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Inkanto Peruvian Cuisine in Hazlet

Okay but these are nice people who I just told about Chowhound so let's be gentle about informing them about the site rules. Thanks.

Aug 13, 2014
taste test in New Jersey

Vietnamese Cuisine - Toms River

Vietnamese food is not usually spicy. You can add Sriracha if you like but the dishes tend to be subtle but very flavorful, usually served with fresh mint, basil, cilantro, bean sprouts. A strong fish sauce mixture to dip the food in provides the saltiness necessary for seasoning. That said, I'm usually disappointed in the Vietnamese restaurants in NY/NJ. My mother used to live near Greensboro, NC and the Viet restaurants there were so much better. I think there is a strong community in NC to support them. I'm hoping that Pho 99 soon to open in Eatontown is passable. It's one of my favorite cuisines because it's interesting while also being pretty healthy.

Aug 12, 2014
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Fried oysters ? Red Bank area?

Same- Meh
Ditto for Navesink Fishery fried oysters- Meh

Too bad Keyport Fishery doesn't have a restaurant. So far that is my favorite place for fried seafood.

Apr 30, 2014
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Restaurant Pet Peeves

The worst for me is when the waitstaff grips the top of my water/tea/glass/cup with their fingers. I can't believe how may waiters do this. Totally repulsive.

Cave Paleo

Cute little cafe and new/consignment furniture shop in Avon-By-The-Sea. We read about it in the Tri-City News. Be forewarned that there is no sign on the main drag or even the side street. There is a sign in the adjacent alley but you can also enter the shop on Sylvania Ave.

Small, with 6-7 tables, we sat at a table for two on cube chairs- not the most comfortable- but the larger tables had regular chairs. We both had the bison with duck fat burger w/ egg, avocado, sriracha and sweet potato home fries. It was a little confusing because the home fries were under the burger and hard to see and there was also a side of cold sweet potato salad. I was not a fan of the cold salad- would rather have warm fries or home fries on the side. The burger was small but very good. At $14, I wouldn't order it again as I'm not strict Paleo but if you are, it's great to have a place to eat and be able to stick to your food plan. I read a review about bison osso bucco and would love to try that. I'm just not sure I'm willing to pay the price (but I'm cheap).

Jan 21, 2014
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Breakfast Cereal from Your Childhood

I haven't had time to read through all of the responses but has anyone mentioned Kellogg's Concentrate? It consisted of tiny uniform flakes in a smaller than normal cereal box with a pull out metal spout.

I miss those and Dannon Prune and Apricot yogurt (2 separate flavors). My sister and I still pine for those.

Dec 23, 2013
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La Valentina Mexican - Long Branch

Thanks for the great report and photos. I look forward to trying this place the next time I'm in the area.

Dec 19, 2013
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Anyone interested in a Serious Sichuan Crawl ?........

It was so nice to meet everyone...equal_Mark, Tapas52, Sockster, Evelyn and Markā€¦.and to share a really great meal!

I've attached photos. Eight of us total (I brought my husband and father).

Sichuan Pork Dumplings
Dan Dan Noodles
Steamed Juice Bun (on menu) "soup dumplings"
Bang-Bang Chicken
Ox Tendon

Ants Climbing a Tree
Spicy Volcano Chicken
Sliced Lamb with Cumin
Pea Shoots -the waitress made us order a vegetable :-)
Sliced Angus Steak with Tofu
Dry Sauteed Diced Chicken with Triple Pepper

Anyone interested in a Serious Sichuan Crawl ?........

+3 for us. Are we supposed to be emailing or is it okay to respond by posting?

Nov 25, 2013
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Anyone interested in a Serious Sichuan Crawl ?........

Will someone (Tapas52?) pick a day/time or float a few possibilities?

I think this is a great choice since it's usually hard to try a lot of dishes if you go as a couple or small group.

Nov 24, 2013
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Anyone interested in a Serious Sichuan Crawl ?........

