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The Pig--Chapel Hill

Try "Rat's" in Hamilton NJ

Jan 26, 2011
jwk2 in Southeast

Need help quickly

My in-laws are in town and our plan to go to Drew's Bistro were thwarted as my wife waited too long to make a rez (The in-laws are strongly accustomed to eating at 7:00).

Father-in-law is a fan of quality steaks or seafood. We are trying to shy away from ethnic places( tho Italian would be acceptable), and looking for something a little cheaper (and maybe a little more casual) than say, Brandl or Whispers. Want to stay in Monmouth County, closer to the shore if possible.

Ideas? Timely suggestions needed!!!

Jul 10, 2009
jwk2 in Mid-Atlantic

Vegetarian Help

My wife and I are going to France in a few weeks. She is a vegetarian, but does eat dairy. We are planning on driving around a bit, and expect to spend time in Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, and Bordeaux. We're looking to have a couple of "special" meals (don't know if we can afford L'Arpege), other than that, any help would be appreciated.

Mar 11, 2009
jwk2 in France

A nice little interview with Anthony Bourdain

Good stuff. Thanks for posting. I saw Bourdain speak in Philly on a book tour a couple of years ago. In the realm of celebrity TV chefs, he comes across as one of the most genuine.

As far as Spain goes, I would have to agree with Tony and most of the other posters. My theory is that they use VERY small cameras and everyone just forgets that they're making a television show.

Jan 22, 2009
jwk2 in Food Media & News

What is your favorite new Monmouth County Discovery?

Gas is cheap again. Hop in the car and take a ride to Aamantran in Toms River. Very good Indian food. Buffet Mon-Thursday, I think.

Jan 12, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

Bobby's Burger Palace

Yeah, I was going for a little shock value there.

Jan 09, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

Boom in Belmar

chowgal:

I believe it was a mix, and I think it was made in-house. I only had a bite, but I didn't notice any overt meat flavors. I'll ask my wife what her imppression was, she's the expert. But if memory serves, I think it got a "pretty good" at the time.

Jan 09, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

Boom in Belmar

Thank you for taking the time to call. It's nice to hear that they are interested in their customer's opinions and are willing to accommodate.

One last note on resting and I promise to drop the subject. When meat is cooked, the protiens coagulate and squeeze out some of their moisture. The heat drives the moisture to the center. As meat rests, this process is partially reversed. The moisture that is driven toward the center of the meat is redistributed as the protein molecules relax and are able to reabsorb some moisture.

Yes, I want my burger juicy. But if all the juices run out on to my plate because the burger didn't rest, it's not going to be as juicy as it could be. That's all I'm saying.

Jan 07, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

Restaurant week for a veggie

Also, been to Devi for lunch prie fixe. great vegetarian choices and fantastic food. I think I read they are participating.

Jan 07, 2009
jwk2 in Manhattan

Restaurant week for a veggie

In addition, Boulud's flagship, Restaurant Daniel, has a vegetarian menu. My wife is a vegetarian and we have been to both to celebrate special occasions. At our trip to Daniel, we ran into Chef Boulud on our way out and my wife told him how happy she was with her meal. He told her they love vegetarians there, and next time we come to let them know if we would be getting the veggie tasting menu ahead of time, because they could have done "so much more."

Hopefully, at least one of his places are participating. Good luck!

Jan 07, 2009
jwk2 in Manhattan

Boom in Belmar

A note on the menu under the "burgers are cooked med rare" would be a fine idea, although I think you are probably right when you place the "resting crowd" firmly in the minority of diners.

Until such note appears, at least no CHs have to go in unprepared.

Jan 07, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

Boom in Belmar

bnemes

I feel like you responded to my post without really reading it, so let me reiterate a couple of points and add a couple as well.

1. Yes, I do expect them to rest the burger. I appreciate the need to get food out in a timely manner, as I cook professionally. I also expect it to be cooked properly, and that includes resting the meat. Perhaps that is not something you care about, but I do. Others on this board have expressed displeasure with this also. It could be that it is more bothersome to me than anyone else, but it is a valid complaint.

2. I appreciate you trying to help by suggesting that I let the burger rest on my plate. It's such a good idea, that I already thought of it and mentioned that I would do exactly that.

3. The idea of resting an eight ounce/ half-inch thick burger may seem silly to you, but I assure you the physics of heating raw meat, causing the juices to run to the center, do not change whether it is a burger of 8 oz. or one pound; or filet mignon or a lamb chop.

4. As you yourself asked, "Do you really expect them to 'rest' a burger for the requisite 5 - 10 minutes after cooking". As I'm sure you are aware, requisite means "indispensable" or "essential". So since we agree that this is a required step, I'm sure you can see why I would might take small issue with it.

Jan 07, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

Boom in Belmar

My point is that I shouldn't have to "lean over the plate". Resting meat before serving is Cooking 101. If a place is going to make the grilling of burgers their business, asking that they practice the basic fundamentals of cooking meat shouldn't be too much to expect.

I said I enjoyed the place, and I'll go back, but next time I'll let the burger sit on the plate a few minutes before I take a bite.

Jan 06, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

Boom in Belmar

Just got done my posting my review of Bobby's Burger Palace (not good) and figured I'd weigh in on Boom Burger.

As disappointed as my wife and I were with BBP. we got right back on the burger horse to try out Boom (once I had confirmation of a veggie burger for her). I had the Boom Burger. I was tempted to go with the lamb, but for once I figured I'd try the signature dish first.

