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When did this open?

I noticed the trend of super-duper Asian buffets (they're all over the Midwest, South and burgeoning in the Northeast) has reached Staten Island, where "Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet" opened, apparently in the former Hometown Buffet space, off Forest Avenue. How long ago was that?

Jan 07, 2013
Bob Frable in Outer Boroughs

Hibachi Buffet, NNJ?

I've seen these pop up from time to time in other states. Usual buffet suspects, plus a counter where you assemble raw materials that are then cooked up fresh by some feller usually in a chef getup.

There appears to be a chain, based in the South I believe, Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, that has been at the forefront of opening these types of places. There's one near a relative of me in PA, and they're thinking of opening another. They allegedly also opened somewhere in SNJ, near 295.

I remember one from a few years ago in North Bergen in that same shopping center with the multiplex straight off the 495; being NJ, it had a decent selection of items popular with Latinos.

Any hints about these coming to the North?

Oct 24, 2011
Bob Frable in New Jersey

Hot Dogs - Easton to Allentown

I'd rather have thick, meaty chili than Y***o's pastey sauce, and I can go right down the street from their Catasauqua Road, Allentown/Bethlehem border location to Dad's Hot Dogs in the Shoppers' Village at Catty and Pennsylvania Avenue for that kind of dawg.

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Dad's Hot Dogs
2362 Catasauqua Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Jun 29, 2011
Bob Frable in Pennsylvania

Harofiskur Hunt

You're flubbing the spelling because the alphabet in question wasn't available in Arial, I'm guessing. Wouldn't that letter be pronounced "th" as in "pithy" ?

Jun 28, 2011
Bob Frable in Features

Seriously: baking Goya frozen tostones

OK, they should fit on a sheet. How hot for the oven?

May 14, 2011
Bob Frable in Home Cooking

Seriously: baking Goya frozen tostones

I made the mistake of picking up a package of these... I don't even know how long ago... along with other Goya stuff I've since eaten... I don't even want to do them in a fry pan... I don't mind coating them with a little oil as long as they can be MWd...

May 13, 2011
Bob Frable in Home Cooking

Seafood on 7th St, Allentown?

The other week I was out near 7th and Tilghman, and spotted a seafood place on the east side of 7th.

I didn't have the time to investigate further, as I had to get back to the Easton area. From what I saw, at the very least they offered take-out from a store-front window... couldn't tell if they also did eat-in.

The listings sites mention a seafood market in that area, Atlantic Seafood at 621 N 7th. Could they have expanded to offer hot food?

Jan 08, 2011
Bob Frable in Pennsylvania

Shorter name for this type of restaurant?

Contextual error. You've been in Chinese places where the featured items are pictorially represented over the counter? And, in enough cases, in the menu? That's what these Mexican places do. I wish I could attach pictures to back up my observations.

And, there's a [really tiny] inscription in the lower left corner of the menu brochure, which refers to a company that printed the menu. This inscription has both Chinese and English lettering, and the phone number is in NYC.

Nov 19, 2010
Bob Frable in General Topics

Shorter name for this type of restaurant?

My question is about these Mexican places that appear to be managed by Asians, given that at least one of the staff is Asian, the place has large pictures of selected menu items not unlike at a Chinese place, and the printed menu bears noticeable similarities to those of Chinese places.

I used to encounter a bunch of these in NY/NJ, and just in the last week or so one opened near my folks' hometown in PA.

Is there a shorter, hopefully-not-derogatory name for a place like this?

Nov 19, 2010
Bob Frable in General Topics

'fess up, "i'm a hog when it comes to eating ____ ."

PASTA. Unless the sauce is alfredo.

Dec 13, 2008
Bob Frable in General Topics

Soy burrito A.B.*

*After Burritoville, where can I find an item even partially similar to their Mega-Soy Burrito (tempeh, tofu 'crema,' tofu 'cheese,' rice, beans, guac)
Thx

Nov 14, 2008
Bob Frable in Manhattan

Country Buffet, SI

Neither. In a shopping center on Forest Ave near Decker, just off exit 12 of the 440.

Aug 22, 2008
Bob Frable in Outer Boroughs

Little Italy, AND Pizza, AND the Yanks

I went to San Gennaro in 2006, and found a place where folks stood up at a counter, munched on slices, and watched the Yankees game on YES. I do remember having to go up a few steps to enter the place.

I wish I could remember its name. Anybody know where I mean?

Aug 11, 2008
Bob Frable in Manhattan

Country Buffet, SI

How long ago did it close?