What about Thumbs Up as you suggested? I'd go to either.

Nov 21, 2013
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I miss Tomo's!

I love the restaurant rules!

I just called the website number and the address is:

143 Route 10 East Hanover.

Aug 22, 2013
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(Jerry's Back) with Season 2 of COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE

I love this show- favorite guest ever was Alec Baldwin. I thought most of the episodes were really funny. I'm amazed that these stars eat in some of the places that they meet. If I had that much money, I don't think I'd be eating a tuna sandwich at a diner.

Jun 12, 2013
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10th Ave. Burrito Co. - Belmar ~ Featured on DD&D

I knew it was over for me when they had a tequila tasting menu or some such nonsense. I loved the original grungy place with all of the tattooed employees. I hated the music but liked going anyway. I love places that are the vision of an individual rather than a corporate investment opportunity. It took me a little while to warm up to the second location but eventually I liked it even better than the first since it was much more comfortable to eat there. The newest place just leaves me cold. It's too big, too chopped up, the food now seems like an afterthought. It really seems like they are promoting a "scene". It might be fun for kids but I liked the creative small local vibe of #1 and #2. Sad for me but I'm sure it will find an audience.

Jan 28, 2013
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New Years Day lunch between Montclair and Atlantic Highlands

I'll be meeting relatives who are staying in Montclair. I'm looking for a relaxed nice lunch place where we can catch up without being rushed. I'd be willing to drive to Montclair for a good place but if there is someplace in between, that would be best.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Dec 27, 2012
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Let's Yo!

Oh gosh, full-fat sugar-free frozen yogurt....that's my dream too. I've often thought that I should just buy an ice cream maker and try making a batch myself.

Aug 23, 2012
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10th Ave. Burrito Co. - Belmar ~ Featured on DD&D

I went to the newest version of 10th Ave Burrito for the first time today. I loved the original hole in the wall and came to really enjoy the next location as well. I think I'm out though. Today, the food was kind of sloppy and it seemed like such a "scene' which to me, is always a death knell. Many may still like it but I can tell it's no longer my kind of place. I love mom and pop labor of love type restaurants and with the new bar and much larger space, I just don't get that vibe anymore.

Aug 16, 2012
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Vietnam Bistro in Howell, NJ

Just came back...From the dinner entrees part of the menu, I had grilled pork with vermicelli. It was very good- an assemble your own type plate with grilled pork with fried shallots sprinkled on top, picked carrots and daikon, herbs (cilantro, asian basil, and a long thin leafed herb I couldn't identify), romaine, cucumber slices, some of those super fine rice noodles pressed into flat little sheets, and dipping sauce. I really enjoyed it.

My husband had a lunch Bun bowl with grilled pork and "egg roll". He said it was good but not too exciting. I thought my meal looked and tasted more interesting even though they were similar ingredients.

My only gripe was the "peanut sauce" served with the summer rolls. It was more like a tamarind sauce with a few peanuts sprinkled on top.

I will go back and try more items. The food was good, the place clean and people friendly. It's not knock your socks off but I like it better than Pho Le in Red Bank. Too bad it's a much farther drive for me.

Aug 11, 2012
taste test in New Jersey

Authentic Sushi!!

Ha! That grapefruit sized ball of rice and tongue-like sashimi is really disgusting but an apt description of a lot of what's out there. I look forward to hearing the responses to this since I'm up in that neck of the woods from time to time.

Not in the area at all but my favorites for authenticity are:
Jo-Sho in Somerset
Shumi in Somerville
Ajijei in Princeton
Sushi by Kazi in Howell

Jul 15, 2012
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Mogo Korean Tacos Asbury Park

I find that surreal. I remember being denied a look at the model for the "Esparanza" because I didn't have an appointment. And by model, I mean a miniature of the proposed building.
It's too bad that AP shot for the high priced condo market rather than trying to build a solid community.

