Some of the biggest news in Baristaville is food news. This year we brought you the best food Montclair has to offer and told you about every restaurant/eatery/food truck/fro-yo opening (and unfortunately, way too many closings!) . We celebrated with cocktails and shared favorite recipes, including this super secret one. Vote in our poll for your favorite new food development in 2012 (we know it’s hard to choose, so pick your favorites), then scroll down food memory lane for the highlights of 2012. Tell us where you’ve been eating, old and new, in comments.
February: It was cool jazz and elegant fare at Highlawn Pavilion for the Barista ladies and then sneaking into a Montclair-run male only meat night in Belleville more than 10 years running. Frank Gerard Godlewski shared his love for Pals Cabin. Food trucks were big this year, starting with Bloomfield bred Jason Cervone’s French Quarter (try their jambalaya and incredible beignets!) Food Truck.
March: Holly shared the easiest wine party you could ever throw, the first of three more fro-yo establishments opened in Montclair. Koreander brought bubble tea, bulgogi and bibimbap to Watcxhung Plaza, in the former Orbis space. Church Street got Oprah’s favorite red velvet cake with the opening of Cupcakes by Carousel.
May: Jamaican food in Bloomfield at Taste it Again and Banker’s Cafe, an ice cream cafe opens in a former bank space on Bloomfield Ave. Walnut Street gets another new restaurant, with Le Salbuen, which becomes famous for its Latte Nutella and European cafe atmosphere.
June: Lance Knowling returned to Montclair with Indigo Kitchen, the beloved Montclair Bread Company almost closes, but a new baker steps in and brings new life. Also on Walnut — we get amazing coffee, Scotch Egg Banh Mi and great vibe at Red Eye Cafe.
July: Stuffed potatoes roll into Montclair with Hunger Construction Food Truck. Montclair gets great mezze at the curiously-named Uncle Moustache on Bloomfield Ave. Upper Montclair goes Italian with the opening of Tuscany, in the former Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Watchung Plaza gets a great new addition for eat-in/take out with Comfort Food Kitchen. New York gets closer to Montclair with Fairway Woodland Park. We break the story — the long-rumored Trader Joes will come to Clifton.
August: Upper Montclair gets a high-end olive oil emporium with Olive That & More. We cool off with Nick’s Shaved Ice and check out Pig & Prince. We wonder if Montclair can sustain this many fro-yo places.
November: There were decadent brownies, the possible demise of Twinkies, and for budding food developers — building your own bento box at Toro Sushi. It’s getting cold, so we rounded up some of the best soup around. Readers bemoaned the closing of Elevation Burger, only to learn plans for a re-open in February.
December: The end of the year brings good news for Francophiles – former Epernay owners will reopen restaurant as Fricassee. Trend Coffee Tea House also announces plans to reopen this month. We take a delicious trip to an outer Baristaville coffee shop/dessert emporium, Pallazone 1960 and sit down to coffee with the Stock Pot lady as she celebrates her 95th birthday.