The Pass
The Pass

The Pass

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atthepass.com/
  • Phone: 609-961-1887x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American
  • Executive Chef: Mathew Ridgway
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rt 604
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Pass
Chef and charcutier Matthew Ridgway has transformed a rural landmark into a showcase for his vision of French-inspired cuisine in a setting that's casual by design. Take home some artisanal products from the charcuterie counter, or join us for dinners Wednesday through Saturday.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench American
The Pass reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (31)romantic (14)hot spot (8)good for groups (5)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Bill
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Best food in the area for an adventurous eater. Staff is great.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie gem
    princetonVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Truly amazing food!!! Well worth the 40-minute drive from Princeton!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Video perfect
    jacknthebeanstalk
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We are now at the age that our tastes and experience have finally come together. We are regular and varied diners. Worldly, not in the sense of regular travel beyond our normal areas. We have been to several regions of France and England. Monte Carlo and sailed on many of the top notch cruise ships. Not yet to Italy or the Orient. We have experienced Seattle, Napa and San Francisco. Not the southwest or Chicago. Some, but not many of the New York scene. So, too the degree we have much more to explore there is no doubt. Compared to our regular venues of eastern Pennsylvania and central and south Florida "The Pass" is one of those unique experiences that stay in the memory. The video was a great tease but the experience was priceless
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    neighborhood gem
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  • BYOB in Hunterton
    EspoVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was my first time here after haivng been a regular diner at The Cafe in Rosemont. I was thrilled that the generla decor was kept and that they are even using that refrigerated case in the front to sell homemade charcuterie. We did the 6 course chef's tasting menu and enjoyed the meal thoroughly. Yes, there were some items I liked and my wife didn't, and some we both said "that was pretty good, but I'm not sure I'd ever order it again", but overall, the menu was creative, tasty and enjoyable. I would have liked ot have seen the Chef's charcuterie incoporated more into the dishes, but I at least bought some to go home!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Always a treat!
    DerrickD
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been several times now. The food is always excellent and innovative, with a nod towards home cooked rather than completely gastronomical. Local ingredients are normally used and it shows in the quality of the food and preparation. It's definitely unique in this area and we always look forward to making a reservation and heading on up ~20 miles to Rosemont!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Foodie Experience
    amb8402VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Outstanding. Excellent. A hidden gem. This is the way we should all be eating - very French/European. Small plates, prix fixe style. Not the American way where we indulge in large, non-sensible portions. Excellent combinations of flavors, food designs, taking my palette on an adventure. Come with an open mind, and enjoy your experience. This is NOT your typical American meal portion size so get that out of your heads now. Also need to comment on the bread. This is served like Europe - WITH your meal and not as a prelude to your meal. Do not expect refills on bread because it comes as a compliment to your appetizer. Make reservations in advance. Menu changes weekly - awesome.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Amazing food from amazing chefs who always satisfy and surprise you in the best way.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different
    Marjie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Four course prix fixe menu with two or three options per course. My companion and I ordered different meals and tried each other's food. Everything was simply delicious.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Pass on Pass
    Frequentpatron
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I get it must be hard to do a three course meal for $50 ... But in 4 bites dinner is over. Even in nyc best restaurants u get more food. This is just cheap. Even main dish was a piece of tuna one inch by one inch. It was grizzle not even sushi grade. Sent it back for some meat dish that tasted previously frozen. No accompaniments with dinner. So small not even a morsel of rice
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  • Loved It!
    KeithVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    great place. great food. great service. we are coming back!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    MTCCVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our first visit to The Pass. We loved our entire meal and the service was excellent. The ambiance is rustic/country casual - we really appreciated that the tables are not crammed right on top of each other like too many restaurants. We will certainly return.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Disappointing
    SyracusemomVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    After reading the reviews, we expected great food. We started well - the highlight was the house speck - deliciously soft and flavorful. My husband got the sardine and it too was quite good. My peach salad was a mystery - nothing really went together and the peach was not sweet. I kept making different combinations of bites, thinking I just wasn't doing it right, but my husband agreed; it didn't work. My main course of beef shin was very good but a little cold in the center. The burrata on top was delicious. My husband's tuna "pave" was appetizer size (if that) and did not have much flavor. His creme fraiche dessert was boring and my cheese was good but both pieces were very similar. On a positive note, the service was quite good.
