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Cape May Restaurants

For a good, filling, cheap breakfast, I always enjoy Bella Vida in West Cape May.

Mar 12, 2010
dani0622 in New Jersey

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

Agree MGZ. Have you tried any of the places on/off Cookman? I've only tried Old Man Rafferty's (which was terrible), Market in the Middle (unmemorable) and Brickwall (good bar food).

Mar 12, 2010
dani0622 in New Jersey

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

So I made it back for this year's Oscar party. I've been eating at Langosta often with mixed reviews. Sometimes very good, sometimes medicore. Previous to this past Sunday, last time I ate there was for New Year's and thought while the food was good, the price was too much (which I don't recall).

But back to Sunday....if you read my original review, I went to watch the Oscars and get my swag bag, but only upon paying to be in an Oscar pool and asking for the bag did I get it. And my party of three only got 1.

Well, we had a repeat of last year. Food this time was all across the board. My salmon appetizer left little to be desired and was a very fatty, chewy piece of salmon. The mac and cheese app though was very good, with a surprise of collard greens on the bottom. For entrees, I had the sea bass with risotto, which I enjoyed and she had the same thing as last year which she ate up and loved. Dessert was an unmemorable berry crumble tart. Not until we were home did my sister remind me we didn't get our swag bags. Well, too late. So frustrating that they promote the giveaway (in emails and facebook numerous times) and then this happens again. Won't be going back to the Oscar party next year. Sure I'll be back eventually for dinner.

Mar 11, 2010
dani0622 in New Jersey

help with name of place in asbury

you know what it was crust and crumble. my boyfriend said it wasn 't but there wasn't anything else there! unfortunately it was closed on tuesday.

Jan 30, 2010
dani0622 in New Jersey

help with name of place in asbury

Nope, there's another one that recently opened.

Jan 26, 2010
dani0622 in New Jersey

help with name of place in asbury

hi fellow chowhounders

there is a new pizza place on lake ave, closer to the main drag. does anyone know the name of it? i want to check it out.

thanks!!

Jan 26, 2010
dani0622 in New Jersey

New Asian Place on Route 35 in Holmdel?

There are two other hibachi places in the area. Shiki in Middletown which is unimpressive and Fuji in Hazlet, which I can't speak for.

I'm very cautious with my sushi so I'd need to hear some other people say it's good before I go there. I tend to get my sushi at Fuji which has always been fresh and they have brown rice, which I prefer.

HillJ - Did the place have a bar as well? Like somewhere you can meet up for drinks? Thanks for the recommendation on Coconut Forest, I wasn't aware of that place.

Dec 09, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

New Asian Place on Route 35 in Holmdel?

Has anyone been to the new Asian place on Route 35 in Holmdel? Not even sure of the name of it. Looks like maybe a Sushi/Hibachi place?

I think it was the Macaroni Grill before?

Dec 08, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Breakfast between Manalapan and Union Beach?

Americana was a good choice and not mine! I had an egg white omelette with feta and tomatoes. My goodness, it was so good and incredibly huge! Def. one of the better diners in the area.

Dec 07, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Breakfast between Manalapan and Union Beach?

HillJ - I have been to Red Oak and thought it was pretty good as well.

And unfortunately, I have to agree with Turning Point in Holmdel. Went twice and have mentioned on this board before, neither time was that good.

We ended up at Americana in Shrewsbury, which ended up being a pretty solid choice.

Dec 07, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Breakfast between Manalapan and Union Beach?

Hey Chowhounders,

I'm meeting a friend for breakfast Sunday morning and was looking for somewhere in between the two of us - Manalapan and Union Beach.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Dani

Dec 04, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Fromagerie, Rumson

Thank you njfoodies!

The prix fixe going on now is good until this Saturday, I think. If you google jersey shore restaurant week, it will give you more info.

I'm not a big wine drinker but they did have an extenstive wine list and by the glass started around $10.

Nov 12, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Fromagerie, Rumson

I haven't posted a review in so long because I really haven't tried anyone new. But this past weekend I did and it's worth a write up.

