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Filipino Food in Red Bank/Middletown

No problem Val! It's a pretty magical place, if I may say.

Oct 10, 2007
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Filipino Food in Red Bank/Middletown

No problem. I think it's her daughter who always sets up the web stuff, because, for some reason, they have a myspace page also.

Sep 10, 2007
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Filipino Food in Red Bank/Middletown

Looks like there's a website now:
http://bistrosanmiguel.com/default.aspx

Well, at least it doesn't have animated gifs...

Sep 08, 2007
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Best Chinese food in Woodbridge/Old Bridge/ Brunswicks? [moved from Tristate board]

I don't know of many Sichuan places around here. I live in Baltimore most of the time and know some great Sichuan down in Rockville. There's a place that I've seen on 27 going towards Highland park that, I think, does Sichuan, but I've never tried it out. As for what to order at Wonder, albinoni gave some great suggestions. Two people who will always recommend good things... the owner, who wears the suit, and this one waiter who likes to talk it up. As long as its seafood, you should be good.

Aug 29, 2007
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Best Chinese food in Woodbridge/Old Bridge/ Brunswicks? [moved from Tristate board]

hmm, I don't know what to add about 1-9. They do dim sum every day, and have a very expansive menu with some good pictures to go along with it. Seems like a place that doesn't dumb down it's American menu (which I hold Crown Palace guilty of). Try the seafood. In particular the seafood casseroles, lobster, oyster and clam dishes. Cantonese food is top notch for that.

Aug 28, 2007
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Filipino Food in Red Bank/Middletown

I agree with you with the exterior, but the interior is actually really nice. They set out tables with candles on them (sometimes). It very much has a cantina feel to it. I talked to Rory (the owner) and she said that she gives it sort of a quirky (which isn't at all dingy looking) feel so as not to intimidate Filipino people, who would mistake it for a pricey joint. It makes sense, I guess. Given the economic state of the country and that the Filipino population (I suppose) don't demand restaurants. Still, it's very nice on the inside. A hell of a surprise, I promise you.

Aug 27, 2007
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Filipino Food in Red Bank/Middletown

Okay, so if you're heading up from Red Bank, after the bridge, it's RIGHT after the 2nd light. It's pretty much at the 2nd light. There's a laundromat, a deli a few paces away, and it says "Filipino Restaurant" on the board, though one of them says Filipino Market. You see Filipino, just turn in. Coming from the north, going south, it's like 1 or 2 lights after the whole foods (you need to make a jughandle).

Aug 27, 2007
BlueLineSwinger in Mid-Atlantic

Best Chinese food in Woodbridge/Old Bridge/ Brunswicks? [moved from Tristate board]

spending 10 years scouring the area for the best chinese restaurants, something that can please the taiwanese parents, and have decided on:
Shanghainese- Grand Shanghai on Rt 1 in Edison
Cantonese- 1. Wonder Seafood on Rt 27 in... Edison? , 2. 1-9 Seafood Rest on Rt 1 in Woodbridge, 3. Westlake Seafood on rt 34 in Matawan.

You have to know what to order. I find that Westlake does fish better than the others (cantonese food is generally better for steamed fish anyway). If you go to Wonder or 1-9 get the special fried rice with 2 kinds of egg and raisins. It's gourmet chinese, so you need to go buckwild if you want to be truly satisfied. Crown Palace doesn't really compare to these, IMHO.

Aug 27, 2007
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Filipino Food in Red Bank/Middletown

Hey all,
I feel cosmically compelled to plug this restaurant. It's called Bistro San Miguel and it's off 35 in Red Bank/Middletown (on the northbound side between the bridge and Whole Foods). I went there a couple 3 weeks ago (returning 2 times since) and had a great experience. The owner and her daughter are two of the most gracious people you'll meet. My friends and I sat down and told her that we wanted an authentic meal. She asked us what we couldn't/wouldn't eat (nothing), and then proceeded to make us a delicious 4 course meal (Cow's Foot Stew, Fried Milkfish with vinegar, Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles, and some okra and pork dish). At the end, she gave us all a half mango and asked for 10 dollars per person, for a meal that would have probably rounded out to 15 at any other place (four dishes for 3 people).

Turns out she's rated in Zagat's but had no idea what that was. We called them and got them to send her the sticker. Also, she got a great write up in the Asbury Park Press that was copied here:
http://lakbaypilipinas.com/blog/2006/...

No, I don't work for the restaurant and I don't normally do this, but 2 out of the 3 times I went in there to eat, my party was the only one in the place. Central Jersey isn't the best place for adventurous eating. Check it out for yourself if you're feeling up for it. My only caveat is to get your bill from either the owner or her daughter, because some other schlub tried to charge us a 5 dollar a head cover charge one night, which I would normally be okay with, since there was a band playing, but it was sprung on us when the bill came. Spoke to the owner and got it taken off. Like I said, nicest people in the world.

Bistro San Miguel
273 Highway 35 North
Middletown NJ 07701
USA

Aug 24, 2007
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Diner CLOSE to NJ Turnpike?

Mom's diner is right off of exit 8 on 33 east. Not exactly south Jersey, but it is where I'm from

Aug 24, 2007
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