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  • Absolute Wow
    Csaf31
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had read about The Pass and had high hopes based on what had been written. It was better than what I read. My wife and I don't go out often for upscale dinners since we have two young children but when we get the chance to do so we like to make it a great night. This fit the bill. We did the chef's 6 course tasting menu after considering the standard 4 course. We also had a cheese course first. The flavors from start to finish were outstanding, everything was super fresh, and the attention to detail was amazing. The in-house made focaccia was some of the best bread I have ever eaten. Super friendly staff. We can't wait to go back since the menu changes every two weeks. Atmosphere is relaxed in a charming environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a surprise!
    EastCoastFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Who knew there was such a great foodie find outside of Stockton. We enjoyed the complex dishes and had a great time guessing the ingredients used. Best Sardines we every had. We will definitely be back. Thanks!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food, great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If you are up for a nice ride in the country this is must if one is seeking inventive food, well executed with great service and happens to be BYOB. Going back in two weeks and we live 35+ miles away.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment!
    foodiefamily
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Memorably poor service including "near-death" experience - ordered "duck rillettes", waited almost an hour, and PORK rillettes arrived. Seems kitchen ran out of what was on the menu, switched pork, and no one had told us. As one of our party has a pork allergy, this could have been disastrous. At least we had the epi-pen with us. We were assured nothing else would include pork. The next course: breadsticks wrapped with SPECK! 40 minutes to take our order. Not even a piece of bread for another 45 minutes. Bungled wine-opening so wine had cork. Extended gaps between courses. Food overall inconsistent and never served hot. Some excellent bites hinting at what should have been, but the rest unremarkable or sitting in kitchen too long. Sad
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  • Great spot!
    Jack
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wow!- an outstanding price fixed 4 course menu with knowledgeable wait staff in a nice country setting.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't have any expectations
    PommeFrites4
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I would not recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere is quaint and different from city restaurants, might be unique if you don't live in the area. The food was very disappointing. It seemed like the chef was trying very hard to be innovative and creative and failed terribly. The combinations of flavors and ingredients in each dish were odd. My dessert was a flan that was watery like an unset watered down pudding with a chocolate ravioli (yes you read right) filled with banana mush. The chocolate ravioli did not work at all. Try it if you are curious. Since the menu is quite small you might make better choices, although others in my party ordered a few different things and they probably won't go back either. Maybe it was a bad night?
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  • Food lovers paradise.
    superbfood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was superb. Chef/owner, a real talent and signs of brilliance with complexity of flavors. Definite recommendation for food lovers. Looking forward to weekly changing menu and new tastes
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Check out The Pass!
    Schoolmarm
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The Pass was a wonderful find for us. The service was outstanding and each course of the meal was better than the last. The sweetbreads, cooked two ways, melted in my mouth. The berry torte for dessert was accompanied by a yummy brittle and delicious whipped cream. I'm looking forward to our next visit!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A serious restaurant for those who enjoy well-prepared food with a twist and are willing to seek out such food in unexpected places. Not a lavish setting, but instead, a blessedly quiet country one , so that serious diners can enjoy what they are eating without extraneous noise or distractions. Food is the centerpiece and deservedly so. Wait staff is attentive and professional.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Meal!
    Pookieswife
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Once again we had an amazing dining experience at the Pass! Each course selection sounded so great that I made my husband order the opposite so that I could taste everything! Already looking forward to our next meal, and bringing along some friends to experience this amazing place!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique
    Gagnon
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    you'd have a hard time finding a place in this cozy of a setting with the urban pedigree hat matt brings. authentic french cuisine in a provincial New Jersey Town surrounded by trees, valleys, and a river. It's almost like cheating, you get Paris, Philly, etc. without the mania and cost.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding meal
    PhillyGuy
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Casual fine dining. A bit hard to find the location first time there, but well worth the effort and then some! Service was ok.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • All around very good
    Vivian
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    There were four of us for dinner. We each made a point of trying everything. First we began with the oysters. We did not like them that much. they tasted a little old. Next we had the rillettes and lamb heart and kidneys. They were good but not to die for. the bread was the best I have other had in my life. next we had soft shelled crab and salmon. They were both outstanding. the soft shelled crab was the best I have had in a long time. Our main courses of lamb and halibut were just OK. The preparation was just not that interesting. finally the desserts were also good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nic
    nicm
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Very creative, never boring. I've eaten here 5-6 times, once with a group of 12 or so guys, really love it every time.
