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Healthy Salads in Northern Monmouth/Southern Middlesex Counties?

Saladworks is still open and presumably doing well in Holmdel-Middletown at the plaza which sits on the northwest corner of NJ35/Laurel Ave. intersection. I'm not sure of the official name, but it has a BestBuy, Best Supermarket, Hallmark Cardshop, CheeburgerCheeburger, Turning Point Restaurant, Barnes and Noble etc. --- that should be enough to differentiate it for you from the numerous other shopping centers nearby :-). Actually, Saladworks is in a separate smaller standalone building closer to NJ35 adjacent to Houlihan's but still officially shares the parking lot and is part of the development.

In fact, I went there for lunch today as I do from time to time. The owner {anyhow I presume he is the owner, or one the franchisees, or part of management from his actions & demeanor} recognizes me now so we exchange pleasantries ..... and I have always been fully satisfied with the food, service, ambience, and so forth at this establishment.

25 minutes ago
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Fresh Hatch Chiles

Just as FYI, I was at Wegman's in Manalapan this morning to pick up a few grocery items and noticed they were setting up for the "Hatch Chili Peppers Event" this weekend on the sidewalk in front of the store entrance (complete with a roaster as well as someone dressed up in costume like a big chili pepper!).

http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/sto...

The link above has full schedule info for their various locations while the link below has all the additional details.

http://www.wegmans.com/blog/2011/08/h...

I'm personally not a fan of edible peppers but I remember seeing this topic resurrected here a couple of weeks ago so thought I would mention it for those interested :-) Enjoy your meal !

Aug 21, 2015
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Salt Sticks

A bit north of your neighborhood, but if I am not mistaken, I seem to recall seeing salt sticks at Sipos Bakery in Perth Amboy the last time I stopped there ... and purchased/enjoyed a couple of them :-) They are good !

http://www.siposbakery.com/

Jul 13, 2015
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Brothers' in Red Bank

Thanks to Mr. Bingely & Michelle for the info....glad to hear all is well. It's been quite awhile since I've eaten there (we used to go occasionally for luncheons at work) but I definitely want to give them another try. I seem to remember that the food was pretty good for that sort of establishment.

Jun 28, 2015
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Brothers' in Red Bank

Drove by earlier today, and noticed a couple of large signs on the exterior which read "Open - We're Back!".

Were they closed for awhile ? Did the ownership change ? Anyone eaten there since the reopening ?

Jun 27, 2015
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New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

jrvedivici, do you mean Muang Thai at the corner of Wharf Avenue and Front St. ? How is it ? I get my hair cut at the barbershop a couple of doors down the block on Front Street towards Broad Street so I walk by it every once in awhile when I park nearby. From the menu, it looks pretty good but I haven't had a chance to actually eat there yet.

May 27, 2015
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New Greek restaurant in Eatontown soon

Per article in today's online APP, the family that runs the All Seasons Diner in Eatontown (and the All Seasons 2 Diner on US9 in Freehold) will open a Greek restaurant "up the road" at the location of the former Cobblestone Diner on NJ35 which has been closed for a while. Nick Zavolas said in the interview that they bought the property about a year ago; the new restaurant will open at the end of May and his father will be managing it. The sign out front will be "Apella Greek Taverna" and it will be BYOB.

Actually, the article was primarily about the 25th anniversary of their All Seasons Diner. They will be offering a discount to customers on April 14th and 15th to celebrate.

Anyhow, best wishes and good luck to them with the new restaurant. Always nice to have another dining choice besides the defacto Italian eateries that seem to pop up around here like flowers after a spring rain (and are usually gone just as quickly).

Apr 11, 2015
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25 Burgers in Matawan now "The Burger Shop"

Stopped at Starbucks in Matawan along NJ79 about an hour ago, and noticed that the "25 Burgers" storefront on the end of that little L-shaped plaza is now signed as "The Burger Shop". The changeover must've just happened fairly recently as I think it was still "25 Burgers" when I went by there last week. And a quick check of the "25 Burgers" website continues to include Matawan on their list of locations. Not sure what must've transpired.....anyone know ?

Apr 08, 2015
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Easter Brunch - Monmouth County

Great suggestion. We were seeking an Easter Sunday brunch as well, and ate at McGillicuddy's after reading your mention here. Very nice ! Service was prompt & attentive, food was good & plentiful, atmosphere was friendly & comfortable, price was right. Never knew about them before, but looking forward to going there again for lunch or dinner soon. Thanks very much.

