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Bobby Q's Smokehouse - Suffern

I do not think that there is a "great" restaurant serving barbecue in the region. Finks is better than most though it can be inconsistent at times. When they are on, they are very, very good. At other times they are just okay. Personally, I am willing to take the chance when craving barbecue. We ate a number of times at Bobby Q's when they were open and found their food to be consistently good. However, you had to avoid some menu items (e.g. BBQ beef which tended to be fatty and chewy and rather unpleasant).

Bobby Q's Smokehouse - Suffern

This means making the trip to Finks in Dumont instead.

lunch near blanche beads N bergenfield, or on the way home

Less than a mile north from Beads by Blanche is Fink's BBQ Smokehouse in Dumont. Besides the regular menu, which has plenty of fine choices, lunch features their daily special carving station. I believe that the theme of Friday's carving station is "Hog Heaven" featuring something interesting out of the smoker that is pork-centric.

Aug 07, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Where's the best place to eat in Baddeck?

My wife and I spent five days in the Baddeck/Cape Breton area last month, so I will share our findings about where we ate:

Baddeck:

The Bitehouse - About a ten minute ride north of town, chef Bryan Picard presents one of the finest dining experiences in all of Nova Scotia in the ten seat dining room of his restored country home. With ingredients mostly sourced from his property and other local farmers/merchants, Bryan is putting out a five course meal plus small snacks and coffee/tea that changes monthly and is thoughtfully composed and incredibly well-prepared. Reserve far in advance.

Bell Buoy - A very pleasant surprise. The fresh taste of both the lobster dinner and the seafood alfredo were top notch as were the salads and the desserts.

Baddeck Lobster Suppers - All you can eat mussels (excellent) and chowder (good) as well as fresh lobster and snow crabs are the main draw at this popular establishment.

Tom's Pizza - There is quite a difference between Nova Scotia pizza and the type we get in the greater NY/NJ metro area. But, we really enjoyed both the taste and texture of this pizza. And, the thick sliced pepperoni blows away what we usually get in the U.S.

High Wheeler Cafe - our breakfast stop every morning. Fabulous pastries of every type, baked with love. Plus, they pack terrific box lunches to take on your journey around the Cabot Trail.

Cape Breton Island (beyond Baddeck):

Lobster Pound and Moore (North Sydney) - Absolutely memorable meal served up by chef/owner Richard and his lovely wife, Lesley. It was our anniversary and Rich knew in advance, so he saved a great table for us and put together a mammoth sampling of all of his best dishes in which the incredible freshness and quality of flavors surpassed even the great quantity of food. Lobster, snow crab, mussels, halibut (two ways), salmon, steak, lobster wontons and copious sides were overflowing the huge platter which finally made us throw in the towel in defeat. Of course, we still managed to find room to enjoy dessert. Due to its immense popularity, reservations are a necessity.

Flavor on the Water (Sydney) - The Fiddle Burger (in tribute to the giant fiddle statue outside of the building) was Alberta beef topped with smoked bacon jam and maple mayo and local cheese and caramelized onions and local thick cut bacon on a fresh potato bun and proved to be one of the best burgers that we have ever had.

Rusty Anchor (Pleasant Bay) - Buttered lobster roll brings back memories from years ago at Abbott's in Noank, CT.

Chowder House (Neil's Harbour) - One of the better chowders on Cape Breton Island.

Captain Caper's Fish and Chips (Englishtown) - Excellent fish and chips and whole belly clams fried up by a nice gentleman named Moe.

Besides all of the fresh seafood and other tasty treats, we were amazed by the Cabot Trail (drove it in both directions), loved Donelda's Puffin Boat Tour to the Bird Islands, and enjoyed both the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and the Fortress of Louisbourg.

In subsequent posts, I will discuss our stops in Antigonish, Halifax, Lunenburg, Annapolis Royal, Wolfville, Advocate Harbor, and Truro.

Enjoy your stay!

Aug 04, 2014
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NJ-4 W & NJ-17 N - Family Friendly & Simple & Cheap

On Route 17 North in Ramsey in the same shopping center as Kohls is La Gondola which has very good and creative pizza by the slice. It is a local family favorite. Usually the pizza is mediocre at such establishments, but La Gondola makes consistently excellent pizza. However, they are closed on Sundays.

