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Santorini Greek Cuisine Coming to Lincroft

I actually went on opening night and had an enjoyable meal and was holding off posting because any new resto needs to work out the kinks.

But I agree, that salad was bad, I've been thinking about it for weeks now.

Would have much rather it be omitted or even a smaller portion of "American Greek salad".

I don't remember mine being so finely chopped like in a food processor, but I got the impression that a big batch of it was made at the beginning of the night and served out as the meals left the kitchen.

Nov 17, 2014
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Good BYOB for post-wedding reception.

Wow, my thread from the past got bumped.

I guess I'll put this here for future reference.

We ended up having our wedding at the English Manor.

We had our rehearsal dinner at Zoni's Coal fired pizza in Middletown/Red Bank on 35. Steve and Kathryn are great people and good food. They gave us a great deal, and we brought our own wine and beer. Their restaurant is really nice and fun, and everyone had a great time.

I don't think they are big enough for 80 people though.

Nov 11, 2014
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Discussion Matawan Cafe, a.k.a. Chopped Salad Shoppe, a.k.a., Philly Cheesesteaks, a.k.a. 18 Burgers, a.k.a. Farmer's Market, a.k.a. ...

before Paco's closed, they where trying to sell Portuguese food next to the tacos...

Aug 13, 2014
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Discussion Matawan Cafe, a.k.a. Chopped Salad Shoppe, a.k.a., Philly Cheesesteaks, a.k.a. 18 Burgers, a.k.a. Farmer's Market, a.k.a. ...

Aug 13, 2014
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Andrew Zimmern coming to the Count Basie Theater on August 1, 2014

We were there also. I happened to win free tickets on Facebook, so we were in the back, but the theater was less than half full on the bottom, so the ushers told us we could move up to good seats.

I also thought his presentation was great and the way he justified his beliefs is hard to argue with.

I really wanted to try that squirrel.

I was on the cricket side of the theater, but by the time the plate got back to us, they had run out of forks, so people where just picking them out with their fingers, and I didn't want any after I saw that.

Did you happen to try the fried worm cupcakes in the lobby?

My wife and I did.

For real food, we went to Buona Sera for a fine Italian Meal before the show, and we had a cupcake from Cupcake Magician.

Aug 04, 2014
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Phillys in atlantic highlands

From their facebook:

To all our customers we have closed our Belford location and are moving to Red Bank we should be open this October and will post updates on our page be sure to check in frequently! We will see you all soon and have a great summer;)

Aug 01, 2014
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Cheesesteak with Broccoli Rabe near Toms River, NJ?

How is that place?

Some of those subs sound awesome.

They have the sign that usually says something like chicken cutlets for $1.99/lb ?

Jul 26, 2014
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Cheesesteak with Broccoli Rabe near Toms River, NJ?

Phillys in Atlantic highlands will do that for u. Great food there. But it is a trip from toms river

Jul 26, 2014
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Redbank late nite Eats after Count Basie show suggestions?

There is Mac Attack which is decent, a fun concept.

I think JR's which is open late.

Jul 26, 2014
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The Great Jersey Tomato Sauce Taste-Off

I've had the bonjovi sauce. When it came out they had tons of it in shoprite. It's Okay, definitely better then something like a prego, but it's nothing compared to a true homemade sauce. It's alright if your doing something like a quick pizza bagel or need some sauce real quick for a recipie, but I wouldn't pour a bunch of it over spaghetti

Santorini Greek Cuisine Coming to Lincroft

https://www.facebook.com/santorinigri...

Just people they know clicked the stars on facebook, not actually "reviews"

Jul 22, 2014
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Santorini Greek Cuisine Coming to Lincroft

Mandatory Picture of Santorini - Check
Mandatory Blue Repeating Border - Check

This could be good..

From facebook:
Opening a new Greek Restaurant in Lincroft, NJ. Former Onwers of Jimmys Greek American Grill

Jul 21, 2014
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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

Must not be them then.. Our food was really good

Jul 11, 2014
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Phillys in atlantic highlands

I live 5 min away so hopefully this becomes a regular for me. Wife is starting up again with the diet stuff so idk how that will play out...lol

I know the place was for sale for a long time.. I didn't inquire.. But I assumed new owners.. I could be totally off base on that though

Jul 10, 2014
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Phillys in atlantic highlands

That steak tip sandwich thread got me hungry, so I stopped by Philly's yesterday and was really surprised.

Two new people working the front. I suspect a change in ownership? But I did not confirm.

