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around metlife stadium

super al - in my opinion, there a some good eats in the area, but there really isnt any "not to be missed" places in a 10 minute drive of giants stadium. Especially so if your plan was to go grab something after the game (12am?) - id just go home and prepare for a rough Tuesday! push comes to shove, Segovia, mentioned earlier, is good, but certainly doesnt fall in the not to be missed category. and i doubt theyre open that late on a Monday.

Nov 18, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Article: Home cook's top 12 North Jersey (Bergen/Passaic) food stores

Steins bagels is overrated in my opinion. good, but not great, and expensive. Ive never been to the Italian Riviera, but may make a trip to check them out. My favorite salumeria in Bergen is Visentini Brothers in Lodi. Also love Jerry's in Englewood too.

Nov 17, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

thanks fourunder. over the weekend heard about a new place called up in smoke bbq in butler. may have to try them out next as its a little closer to home than the other places.

Nov 02, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

so, I wound up going to the Knotty Pine pub for wings and a beer, as the consensus was the the bbq places I mentioned above weren't stop worthy. Knotty Pine is a little dive bar off of rt 15 in Wharton. it was busy at lunch time. sat up at the bar and ordered a dozen wings. couldnt decide which sauces i wanted to try: the spicy hot, bloody mary, or motoroil, (a spicy / bbq mix) the latter 2 sounded different/interesting. a sweet young lady behind the bar said it was no problem if i wanted to try all 3 sauces (4 wings each). awesome!! wings were very crispy, almost like a cornmeal coating which was crunchy and different from what im used to, but really tasty all the same. now normally i am a spicy buffalo wing purist, no terriyaki, no lemon garlic, honey etc... but my favorite wings of the bunch were the motoroils. they were subtly sweet and a little spicy. very, very tasty. the spicy buffalo were also very good. could take or leave the bloody marys... didnt get much bloody mary flavor come thru. the cook came over and gave me a few more wings which was unnecessary but awesome, and very nice of him. all in all, the Knotty pine pub is a very small bar with cheap prices and awesome wings. wouldnt make the long trip out there specifically for lunch, but if you'rein the wharton area and looking for a relaxing spot for a cold draft, solid wings, and friendly folks behind the bar / in the kitchen, i would recommend stopping by. also a guy i was sitting next too got the rib lunch special. they were huge (beef ribs?)and looked amazing, and for like $11 i almost ordered one to take home. probably should have...

Oct 30, 2014
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Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

thanks for the review, will give it a shot next time up that way. also heard about a bbq place in butler called up in smoke. a little closer to me than Randlolph - have you heard anything about it?

Oct 27, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

thanks mcsheridan... will just have to add them to the list of places to try when in the area!

Oct 26, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

appreciate it - guess its between texas smoke for q or knotty pine for wings and a cold one...

Oct 25, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

will be in the area (Rockaway) next week to meet a client, and always like to try a new bbq joint. As a huge bbq fan, I have to stop at one of these spots for lunch and chow down. I read good (and bad) things about both places on yelp and was wondering if anyone had any preferences or feedback on either place. if i could wear sweatpants, or my wife's maternity jeans to meet my client, i would hit up both lol!

also heard that the knotty pine pub in Wharton has the best wings, so that is another option too... any info on any/all of these establishments is greatly appreciated.
thanks! (please note i will not be bringing my client, so ambiance is of no concern)

http://www.texassmokebbq.com/

http://hotrodsbbq.com/

http://www.knottypinepub.com/home.html

Oct 23, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Best BBQ in Bergen County?

So my concerns regarding Finks came true. Last visit (about 6 weeks ago) was still good, but not great like all my previous visits. I wondered again if this was because Fink ( per our waitress ) was spending the majority of his time up at Bobby Qs, the sister restaurant in suffern. I figured Id take a quick trip up there when i got a chance to try them, as Ive heard good things - and i see on yelp they closed??? called to confirm and phone just rings... website is still up tho. anyone have any details on what happened?
thanks.

Oct 18, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

The rumors are true: WholeFoods is coming to Closter, NJ

maybe some more clarity in the next 5 years? LOL

Sep 28, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Are people in NJ as Kale crazy as the ones in NY

that
sounds
AWESOME!
thank u PuniceaRana!

It is somewhat similar to a broccoli rabe soup my wife makes in the winter. since you were so kind to give me that recipe, here is hers:

Sausage, white bean, broccoli rabe soup:

1 head broccoli rabe chopped
1 1/4 sweet Italian sausage
1 large white onion chopped
3 (or more) cloves garlic chopped
2 32 oz containers chicken broth (8 cups)
2 15.5 oz cans cannellini beans (rinsed)

remove from casing and cook sausage over medium heat, breaking it up until brown (about 10 min) Add diced white onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add broccoli rabe and broth. bring to simmer, add beans and stir. keep on low heat about another hour. We always then put the whole pot in the fridge and reheat the next day. Always seems to taste better a day or 2 later as all the flavors meld and the beans break down a little and thicken the soup / stew. Add salt / black pepper to taste.

Aug 09, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Are people in NJ as Kale crazy as the ones in NY

our neighbor gave us a lacinato kale plant ( aka dinosaur kale ) and its doing great. anyone have any ideas on some interesting preparations? im more of a swiss chard guy myself lol

Aug 09, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Looking for the Best Northern NJ Cheese Shops

double0, you can sample many of the cheeses at lunch time as well as on the weekends. they have them cubed up in containers you can use toothpicks to try different ones (not every single variety of cheese is offered, but there are many different ones to sample) and yes, as with any place, always check the sell by dates. especially here. they recently renovated/expanded the whole back area (cheese / deli section).

