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Whole Foods coming to Wall in late 2015 or early 2016!

I'm far, far from knowledgeable regarding Asian food markets, but the few times I've walked into Asian Food Market on Rt. 79 in Marlboro, the place has been hopping with activity.

Dec 02, 2014
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40th Birthday dinner - fun, not too expensive, central jersey

Korean BBQ in Edison. My preference is Keum Ho Jung where you order off of the menu and grill your own meats. A bit pricier and all you can eat is Picnic Garden.

Nov 05, 2014
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Toast - Asbury Park

Fantastic post. Love all 10 items, but #7 had me rolling.

Oct 31, 2014
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Miss Saigon in Freehold

Got a couple of pho (tai and seafood) and a shrimp app for take out the other night. Lots of confusion with the order and the bill, but will chalk that up to first week jitters. Although I asked for hot sauce and condiments, the to go package had none. Again, willing to give a pass. The $9 shrimp app consisted of 6 very small shrimp that seemed to be lightly fried but were otherwise tasteless. The pho, with no condiments, was quite bland. I wish them luck, but at least for now, will be getting my fix at Vietnam Bistro down the road.

Oct 31, 2014
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Texas Roadhouse, Holmdel

Its been a while since I had it as I don't frequent the restaurant, but the NY Strip at Peking Pavilion was always very good (at nearly $40 it should be).

Oct 30, 2014
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Taste Of Smoke BBQ Jackson NJ

Had a nice first visit to Taste of Smoke's storefront location. We really enjoyed the ribs, chopped brisket and pulled pork. For our tastes, sides were a bit of a mixed bag, with the fresh cut boardwalk style fries and cole slaw the best of what we sampled. The live band in that small space was loud, but fun. Wanted to try the beef rib, but at $14 for a single rib didn't seem like a good value. As it was, we left with a fair amount of leftovers which heated up well the next day. They've been there 3 months now and I wish them success. Nice addition.

Oct 20, 2014
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Vietnamese in Atlantic City.

Recent meal at Pho Sydney was better than expected. A bit dingy and run down interior, but the food was quite good. Had a beef pho, spicy shrimp pho, and beef and lemonglass rice noodles. Way too much food for 2 people, but an absolute bargain at about $30.

Oct 15, 2014
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Laurita Winery - Rock the BBQ Festival 2014

Sounds like a fun event. Am I just missing it, or is there no mention of who the bbq pit masters will be?

Oct 08, 2014
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Western Monmouth Lunch Party Location

Was also thinking about Spargo's Grille in Manalapan. I last went some 10 years ago. Never hear anything about it.

Sep 22, 2014
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Western Monmouth Lunch Party Location

Thanks Tapas. Luchentos is on my list of places to call (as was Peking Pavilion but they won't do a private lunch party).

Sep 22, 2014
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Western Monmouth Lunch Party Location

I need to find a location for a Saturday lunch party for around 50 people (may be as many as 60). Optimally, will be within 15 minute drive of Freehold. Long story, but I had a location selected (no contract, but discussed with the manager) but it turns out they can't accommodate my party size. This should be in my wheelhouse as I live in the area, but I'm coming up empty.

Sep 22, 2014
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Have any frozen yogurt joints in your area closed?

You'll need to go one more town south to Howell. Ice Cream on 9 is quite good with a huge variety.

Sep 22, 2014
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Authentic Spanish Chorizo

Malaga in Trenton comes to mind.

Aug 27, 2014
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NEW Roadside SMOKED BBQ Rt 571 Jackson NJ

Awesome update...thx

Aug 25, 2014
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Taqueria Maria’s Monroe Township, NJ Anyone?

About 8 tables or so. Small but comfortable.

Aug 08, 2014
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Taqueria Maria’s Monroe Township, NJ Anyone?

Thank you Tapas for this find. A visit today netted some really nice eats, including an awesome guacamole which was more like a really fresh pico de gallo with cut up slices of avocado and super thick chips, and a taste of all three pork tacos (chorizo, al pastor, and carnitas). Both our waitress and Maria were helpful with the menu, and interested in how we found them (a plug for CH). Wish it were a bit closer than the 30 min ride, but will be back for sure.

Aug 06, 2014
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good food in strange places

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index...

I've been in and around Long Branch for nearly 25 years and have never been to Ocean View Bakery. Need to correct that very soon.

Aug 05, 2014
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Andrew Zimmern coming to the Count Basie Theater on August 1, 2014

Who went and how was it?

Aug 04, 2014
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Pascal & Sabine, Asbury Park

I've been back several times over the past few months...quickly becoming a personal favorite. A late night dinner at the bar last night -- french onion soup (thank you bgut for the rec), the incredible burger with hand-cut fries, and a Chimay Red. Just perfect.

Aug 01, 2014
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Best of Monmouth County: Readers' Choice Awards 2014

Really not surprised NOTB is absent from this "best of" list. While probably an over generalization (but probably not too far from the truth), I would guess that whoever took the time to vote doesn't know about NOTB and/or wouldn't step foot there. Indeed, if not for CH, NOTB would have gone unnoticed by myself (and probably at least a few others on this board). And, I suspect, not many of us on CH voted in this survey.

Aug 01, 2014
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Red Bank Redux

convenient bathroom!!

Jul 22, 2014
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North of the Border Red Bank

Lunch yesterday. The non-Mexican clientele outnumbered the Mexican clientele. Clearly, the word is out!!

Jul 20, 2014
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Oysters in Monmouth/Ocean?

I always order the oysters at Shipwreck Point and am always pleased.

Jul 18, 2014
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Vietnam Bistro in Howell, NJ

The renewal of this thread reminded me that I have been meaning to give this place a try. Finally made it today with my son. Enjoyed a lunch of summer rolls, vietnamese egg rolls, and a couple of Banh Mi sandwiches (pork and beef). It was all good. Will return to check out more of the menu. We were the only customers for the hour we spent for lunch. Hope they are making it.

Jul 18, 2014
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Good values good food specials and deals at chowhound worthy places

This is probably more in line with Nicholas at the bar, but Brandl in Belmar has a couple of nice deals. On Sundays for $35 you can choose a 3 course surf or turf (soup or salad, entrée, dessert). The surf includes the very good lazy lobster which goes for $35 by itself any other day. Just did this last weekend. On Fridays they offer a 2 for 1 fish special.

10th Ave Burrito in Belmar also has a number of weekday specials. Mondays are free dessert with an entrée; Tuesdays are all you can eat tacos for $12; Thursday's are $.50 wings.

Jul 10, 2014
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Great whiskey selection help!

Keen's Steakhouse - NYC. Truly impressive selection.

Jul 08, 2014
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Il Cotello

I have no first-hand knowledge, but I think the closure was related to their existing location. Sounds like they are looking for a new landing spot.

Jun 30, 2014
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Another new Indian restaurant coming soon to Freehold boro ?

I stopped in this evening as the front doors were open. Not open for business yet, but they hope to be open by next week. The space looks great. Really looking forward to this opening.

Jun 23, 2014
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Ibby's Falafel Freehold

I was quite surprised to visit Ibby's today to find that the name has changed to Main Street Falafel. I tried to elicit info from the guy behind the counter (he's been working there for some time) as to whether the family behind Ibby's is still running the show, but he was not forthcoming with info. The food was as good as usual and other than the name change I could not discern any differences (other than the addition of a slice of dill pickle to our side of hummus). Fingers crossed that things stay as good as they've been.

Jun 23, 2014
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Shipwreck point resto

Last visit was in February. Ate at the bar. Delish. New owner (I think) for past couple of months. Have not heard of any decline in quality.

Jun 13, 2014
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