Steak Quality was re-markedly improved, and it was excellent. Crucify me if you wish, but they have the steak-juice and whiz mixture almost exactly the same as Philly. The sandwich was served on a nice piece of itailian bread, and wrapped tightly in white paper. Plenty of sweet onions complimented the steak and cheese masterpiece.

I am really excited to go back again.

Fries appeared to be fresh cut steak fries. They where fried properly, but did have a lighter than normal appearance. The pleasant woman at the counter instructed me to keep the bag open as i drove home, so the steam would not make the fries soft. A blessing and a curse, as I was driving, the fries crisped up, and I ate a good portion of them before I got home.

The food was prepared very fast. The woman told me 6 or 7 minutes, and I think it was even faster than that. She also gave me a menu and told me to call ahead to save time... it would be done before I even got there if they keep up this pace. I'm going to try it again and report back.

Picture is from my phone with poor lighting.

Jul 10, 2014
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Hazlet/North Middletown take out please...

If your going for greasy "American Food" or Fat sandwiches, Stewarts on 36 does a pretty good job, dont expect anything fancy, and expect a show from the locals.. police cars are fun.

Baxter's Burgers on Carr Ave in Keansburg is also one of my favorites.

Jersey Shore Soups and Subs in Keyport throws down a pretty darn good sub.

Philly's in Atlantic Highlands for Cheese-steaks.

Not really close, but depending on your route of travel, Cluck-U chicken could be a possibility.

There is a fried chicken place in Keyport on Broad and Maple, but I have yet to try it.

There is a place in Belford, sort of by the Belford Bistro, but across the street, "The Dawg House" which has good Dogs, but I think They close early.

Jul 10, 2014
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Steak-tip grinder

ihop has a sirloin steak tips dinner.. i havent had it in years.. but i remember it being decent.. for ihop......

Jul 08, 2014
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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

Yeah.. Bayonet Farm is a really nice place, but you have to do everything yourself, including liquor, and if you serve liquor, u even need a one day insurance policy. (Ive read most homeowners insurance will give you a 1 day extension for a place you rent, or a standalone company would be like $150).

Holmdel township requires building permits if you want to put a tent up outside, and fire inspection/permits if your caterer needs a generator. and the grey barn does not have bathrooms if i recall correctly, so then you even get into needing to rent a bathroom trailer.

We thought it would be too cumbersome for us to manage everything by ourselves.

Jul 07, 2014
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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

Thanks!

Jul 07, 2014
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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

I'm not sure if they have a separate company running the kitchen. I assumed they did their own. I know there is a chef in charge, and all the cooking facilities are on site.

http://www.theenglishmanor.com/

Jul 07, 2014
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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

How non-traditional would you like to get?

My wife and I started planning a wedding at Bayonet farm in Holmdel, which has historic barns for rent. We were going to have food trucks come in and do the catering. It got to be too costly for us, and something like that, we thought we might even need a wedding planner to coordinate everything. It would have been a fun event, and we are thinking a few years down the road, we will do a renewal of vows there with the same idea.

We ultimately went with the English Manor in Ocean. It is a wedding facility, but its a standalone grounds (not attached to a hotel or anything), it backs up to a golf course. They have beautiful grounds for pictures, and outdoor wedding/cocktail hour. The facility is really high class looking, but they are wonderful people and worked with us to get us a price we couldn't get any where else.

We were able to skip things like an ice sculpture and a raw bar, and we had our wedding on a Sunday, but we couldn't have asked for more.

The food was wonderful, and the cocktail hour was jammed packed full of great things to eat.

Jul 07, 2014
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Reyna's Mexican Restaurant - Tinton Falls

Had another great meal last night at Reynas. We did our BBQ on Thursday, and decided to take it easy last night. We brought some people with us, a little soft sided cooler with some beer, and had an awesome meal. Had the albondigas for an appatizer (chicken meatballs).. they were served with roasted red peppers, and were amazing. I've never had this dish before, but the nice crisp sear on the outside, with the well seasoned meat on the inside and the contrast of the pepper was amazing. I wish I had a sub roll and just put like 8 or 10 of these bad boys on it.

Had the al pastor tacos which where excellent. Served with a chopped/cubed pork and pineapple, and a steak burrito.

Finished up the meat with both a cannoli burrito (which I guess is not authentic, but it was great. And sopapillas, I've never had this dish before either, but it was fried flat dough, sweet, but not overly sweet, with some powdered sugar and whipped cream on top.