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  • Always a treat
    BucksBetty
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Dishes are thoughtful, unique and aim to delight. Staff is knowledgable and take great care of you. One of the few places locally we go.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sublime and Surprising
    ANQuie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The rabbit polenta was mouthful after mouthful of delicious umami. And the amazing nori-wrapped swordfish "en chemise" is STILL on my mind. I've been fortunate to dine in many of the world's best spots, and I have to say, The Pass is among them. How lucky we are to have this taste destination right here in Hunterdon County!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big City Dining in Small town NJ
    EverydayWineGuy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The Pass is great little restaurant offering big city fare and presentation in a small town context. The fact that it's a BYO is a big plus given that the $49 4 course prix-fixe is your only option. In addition, make sure you look at the current menu on line before you go as there are only 2 choices per course, except for the appertivo, with which you don't have a choice. 4 courses is not a dining experience we would flock to on a regular basis as we just don't do dessert all that often. The food itself was first rate and quite innovative in a way that you'd expect from any of the top chefs in NY or Philly.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    Persnickety
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Although the menu is limited (two appetizers, two entries, two deserts for a fixed price), every offering is creative. Our group of four tried everything and pronounced each dish outstanding. We practically licked the plates. I especially liked that there were meat and fish choices. The room is pleasant and filled with natural light. Easy to have a conversation. And we like that it's BYOB.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome
    snego
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The Pass continues to be our favorite restaurant within driving distance of Princeton. Creative, delicious, and a bargain to boot.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Had a great time
    BucksBetty
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Love the variety of dishes and low key vibe. Service is efficient and friendly, and everyone wants to make sure you're enjoying your meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great for a Quiet Dinner
    BucksFoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The drive there is scenic, the menu is creative, and execution on the menu was very good. We went with the main menu (as opposed to the six-course option) and shared every dish on it. Of particular distinction were the pate and softshell crab. Another fine addition to the Lambertville-Princeton restaurant scene.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Another superb dinner
    alwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The meals served at The Pass never cease to amaze me: the chef is amazingly creative and adventurous, and everything that comes out of the kitchen is special. This week I had a swordfish appetizer on a bed of avocado mousse and a soft-shell crab main course, with seasonings I have never tasted before and it was fabulous. I always think there is not enough food but I leave full. $48pp for this level of food is a bargain. Anyone who needs cloth napkins or more of the same Italian food that's in most every restaurant in the area shouldn't come here. This is a special place and one that I hope will stick around to cater to foodies like myself.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't "pass" up "The Pass"
    RockcreekparkVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The Pass is a delightful gem in the quiet town of Rosemont. The food is inventive, the service is wonderful, and the prices quite reasonable! The Pass is also a BYOB restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • effort is there but....
    Sushimaestro
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were very excited to try The Pass, having scheduled several weeks in advance and supporting our local businesses. While the staff and owner were very attentive and caring, and the effort was absolutely there, the food was not flavorful and the portion size was quite small. I hope they can find their stride and perhaps take another approach with the menu. It's sad to write this, as we really expected so much more. Maybe down the road we'll try again, but not too soon.
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  • We should have Passed
    Rick
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The greeter was a bit snooty. Our table was cramped - when we asked to be moved we were re-buffed - "too busy." But, there were open tables (no pun intended). Even the water order was wrong. We asked for tap - they brought sparkling - "well that's what you ordered." Fiber-like napkins in a restaurant like this?? Our local pizza joint has cloth napkins. Head waiter was good, knowledgeable, but not getting much help. Appetizers were inedible - pork fat with skin? Entrees were good, but too much salt!! Desserts OK not great. NY Times gave The Pass an excellent review. The menu changes often here, so maybe it just wasn't our night. Funny that the prices went up since the review.
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  • Great dining experience!
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a fabulous prix fixe menu at the Pass. Our interest was prompted by the 4 star review in the NYT and we were not at all disappointed. The food was outstanding and the service attentive and well-informed.
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  • Bring a big appetite!
    Gayle
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Pass has recently changed its prix fixe menu to four courses, at a new, higher price of $49.00. Not a bad value for the superb food that is served, but I think four courses is more than I can handle. I don't usually order dessert, so I wish there were a way to choose three courses. Choices are limited to two entrées, so I advise diners to check the menu before making a reservation, to make sure there is a dish you like. Service is still great and the bread is to die for!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How did you find this place?!
    JOHNnELLY
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Started going here soon after they opend last May and have been showing up every couple weeks the food is exceptional and the service is friendly and efficant. The head Chef Matt and his staff are probably the most creative kitchen team I have ever come across and the execution is flawless. You will find yourself enjoying things you thought you didn't like or want to try I know I did and so have a couple of people I have brought here. Each menu (They started out changing every week ,now every 2 weeks) holds surprises and even education but this is not the kind of place to come for old favorites. Take a friend to this BYOB in a funky OLD general store in the country and enjoy "Haute cuisine" in a comfort food setting.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.