placed on the list as it is to be removed from the list. Changes in chefs and ownership or in food quality and service are some of the obvious considerations. Because of the nature of the business, Ed has become friends with some chefs and owners; those restaurants will not be reviewed. The second way a restaurant may receive an award for excellence is if the restaurant is visited more than once by a Hitzel writer or staffer and there is agreement among staffers that the restaurant deserves to be on the list. See non-review awards under the listings. Recipients of the Excellence Awards are listed in Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Magazine and Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Newsletter and are announced on the Hitzel radio show from time to time. Recipients are given a certificate to be placed in the restaurant. Restaurants eligible for the Excellence Award are in the southern and central New Jersey area.
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2011 Award Recipients

Fisch Kitchen

Margate, NJ

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Working behind the large, open window that offers diners a view of the entire kitchen, Paul Erbacher and his staff move about the galley like individual parts in a fine oiled machine.  With little room or even time for a misstep, the team hustles filling grocery sized take-out bags and piling the awaiting counter with meals ready to set atop tables lined with hungry customers.

Newly open in July, Fisch Kitchen in Margate is already making a big and lasting impression on folks in search of locally sourced fresh seafood, vegetables and fruit.  In fact, it seems the key ingredients in everything that enters and exits the kitchen at * S. Essex Ave in Margate is fresh and locally sourced.

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Luke Palladino

Northfield, NJ

http://www.lukepalladino.com/

Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking is a culmination of Luke’s experiences working throughout Italy featuring regional cuisine with influences from all over the boot. Just as in Italy we follow the season and our menu is based on what is at its peak and we use only prime ingredients. We are proud to offer you what so beautifully defines Italian cuisine to us, it is freshness of product, simplicity and spontaneity all bound by tradition.

We do Take-Away nightly and catering for
small, medium and large parties.

We sell our breads, handcrafted pastas, pastries, cheeses and salami by the pound, as well as our cookware, olive oils, vinegars, condiments and more!

Gift Cards are available. Stop in or email us.

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Arugula

Sewell, NJ

http://arugularestaurant.net/

Chefs Nicholas Tomasetto and Stefano Gervasi are pleased to bring you Arugula.  Arugula Restaurant serves the Very Best in fine Italian cuisine.  Chef Tomasetto selects only the freshest quality ingredients. Our menu features Italian favorites with an innovative, modern twist without losing the roots of traditional Italian cuisine which were instilled from their Calabrian upbringing.  Each of our menu items are prepared to order, including house-made pastas and desserts.  Arugula Restaurant is a BYOB establishment.  Please enjoy your favorite bottle with us.

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Elements

Princeton, NJ

http://www.elementsprinceton.com/

Immerse yourself in an environment that has been meticulously designed to stimulate your senses with a pervading sense of warmth and peace. Reeded glass panels glow from within a stone and steel structure. Teak, maple and quarry stone warm the interior. Our open layout, diffused lighting, and textured fabrics comprise a soothing backdrop as our gracious and attentive staff guides you through your experience.

Scott Anderson, the Chef of elements, is our culinary creative force. With a focus on locally grown, sustainable products, his team draws from the many cultural influences of the world to create fresh and inviting flavors. His interpretive American cuisine is designed to delight your palate and nourish your spirit.

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Frescos Seafood Trattoria

Cape May, NJ

http://frescoscapemay.com/frescosseafoodtrattoria.html

Enjoy the ambiance of a Tuscan Trattoria, taste dock-fresh Cape May seafood, sample the award-winning cuisine by Chef Joe Badger, all served in an 1880 Victorian cottage. Frescos Seafood Trattoria repeatedly voted “Best Fine Italian Dining’” by the readers of New Jersey Monthly, gets rave reviews from visitors and locals alike. Dine on the front porch or in the Tuscan-styled dining rooms. The cuisine is inspired by the diverse regions of Italy from the North to the Mediterranean and the fabulously abundant fresh seafood of Cape May, and as the regulars do – call ahead to reserve the award winning and quickly sold-out Osso-bucco.

 

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