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Hot Dogs in South Jersey

Jim's Lunch in Millville is pretty good. And the sauce they put on the dogs is tasty.

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Jim's Lunch
105 E Main St, Millville, NJ 08332

May 13, 2010
abatwork in New Jersey

Real Barbecue in Central Jersey

I finally got to Carolina BBQ in Hamilton, on Whitehorse Avenue just a block past S.Olden. There is no parking on Whitehorse Avenue so you have to turn in front of the place into the one way street (Milton Ave.?)and there are 4 parking spaces in back. (you're right...opposite a booming Pete's Steak House at lunchtime.)

They are open Tues-Sat. Closed Sunday and Monday. Tel: 609.585.2885
There are no tables, 3 stools at a counter and takeout is the preferred mode of dining and they say that dinner is their busy time, not lunch.
I chatted with the owners a bit and decided on the rib lunch platter.

The ribs came on top of rice with gravy and I chose cole-slaw and collard greens for the sides. They told me that everything is home made as I watched them make potato salad.

The ribs were Fair, reheated and probably a little too long in the frig. I don't think you can really resurrect ribs after they are cooled down a day or two. They were smoked, not boiled and a little hickory taste came through. they were sauced (lightly), but all in all no biggie. Kind of disappointing.

The sides were another matter: the cole slaw was the right amount of slaw, dressing and spices, very good. The greens were toothsome with bits of ham hock or something similar in there, very tasty and not limp like most are.
The rice and gravy hiding under the foil of ribs was also delicious and not soggy.
I'll post again after I try the pulled pork.

Jan 08, 2009
abatwork in New Jersey

Real Barbecue in Central Jersey

I finally had a chance to try American Harvest in East Brunswick today.
I was a little disappointed - the brisket was dried out, the chicken was undercooked, the ribs were fair, the pulled pork was tasty. None of the meats were spiced or smoked enough - actually they were all pretty bland. I make better at home in my Weber.
The sides though were very good, especially the diced yams, mac and cheese and sausage and peppers.
But the big treat are the bakery items and prepared foods inside. Try the rugalach and the baklava. Try the stuffed cabbage and saussage stuffed mushrooms. The zeppole are good too.

Jun 29, 2008
abatwork in New Jersey

Arnold Palmer

Heading into the 19th hole (clubhouse)we have always ordered a RazzLime or an Arnold Palmer - for at least the last 30 years

Jun 29, 2008
abatwork in Recipes

Cheap Eats in Athens, Santorini and Istanbul

Nicole,
Last night we had dinner at Vlassis, on 8 Paster Street near the US Embassy in Athens Centre area. It was our most pleasurable dinning experience in Athens. Paster street is a dead end and the restaurant is near the end in an old mansion on the main floor. There is no menu and the waiter will bring a tray of appetizers to the table for your choices and simply serve it to you right then. The entree choices are simple and non fussy chicken, veal and one fish served simply with rice, roasted potatoes or fries. Best food we have had and at very reasonable prices - around 25E per person, with house wine.
The staff is great, food is terrific, service friendly and in English if needed, and the price will make you very happy. (many Plaka restaurants will end up being double this price)
I don't think they have AC but a back and front window creates some cfross current of air.It might be pretty hot in there in August. (I assume they are open in August but not sure)
It may be a distance from your hotel, especially if you are in the Plaka area but worth the trip. I agree with kelyspo about Plaka restaurants but some are fun, if overpriced, especially on the side hills of the Acropolis.
If you research and choose carefully, eating in Athens is a lot of late night fun. (Restaurants don't open or fill up till 10 pm or later. As we were leaving last night at 11:00 the tables were filling up. (on a work night).
Have fun in Athens.

Jun 10, 2008
abatwork in Europe

Calling all Manhattan-ers in the know!

smartini,
Try tiny little Frank in the East Village. On Second Avenue between 5th and 6th. I don't think you can see the sign unless you look very carefully. It is good authentic Italian in the East Villlage. My son and daughter's favorite place. No reservations and sometimes a long wait but very good food. It is not Lupa but well worth the visit.

http://www.frankrestaurant.com

May 28, 2008
abatwork in Manhattan

Princeton gems

In Princeton the finest food and atmosphere is away from the Borough and in the Township at Conte's Pizza on Witherspoon Street. You will never be disappointed with their brick oven thin crust masterpieces. Long wait sometimes but well worth it. Go there.

