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Survery: Do you like Mayonnaise?

I think Hellman's and Best Foods Mayonaise are one in the same, it depends on which side of the Rockies your on.

Just like Dryers and Edies Ice cream. ( I think cause east
of Rockies it competes with Breyers)

Apr 19, 2013
Tonwa in General Topics

Survery: Do you like Mayonnaise?

As a derivation of one of the 5 mother sauces, mayonaise is a staple. Having said that I will say I think the number 1 brand has been dumbed down, and I think its due to perhaps inferior soybean oil or something.

In my view, like butter, mayonaise should be augmented or compounded. For instance, some chipotle powder or mashed red pepper added makes for a nice improvised aoili. You can muttle cilantro in a little oil and blend that in. Lime and or lemon zest...even blood orange can be added to mayo.

my 2c worth

Apr 19, 2013
Tonwa in General Topics
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Prime Rib - Monmouth

I had to go there to meet with some business associates. I want to be clear, this was not the seafood grill but the Savoy Grille. I was skeptical at first and off put by the ride, but the food and service were on point.

In another life, I worked for Peterson's Sunset Cabin in Lakewood. On Saturday evenings we would roast 12-15 whole prime ribs and cut them staccato style on a band saw. We had 40 waitresses...what a food factory that was, but the PR was fresh and good, hand trimmed and tied on the premises.

Apr 18, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

Prime Rib - Monmouth

If you're up for a ride...Harry's Savoy Grill 2020 Naamans Road • Wilmington, DE 19810 They really do it justice.

http://www.harrys-savoy.com/savoy.asp

Its tricky if you go to a place where there is not a central focus on prime rib. Its expensive and difficult to reheat. The waste factor is off the chart, that is why it is not the restaurant staple it used to be. What do you do with a cooked half sold prime rib ?

Catering, different story, you have a fixed head count and a fixed time of service, so prime rib is a perfect fit.

Apr 18, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

MGZ yes on Frankies here is a lil beauty I enjoyed there on Saturday

Apr 17, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My Ocean/Monmouth Picks

I've spent considerable time in Wall, Spring Lake, Manasquan and Asbury in recent years and have eaten all over. I'm not so sure what sort of restaurant Mecca you describe up there. I havent seen it. On balance, Ocean and Monmouth could really use a restaurant make over and a lot less chain places.

COMPLETELY OFF SUBJECT: Did they ever fix the roads, put up street lights, curbs, sidewalks, get robo cans, regularly scheduled single stream recycling along East Chicago, section of Wall near Old Mill? I was shocked venturing from Ocean County, where those things are the norm, to see this neglect in such a highly taxed highly populated area. My gal pal there was told at a town meeting roads were deliberately left in disrepair to discourage speeding near school. No word on how children may be further imperiled by motorists trying to avoid meteorite craters in the streets.

Apr 17, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My Ocean/Monmouth Picks

Susie Qs, you're beginning to make this sound like a class thing instead of a restaurant focus "never venture into Ocean County??" What the hay?

Apr 17, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My Ocean/Monmouth Picks

You make my point for me...remember how I couched this posting at the start...."remember we are not in Manhattan or Frisco" In Toms River especially you have people flocking to these food chains of mediocrity. I can tell you I had a family dinner at Tuscan House late March and the food was on the money...and Im pretty fussy. Having said that again, the bar in Ocean and Monmouth is pretty low sorry to say, and I think part of the reason is the buying public, consists of a lot of seniors looking for early bird specials, kids with no sense of palate and middle age people who are unwilling to experiment or give a neighborhood mom and pop a chance....BRING ON THE FOOD TRUCKS!

Apr 17, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

MGZ right on with Frankies and Harpoon Willies, White Rose
on way to Westfield/Garwood off the parkway, always wanted to try that place.

Apr 16, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

I like Frankies in Point Pleasant Beach, they grill the up right
in front of you at the bar. You ask for medium rare that's how you get it and the juice runs down your wrist one end of the bun to the other. I get bacon/cheeseburger and Ketel One and soda, seems to work well together.

Apr 16, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My Ocean/Monmouth Picks

Tuscan House was Ground Round. Basil Ts is now the Artisan Cafe near Pier 1 imports

Tuscan House has a nice semi open air conversation pit
in front with a raging gas jet fire pit in the middle.

Really nice this time of year.

Apr 16, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My Ocean/Monmouth Picks

Spano's in Point Boro for Grandma pizza, Naples Pizza Fischer Blvd Toms River for regular and Sicilian and Attlio's on Rte 166 Toms River

Apr 16, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My Ocean/Monmouth Picks

Ship Wreck and St Stephans both in Monmouth

Apr 16, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

My Ocean/Monmouth Picks

Lets face it, we are not in Manhattan or Frisco...so the pickens are lean.

So here are my picks for decent eats in our neck of the woods;

1) Xina in Toms River...Steve formerly of Sawa an Shogun, just knows
how to treat people. The sushi is extraordinary. A large and ultra fresh
assortment of oysters is a plus that is often overlooked at many sushi
restaurants. They always offer a whole fresh fish wok fried. Chinese
selections are exceptional. I like the orange beef. Calamari appetizers
Kobe Beef on a hot stone are all winners. Saki bombs away!

2) Shipwreck Grill in Brielle. I think the chef is inventive and the food normally very good. Stay away from the super high volume nights and
be mindful of the Monday night lobster deals. Foie gras/Scallop appetizer
is outstanding.

3) (Currently closed due to Hurricane Sandy) Shipwreck Point Steak house...tough to get seat in summer, but
work the trek and effort. I loved my ribeye, bone in, and all the classic
steak house sides.

3) Tuscan House/Toms River, they recently added entertainment on
the weekends. Some standout menu items are the pork osso bucco,
papardelle bolognese, short ribs, rib eye all good. Desserts include
gelato and hot zeppole...which pair very well together if you have a
big party.

4) St Stephans in Spring Lake...Not for the food, just for the crowd
and the entertainment. I have never felt more welcome in any bar
then this one. Staff is efficient and friendly, crowd that goes there
are well outgoing and friendly. Just a nice place to go to hoist a
few.

5) Atlantic Bar and Grill, Best oysters I ever had were here, big
chesepeakes. Crab cakes, diver Scallops, King crab. I will say this however, noise level can be offputting, the room is just noisey.

Apr 16, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey

best sushi in Monmouth county?

Xina in Toms River is where you should be eating Sushi

Apr 16, 2013
Tonwa in New Jersey