Jul 26, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Looking for the Best Northern NJ Cheese Shops

in Bergen county, Maywood Market in Maywood has a very large selection of different cheeses, both imported and domestic .

Jul 25, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Good values good food specials and deals at chowhound worthy places

if you're a bbq fan, get yourself over to Dumont and try Finks. their smoked buffalo wings are my favorite wings in the area so far. and I apologize to livingloving for sorta hijacking the reply thread
: )

Jul 11, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Good values good food specials and deals at chowhound worthy places

awesome Zhelder, thanks! I can add Mi Rancho in Hackensack has an all you can eat (off the menu ) on wednesday night. I havent done the ayce, but their food is very good / authentic Mexican. as far as the places you listed, Bhoj is my favorite Indian place in the area, Minado is great for what it is, and I will be checking out Bogey's on your recommendation soon. Also the Hot Dog Caboose seems like a must stop for me and my toddler - 2 of his favorite things, hot dogs and choo choos lol. Mentioned to you on another post that i wasnt a fan of Buffalo's, but may need to give them another shot (on a .60 wing wednesday!)
Lastly, my favorite BBQ joint, Finks in Dumont, does a $10 lunch carving station with different daily themes... well worth it. my favorites are Thursdays "For Loafing"
Rotating Meatloaf items may include Buffalo Chicken Loaf, Thanksgiving Turkey Loaf, Bacon Wrapped Sausage Stuffed Pork Loaf, etc.

and Fridays "For Pork"
All Parts of the Hog items may include Pork Belly, Cajun Smoked Pork Loin, Baby Back Ribs, etc.

Jul 10, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Good values good food specials and deals at chowhound worthy places

thats awesome. can someone do this for Bergen lol?

Jul 10, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Mongolian BBQ.... is it extinct in NJ?

used to be a Mongolian BBq in Hoboken goin back over 10 years ago call the Gobi Grill. im sure it's long gone now. fun placew

Jul 01, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Jersey barbecue freaks prepare yourselves - Mighty Quinn's to open in Clifton

Elisa Ung gave Stickys in Hillsdale 2 stars on Friday, and a pretty rough review. Still will probably try them out at some point but that certainly is disappointing...

Jun 30, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Callahan's

it turned into a Miami subs - now a Walgreens i believe.

Jun 08, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Callahan's

The Callahan's hot dog truck was at the Secaucus street fair today. Went right up and got two dogs with kraut and mustard.... omg... just like i remember 25+ yrs ago at the Bergenfield spot. Spoke with Dan, the grandson of the the original owners, really nice guy. Apparently he's getting great feedback at all the events he brings the truck too. Forgot how big their dogs were. Will try a stop by a few events he's at as the summer goes on. My little guy enjoyed a small piece of the hot dog too. This food truck thing is really catching on up here in Bergen.

Jun 08, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Picnic Garden Korean BBQ Buffet - Fort Lee

i experienced meat sweats for the 1st time in my life. not sure if thats a good thing lol.

Jun 06, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Picnic Garden Korean BBQ Buffet - Fort Lee

would you guys say this would be fun for a laid back birthday dinner?

Jun 03, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Picnic Garden Korean BBQ Buffet - Fort Lee

thanks again fourunder! we check this place out soon and report back

Jun 03, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Picnic Garden Korean BBQ Buffet - Fort Lee

saw this place today after leaving my doctor's office next door. all you can eat korean bbq buffet? sounds interesting. any feedback would be great!

Jun 02, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Let's hear it for our own Cliff's, named one of the 21 best Ice Creams Shops in America

thanks for the response fourunder. per google maps, its about 40min away, but you figure there and back, and at least some time to wait on line, and then to eat and enjoy the ice cream, yeah, were talking 2 hrs. at least there's no tolls! if we're in that neck of the woods, definitely will try to stop by. as far as more local spots, do you have any preferences outside of van dykes? (which i have not been too as of yet)
i enjoy conrads in westwood

May 30, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Bergen Record lauds service at local casual / fast food places.

Last 3 weeks Record reviews:

Bareli's Secaucus
Lan Shang Wallington
Sophia's Hasbrouck Heights

dont know if you read this board, but thanks from the average diner Ms Ung.

May 30, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Let's hear it for our own Cliff's, named one of the 21 best Ice Creams Shops in America

Is their ice cream worth a trip from the Paramus area? Have heard great things about Van Dykes in ridgewood too. (much closer but i really dont mind a nice drive for good ice cream, although my toddler is another story...)

May 29, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

never been to papa razzi. or joes for that matter until today. maybe joes always being crowded and papa razzi always being able to grab a seat says something about them? i dont know. but i agree, i also try to avoid that mall whenever possible. absolutely at holiday time.

May 18, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

while i wouldnt call it my "favorite" burger in NJ (not sure who i would give that accolade too...) just had a very solid, and very tasty burger at American Joes bar & grill at the Garden state plaza mall in Paramus. there was a touch a truck event in the parking lot (little guy loved riding the firetrucks, cement mixers etc) and afterwards we grabbed lunch at American Joes. first time trying this place after walking past it for for the last 15 or so years. Had the Joe's signature burger, which came with crispy pork belly, white cheddar, maple cajun bacon jam, house-cured pickles, and arugula - i asked them to hold the bbq sauce as i prefer ketchup. came out medium just like i requested and was really very tasty, and came on a challah bread roll? which was a nice surprise and worked surprising well with the burger. decent fries. 2 bloody mary's and daddy left with a smile. now, i dont recommend going out of the way to go, but if your at the mall and dont feel like food court, fast food, casual chains (theres a on the border and chilis at gsp) i reccomend this place, at least for a burger and a drink. pricier than other mall options (that burger w/ fries was $15) but worth it imo.

May 18, 2014
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