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Family meals in Bay Head/Point Pleasant

maybe add a fourth option to above info request on local Point Pleasant bbq places: famous daves in Brick - doesnt look too far away from the point pleasant places...

1 day ago
yogi70 in New Jersey

Bon Fayhr BBQ Buffet Tappan NY/NJ Border

thanks again ZH - will have to check both out

May 28, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Family meals in Bay Head/Point Pleasant

Hi motl,
for seafood, i took some advice from fellow chowers last summer, and went to the Point lobster company - man was i glad. its a small fish market, with picnic tables outside. they have a nice sized menu, you place your order inside and they bring it out to you.... and the food is terrific - as fresh as it gets. I love their lobster roll (for $13 ??) and they are byo. PERFECT and relaxing way to end a fun filled day at the point. very family appropriate. very fair prices. on another note, as a bbq lover, i saw there were 3 different bbq places right in point pleasant? ( Woodchucks bbq, Shore Points Coastal bbq and Hickory Hog) anyone care to share their opinions / recommendations on these? should i pass up a meal at Point Lobster for any one of them???
thanks in advance

May 28, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Bon Fayhr BBQ Buffet Tappan NY/NJ Border

nice review ZH
i will give this place a shot - might just give them a few more weeks to continue to work the kinks out. i was kinda hesitant on trying them, as they are just getting continuously crushed on yelp - with all the 5 star reviews coming from mostly 1st time reviewers (red flag). was wondering if you (or anyone) knew how this place compares with POC in Hackensack??

May 26, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

Been going to Sutter's since high school / college - tuesday used to 10 cents wing nite. I know Frontera in Hackensack is still around, and pretty sure about Chapala in Bergenfield, the others Im not sure. Heard good things about a Cinco de Mayo, but i dont think it was in Waldwick?

May 15, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Are There Any Decent Caribbean Places in No. Jersey?

I cant say 1st hand, as i have not visited yet, but Angie's in Maywood got fantastic reviews from friends of ours. we will be trying them soon and report back.

May 13, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

thanks ELA, will have to try one of these out next time up in Suffern area. used to frequent Sutter's Mill for wings, but its been some time ive been up that way...

May 11, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

will have to check Selenita's out based on the rave reviews... care to share some of those "few very good Mexican restaurants" near you in Bergen, ELA?

May 10, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

awesome, thanks!

May 08, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

cool, thanks double0. wife works in Montvale so maybe she can stop one night on way home - wonder if theyre related to Azteca in Rutherford, as i mentioned above, we had lunch at on cinco de mayo, and was awesome.

May 07, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

are they related to the Englewood spot? both about 10 minutes away from me so, to be honest, i dont really even care if its a chain - as long as the food rocks.

May 07, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

BBQ caterer that cooks! Near Essex County

these guys were my favorite of all the fantastic entrants/trucks last summer at the Monmouth Park BBQ & Craft Beer Festival

http://www.drjcatering.com/index.html

May 07, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

thanks sixelagogo - gotta check them out soon

May 07, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

thanks Chuck, but im looking for places almost an 1hr north of those locales, in Bergen county or close by. but what are a few good places if im ever in that area?

May 07, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

looking for places to get tacos al pastor in northern NJ (Bergen County)

there is already a great thread on northern nj mexican places

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3950...

but im looking specifically for places where I can get tacos "al pastor" - after watching a recent Triple D episode, i really want to find a few local spots to try them. for those unfamiliar, Al pastor is a dish developed in Mexico, derived from the Middle eastern shawarma, or the Greek gyro meat. Whereas shawarma is usually lamb-based, tacos al pastor in Mexico are made from pork. its marinated w/ a combination of dried chiles, spices, onion and pineapple and slowly cooked on a spinning spit (like shwarma). i was drooling after that Triple D episode, and yesterday for cinco de mayo lunch, hit up Azteca Restaurante in Rutherford. the tacos al pastor were AMAZING, as were my wifes carnitas, unfortunately they dont do them on the rotating spit there (i guess it doesnt really matter) anyhow, was wondering if there were some other places i need to hit up for my new al pastor fix? please let me know.
thanks in advance.

May 06, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Best cheap buffets?

i havent been to yet, but have heard very mixed reviews of the POC buffet and sushi in Hackensack. took over a brazilian churasscaria place about 2yrs ago. Personally, I am a Minado guy, but was thinking about trying this place out. has anyone been? Also heard that the old Duke Ocean Grill in Tappan NY (footsteps over the NJ border) is turning into a buffet place that actually is going to serve house smoked BBQ??? now that is something I would check out. New place is called Bon Fayr? Heard about it from boozyburbs. gotta check that out soon too!

Apr 20, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

what's your favorite greek place in bergen county?

we enjoy Sofia's as well!

Apr 02, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

what's your favorite greek place in bergen county?