After hearing about Jersey Shore Restaurant Week (and attending the fun kickoff party last Thursday at the Wonder Bar) I decided to finally give the Fromagerie a go since they were on the list.

Upon arrival, we were given the choice to sit in the bar area or the more intimate dining room. We chose the bar area since it seemed more lively and had live music. Service was top-notch. Our waiter, Brendon, I think, was knowledgable, friendly, and professional. The host, was also, excellent.

The meal started with a complimentary amuse bouche from the chef - tomato soup and grilled cheese. Both wonderful. Then we received an herb cheddar popover. Pretty good, but slightly overcooked. We also decided to have te 5 cheese plate for an appetizer, which had a nice selection.

We went with the 3 course pre-fixe. I had the shrimp carbonara, which was very good. My date had the pear and walnut salad, aslo very good.

For entrees, I went with the bronzino over broccoli rabe with pepperonata and a balsalmic reduction (I think it was). Excellently prepared, skin on, nice flavors. My date had the steak, I can't recall what kind of cut it was. It was a nice-sized steak, seasoned and cooked perfectly, with a large side of fries.

For dessert, I had a wonderful butterscotch panna cotta and my date had the chocolate lava cake. Both delectable. We also received complimentary cotton candy, which I loved.

We had one glass of wine, two beers, and one tea and the bill was just a few dollars over $100.

Overall, one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. I would not hesitate to go back there. The food was delicious and the service was great. Highly recommended.

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Fromagerie Restaurant
26 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

Nov 11, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Cocktail Party Monmouth Cty

Watermark is Asbury would be a great location. I can't attest for the food, but the place has the feel you are probably looking for.

Nov 02, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Best cupcakes in NJ?

That made me remember two other places.

Baker Boys - Ocean Grove and Asbury Convention Hall - pretty good, but not always consistent. Had a very good one this weekend.

Ocean Grove Bake Shoppe - also very good.

Oct 27, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Best cupcakes in NJ?

I like to think I know my cupcakes pretty well. I actually went on The Star Ledger's Munchmobile in search of the best cupcakes earlier this year....lol

Out of all the places we visited, to me, only one would ever be worth a trip back. And that was Sugar & Sunshine in Plainsboro. I've been there many times before that and can attest to the freshness and deliciousness of the cupcakes there.

Other places I've had some very good cupcakes from are Mr. Cupcake in Clifton and Le Petit Cafe in Nutley.

For just plain ol' vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, The Flakey Tart in Atlantic Highlands are incredible.

Oct 27, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Best Chili in Monmouth County?

MGZ - I can't help you on that, but I can tell you that Keyport Festival is coming up soon with the chili cook-off again.

Sep 23, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Rock N Joe Coffeehouse and Bistro

Been to the one in Cranford once. Decent coffee, decent sandwiches, shoddy service.

Sep 01, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

1st time to Ft. Lauderdale

Thank you all for your suggestions. Here's a quick review of where we made it to:

Casablanca's - had lunch here, great location, friendly staff, solid food
Yolo - dinner - beautiful place, best wait staff of the trip, very good food
Floridian - breakfast - best bargain, reminded me of NJ diners, good solid food, could see why the place was packed
W Hotel - for lunch - expensive but one of the best mozzeralla tomato sandwiches' i've ever had
Samba Room - dinner - terrible service, terrible food (was recommened by a local)
Casa de Angelo - dinner - by far the best meal of the trip, also recommened not only on here, but by local foodies we met at our pool. really really fabulous food

thanks everyone!

Aug 19, 2009
dani0622 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Restaurant with WiFi, Scotch Plains/Westfield area

thanks shabby! will keep that in mind.

Aug 12, 2009
dani0622 in Mid-Atlantic

Restaurant with WiFi, Scotch Plains/Westfield area

Hi all,

I need to go to a meeting tonight on North Ave. in Scotch Plains. I need to get on my laptop before meeting and am looking for a place that has wifi. Can anyone recommend anywhere?

Thanks!

Aug 11, 2009
dani0622 in Mid-Atlantic

Need recommendations for group lunch near Kean University in Union

A good option, casual, is Tropicana Diner, less than a block away.