I thought the delicateness of the dough was awesome. Almost like a breakfast food.

Can also be served with ice cream or their fried mangos.

Service was great, and the food even better.

Other's in our party remarked how their "usual" tex-mex place is no longer their favorite.

Jul 05, 2014
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ice cream and milkshakes near marlboro/aberdeen/matawan?

There's ice cream palace and a carvel directly across from it on 34. It's been awhile since I've been to either though

Jul 02, 2014
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Brass Rail, Matawan

I was there probably 2 or 3 months ago. Its pretty good.

Simple American Food, not a real classy joint, but I'd go back.

I had a taste of Prime Rib was really good.

I know I'll be crucified for saying this.. but that night, I was in the mood for spaghetti and chicken parm. It was pretty good, tasted fresh and I'd be hard pressed to do a better job in my own kitchen. Much better than a majority of the pizza places in the area actually.

Jun 25, 2014
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Old Man Rafferty's in AP to close

I walked by about 2 weeks ago and it was pretty busy.

Jun 19, 2014
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Dessert in Red Bank

I was going to say melting pot..

but i know that place is despised here even though my wife loves it

Jun 15, 2014
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Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

Only thing I can think of is that maybe in other areas of the country, its not a problem?

I remember going to one in North Carolina a few years ago with a very similar set up, but I don't recall having any of these problems.

I went to a Bob Evans in Florida once for breakfast, and it was though the staff thought I was planning on spending the entire morning there. And that seemed to be the status quo.

Jun 10, 2014
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Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

I take issue with you insulting White Castle.

Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

I put down 5 plates plus a dessert plate.

It seems like most of the line is the slow-down from people getting their drinks and then waiting to be seated right after paying. A guess its a corporate model, but seems like some more waiting room post cash register would be appropriate there.

I know it was a mistake, but the Chinese food and Mexican options were bad.

Meat loaf and the home style stuff was pretty good, especially considering the price.

Teryaki wings where quite good for being all you can eat.

Steak was surprisingly good for being a low priced buffet, a little on the salty side, but cooked well, and decent quality considering the price.

I did not enjoy the fried chicken. Maybe I got a bad batch, the skin was both crispy and oily, and the meat inside was mushy. I felt bad for having the server through it away, but I did not enjoy it.

I might be burned at the stake for saying this, but the pizza and garlic bread sticks were pretty good for being a buffet. And I know its not a fair comparison to a mom and pop red sauce place, but if you compare it to a place like CiCi's. Not bad at all.

The yeast rolls where quite good. Similar to texas road house rolls. however, I tried not to fill up on bread.

Although I didn't partake, the salad bar side of the buffet looked pretty fresh with lots of options.

Chocolate Pudding tasted like it was straight out of a can. Banana pudding was quite tasty.

Chocolate fountain was fun, but perhaps they could use a bit more employee oversight with unsupervised children since some parents can't be bothered to do such.

Service was fast and efficient at clearing the plates and offering refills on soda.

The two different soda options are confusing for a first timer. A regular glass and a large big-gulp style cup.

Not sure what the policy on tipping them is? I left 20%.. maybe a bit much, but I've been in the service industry, and it didn't seem like many people where leaving tips.

All in All, if they can keep the quality and cleanliness up, we will probably visit a few times a few times a year and strap on the old feed bag.

Jun 02, 2014
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Reyna's Mexican Restaurant - Tinton Falls

My wife and I dined here last night and had a great meal.

Started off with Picaditas with shredded chicken. It was very flavorful and tasted homemade. I have never had these before.

My wife had the steak and pineapple quesadilla which was excellent. I like Al-pastor tacos, but the combination of steak and pineapple was unique and delicious.

I had a grilled steak chimichanga. The portion size was amazing. It was actually two chimichangas on the plate. Enough for dinner and breakfast, and you guys know that I do not eat small portions. The steak was perfectly cooked, and very tender. Lots of cheese and peppers and onions. The rice and beans where also well prepared and seasoned. It seems like at a lot of places, they are an afterthought.

I wanted to try the sopasillas, but by that time, we were full, and I was alrealdy taking home most of my dinner. I had eaten the better half of two baskets of chips and salsa during the meal as well. The chips are fresh fried and delicious. The salsa provided is a chunky "tex-mex" version, but it tasted fresh and very good. Lots of chopped veggies in it.

All in all, I would really like to return and try other things. We enjoyed this food much more than many of the other tex-mex places in the area.

May 30, 2014
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