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Ninos Coal Fire. Excellent service, food and atmosphere

Wow - gives new meaning to the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words."

Nov 29, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Santorini Greek Cuisine Coming to Lincroft

Yes a mostly lettuce salad but so finely chopped it was hard to tell what else was in there and run through a food processor I think, and as I said found but a single olive un-chopped sitting on top. This was the first and only Greek salad I've had of this nature. The one saving grace was there was no charge for the salad as it is included with your enter

Nov 17, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Santorini Greek Cuisine Coming to Lincroft

Went there tonight with two other couples - lot of food at a very affordable price point but sadly just ho hum... Ever see a Greek salad finely chopped and with just one olive in it?

Nov 15, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Miss Saigon in Freehold

We stopped in this afternoon and got a menu. The owner said there is a 25% discount on everything for the next two weeks. They opened yesterday.

Oct 30, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

La tapatiare Asbury Park?

The actual name is La Tapatia, we have been there a few times and it is decent Mexican chow. It is NOT a BYO as the have a full bar. If you like Mexican and a BYO we just discovered Tornandez in Point Pleasant that is just a good as Tapatia if not better. See the following link for Tornandez: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992563

BTW - unconfirmed but was told La Tapatia will move into the TAKA space once TAKA moves over to Cookman Ave. This would be very cool indeed... A real up sacle Mexican joint right in the heart of AP...

Oct 24, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

The owner created a lovely restaurant to be sure and by and large the food is delicious, although somewhat limited at this point. Went two Saturdays ago and they were swamped and overwhelmed. They will need to get a little run time to work out the delivery.

That said by all means go and give them try - you will be glad you did...

Oct 17, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Tornandez Restaurante - Point Pleasant, NJ

Wow - just discovered this very nice Mexican restaurant in Point Pleasant on Bridge Avenue west just beyond Beaver Dam road. Very friendly owner/cook willing to please. Sampled chicken, pork tomales, carnitas tacos and chicken fajitas all delicious. Their rice and black beans delicious as well, also took home a flan for later and loved it. This place is a cut above the typical Mexican restaurants along the shore. I think you will like it ...

2401 Bridge Ave
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
(732) 899-3939

More info: https://www.facebook.com/tornandezres...

Oct 17, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Remington's Manasquan

Remington's is one of our favorites in Squan as well. Delicious food and great bartenders in Christen and Sean. But, that said what do you think of Blend? We went once for a pre-fix dinner with two other couples and everyone thought they did an excellent job...

Sep 05, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Another new Indian restaurant coming soon to Freehold boro ?

Heard they are supposed to open this weekend. My husband called and was told that their final inspection was Monday (yesterday) and if that goes well they should be open this Friday or Saturday.

Jun 24, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Reyna's Mexican Restaurant - Tinton Falls

We have eaten at Reyna's twice. The food is delicious, very good portions AND made from scratch, so if it is busy you may have to wait but it is worth it! Delicious!

May 26, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Best Lobster Roll

Just experienced the best lobster roll I've ever eaten and yes it was indeed at Point Lobster Barbarella. Current price is $12 and to answer the question from MGZ - just pure lobster and maybe a smidgeon of drawn butter on a New England dog bun, no mayo or other junk at all.

Looking for a receipe a few months ago on a blog I stumbled on a comment from someone from Maine who said "a lobster roll requires just two things - lobster and a roll." Damn if they were not right...

May 04, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Voila Restaurant Pt. Pleasant - CLOSED!

Just to let everyone know we passed by Voila Restaurant in Pt. Pleasant yesterday and saw they have closed. New sign on the door says coming soon: The Poached Pear an American Bistro/Executive Chef and Owner Scott Giordano, formerly Sous Chef at Saddle River Inn and Executive Chef at Whispers in Spring Lake. We really liked Voila and will miss them!

Apr 05, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Best Italian in Monmouth County

NOLA, went to Mossutos last night and had the homemade linguini with garlic and oil. A guy next to us had the homemade linguini with white clam sauce (fresh clams in the shell like it's supposed to be). It looked and smelled delicious. Just one thing.....when you go DO NOT SHARE, LOL!

Mar 28, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

grampart, that looks delicious! Could you be kind enough to post the receipe for both the chicken and sauce if it is not too much trouble?

Mar 28, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Best Italian in Monmouth County

NOLA, I really think you would enjoy Mossuto's. It is excellent. Their pizza is not the "traditional" crispy crust type but it is quite good. Their pasta dishes are IMO outstanding, especially their rigatoni bolognese and linguine with white clam sauce or red. We were at Antonios in wall about a month ago. It was not bad. If you go to Mossutos try the pork chop milanese with arugula salad. It is delicious. I will give Squan another try. I know some of my friends do enjoy their pizza.

Mar 26, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

no hot bread with lunch at Bonefish Grill - Lawrenceville

Did you ask for some? Maybe they are charging for it now. Some places are.

Mar 23, 2014
CatLadyJan in Chains
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Best Italian in Monmouth County

NOLA, I understand, but Squan is definitely not what it used to be and what it used to be was IMO just okay. There is no compare to say, Mossuto's. I always thought Maria's was way better than Squan, but since they sold they are getting some really bad reports. So is squan from friends of mine who use to dine there frequently.