Jul 05, 2012
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Mogo Korean Tacos Asbury Park

I just had my first Mogo Korean taco with kimchi and sauce- I thought it was really delicious. I love the SoCo ice cream at Days- great hazelnut, whipping cream, fig, and salted caramel. Korean taco + SoCo = a perfect meal for me.

Jul 04, 2012
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Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars

I just got back. The place was mobbed and the lines long so we only got to the lobster truck. I got a Maine roll and husband got the Bacon, Lobster, Tomato. Both were great. After that we watched the band and then a race, which was fun.

I'm not the best reviewer for food festivals because I'm always trying to keep my weight in check and so can never go all out with the food. Still, I enjoy going and trying at least one thing.

I hope they do this again with more trucks next time.

May 27, 2012
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Red Bank Flavour Festival ~ May 6th?

Oh, that's funny. Different strokes I guess.

May 06, 2012
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Red Bank Flavour Festival ~ May 6th?

I just got back...can't say that I recommend this event which seemed more about drinking than about interesting food. Many of the stands had combos like...Korean Tacos, Deep Fried Oreos.....it didn't inspire confidence that they were any more than standard street fair food stalls. I was hungry and opted for Lamb and White Bean Stew from Bienvenue French Restaurant which was pretty good. Still, I would never go back. The music was loud and rough.

May 06, 2012
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Niko's Trapezi A Greek Taverna Long Branch NJ

I used to be a big fan of this place. I went for lunch about two weeks ago and had a mediocre meal. The service was slow and weird and the place was filthy. The bathroom floor was atrocious and it used to be so clean. I was sad to see this place go so downhill and I'm surprised by these recent positive reviews. I can forgive an occasional off day but the filth really put me off.

Oct 30, 2011
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Is there no lobster salad in Monmouth Co.?

Thanks for this heads up- I just picked up some lobster and shrimp salad (with dill)- both were delicious.

Aug 24, 2011
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Jersey Shore (Keyport) - Amazing Fish

I love this place. I almost always order soft shell crab, oysters, clam chowder or scungilli salad. My husband always gets the fried shrimp.

I'll have to try the fish cakes and I'd love to hear anyone else's favorites too. I feel like I've only scratched the surface of the menu.

May 31, 2011
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Mo' Greens Roast House BBQ in Manalapan

We went again yesterday and had two small plates...I had the brisket and braised red cabbage, my husband had the pork and house made chips. They were out of ribs. I think the food is terrific and a good value. The portions were generous enough. We also took home a pound each of brisket and pork.

The owner came out to chat with people and ask if everyone enjoyed their meal. My favorite places are run by individuals who take pride in their food.

Only down side is the guy at the counter who just isn't fast enough to take orders and run the register. He seems like a nice kid so I hate to criticize but the situation might actually hurt business.

Dec 12, 2010
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Mo' Greens Roast House BBQ in Manalapan

I tried this place yesterday and thought it was great. I wish the service and ambiance were better but the bbq is worth it. I'm a carnivore and I'm usually disappointed with bbq places due to heavy sugary gloppy sauces. I ordered take out by the pound- ribs, brisket and pulled pork. I ate the ribs and brisket as is and dipped the pulled pork in a little side of bbq sauce because it was a bit dry. The flavor and texture of the meat was wonderful....I'll definitely go back. I try to stay on a low carb-ish diet so no deep fried mac and cheese or candy bars for me which required a painful amount of self control.

Dec 04, 2010
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Picnic Garden in Edison - Korean BBQ all you can eat

After reading this thread, I drove by the Hmart shopping center yesterday. We were too early for the BBQ so we ended up at Kimchi Hana. The food was great but the smoke from the grill was overwhelming. There was some kind of draft that sent all the smoke my way. I noticed that the Korean tables had their food cooked at an empty table and brought to them. Considering my smoky experience, I think I will opt for that next time. Does anyone know if you just ask them to do this directly? I guess it is contingent upon having an open grill table.

Kimchi Hana
6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Nov 26, 2010
taste test in New Jersey