Aug 11, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Asbury Park, no car, two lunches and a dinner

I don't think it's worth the extra time to go to Ocean Grove shop. It doesn't look like they bake in the Asbury shop, which leads me to believe that they ship them over from Ocean Grove.

However, if you do go to Ocean Grove, the Ocean Grove Bake Shop, about a block down from Baker Boys, also serves cupcakes, in my opinion, which are better and far more consistent.

Aug 11, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Take Home Dessert Needed In Ocean/Monmouth County, NJ

If you can get there before they close, I suggest Flakey Tart in Atlantic Highlands.

Aug 11, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Asbury Park, no car, two lunches and a dinner

Baker Boys has two shops, one on the main street in neighboring Ocean Grove and one inside Convention Hall on the boardwalk. With that said, I've enjoyed some really good cupcakes there, however, they can sometimes be inconsistent. If you catch them on a "on" day, they are very good.

Aug 11, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Asbury Park, no car, two lunches and a dinner

On Cookman you can try BrickWall for good, cheap eats. Heard Munch was good too.

On the boardwalk, I recommend Langosta Lounge. There are some cheap, decent eats as well such Pop's Garage and I had a pretty decent slice of pizza at the place on the boardwalk going towards Ocean Grove once you go through Casino.

And of course, there are cupcakes in Convention Hall at Baker Boys.

Aug 10, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

Cheers to you MGZ and EqualMark! Next time I'm at Langosta (tomorrow!) I will have a drink and think of all my fellow chowhounders!

Aug 06, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Ibby's Falafel Freehold

Just tried this place for the first time recently. Had the falafel, tabouli and feta pita for $5.00. What a great bargain and really delicious. I just happened to stumble upon this place as I'm not too familiar with Freehold and I'm so glad I did. Really good solid food. Can't wait to get back.

Aug 06, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

Check out this review:
http://jerseyshore.metromix.com/resta...

Ok, maybe it's me because this is one of my favorite restaurants, but I have some issues with this review.

Issue number one: the writer asks in the beginning what the result would be if a fine dining establishment tried to find it's place on the boardwalk. First of all, Langosta Lounge is not fine dining. Fine dining is Nicholas, or the such. Yes, it's more upscale, than say some of the other typical boardwalk places. And also, there are TONS of fine dining and midscale dining restaurants on the boardwalk all over the state of NJ - Stella Marina, Tisha's in Cape May, numerous ones in Long Branch, etc etc.

They then go on to criticize the edamame for having sea salt and lime and calling it distracted and muddled. Really? Because the chef added a squeeze of lime juice?

They complain about the wait but never say how long. It's Friday. It's July. You're eating at a restaurant on the boardwalk that had an hour and half wait.

They then go on to complain the bread wasn't freshly baked. Um, how many restaurants have you folks been to where the bread is freshly baked. Almost every restaurant I know has the bread from an outside vendor.

The next complaint centered around one of the main entrees not having the sauce "spread over the dish" instead it was spooned onto a section of a plate. And this showed "a lack of attention to detail." Wow. Maybe I've been eating at too may places that dont' smother the entree in sauce and use it as an accompaniment.

Finally, the writer goes on to say that the cost of their meal, $75 for two beers, one app, 2 entrees, plus tip, was too much and this is what's keeping diners away. And people don't want to pay that for a meal "eaten on the boardwalk."

Sorry, if you think that is expensive, that I don't know where you are eating. That is reasonable to me for a place like Langosta. And furthermore, a place on the boardwalk??? That is completely laughable. See my point above about other high end/midscale eateries on the boardwalk.

And the price is keeping people away? With an hour and a half wait on a Friday night, it doesn't look like it's keeping anyone away.

I will step off my soapbox now, but this review really got my goat. Just appeared as a inexperienced diner trying to write a review and ends up slammng what a lot of people think is a good restaurant.

Aug 06, 2009
dani0622 in New Jersey

Beach Venue for Party

I went to a wonderful beach birthday party last year that was held by Ocean Resort in Long Branch, next to Pier Village. They had tented areas with tables for us and set up a grill and buffet and a tiki hut for drinks. It was nicely done.

Jul 29, 2009
dani0622 in Mid-Atlantic