Jun 27, 2008
Bob Frable in Outer Boroughs

KFC Chipotle Chicken

I hope this is just an isolated incident...the few times I've been to the Colonel, the flavoured items such as Hot Boneless Wings have been adequately flavoured. Still, I don't think this is going to get me to try it...

Jun 11, 2008
Bob Frable in Chains

CiCis Pizza?

Was just there last week, of course during the midday there will be waits and seating will be at a premium but it looked as though all the items were being kept up as well as could be expected...this is an area where buffets have been for a while now so it shouldn't be too hard for the workers to understand. I don't quite get having TVs there, you'd think the main attraction would be the food.

Jun 11, 2008
Bob Frable in Chains

Tomatoes

Hell Flying No, and in fact here in the Northeast, NJ,NY,PA are all on the safe list, so this should be taken care of, like...right now?

Jun 11, 2008
Bob Frable in General Topics

Central Ave. festival, Jersey City, Sat?

Festival itself is from Hutton to South, but I surmise everybody in that stretch between the two parks is involved in some way.

Any standouts in that area?

CiCi's Pizza Buffet

Offer a buffet built around pizza.

Pizza Hut's (where available) has not only multiple thin-crust regular-type pizzas, but also usually-fruit-covered dessert thin-crust, breadsticks (with garlic-parm topping and cinnamon-sugar), cavatini pasta topped with mozzarella, and a noticeable salad bar (I prefer the caesar)

Jul 31, 2007
Bob Frable in Chains

Recommendation Needed for Hoboken area

Is Kinara in Edgewater too far out of your way? Great view...

CiCi's Pizza Buffet

The only reason they did it is that P. Hut did (never mind that they're in FAR, FAR fewer locations, and won't tell you on the .com whether a location has one...)

Mar 05, 2007
Bob Frable in Chains

Cici's Pizza Buffet

>>i don't understand what these ads are for<<

To drive people batty, so they eventually convince THE MEDIA to cover them properly, so they don't have to spend so !@#$% much on advertising...

BF

Mar 05, 2007
Bob Frable in Mid-Atlantic

Two different ways to get the boards listing...why?

If 'boards' is clicked at the top, it opens a pulldown of sorts with a listing, whereas if it's clicked at the bottom, it goes to a separate page. This can get confusing, because if the former option is used, and one tries to use the Back button in the browser, it goes back to... whatever page on which the pulldown was clicked, without the pulldown! Wouldn't it make more sense for the link on the top to go to the separate page?

Nov 19, 2006
Bob Frable in Site Talk

NYT: Eight Jersey chefs dish...

...on where they would eat (elsewhere in NJ) on their days off. You'd be surprised...

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/19/nyr...

BF

Nov 19, 2006
Bob Frable in Food Media & News

Pasta, garlic and olive oil?

Preferably in Jersey, but midtown OK.

The mostest for the leastest...

B.

Nov 17, 2006
Bob Frable in Manhattan

Ovaltine and older folks?

Carnation really, truly, actually made, and continues to make, albeit on a limited scale, chocolate-flavoured malted-milk powder. You may need to order it in case lots, however...

BF

Sep 26, 2006
Bob Frable in General Topics

Diet Apple Snapple?

UPDATE: I never heard from Snapple.

Are there through-the-internet retailers that ship Snapple to you? I keep thinking hometownfavorites.com did, but wanted to make sure.

Jul 25, 2006
Bob Frable in Manhattan

Conway's BBQ (Orlando FL) comes to Allentown

Was just to the new Conway's BBQ in 31st St, SW just off Lehigh St not real far from Brass Rail.

I think I had visited the bldg under a previous incarnation, which was quite a few years ago (they did BBQ too IIRC)

Nice layout, several TVs, the biggest was behind the bar.

If you're at all familiar with their locations in Florida (go to www.conwaysbbq.com if you aren't), the menu is prettymuch the same. I tried the half-chicken, falls off the bone as ever, they came with three sauce pitchers but I'm not the type to smother...

BF

Jul 04, 2006
Bob Frable in Pennsylvania

Chicken Delight Still The Best Fried Chicken In The Tri State [moved from Tristate board]

(This new page design is FUNK-KEY...)

I've been to their website www.chickendelight.ca , that jingle is enough to give you nightmares...

Still I'd /love/ to get back to Jersey City just to visit their locations in Bergen Square or Central Avenue...

Do they do fish here in the metropolitan, or is that strictly a Canadian thing?

BF

Jul 04, 2006
Bob Frable in Chains

Diet Apple Snapple?

Thanks for all your help.

Jul 04, 2006
Bob Frable in Manhattan