Apr 06, 2015
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Route 35 Steak and Ale building

Thanks jfedorko :-) Seems like it was closed long before 2008, but memory & sense of time passing often plays tricks on oneself.

That is interesting about the liquor license aspect of the situation.

Another thing which I thought may affect the suitability of that property (and others) is that it is not located at ---or directly accessible from--- a 'crossroads' intersection but rather in the middle of a fairly long stretch of NJ35 Northbound. Since NJ35 is a divided highway at that point, and turns into/out of the restaurant are not possible from traffic on NJ35 Southbound, I think that makes it more complex for 1/2 of your potential customers to get there in a straightforward manner without the hassles of going past, looping around a jughandle, etc. and might tend to discourage their patronage.

Also I think the longterm trend away from people working in offices, 'business lunches', and so forth would have a negative effect in that sort of restaurant. I always regarded S&A more for a place for lunchtime with "the guys" than dinner, but maybe that's just because it matches my handful of personal experiences going there.

Anyhow, hope something good goes in and does well !

Mar 23, 2015
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Route 35 Steak and Ale building

I think it's been more like 20 years since it closed. And yes, I wonder the same thing everytime I drive by it too. I can remember going there for lunch once or twice in the early 1990s.

Mar 23, 2015
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Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

I seriously would like to understand what it is about Tim McCloone and his restaurants that brings out such vitriol in people on here. Not saying you're all wrong (or all correct), but hoping someone could be just a bit more specific. Always risky to ask, but if his operations are so bad, how does he stay in business and keep expanding ? Something doesn't make sense to me.

Mar 08, 2015
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Ibby's Falafel Is Now....

Stopped by for lunch to-go earlier today. Had my usual favorite --- chicken schwarma w/hot sauce and a side order of falafel, along with a can of Diet Coke :-)

I thought it was fully as good as, if not even a bit better, than the fare to which I became accustomed under the "Ibby's" banner. The portion sizes may have been a bit bigger today than previous visits, although that's difficult to judge. In any case, I had more than enough to eat and the price was fair value too.

Service at the counter was very friendly & efficient as well.

Still highly recommended, based upon today's pleasant and satisfying experience.

Feb 05, 2015
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Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

" ....the "community" that has been created, has probably been affected by some of the cyber-experts who demean or trash other's opinions. I spoke to that in my previous post, but that does have an affect and changes the tone and dynamic of the room...."

Exactly right. We do have a couple of know-it-alls here: a "net cop" and one or two regulars who would "argue with a billboard" / never seem to be happy --- but probably no more or fewer proportionately than similar forums. It's easy enough to skip over their posts (kind of like pushing a different button on your car radio or mute on the TV remote) but I do wish Chowhound had an "ignore" button for use when necessary. Everyone is entitled to have their say but it's still not appetizing [pun intended] to have to endure their shtick. Those few exceptions aside, we've got a pretty good group and I'm very glad to be able to participate.

Jan 28, 2015
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Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

Yes, I'd have to agree. Whenever I've traveled somewhere else for business or pleasure, almost without exception I've found the local Chowhounders to be very knowledgeable and helpful in sharing suggestions, etc. related to food & dining in their neighborhood. I hope we're perceived as well by our visitors.

With respect to this forum, sometimes I think it would be useful to split into Northern NJ and Southern NJ sections....with the dividing line being [perhaps] roughly the E-W I-287 corridor (others might propose I-195, still others might draw the line at I-80). For example, I personally skip over a lot of the Morris County related posts because I am rarely up that way. Don't think there's enough chatter in aggregate to justify separate boards for Northern, Central, and Southern NJ.

Empanada Guy

Stopped at Empanada Guy today at lunchtime. Picked up two empanadas to go (beef and chicken). They were delicious, decent sized, and I thought quite fairly priced too. I was taken care of promptly and pleasantly by the woman at the cash register.

It does look like they have expanded beyond the original space into the adjacent storefront to add dining area.

Really enjoyed my empanadas, and I plan to stop there for a more complete sit-down/eat-in meal sometime soon.

Jan 17, 2015
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The Food's Great, So Why Is the Place Empty?

Wanted to give Gola some time to come up to speed afer their opening a few months ago....wondering how it compares to the buffet down the street at Ginger ? Everytime I drive by Gola in th car, it's hard to tell if they are busy or not due to the design of the restaurant's storefront exterior so it's nice to hear that they have a good turnout for weekend dinner hours.

Jan 11, 2015
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Monmouth County - Best of Last Year?

Your reply was even less of a constructive & tasteful contribution to the thread, Mark.

