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Budd Lake

Thanks So much for your recommendations! I will bookmark this thread for next time I'm in the area.

The best plans also have to be flexible!

On the way to the hotel, we noticed a sign for a "food truck festival" and took a detour to find out what it was about.

We ended up spending some time at Waterloo Village, they had 25+ trucks, beer, and music. 5 bucks to get in and the money went to the county food bank. It seems like a very well run venue, with plenty of space, and we enjoyed it.

For breakfast on Sunday, a bunch of guests from the Wedding headed over to the Jefferson Diner, having never been there, and seeing it on TV, we decided to attend as well.

Although the food was solid and enjoyable, it seems as though, they are playing up the "As seen on TV vibe" as much as they can, and I think there are plenty of other diners in the state with comparable options.

All in all, it was a great weekend!

Aug 10, 2015
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Budd Lake


My wife and I are staying at the Holiday Inn Budd Lake tomorrow into Sunday for a friend's wedding.

We were thinking about heading up a little early and grabbing lunch before. Are there any cool places to eat? Nothing too exotic cuisine wise, but something new and different would be great.

We normally stick to the classics, American, Italian, Tex-Mex, Sandwiches, incredible diner, Greek Grill, hot dogs, burgers, etc that sort of thing. I'm more adventurous than she is.

We are leaving from parkway exit 117 so even if its not in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, that is fine.

A good breakfast spot for Sunday would be great also, I might have a hangover, so something with a little grease might not be out of the question :)

Thanks in Advance.

Aug 07, 2015
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APELLA - 2nd Visit: Stage 2

Here is the website:

Looks like they have some nice lunch specials also.

jrvedivici: per the menu: PIKIlIA KAPETAnIOu 39.50
Captain Mike’s Mixed Grill for Two ~ Beef & Lamb Gyro,
Chicken Gyro, Pork Souvlaki, Chicken Souvlaki, Bifteki Elliniko,
Lamb Chops & Loukaniko

corvette johnny, The menu says charcoal broiled. I didn't inquire about the actual grill. I would assume that its the "lava rock" type of grill, however I could be entirely off base on that, so don't take my word on it.

The meats had a wonderful char on them however, and were finished nicely with spices and oregano. The chef carefully used the right acids also. Tasted like lemon juice on some meats, and even vinegar on the very fatty sausage. Had I ordered a salad to eat on the side of that platter, it would have been perfect.

Jul 27, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

APELLA - 2nd Visit: Stage 2

My wife and I stopped in on Thursday night about 9pm. Having previously been employed in the restaurant industry, we didn't waste too much time ordering. We found the service to be excellent and the limited selection of food we tried to be great.

Personally I'm not a fan of olives, so had the tapenade been served, I probably would not have eaten it anyhow, I thought the garlic dill butter on the toasted bread was great.

We had the melitzano (eggplant dip) which was very good although it had roasted red peppers in it which gave it a sweeter taste instead of that garlic whack in the mouth we are used to.

Being a meat a holic, we ordered the mixed grill for two and found it to excellent. Better than any other mixed grill I've ordered in the area. It was so good that all day at work on Friday I was thinking about eating the left overs when I got home.

Hopefully your experience is just a bad night, or a change in staff and they will get it worked out fast.

Jul 26, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Northern Monmouth County?

I like reynas in tinton falls. Perhaps a bit Americanized, but excellent food and service

Dave & Buster seeking approval to open in NJ

I've been to the one in Times Square 2 or 3 times. It was enjoyable the first time. The other trips weren't so great due to the clientele that were present. So I guess it can be hit or miss. The food wasn't great at all. Think Fridays in my opinion.

Jun 18, 2015
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Forget the French Dip, we're talking real-deal Chicago Style Italian Beef!

I saw this thread pop up again and said "Oh no.. please don't be closed"

I am in a similar situation, very long drive to get there. I was there two or three times and it was fabulous.

Jun 14, 2015
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Jersey Joe's Italian Hot Dogs - Port Monmouth

Jersey Joe's has been (re) open(d) for roughly a week now. Finally had a chance to stop by for a combo! It was as expected.. awesome!