My first bite unleashed a torrent of juices, as many have mentioned. This was the only thing I took issue with. I'm thinking that the cooks aren't letting the burgers rest before serving. A burger can be juicy and delicious without dripping a couple of ounces of liquid on my fries and ruining my bun. It's such a simple thing to correct, and it would make a good place better.

Other than that, we enjoyed the experience, and I much prefer to support a small business than a celebrity cashing in on his fame at the expense of his integrity...whoops, that's a different thread.

Jan 05, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

Bobby's Burger Palace

Food average at best. I, too was put-off by the rushed atmosphere. The guy across from me almost had his wife's plate taken twice in a span of two minutes while she was in the bathroom.

I was quite surprised there was a chicken AND turkey option, but no veggie burger. you would think a guy who plays on Mexican and SoCal flavors for a living would be able to come up with a black bean burger.

Also, when you're at the counter, you can look thru the windows into a storeroom, and it's #10 cans of Sysco products...the same company that stocks cafeterias and prisons.

Major disappointment.

Jan 05, 2009
jwk2 in New Jersey

one dinner & one brunch

Au Cinquième Péché was my "great French meal" when I was there last week, and it was truly great. I just posted on it on a different thread.

Brunch was Le Cartet, if I remember correctly. Very good.

Aug 23, 2008
jwk2 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best (Restaurant/Food) of Montreal

I should mention that it is Boulevard or Avenue du Mt. Royal, not on the mountain. (see following review below)

Aug 23, 2008
jwk2 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best (Restaurant/Food) of Montreal

Au Cinquième Péché on Mt. Royal. Went to Montreal for the first time last week and had a great experience. I think I read they are closed from the end of August till middle of Sept., I don't know when you're planning your trip...

Nice bistro feel, crowded but welcoming. Staff was warm, friendly, and completely unpretentious. Honestly, I'm not sure I'd call it progressive as much as interesting, exciting and inventive (is that progressive?).

For appetizers, my wife (vegetarian) had an heirloom tomato salad with chevre noir and a couple of other things that I don't remember because I was too occupied with my duo of seal. A piece of smoked seal carpaccio and a piece of beautifully cooked seal loin, served with an herb salad and a touch of garlic cream. I've never had seal before, so I have no point of reference, but I truly enjoyed it. A little stronger flavor than say, lamb, incredibly moist and delicious.

For our main plates, she had a sweet potato gnocchi with spinach, oyster mushrooms, and I believe tomato, while I had sweetbreads with celeriac puree', brunoise chorizo, and snow peas. The sharpness of the chorizo, the lightness of the puree', the crisp snow peas, and the rich sweetbreads contrasted and complimented each other perfectly.

Dessert was a pine nut, goat cheese nougat ice cream topped with basil granita and served over a tomato "gremolata", which was really a sort of tomato jam. I don't know if it sounds good (we were immediately intrigued), but we loved it. My wife used her finger to lick the bowl clean.

We went to Montreal to get away for a long weekend and had a pretty amazing time. Beautiful city with lots of good food, and that night was the highlight of the trip for me. I've actually been looking forward to sharing this experience seeing as how I "discovered" the place on Chowhound.

Good luck!

Aug 23, 2008
jwk2 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Pizza in N.J.

one experience at vic's and i'll never go back. rude people made a bad pie taste even worse. you can do much better in the area- Pizza On Main in bradley beach is only 2 minutes down the street.

Sep 05, 2007
jwk2 in New Jersey

Brickwall - Asbury Park

been to brickwall 5 times now. great place to grab a beer and something to eat but i know we're not gonna get top notch food. the service has improved tremendously over the past year, but that's about all. last time i ordered the hanger steak also, which was cooked all right- but i asked for it au poivre(which is an option on the menu) and was told they might be out of it. when it came out with au poivre on the side, the server asked me how it was because they were out of it and SHE explained to the cook ow to make it! well, at that point i couldn't say it was mediocre(which it was). my mac and cheese was creamy, but not very cheesy. it was better on previous trips. it's hit or miss, if you know that going in, you won't be dissapointed.

Sep 04, 2007
jwk2 in Mid-Atlantic

menus with vegetarian options mon. county

thanks for your input everyone, i suppose i should have included some places i've already tried including kaya's kithchen, sister sue's( real good, but sometimes they're not open, sometimes they're out of all fish...), eurasian eatery i love until 2 hours later, for some reason i get heartburn when i go there, nicholas i felt was a little overrated, but it was a buisness thing so i'd be willing to give it another shot.also-market in the middle(good), and bamboo leaf in br. beach(also good).

anyone ever been to twisted tree? i've heard that name come up frequently lately.
oh, and i've no problem going to ocean county...

Aug 11, 2007
jwk2 in New Jersey

menus with vegetarian options mon. county

my future wife(vegetarian) and i(not vegetarian) have been seeking out quality places for the past couple of years. lately we've been driving farther and farther. i am a cook and i want her to be exposed to more than veggie burgers and fettucine alfredo. we've found some good places of all prices and cuisines, but i'm always wanting to find something new.

Aug 08, 2007
jwk2 in New Jersey

Is there anywhere for something good to eat in Belmar?

try whipers restaurant in spring lake. you can google thir website. also, i have a fondness for the draughting table on main street in bradley beach.

Jun 02, 2007
jwk2 in Mid-Atlantic