We wound up trying Syros in Englewood over the weekend and it was very nice. Not a huge menu, but what they do, they do well. started with the mussels appetizer and a greek salad. Mussels were huge and tasty, steamed with scallions, dill, tons of garlic, and wine. greek salad was the standard, but very fresh and feta was extraordinary. I had the catch of the day, a whole Bronzino. i was a little nervous because i never had Bronzino before but it was delicious. very simply prepared, very tasty, came with delicious lemon potatoes. wife got a chicken dish which was great too. reminded me of coq au vin. washed it down with a not too sweet riesling we brought in (BYO) and had a really enjoyable meal. would definitely return.

Apr 02, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

what's your favorite greek place in bergen county?

was thinking about trying Syros Taverna next in Englewood.... anyone been yet?

Mar 27, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Stickey's BBQ in Hillsdale

So we finally got over to Stickey's in Hillsdale, and had an enjoyable meal. Very first thing, as soon as you walk in, your are greeted with a smoked meat/ bbq smell wafting from the kitchen. The interior is gorgeous. a texas / bbq / pork theme going on here. has a very open, clean, spacious, new feel. The kitchen is open as well, allowing you to watch Larry Hage (the pitmaster) taking racks of ribs out of the smokers and do his thing, which i thought was pretty cool. its byo so we picked up a six pack of shiner bock across the street at shop right liquors. the waitress brought over a huge cooler to our table filled with ice - slightly overkill for a six pack lol, but still impressive.

Waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. we wanted to try many different items so we split a 1/2 rack of beef rib, and a 3 meat combo. we opted for pulled pork, brisket and the pork ribs. sides (you get 2 w/ the combo, 1 with the 1/2 rack) were collard greens, mac n cheese, and fries.

food was a mixed bag.
high notes:
the beef rib was one of the tastiest pieces of meat i have ever eaten. no joke. i actually never had a beef rib before, and so glad we chose it. even the 1/2 rack was huge. in my opinion it didn't even seem like a rib, but more like a roast on a huge bone. soft, succulent, tender beef, with some fat nestled in the grain of the meat, just smoky and salty and seasoned perfectly. i would go back just for this dish alone. A+

Brisket: very tasty, nice smoke ring around the meat and crusty outside. could have been a little more fatty/moist imo, but really good.

the Ok - all sides. collard greens were good (not spicy like Finks) mac and cheese was ok, kinda bland. fries were fries, nothing special. Also, side dishes are disappointingly small (besides the fries). little plastic cup small. :(

also Ok was pulled pork. not bad, not great, it was the wife's choice, as pulled pork isnt my favorite. would skip it to try another meat option next time.

Not that impressive: the pork ribs. really disappointed here. Unfortunately i cant help but compare everything to Finks, and these ribs just weren't on par. the rub Larry uses was very good (we had wanted to try 2 different sauces, so they came on the side) but the issue was they were kinda small... not that much meat on the bone. more importantly, i dont think they remove or trim the membrane on the pork ribs. i know ribs are not supposed to be "fall of the bone" and have some bite to them, but these had almost a snap to them and were slightly tough to bite off the bone and chew. tasted good with the sauce, but im used to the huge, soft, awesome pork ribs at Finks.

Sauces were tasty - we chose the traditional and the spicy mojo. ( mojo is basically the traditional with red pepper flakes)

Had good amount of leftover beef rib which was delicious warmed up next day.
All in all would definitely return for the beef rib alone! also next time would like to try their pitt beef, sausage, bbq chicken, and wings (table across got burgers which also looked great)
hard not to compare to my favorite bbq joint Finks, and probably unfair. However, having 2 solid smokehouse bbq places in the county with slightly different offerings is definitely not a bad thing.
other good things, as mentioned before its byo, the staff incredibly friendly. bathrooms are gorgeous, and that cooler brought tableside was awesome.
will be back!

Mar 26, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Best BBQ in Bergen County?

We finally over to Stickey's in Hillsdale, and had a very enjoyable meal. first thing as soon as you walk in, your are greeted with the smoked meat/ bbq smell wafting from the kitchen. The interior is gorgeous. a nice texas / bbq / pork theme going on here. has a very open, clean, spacious, new feel. The kitchen is open too, allowing you to watch Larry taking racks of ribs out of the smokers and do his thing, which i thought was pretty cool. its byo so we picked up a six pack of shiner bock across the street at shop right liquors. the waitress brought over a huge cooler to our table filled with ice - slightly overkill for a six pack lol, but still impressive.
Waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. we wanted to try many different items so we split a 1/2 rack of beef rib, and a 3 meat combo. we opted for pulled pork, brisket and the pork ribs. sides (you get 2 w/ the combo, 1 with the 1/2 rack) were collard greens, mac n cheese, and fries.

food was a mixed bag.
high notes:
the beef rib was one of the tastiest pieces of meat i have ever eaten. no joke. i actually never had a beef rib before, and so glad we chose it. even the 1/2 rack was huge. in my opinion it didnt even seem like a rib, but more like a roast on a huge bone. soft, succulent, tender beef, with some fat nestled in the grain of the meat, just smoky and salty and seasoned perfectly. i would go back just for this dish alone. A+

Brisket: very tasty, nice smoke ring around the meat and crusty outside. could have been a little more moist imo, but really good.

the Ok - all sides. collard greens were good (not spicy like finks) mac and cheese was ok, kinda bland. fries were fries, nothing special. Also, side dishes are disappointingly small (besides the fries). little plastic cup small. :(

also Ok was pulled pork. not bad, not great, it was the wife's choice, as pulled pork isnt my favorite. would try another meat option next time.