Main Street in the Princeton Shopping Center is overlooked here. It is worth a visit for simple tasty food. Try Nonna's Bolognese at Main Street.

Taste of Mexico in the Princeton Shopping Center makes one of the best moles around.

May 28, 2008
abatwork in New Jersey

Nola for Three Days....Help Us Find What We Crave:

Had lunch at BonTon Cafe last month. Very good local food (especially the gumbo with crawfish - heck anything with crawfish) and also a good view of local politicos and movers.

May 28, 2008
abatwork in New Orleans

Meal Plan For April Visit

A recent lunch at Cafe Adelaide in the Loews Hotel was pretty darn good. Especially the Grand Isle Shrimp and Grits (the menu says: andouille stone ground grits, herb roasted tomatoes, melted leeks and sauce forestière) The chef just returned to NO after being at OTTO in NY for a while after Katrina.

May 28, 2008
abatwork in New Orleans

Thessaloniki Recommendations?

We'll be spending a few days in Greece's second city next week for our 35th anniversary and wonder if anyone can provide some recommendations that will make for memorable meals.
Thanks for the help.

May 28, 2008
abatwork in Europe

Sushi in Central Jersey? [Moved from Tristate board]

Right Tom, another nod to Fuji in Haddonfield. Everyhting there is noteworthy and is well worth the trip from up to an hour away in other parts of NJ. Chef Ito is the real deal . They are not open on Monday and are a little hard to find at the back of a little alley type mall on the Main Street (Is it Kings Hwy?) Maybe I'll go next week.

Mar 21, 2008
abatwork in New Jersey

Real Barbecue in Central Jersey

As mentioned...Big Ed's is pretty awfull in all their locations in NJ and I will not be back there. I did get to Ben Fisher's Extreme Bar-B-Q on Rt 9 in Forked River last September and was pleasantly suprised by the smoke ring and real apple/cherry wood flavor to the ribs-not heavy on the hickory. I'll be back there this year. I have been to Kingfisher in the past but it looked like it was gone this past year whenever I rode by. Also in the "not bad" category are the baby back and spare ribs at Lancaster Meats in the Columbus Market in Columbus (Route 206 in Burlington County) open Thursday -Saturday. It's an interesting place to walk around for a couple of hours. There's a lot of rib eating going on there.

Mar 21, 2008
abatwork in New Jersey

Vietnamese in Central Jersey.

...ony forgetable Banh Mi
go for the Pho

Mar 21, 2008
abatwork in New Jersey

Meal Plan For April Visit

Cochon is a great place for dinner-they'll enjoy- it but don't miss out on other inexpensive lunch time places for take out or eat in, especially Mothers and Port of Call.They're both pretty unforgetable for the interesting service or food.

Mar 21, 2008
abatwork in New Orleans

Special occasion dinner in Bologna?

This might be too late...but..
Try to get to Osteria Romagnola on the via Rialto in the San Stefano area
It is a wonderful little place with great food and great service' Try the pumpkin tortelonni for the primi piatti and for secondi try the beef braised in wine with ploneta. I don't think they had a printed menu but the waiter will tell you the dishes. It is very romatic but may be a little over E50.

Mar 21, 2008
abatwork in Italy

Vietnamese in Central Jersey.

I've had Pho in many places in the world and find that the Pho Ahn Dao restaurant in Somerset on Rt. 27 is pretty darn good. It is a very flavorful broth that keeps me and my wife coming back almost every week. Closest in flavor to real on the ground Pho in Ho Chi Minh City. Better even than Paris Pho shops we've been to.
The rest of the menu is...ok.

Mar 20, 2008
abatwork in New Jersey

Best Pizza in N.J.

If Frank Pepe's thin brick oven clam and garlic pizza (now in Fairfield and Manchester) is not bliss I don't know what is. I am ready to be deluded everytime I have had one in the last 40 years. Wooster Square is the real Mecca of pizza in America. I carried one back to NJ a few weeks ago in the back seat. I've had plenty of Delorenzo's and Conte's (Princeton) (# 2 and # 3) and have to give the #4 slot to the Nanuet Restaurant and Bar in Rockland County. A new up and comer at #5 might be La Casa Bianca in Whitehouse Station, which owes a heritage to Pepe's and Sally's according to the owner.
Jersey shore pizzas - now that's delusion.

Mar 20, 2008
abatwork in New Jersey