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independent  r e v i e w s of area restaurants

Meils - Stockton, NJ

Bridge & Main, Stockton, NJ 609-397-8033

Tucked away in Stockton, one finds the charming Meil's Restaurant. The menu is a blend of sophisticated yet "down home" comfort food. After all, where else could you order Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings year-round? Meil's is justifiably famous for their meatloaf, potato pancakes, and pesto rotini with goat cheese.

On this evening, my companion ordered the sweet potato jalapeno soup and the medallions of monkfish, topped with salsa, accompanied with rice and butternut squash. The sweet potato soup was a revelation. The sweetness was more than offset by the bite of jalapeno. Even the most discerning palate should be tempted by this soup. The monkfish proved to be a bit bland, but was a hearty and substantial dish, nonetheless. I chose a green salad with blue cheese and mussels provencal over fettucine. The salad was fresh and visually pleasing. The mussels dish was heavenly. There were at least a dozen succulent mussels in a tasty garlic wine broth served over a bed of fettucine. . For dessert, we shared a cinnamon raisin bread custard. Scrumptious. Dinner at Meil's is always a feast that never disappoints.

Ambiance: 40's funky, small but cozy dining room; casual.
Service: friendly, efficient.
Price Range: moderately expensive; Dinner for two--$52.00, excluding wine and tip.
Hours: Open 7 days; breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Reservations: No.
Credit cards: No
Wheelchair access: On ground level.
Liquor license: No; BYO.
Rating: Excellent.