Not that impressive: the pork ribs. really disappointed here. Unfortunately i cant help but compare everything to Finks, and these ribs just weren't great. the rub Larry uses was very good (we had wanted to try 2 different sauces, so they came on the side) but the issue was they were kinda small... not that much meat on the bone. more importantly, i dont think they remove or trim the membrane on the pork ribs. i know ribs are not supposed to be "fall of the bone" and have some bite to them, but these had almost a snap to them and were slightly tough to bite off the bone and chew. tasted good with the sauce, but im used to the huge, soft, awesome pork ribs at finks.

Sauces were tasty - we chose the traditional and the spicy mojo. (basically the traditional with red pepper flakes)

Had good amount of leftover beef rib which was delicious warmed up next day.
All in all would definitely return for the beef rib alone! also next time would like to try their pitt beef, sausage, bbq chicken, and wings (table across got burgers which also looked great)
hard not to compare to my favorite bbq joint Finks, and probably unfair. However, having 2 solid smokehouse bbq places in the county with slightly different offerings is definitely not a bad thing.
other good things: staff incredibly friendly. bathrooms gorgeous, and that cooler brought tableside was awesome.

Mar 25, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Bergen County (or nearby) seafood...

Hi ELA,
have you thought about the new fish place in the Riverside Plaza? The Oceanaire room? I havent been, and havent heard much about it, but for a solely seafood restaurant in Bergen, your options are limited. PS - i am also a huge Axia fan, and love their "salmon kalamata"

Mar 25, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

For Northern Bergen Cty Foodies

I second Fourunder's Italian specialty store idea. I say go and make your own platter. Go to a great salumeria (my favorite in my area is Visentini Brothers in Lodi) and do a nice cold anitpasto spread. We do this for a Memorial day get together every year and its an absolute hit. choose a few different cold cuts (hot or sweet capicole, prosciutto, salami, mortadella, hot or sweet sopressata etc.) a few different cheeses (aged provolone, fresh mutz) and whatever else looks good - different olives, marinated mushrooms, stuffed chilli peppers,roasted peppers, you get the idea. slice up some nice tomato and fresh basil. pick out a nice long itallian bread - done. the folks behind the counter will help you pick stuff out too. enjoy

Mar 21, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Tell me your favorite Paramus/Westwood/Hackensack area (or close by) BYO

thanks ELA, we actually decided on Mezza. Have heard good things. In the past I always avoided Ridgewood due to the pain in ass parking situation and the general snootiness - but was kinda kidnapped there over the summer and had a few drinks at Park West, then dinner at S edigio and enjoyed it, so i guess its "considerable" for me now lol. getting soft in my old age

Mar 12, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Tell me your favorite Paramus/Westwood/Hackensack area (or close by) BYO

open to any cuisine, any price point, need some new ideas for byo's in the aforementioned areas. thanks!

Mar 10, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Anybody tried Habit burger?

can you guys tell me a little more regarding Counter Burger? never heard of it (surprisingly) and may have to try it out! tap beer and mixed drinks??

Feb 27, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

West village wings

Hi all, need your opinion on the best spot in the west village for buffalo wings. my research has come up with wogies and blind tiger... any others? if not which of the 2 previous places should i grab some beers and wings on friday? thanks !!!

Feb 18, 2015
yogi70 in Manhattan

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

annnnnnnd....
were back to ridgewood, every other week it seems...

Feb 13, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

I try to patronize the mom n pop burger shops in the area. It's almost becoming like every other town in the county is opening a burger place. Of those non chains, I like Black Rebel Burger in Wood Ridge and Steve's Burgers on rt 46west in Garfield a lot. Had heard great things about Blue Star Burgers in Tenafly, but didnt get over there quick enough before they closed. I did enjoy Bucu in Paramus, and they are gone now too. On the "to try "
list would be:

Grillers in Emerson
Bareburger in Edgwater
Bergen Burger in Rutherford
Ronnies Rockin' Grill in Bergenfield

Feb 05, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Golden Pub/Memphis BBQ (Saddle Brook)

ELA, i really couldnt agree with you more on this place. its been a few years, but i can honestly say this is the only place we have ever gotten up and left mid meal.

see my post under "worst restaurant in NJ" discussion
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9730...

Saddle Brook diner (which i enjoy as much as gotham) is right down the block - blows this place away too...

Feb 03, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey