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Central PA

This Central PA discussion, the most extensive one for the area on Chowhound, is 10 years old...and there are only 13 posts. Oh good foodie-God, get me out of Centrla PA!!

Oct 15, 2012
frackit in Pennsylvania

Spiced Cranberry Sangría

I have made this exactly as posted, for several parties over the last couple of years, and it's a HUGE hit every time. People can't stop drinking it, which tends to be a bit dangerous and very fun! Folks tend to munch on the potent apple pieces, and even a few cranberries after the glass is empty. Whole star anise pods are a bit hard to find, but worth the search I think. I found them both at an upscale gourmet market and also at a local asian grocery. Whole Foods did not have them.

Nov 22, 2011
frackit in Recipes

Wegman's Princeton now selling wine and beer?!

Trader Joe's in Princeton has already acquired a liquor license. Beer & wine (yes even Charles Shaw) will be showing up soon, they just need to do some rearranging to make room. May or may not be before Christmas, but definitely coming soon. This info comes from TJ's managment.

Nov 30, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Trader Joe's Coming to West Windsor, NJ

Trader Joe's is the ONLY grocery store on Route 1 North for at least 50 miles! Route 1 South is full of them. But from the Pennsylvania state line up to Edison (at least), there are no other grocery stores on Rt 1 North side. Trader Joe's being on that side of Route 1 is exactly why I'll be going often. I commute to South Jersey for work from Princeton, so on the way home, it' Rt 1 north. And if I need to pick up a quart of milk on the way, there are NO options without crossing to the other side and crossing back, until now. I predict they will do extra well for this very reason.

Sep 29, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Two Princeton Restaurants Destroyed by Fire

This is a tragedy. We very much enjoyed both places for local chow. And the gentleman who owns Tom Yum Goong could not be a nicer man. Here's to their recovery.

Aug 02, 2009
frackit in Mid-Atlantic

Da's Thai at the Y--has anyone been? (Princeton)

I have not tried Da's Thai Cafe yet; was a bit turned off by the Y aspect. But I have tried most others within a 15 mile radius to downtown Princeton; and the best by far is Thai Kitchen III in Hillsborough, on 206 where the Blockbuster is. Awesome food every single time and never ordered a special that wasn't spectacular. And it's cheaper than Tom Yum Goong, my distant second favorite, but just for select dishes.

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Thai Kitchen #3
649 US Highway 206 # 10, Hillsborough, NJ

Jun 28, 2009
frackit in Mid-Atlantic

Princeton NJ Booster Juice Closed

I like the idea of Vietnamese or Middle Eastern too! Seems to me any would do well, as long as they stay inexpensive.

Chapin is great, but a little too far out to walk to from town. Plus the last 2 times I've been in, I was told they were "out of chicken". Since I don't eat pork or beef, that's a show stopper. It's not like running out of banana's or something..chicken is sort of your base ingredient for a large percentage of the menu. So I don't even try Chapin anymore.

Jun 16, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Princeton NJ Booster Juice Closed

It was a good concept, but not quite the right formula for Princeton I guess. Sometimes this town is tough to figure out. Over-priced juice had a chance, and I bet if it had been an actual Jamba Juice, it would have done better because of the brand.

Someone needs ot open an inexpensive gourmet street-Mexican restaurant. Perhaps a Hoagie Haven clone, but Mexican. You could sure find the ingredients and plenty of locals who are familiar with the food. Could even be a hole-in-the-wall to save money on rent, but I'll put my money on the table, that would do great in Princeton.

Jun 16, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Chow-worthy places near Princeton, NJ?

RGR look forward to it. I live 5 minutes away from Elements, but still have not yet budgeted for a meal there. Let us know how pricey it was compared to other choices. Looking at the menu, I came up with about $100 a head with drinks and dessert.

Jun 12, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Chow-worthy places near Princeton, NJ?

Great idea Foody. You could do an ice cream crawl...Bent Spoon, Halo, and Thomas Sweet are all within easy walking distance in downtown Princeton. My preference is 1) Bent Spoon (#1 by far) 2) T-Sweet 3) Halo

The Bent Spoon is not even in the same league IMO. The quality of the ingredients and hand care taken in making their products is exceptional. But of course you pay for it at the cash register.

Jun 12, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

New stomping ground - Mount Laurel. Gimme some eats!

I work in Mt Laurel, but live in Princeton. I'm sorry that I don't have any suggestions in Mt Laurel...I have not found them myself! I anxious await other responses because I'd love some tips on good food. Seems few and far between in south Jersey, or perhaps I just need some guidance as well!

For pizza, Angelo's is the best I've found. Truely delicious NJ pizza!

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Angelo's Pizza
878 Union Mill Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Jun 12, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Interesting New Restaurant near Princeton?

I immediately thought of Eno Terra in Kingston as well, before reading ambrose's reply. It certainly qualifies as new & interesting and matches your cuisine preference. Delicious Mediterranean food, and a fantastic wine list with plenty by the glass, in a fabulously designed buidling. Plus it's supposed to be sunny on Saturday, maybe after lunch you can all take a walk along the beautiful adjacent canal path along Lake Carnegie. Save room for the desserts, they are amazing.

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Eno Terra
4484 Route 27, Kingston, NJ 08528

Jun 11, 2009
frackit in Mid-Atlantic

The New Calico Grill in Princeton--Anyone Go Yet?

We ate at Calico Grill for the first time a couple of weeks ago, for Sunday brunch. Got there around 11am, and it was only 1/4 full, which surpised us in a suspicious way. But that was a nice break from the absurd line at PJ's for so-so pancakes every weekend.

The room is small, and the decor not all that attractive, sort of confused and a little cold. The mural is nice, but needs some plants or something to break up the small square room and add some noise control. Also, it was totally silent, no music or anything, so we felt the need to whisper everything for fear everyone was listening. White table clothes and cloth napkins are nice, say that this is something a little more special.

The food was OK overall. I had the Spanish Breakfast and while nothing was wrong with it, it was just good not great. The pancakes were the same way...maybe very good. Coffee was not good. Overall we were happy with the food, but not the same happiness as after eating at Le Peep for example. The same mediocrity that plagues most of Princeton's restaurants.

If they could make the room a bit more comfortable and inviting, I'd be back much more often. But it you want pancakes and don't want to deal with PJ's, Calico Grill is the place to go.

Jun 10, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Quick Breakfast Poll: Mastoris or Americana

Americana, for sure. Mastoris is terribly mediocre, in my opinion. No idea why so many go here, other than location and maybe it's a tradition. Some poeple like some dishes, but in general people sure do not flock here for the food quality.

Jun 01, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

New Jersey Chefs who bicycle, or bicycle-friendly NJ restaurants

LOL...."Bonk" means something -very- different to those of us who come from the UK. And usually pancakes are not involved at all...unless you really like it kinky.

On topic, as a cyclist, riding along the D&R Canal Path through Griggstown, Rocky Hill, Princeton...there are a number of places groups of cyclists stop...most notably in Princeton, which is fairly bike friendly. Small World Coffee is often full of colorful lycra-clad riders on weekend mornings.

May 28, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Crab Trap, Somers Point - disappointing

You CAN indeed get fresh seafood in NJ, including fresh Striped Bass. Reference Blue Point Grill in Princeton as Foody4life suggested. I've had the whole Striped Bass there and it's outstanding. Always the highest quality and freshest seafood...but you will pay for it. Wish you could get that quality at the seafood shacks along the shore, like you can in other eastern seaboard areas, and not have to go to a frou-frou landlocked college town and drop half your paycheck to get it.

May 27, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Ibby's Falafel Freehold

Had a great take-away dinner from Ibby's on Sunday night. 7:30pm Sunday, the place was empty. Ordered a Chicken Kabab plattter, lentil soup, and one each of the desserts. Chicken Kabab was good, lentil soup was delicous, but the desserts were not so good. Two different Baklava's I got were too dry and tasteless and the other thing that looks like shredded wheat was similar. All-in-all, good meal but did not rise to the level of Mamoun's, where I've gotten the same dishes many times. Hot sauce tasted exactly the same though.

May 26, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Chipotle in Eatontown now open

Good point...I also noticed when you go to McDonalds and order a burger, Ronald McDonald does not actually make it..and he usually does not even work in the store! Talk about deceptive advertising!

May 26, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Chow-worthy places near Princeton, NJ?

If I'm in the mood, sometimes I'd rather just drive to Taste of Mexico and pick up Guac to go, than drive to the grocery store, hope they have ripe avacado's, buy the ingredients, go home and chop everything, clean up, etc.. If I have the ingredients though, I will certainly make my own before going out and it is usually just as good.

May 26, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

JL Ivy - Princeton Junction - anyone tried?

Closed due to "serious fiscal mismanagement". What a shame. There's a lot of money that was just lost in that venture!

http://www.centraljersey.com/articles...

May 22, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Copper Canyon 8 Days a Week

Been hearing good things for a while, we are excited to finally try CC for the first time this Saturday. I'll let you know my first experience review after that.

Any decent mid-upper range restaurant should not charge for chips and salsa though. That is the equivalent to charging for bread and butter. It is a negative if they do, but I won't let that sway my experience.

May 21, 2009
frackit in Mid-Atlantic

Chow-worthy places near Princeton, NJ?

The guacamole at Taste of Mexico is the best in Central NJ for me. But the salsa is indeed terrible..I hadn't thought of Pace, but you may be right. It doesn't take much to make a decent homemade salsa.

May 17, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Mother's Day Brunch Help Needed - Highstown/Princetown Area

Finding a reservation for 8 people with only 6 days to go until for Mothers Day? Unfortunately you may get a table at Ruby Tuesday's if your lucky. Mom would have good advice about not waiting until the last minute. ;-)

May 05, 2009
frackit in Mid-Atlantic

chow along I-95 between Cranbury, NJ and Baltimore

I find Cracker Barrel to be very heavy food, and heavily salted also. The crowds at breakfast can be overwhelming. Plus, my partner got food poisining after a dinner there once. We will never go back.

Iron Skillet is Great! I highly recommend! We love the breakfast and cheap!

May 04, 2009
frackit in Mid-Atlantic

NJ Food and Fun - New Jersey Foodie - NJ Must Try List

I agree with gbean. I live in downtown Princeton and eaten at Hoagie Haven on a regular basis for the past 10 years. However it's not because the Hoagies are exceptional, but for the same reason many others do I suspect - its cheap, plentiful, open all the time, and its a Princeton tradition. It's one of the very few inexpensive non-chain options in Princeton. Not to say I don't appreciate it, but I've had better hoagies at random NJ strip malls. Poor quality meat and indeed crappy bread just don't cut it when making a hoagie in NJ.

May 04, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Mother's Day south Jersey

My recommendation is call NOW! It's probably already too late to make a reservation at a decent restaurant for Mother's Day.

Apr 27, 2009
frackit in Mid-Atlantic

Trader Joe's Coming to West Windsor, NJ

Clearly in the minority here, I've tried TJ's a number of times and fail to see the attraction. The selection is very limited, and the quality of the goods I have tried is just OK. And it's usually way too crowded. I guess it's probably good for a hand full of items you can't find elsewhere.

But I am also the kind of person that thinks Wegman's is just an over-priced, over-crowded, and over-hyped grocery store with a nice food court.

I actually wish I bought into the buzz of these places more, but I just don't get the hype and loyal following.

Apr 27, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Copper Canyon - never again!

I have been wanting to try Copper Canyon for a while now...no more. These reviews have completely turned me off, there is no excuse for that kind of service. I would have been pissed!!

Apr 13, 2009
frackit in New Jersey

Where can I buy Greek yogurt near West Windsor?

I get it at Whole Foods all the time and they often have it on sale. :) BTW, Starbucks also just started carrying it in most stores in single-serve cups with honey and granola. Whole Foods is cheaper though, and you don't get to say that often!

Mar 18, 2009
frackit in Mid-Atlantic

A Tribute to The Little Pastry Shop in Princeton, NJ

TLPC in Princeton is indeed a wonderful shop in a town with so much foodie potential, but a penchant for mediocrity. It's on my short-list of exceptional stand-outs - Small World, Bent Spoon, Ajihei, Blue Point Grill, & The Little Pastry Chef. Many many others establishments in Princeton are just 'good' or 'OK', those I feel are exceptional.

Mar 15, 2009
frackit in New Jersey