May 03, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Bobby Q's Smokehouse - Suffern

As is the case with most BBQ establishments north of the Mason Dixon Line, not everything is great. We stick to the items that we know are always very good: ribs, chicken, battered items (shrimp, catfish), beer mac and cheese, seasoned fries, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, roasted roots, spicy greens, and beer on tap. I find their BBQ beef to be too fatty and I don't like their pulled pork as much as I like their BBQ spareribs.

Asian (but not Korean) in Bergen County

How does Lan Sheng compare in quality and consistency to Chengdu 23?

Apr 19, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Asian (but not Korean) in Bergen County

This is another great combo for eating. It is a little further southwest from Bergen County but right where I-80 and Routes 23 and 46 converge. Chengdu 23 is among the best Chinese/Sichuan restaurants in New Jersey.

Apr 19, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Asian (but not Korean) in Bergen County

Probably your best option is to focus on the village of Ridgewood in Bergen County. There, you can start with a very good Vietnamese dinner at Mekong Grill (from the same family that runs The Vietnam in Spring Valley). Just remember to bring your own since Mekong Grill is BYOB. Then for dessert, you have some fine options: wonderful pastry at Sook, great ice cream at Van Dyk's Homemade, or a number of other coffee/dessert options in this picturesque village.

Apr 19, 2014
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Joyce Chinese Cuisine.....River Edge, New Jersey.....Opening April 16th.

Despite its large population and close proximity to NYC, Bergen County has largely been a sea of mediocrity when it comes to Chinese restaurants. Until recently, the only above average establishment in my opinion has been Lotus Cafe in Hackensack which consistently puts out some pretty good dishes (Ta Loo Mein, Three Cup Chicken, Lotus Delight) that are well executed and a bit outside of the norm. When I need to satisfy an urge for seriously good Sichuan food, I usually travel to the always excellent Chengdu 23 in Wayne. Now, with the recent introduction of Lan Sheng in Wallington and the imminent opening of this Joyce Chinese Cuisine in River Edge, perhaps the tide is turning.

Apr 06, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Edible frog market

It is possible that they only have them on Saturdays since that is the day that I have seen them there before. Or, perhaps, they longer stock live frogs.

Apr 03, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Edible frog market

On a few occasions I have seen live frogs in a barrel by the fish department at New KF Asian Supermarket in River Edge on Kinderkamack Road.

Apr 02, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Where are the Northern Jerseyans?

Don't give up on Chowhound. There is no better forum for this information. In the past 24 hours, there have been at least 5 topics dealing with areas of New Jersey north of the Raritan River (the line of demarcation which I use to generally indicate "North Jersey"). Some days there is a flurry of North Jersey postings; other days there are none. For the past year or so there have been a larger amount of posts for the region south of the Raritan River. But don't let that discourage you. I'm certain that a lot more posts about North Jersey will be forthcoming in the coming months.

Mar 27, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Bobby Q's Smokehouse - Suffern

We went last week and thoroughly enjoyed it, perhaps even more than Fink's other place in Dumont. The menu is a bit larger and the ambiance is that of a loud roadhouse. Service was good. The ribs and the fried-a-cue chicken were perfect. The fried catfish with a remoulade was as good as we had at the now departed Johnny's Smokehouse in Pearl River. The sides were excellent; we especially enjoyed the beer mac and cheese, the Cajun seasoned fries, and the fresh coleslaw. There is a decent selection of beers on tap and a full bar. Hopefully, this place will maintain consistency with its quality which is sometimes a problem at other barbecue establishments. We went on a weeknight and the parking is a bit funky but not troublesome; apparently they have valet parking on weekends which makes sense considering the layout of the parking lot and the proximity to the road.

Looking for a place for lunch in Fort Lee

It is not moderately priced at night, but you can eat for less money at lunch. Their sandwiches and salads are excellent and generously portioned and might fit the budget.

Dec 20, 2011
scott10 in New Jersey

Looking for a place for lunch in Fort Lee

Actually, Franco's Metro is a good choice. The restaurant has a separate entrance from the pizza place and is quite nice. There is a full bar with a decent selection of wine, the food is consistently good, and the service is excellent. My wife and I take my mom (who is in her mid-80's and lives in a Fort Lee high-rise) here often. You might want to also consider River Palm Terrace which is just a few minutes next door in Edgewater and is another favorite of my mother.

Dec 20, 2011
scott10 in New Jersey