Raymond’s Needs Some Basic Training

28 Church Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

We popped into Raymond’s on Friday night after thunderstorms passed through and was lucky enough to get a spot outside on Church Street. We picked Raymond’s because the restaurants French toast got an undeserved slam in the Star Ledger’s Munchmobile section that day and we wanted to see if anything had gone downhill.

Well, we were 50-50 on that. C had a terrific dinner — a shrimp and grits concoction that was heavy but worked well especially as an outdoor dish. However, some of the frustrating things about Raymond’s were really apparent on Friday.

Over the years, we’ve noticed Raymond’s does the unusual really. Case in point, the diner’s unique French toast, C’s grits and their superb corn cakes. However, items that should be home runs are often lacking.

A few years ago I had a very forgettable egg-white omelet. It’s hard to mess up an omelet, eggs, filling, toast on the side but Raymond’s managed to do so. The eggs were bland and not just normal bland that accompanies eggs without the yolk.

Unfortunately, I went basic on Friday ordering a burger and was presented with something akin to a hockey puck. It’s perplexing that a place can be such a hit with some things and miss on the basics. However, we will give Raymond’s props for a great opening gazpacho and our neighbors at the table next to us didn’t stop raving over the soft shell crabs.

Now, if we could only get the burgers and eggs headed in the right direction.

Read our original Raymond’s Review.



2 Responses to “Raymond’s Needs Some Basic Training”

  1. Glen Says:

    The owner at Raymond’s is a HUGE jerk who is insensitive to people with food allergies. I wanted to bring my family in for dinner, and we called ahead to see if they had any alternatives for my brother to eat (he is allergic to wheat). The owner crassly said “I don’t see what the big deal is, if he can’t eat the bread don’t let him eat the bread!” I will never go back there after having a conversation with this man I hope everyone else does the same!

  2. jerseycool Says:

    Thanks Glen,

    While we’ve never been treated rudly at Raymonds, you bring up a good point about restaurants being more sensitive to people suffering with allergies. We’ve often argued that the restaurant industry needs to come up with some sort of color-coding system on menus to alert people to menu items that contain allergens. You did the right thing by calling ahead and we certainly hope the response you got is the exception rather than the rule.

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