Mar 20, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Best Italian in Monmouth County

With all due respect, NOLA, the food at Squan tavern is terrible. Their meatballs are tasteless and their sauce is awful. Back in the day they were not too bad but now the opinion down here is they are not good. Maria's is also getting some lousy reports too since they sold.

Mar 20, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Sahara in Mattawan on 34

Just returned from having lunch at Sahara 34 in Matawan. The food was fantastic! My friend and I had the same thing..the chicken sawarma (sp?) wrap with the side greek salad. The chicken was oh so tender and juicy with peppers and onions with a delicious tzatziki sauce wrapped in a fresh mid-eastern flat type bread. The salad was sooooo fresh and tasty with a light oil and vinegar/lemon dressing. It was incredible. I asked the owner for some hot sauce for my wrap and he gave me some of his homemade hot sauce that was fantastic with lots of heat! I even ended up buying some to take home, LOL! The dining room was very nice with clean table cloths on the tables and a very nice ambiance. The owner told me it is also a BYOB. He was excellent in his service and knowledge of the menu items. I would very highly recommend Sahara 34 for delicious and fresh mid-eastern cuisine. I will definitely be back soon!

Mar 20, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

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

You make a good point as there is no retail space in that mall large enough and with loading docks to house a Whole Foods other than the new Lowe's Express. Unless Lowe's is bailing out, which is a possibility based on the amount of business they seem to be doing.

The old furniture store would be a real stretch considering the current condition and lack of available parking spaces. How about the A&P - just a thought...

Feb 15, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Monmouth County - Best of Last Year?

My two cents worth:

Best Italian: Via 45, Red Bank
Best Italian market: Mosutto's, Wall
Best Chinese: Sichuan Cottage, Marlboro
Best French: Voila, Point Pleasant
Best NOLA: Drew's, Key Port
Best chocolates: Pierre Chocolat, Sea Girt
Best bakery: Scone Pony, Spring Lake
Best happy hour: Paganos UVA, Bradley Beach
Best newcomer fast food: MOGO Korean Tacos, Asbury
Best new small plates: Cibo e Vino, Asbury
Best bar atmosphere: Moonstruck, Asbury
Best city for dining out: Asbury

Jan 12, 2014
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Pierre Chocolat - Wall, NJ

We went back again for a Christmas gift for a friend and the person who received the gift was simply delighted. She loved her treats.

Dec 28, 2013
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Recommended Restaurants in Spring Lake, NJ

If you want casual Italian go to Mosutto's for great food and a funky atmosphere. If you desire upscale (but still casual) seafood go to The Shipwreck (bonus here as it has been under renovation for six weeks and should be open again for your trip.)

You have the Scone Pony pegged for sweets, nothing else even comes close in the area. I personally would skip - Black Trumpet, Kleins, Ray's and Mr. Shrimp, which are all simply just ok.

Dec 26, 2013
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Pierre Chocolat - Wall, NJ

GREAT NEWS - Pierre Chocolat is back in business again full time. Peter and his lovely wife are now located at 1414 Meeting House Rd in Sea Girt which is the little cottage on the Scarborough Fair restaurant property. Go here for more information on their Facebook account:

https://www.facebook.com/pierrechocolat

Dec 23, 2013
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Restaurant near Laurita Winery

Yes - there certainly is a good restaurant nearby with delicious Italian food served in a homey atmosphere by a wonderful Italian woman and her husband from Naples Italy. The name is Cream Ridge Italian Villa at 445 County Hwy 539 N New Egypt, NJ 08533, which is only a few miles from Laurita Winery.

i've been there several times and have enjoyed each visit. We usually opt for one of their homemade pasta type dishes. Everything is made to order and served by a very efficient and friendly staff. There are several other Italian restaurants in the area but the Italian Villa is something special.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/cream-ridge-i...

Nov 19, 2013
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Matata Asian Cuisine - Middletown, NJ

Decided to go my self and check it out last week and was not overly impressed with the food. Nice ambience and helpful service but the food falls short of what you have been experiencing at Nemo in Keyport for the past several years. I would rate it simply OK. A word of caution for the rave reviews posted here by a couple of one-hit-wonders.

Aug 26, 2013
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Woolley's Seafood House in Freehold, NJ

No they are are not related to the great Wholey in Pittsburgh - wish they were. My memory of this institution in the burgh goes back to the 1960's fish sandwiches. If you know Wholey you probably remember the downtown Oyster House, another seafood great...

Aug 13, 2013
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

VOILA French resto PP Beach

You bet - they are one of our favorites. Delicious food, nice ambience and you are treated like one of the family. We even went here New Years Eve this year with another couple and had a great time. It's a BYOB.

Go here to read a few reviews, and disregard the one poor review written by a single review expert with an axe to grind.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/voila-point-p...

May 17, 2013
CatLadyJan in New Jersey

Matata Asian Cuisine - Middletown, NJ

Anyone remember Bando in Middletown, a Chowhound favorite a few years ago? This newbie, Matata, opened in their old space and was wondering if anyone has any G2 on them yet...

Matata Asian Cuisine
655 State Route 35
Middletown NJ 07748
(732) 671-8822

Point Lobster Company

MGZ - have to agree with you completely on this one. We have been going to PLC for several years now and it is now our go to place for any thing that come out of the ocean. The fact that their pricing is very fair is a bonus and it seals the deal...

Apr 23, 2013
CatLadyJan in New Jersey