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Today is my wonderful husband’s 40th birthday – New Year’s Eve! Its always so hard to do stuff on his actual birthday, especially since having kids. We have gotten into the habit of going out sometime during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It works well for us. This year, we decided to go somewhere special because you only turn 40 once … The Walpack Inn!
The Walpack Inn
The Walpack Inn is located in Sussex County, New Jersey. Its a bit off the beaten patch, so you will want to use a GPS or the Waze app to get you around the back roads to get you there with ease. The drive was quite lovely as there was a beautiful blanket of snow on all of the trees and landscape along our drive. While there was snow, the roads are well cared for and were salted and clear. We didn’t take the possible weather into consideration when choosing to go to The Walpack Inn, so I was very happy that the roads were all in good shape.
Since there were seven of us going to dinner, we called for a reservation. While my husband and I wouldn’t have a problem waiting at the bar for a table to become available, I didn’t want to subject the other patrons to three children who wouldn’t want to wait so patiently. Reservations are suggested for groups of 6 or more.
Upon arrival, we sat in the greenhouse with a table near the windows. This is prime seating! At The Walpack Inn they have saying, “We feed the deer, and the people too.” If you sit near the windows, you will see the deer come right up and eat while you are dining. It really is a sight! A dozen deer feasted outside our window last night. My children were absolutely amazed and entertained by them.
The Walpack Inn is a steak house. Friday nights are always busy as people come out to enjoy the Prime Rib special, and it is easy to see why. The beef is so tender, and absolutely melts. You can almost cut it with a fork! Beyond the beef entrees, there is a wide selection of fish and seafood dishes, chicken, lamb, and pork on the menu – both the standard menu and the seasonal specials menu.
I get frustrated with children’s menus in most restaurants, but at The Walpack Inn, the children’s meals are just as wonderful as the adult menus. My children selected homemade Mac & Cheese (3yr old), grilled shrimp & garlic mashed potatoes (7yr old), and baked chicken tenders & garlic mashed potatoes (9yr old). All meals, including those on the children’s menu, come with salad bar and fresh bread. I don’t know what excited the children more – seeing the deer or building their own salads!
All portions were plentiful, so we didn’t make it to dessert. I did take a walk along the kitchens to check out the dessert options though. Cheesecake and seasonal fruit pies are a highlight for many diners.
After dinner, we were all talking about when would be a good time to come back to The Walpack Inn. It was that good!
For more information about The Walpack Inn, check out their Facebook page.