This review is difficult to write because it's easy to fall into hyperbole/exaggeration (or at least be accused of it - LOL). My wife & I live in Central NJ and came up North for a ride on the local Dutchess Rail Trail with friends. Facing a long ride back, we figured we'd try one of the local food options & settled on Garvan's. From the reviews, we expected good food but the descriptions far understate the reality. To start - virtually everything is created onsite - so no cheap white bread or outsourced desserts. I began with the beet salad (pic below), followed by the scallop appetizer (& an Irish dark bread appeared around this time), then came the lobster ravioli and I finished with the apple pie a la mode (shared with my wife). Each dish was incredible: the ravioli was stuffed full with chunks of lobster, the bread was crumbly & moist, the beet salad was an amazing collection of flavors with a homemade dressing on the greens. The apple pie was different than the hundreds of other apple pies I've ever had - the crust was made from carmel (& served upside down so it wouldn't hide) and the apple pieces were sliced very thin & stacked so the pie almost looked like a brick-apple building from the side. The flavor - incredible again! While the location was close to town, it was tucked at the end of a long driveway inside of a 1700's farmhouse with wide plank floors.
I'll stop now but I'm really quite glad we're not local because it would be difficult to not treat ourselves every week. 8^)
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