Glad to see the place is largely unchanged. It appears that one of the walls needed to be rebuilt from the Sandy damage, but the grill, counter, menu boards, etc, all appear to be the same.

I overheard him talking to some other patrons that he worked with his bakery to refine the bread recipe so now the bread is lighter, so now, there is no problem eating a whole double in one sitting. I personally agree that it is much improved!

Just figured I'd drop a note here for you other chowsters.

May 30, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Shake Shack in Bridgewater

I thought the fuddruckers in bridge water closed awhile ago?

May 28, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Roy Rogers restaurants returning to North Jersey

Bring it on! :) I always stop at the pine beach one and get a bag of roast beef sandwiches on my way back from AC. Hopefully they can keep the quality up with the standalone stores. The ones on the turnpike are usually lacking.

May 28, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Guy Fieri Diners Drive-ins and Dives - any worthwhile in Monmouth County?

Not guy Fieri, but Adam richman (man vs food) stopped at one location of Tom and chee. It's a chain with franchisee's. I'd say it's worth a stop, but maybe not a trip exclusively for it. Especially for one of their grilled cheese donuts. (Yes I know it sound horrible, but it works).

I've eaten at guy fieri's chop house in AC and wasn't overly impressed. The chicken and waffles was pretty good, I could pass on the steak and burger that I've had there.

As you can search for, 10th ave burrito used to be very good before they got their liquor license. I haven't been there in a long time since the food quality had seemed to go down post liquor license. So I could not give a fair review today.

I'm kind of starting to believe that not everything on tv is about good food. Often times its just about what is popular despite how they got popular.

The varsity in Atlanta is a prime example. I spent months thinking about it once I found out I was headed to ATL on a business trip. Made a special trip halfway across the city for it, and it was rather disappointing.

The taco place in Vegas guy Fieri recommended was another example...

May 28, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Yes, its in the parking lot of Tommy's coal fired pizza, melting pot, etc. Only on Sundays during the farmer's market. I've tried a few of their specialty sandwiches, including the one with Asian slaw and the one with grilled pineapple. He definitely makes good stuff. A little bit pricey, but that's to be expected from a truck and at an event type like that. If you follow him on Facebook, I think he's usually set up in Asbury during the week, and at a Bar in Sea Bright during weekend nights if I recall correctly.

May 20, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Where are the A-Frame IHOPs in NJ?

Menlo Park

May 14, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

New restaurant celebrates legendary Jersey foods

LOL. I said the same thing when I read it this afternoon.

May 11, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Fernandes 3 - Sayerville, NJ

I just paid $10 a pound for flap meat at costco

May 08, 2015
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Food Trucks?

depending on where you are in NJ, and how big the party, some of the trucks from nyc or philly may be willing to work with you to come over.

May 07, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Fernandes 3 - Sayerville, NJ

I've been to the Fogo de Chao in South Beach, and while their salad bar is impressive by itself, I would say that the meat at Fernandez is better. Although Fernandez's salad bar leaves a lot to be desired, but that's not why you are going there in the first place. :)

May 04, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Ive never actually been to the Middletown (Rt35) location. I live close to the Leonardo store, so I know they make a great Porkroll Sandwich.

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

just had a slater's Porkroll and cheese for breakfast today. They ran out of round rolls so i had it on half a sub roll and it was delicious. Might even bee my new favorite.. needs more sampling. LOL

Apr 25, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Tipping at NJ Banquet Halls

20% was included in our contract. However, we did bring envelopes with a little extra cash in it. I think we had 4 waiters and 1 bar tender. I had the Maitre'd hand them out while they were setting up for the wedding. Did the extra tip help? Maybe, but our service was amazing.

Apr 09, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Where to get cheese curds in Central NJ

Or the food truck. The Cow and the curd. Based in philly but they do most of the food truck festivals

Feb 07, 2015
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

Prime Rib.........

I'm not a connoisseur of fine Prime Rib, but the Brass Rail in Matawan claims to have "Jersey's Best Prime Rib". I've had a few tastes of it and it seemed good to me.

Nov 25, 2014
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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
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

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
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

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
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey

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
coldsolderjoint in New Jersey