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Breakfast/Hash Browns

I had completely forgotten about Perry's, and am glad it is still open. Thank you!

Mar 31, 2013
pianoboy in San Diego

Breakfast/Hash Browns

I'm a SD native who moved away, back in town for a week. Want to find a proper old-school coffee shop breakfast in SD or Coronado that still serves proper shredded and nicely browned hash browns. (You'd be surprised how tough it is to find these on the East Coast.)

Suggestions?

Mar 31, 2013
pianoboy in San Diego

Good BBQ in central jersey

Not sure where you are, but it might be worth your time just to head down to Sweet Lucy's in Philly. http://www.sweetlucys.com/

Mar 24, 2013
pianoboy in New Jersey

Restaurant Xmas Eve near Princeton

Seeking a restaurant in the Princeton/Lawrence area that will be open for dinner for 6 on Christmas Eve - something that's not as pricey or upscale as Elements, but not a chain either. American/Continental food preferred. We have two young children who are well-behaved in restaurants. Any suggestions welcome!

Thanks,
Jason

Dec 08, 2012
pianoboy in New Jersey

Where to eat near College of New Jersey, Ewing?

Everything will need to be accessed by car or bus. This little place opened by us recently in Lawrenceville and has surprisingly good food, at least from my initial visit. http://www.asianbistrort1.com/index2....

Jun 24, 2012
pianoboy in New Jersey

Amazing Peruvian in Lambertville

Woah, what a shocker! I'm bummed out that you had such an awful meal. Did you let the manager know how bad it was? Send anything back? If there is uneven quality like this, it's most unfortunate to hear. We'll try the restaurant again soon and report back with our results. Thanks for your honest report.

Mar 09, 2012
pianoboy in New Jersey

Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

It's really worth checking out, flourgirl. They're doing it right.

Mar 04, 2012
pianoboy in New Jersey

Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

I should remark (because the restaurant link at the bottom is so small, and I wrote an unclear post...) that the above review is in reference to El Tule in Lambertville.

Dec 14, 2011
pianoboy in New Jersey

Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

Slamming. Absolutely slamming. Went here for lunch on a whim when taking our daughter back from ballet class a few blocks away in Lambertville. It's Mexican food with many Peruvian specialties on the menu.

We had a sizable peruvian pork tamale, one each of a carnitas, carne asada and house-made chorizo tacos - all of which were served on freshly made corn tortillas. Also, a salad that featured half an avocado filled with a spicy chicken sala cozied up to a nest of greens drizzled with a cilantro dressing, topped off by a grilled shrimp.

The freshness of the ingredients and authenticity of preparation were first rate. It's not taqueria-style fare - it's a notch up from that, which is not always a plus in my book. But what they're doing here is lovely, and it's obvious from our chat with the waitress that they care about what they're doing at this restaurant. If it's open, the outdoor seating with heaters looks most pleasant. This place is HIGHLY recommended - and this is from a San Diego-bred taqueria snob.

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El Tule
49 N Main St, Lambertville, NJ 08530

Dec 13, 2011
pianoboy in New Jersey

Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

+1 on Mexican Mariachi Grill. It's really solid - the guacamole is delicious, nice job on the carne asada, and the tres leches is to die for. Only complaint is that the flour tortillas seem to be the garden variety preservative-laden ones you find all over the northeast, but that's not their fault. Highly recommended.

Dec 13, 2011
pianoboy in New Jersey

SD Expat needs tortillas.

Thanks for everyone's help. I just made my run and picked up Tortilleria Santa Fe brand from Gonzales' Northgate market in Chula Vista. Those Canasta ones were tempting, but since these are going in the deep freeze back home, I didn't want to risk it if they didn't freeze well. Exactly what I was looking for - simple flour tortillas made with lard and no preservatives.

THANK YOU, S.D. Chowhounders for the help. Miss the friendly faces and amazing food here.

Sep 08, 2011
pianoboy in San Diego

SD Expat needs tortillas.

Thanks for the replies. I am staying in Coronado, but will also be in Kensington. South Bay is not an issue - thanks for the heads up on both Quatro Milpas and Gilberto's. Do you have an address for them? Can't seem to find them online.

Any further suggestions are welcome! :-)

Sep 08, 2011
pianoboy in San Diego

SD Expat needs tortillas.

Howdy SD Chowhounders,

I am a SD native who migrated East (I know, I know). Visiting town, leaving Friday.

Flour tortillas where I live stink.* They are mass produced and sit on the shelf forever, even the brands carried at hispanic groceries. When I head back east from SD, I pack my check-through with as many packages of flour tortillas as I can and put them in the deep freezer when I get home.

My question: What brand of tortillas to buy, and where am I going to buy my multiple packages of flour tortillas? I actually prefer to get ones made with lard, if possible. Fire away.

Thanks!

* I actually have learned how to make my own tortillas, both flour and corn. They're pretty damn good, but not as good as SD produced burrito-sized goodness. God, I miss the Mexican food here [ but not the pizza. :-) ]

Sep 07, 2011
pianoboy in San Diego

Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

In the Trenton Farmers' Market, there is a friendly little Mexi-Grocery. On Saturdays, they have tamales - generally pork, chicken or beef with red or green sauce. They're fantastic.

Also, I second a previous poster's recommendation of Restaurante El Mariachi in Trenton. They're great, friendly and have horchata. :-) It's technically Guatemalan food, but the carne asada tacos are the closest to So Cal that I've found around this neck of the woods.

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El Mariachi Restaurant
318 Smith St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

May 13, 2011
pianoboy in New Jersey

Sriracha Chili Sauce Condiment or Crack?!

My favorite: make a batch of stovetop popcorn - I usually use 2 tsp or so of coconut oil to do so. In a ketchup-like-squeeze bottle (the kind with the thin, cone-shaped nozzle) I put tamari, cider vinegar and Sriracha to taste. Apply liberally while popcorn is devoured.

Jul 27, 2009
pianoboy in General Topics

Looking for El Yucateco Hot Sauce in Jersey!

Try the mexican grocery in the Trenton Farmers' Market. They've got a good selection of sauces (and are terribly friendly folks). If you can't find El Yucateco, try Cholula.

Apr 01, 2008
pianoboy in Mid-Atlantic