Jan 10, 2015
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Christmas Day Dinner near Turnpike or Parkway

I'm thinking that you probably would find something to your liking on Oak Tree Road up in Edison/Iselin NJ area. Lots of ethnic establishments, particularly [but certainly not limited to] Indian and Asian cuisine of all sorts. Or certainly in that immediate vicinity if not right on Oak Tree Rd. It'd be a few minutes drive off of the GSP (Metropark exit 131) or NJT (Exit 10).

I'd suggest Google or Trip Advisor to narrow down your choice[s] to your liking --- as a starter, search on Edison NJ for restaurants --- and then giving the establishment[s] a call to verify if they will actually be open assuming it's not explicitly listed on their website[s].

Have a safe trip, and Merry Christmas !

Dec 24, 2014
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Christmas Day Dinner near Turnpike or Parkway

Respectfully suggest the OP take a look at the prices on Harold's Deli menu (available from their website) before planning to eat there. Also, unless they're big eaters, there *will* be leftovers .... and on a trip, it's not always practical to keep them cold until you get home [or wherever you're headed].

I think there must be better choices than Harold's given the situation.

Dec 24, 2014
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Need good recs for Chinese take-out in Hazlet

Never understood what people liked about Aligado. Had to go there more than a few times for lunch with folks from work, and always said "I'll never do this again". Not sure exactly what I disliked although it always seemed kind of shopworn and dingy inside. As for the food, I guess it was edible but certainly nothing memorable. So if they are closed, no surprise (although I feel bad for the people who lost their jobs).

Dec 10, 2014
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Moose's Tavern Tinton Falls (Old Charlie Browns)

Any relation in ownership to Woody's in Farmingdale NJ (which used to be The Farmingdale House before that) ?

Dec 04, 2014
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Best cheese selection at a market??

Many, if not most of the Foodtowns became Stop & Shop a couple of years ago....however, the one in Freehold borough on NJ 33 (Business) down the street from Old Monmouth Candies is still a "Foodtown". Perhaps Stop & Shop did not wish to acquire that location which is an old and rather small store with a significantly different 'footprint' than say, the Raintree location on NJ 537 by the hospital which did become a Stop & Shop.

There may be other Foodtowns still around but that's the one I know of.

Aug 02, 2014
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Ah-So Sauce - Stop & Shop's got it.

Just curious, what is politically incorrect about that phrase ?

For example, Amazon & Williams Sonoma both sell a cork puller utensil with the same Ah-So moniker.

If it was defamatory or insulting in any way, I doubt manufacturers would choose it as a product identifier.

Aug 02, 2014
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RIP Crumbs

This discussion belongs on the 'chains' board, by definition.

Jul 11, 2014
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Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

" How it's over 160 replies and good local chow topics are lucky to get a dozen replies is sad. "

A mathematician would use the term "Least Common Denominator". LOL

Jul 10, 2014
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Empanada Guy

Why did you do that ? What is your problem with them ?

Jun 22, 2014
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Route 66 Hot Dogs,Burgers and Shakes --Long Branch

Max's ? Are they still in business ? Given the nasty way the old lady at the cash register treats customers (who have done nothing wrong to possibly give her just cause to do so), I'm surprised.

Windmill, on the other hand, is a credible and worthy competitor.....especially in nice weather when you can sit on the roof under the windmill blades at the Long Branch store on the corner by the intersection [next to the ice cream stand] and watch the world go by. Decent food too.

May 02, 2014
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Peruvian Restaurant coming to Freehold

Looks like yet another new interesting restaurant coming to downtown Freehold.

Was driving by the former location of Sapori's on West Main (roughly halfway between Ibby's and El Meson on the south side of the street)....and there is a big sign out front announcing that Don Pepe's Peruvian Restaurant would be opening there soon.

I'm not sure if this is any relation to Don Pepe's in nearby Jamesburg. Anyone know more about it ?

Apr 16, 2014
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Sandwiches in Monmouth County

Have worked in Middletown for many years but never heard of Taliercio's until this thread.

Stopped by for lunch the other day, and had the "Healthy Choice" sub (hero roll). They cut it into two parts for me.....one to eat there in the store at a table, and the other 'to-go' which I put in the refrigerator for lunch the next day. Both meals were excellent quality & taste, and a good value for the price !

I'm looking forward to eating there again soon. Very glad someone mentioned this as a good place to get a sandwich.

{ On an unrelated note, I was pleased to see there was a Trek bicycle store in the same plaza....never knew that was back there either. If you're a bicycle rider, might be worth checking it out }

Apr 16, 2014
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