I have passed it a kazillion times on my way into Freehold Raceway Mall. And although some may scoff that we should support local restaurants (which I do!), sometimes you just find yourself at the mall and want to stay and eat.

I had a window of time recently where both of my boys were able to be with me in one place....which is getting more and more rare, and I wanted to make the best of it.

(Photo by Liz Jeressi)

I had to take Benj to the Apple store for a repair, and the timing worked out for Christopher to meet up with us while we were there...so I took advantage by doing something for my two growing teenage boys that they like even more than shopping -- I fed them!

But I wanted to try something other than the food court or the restaurants we usually frequent, and on a chilly fall night  BRIO Tuscan Grille looked so inviting that I thought we should try it!

(Photo by Liz Jeressi)

With a beautiful atmosphere and raves from both of my boys over a wonderful dinner, I am happy to say that we made the most out of our time together over delicious food along with good conversation and laughs :) Now that place will be a great memory and I'm sure they'll ask to go back again sometime.

In case you're wondering what we got and loved, we had: Margherita Flatbread, Tomato Caprese, Gorgonzola Crusted Beef Medallions, Grilled Salmon Fresca, and Grilled Shrimp.

Have you been?