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Dim Sum Central NJ during weekdays

I plan on trying DIM SUM on 88 very soon..

Do you have any recommendations? Have you gotten take out before from them or only dine-in? I live close enough for a delivery and love they have the menu online.. Just wish there were pics!! LOL

Jan 03, 2010
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Wang Sushi Toms River anyone?

Oh wow, they have an even more extensive menu? The website hasn't been updated yet, right? Because it still looks like the same stuff..

Anyway. I'm making my grand return to Wang Sushi since my mother's day fiasco.. sometime this week or next. I wasn't soley staying away because of that though.. just haven't been out in TR much. Just had surgery though and am superly craving the Taiwan Basil Fried Chicken!!! Can't wait to check out the new menu too! Thanks for the heads up.

Dec 30, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Reasonably priced & yummy places near Parsippany, Whippany, Morris Plains or Livingston?

I'm currently staying at a hotel in Whippany and have to travel to Morris Plains and Livingston for the next couple days.

Really open for any kind of suggestions.. Still on the hunt for a Korean BBQ place though. We seemed to have passed tons of Asian, Fusion places along Rt. 10 but of course I have no idea which we should take a chance on.

We were thinking of trying out the Melting Pot (as my mom and I both never had fondue (gasp! i know i know).. but honestly, the whole dipping of food things for dinner isn't really our thing.

I'm from Ocean County and am a huge fan of Mexico Lindo's 3 for 5 lunch special.. so we're even willing to try a yummy mexican place around the area.

THANKS SO MUCH IN ADVANCE for ANY recommendations!!! :)

Nov 30, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Super Pollo II - Brick, NJ

My mouth was watering reading this post!!

Does anyone know of a menu online? Would love to get lunch here one day. If not, what are some of the surrounding stores in Kennedy Plaza on Hooper? I'll have to stop in one day and get a menu.

Thanks!

Oct 28, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Christie's Italian Seafood Grill Rt 9 Howell NJ ?

Tapas have you had a chance to go there yet?

Went there last week and don't think I'll go back. I ordered the Linguini w/White Clam Sauce.. The clams themselves tasted great and they gave a whole dozen with the meal.. but as for the "clam sauce" I didn't see many little bits of clam pieces at all. Also..s something about the sauce just wasn't sitting well with my taste buds (I am an extremely picky eater though).

Also - not sure if it's cause we weren't dressed to the 9s (myself in a cardigan sweater and nice jeans and my father in a tshirt and jeans) but the service was horrible. It was fine when we were the only ones dining in there (around 5pm on a Monday) but once 2 other parties of 2 came in our waitress pretty much forgot about us.. After we were done eating our meal (with empty plates & beverage glasses in front of us) we must've sat there for a good 15 minutes before she came back to check on us.

Obviously.. I'm a minority though since everyone on CH seems to be a fan! ;-)

Oct 05, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Korean BBQ - Charcoal grills

Hate to bring up such an old post.. but this is exactly what I wanted to post.

Looking for a place that has good Korean food (specifically those clear noodles w/beef or chicken) in Ocean or Monmouth County. Preferrably Ocean.

Have any more popped up?

Oct 05, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Wang Sushi Toms River anyone?

I've been debating whether or not to write this review.. because I really do love this place! But.. that's what this board is about.. right? And most likely they were just having an off day.... anyway, here goes.

For mother's day dinner I was going to surprise my mom with her 2 fave dishes from Wang Sushi - Basil Fried Chicken and Salt & Pepper Shrimp. (2nd part of surprise was my brother returning home from training in GA for 3 mos but thats another story..). She got off work at 530 and because I live in Lakewood I called around 4:40p to place my order.

From my phone number they knew my name.. (it wasn't Chef Ryan or his wife who answered). I ordered 2 orders of Basil Fried Chicken.. 1 Pad Thai Shrimp not spicy, 1 Pad Thai Chicken Spicy, Vietnamese Spring Roll and Salt & Pepper Shrimp. The dude repeats it back to me.. and then goes "Oh, what? OH.. Um, yeah we don't have anymore Basil Fried Chicken.."
WHAAAAAAAT?!?! So.. theres 20 seconds of silence and I say "Ok give me chicken satay instead". I don't know much about running a restaurant .. but I couldn't help but think "the food is so fresh here, HOW could they run out of chicken? Why not just make more?" (perhaps an ignoramus way of thinking though considering all the prep time it could take).

Around 5:03 I walk into Wang Sushi. There's a couple sitting down eating and it looks like behind the counter was a few to go bags. As soon as Chef Ryan sees me he greets me by name (I love that! :D ) and apologizes .. but they don't have any Salt & Pepper Shrimp!!!!!!! At this point I guess my mouth dropped because he said "Oh.. you're the one who ordered the basil chicken too.. right?" :-( YES! Honestly, since those were the 2 dishes my mom has been craving .. and they were out of both.. I would've went somewhere else (being that it was mom's day and all). Also - they repeated my phone number back to me when I first called so I was a little upset they didn't CALL ME to tell me they were out of the Salt & Pepper Shrimp.. at the time I could've made the decision to order something else in its place or just can the whole Wang Sushi idea altogether. I mean, the whole point of calling ahead is so you don't have to go there and wait.. right?

I look at my watch.. knowing my mom will be home around 6 and it'll take me about 20 minutes to get home.. I took the chance and ordered her another dish. A quick skim over the menu and I decided to go with the Seafood Nest (minus squid). Meanwhile 2 other girls came in and another couple who were waiting for their food.

I take a seat and start waiting. There's a sushi chef nonstop making sushi in the usual sushi chef spot.. and the young (kind and friendly) boy who is usually there (delivery guy maybe?) is on the phone taking more orders and Chef Ryan went to the back.

To make the story short(ish) both sets of call ahead new take out customers that came in waited a REALLY long time and you could tell they were getting agitated. The couple that was sitting down had ordered tons of sushi rolls and tea.. they were given the wrong tea. By 5:30 everyone was satisfied and on their way.. except me. I'm a little angry.. but I can clearly see that they're super busy... I did see a few different people come out from behind the counter a few times (Ryan's wife, mother(?!) and another chef guy) so that gave me hope that there's more people in the back cooking besides Ryan! By 5:45 I figured it's time to see whats up.

I stand up and KINDLY ask the other delivery boy (busboy? he was one I've never seen before.. tall blonde hair (in case he sees this sorry dude, I have no shame and you were super rude..) and he was helping put finishing touches on sushi rolls and answering phones. Anyway - I said "do you know how much longer for this order?" and I hand him my receipt. He says "oh yeah, um.. hmm.. I'm sure not much more longer probably another 5 or 10 minues.." so I say ok, thanks and I think I let out a little sigh.. He goes back to finishing sushi and a minute later says "Food can only cook so fast, you know!" :-O WHAT!???!?!?!?!? Was he kidding me? I don't think he was cuz he said it with a completely straight face and not in a haha hehe joking manner. I snapped back "I understand this but I placed my order over an HOUR AGO!" If I hadn't already paid I would have definitely walked out.

So now the phone rings again.. and RUDEBOY answers. Apparently a dish was forgotten in one of the take out orders that just went out.. "Oh we forgot it? Oh well yeah um.. we're busy and where do you live? Oh yeah uh we could probably deliver it but thats like, uh, like the total uh, like opposite of where we're delivering too.. so uh, yeah I dunno.. may be a long, uh time.. cuz we have to uh make it and stuff... oh.. or yeah uh like maybe next time you come we can like uh hook you up or something!" (I'm being so detailed so the WONDERFUL and extremely kind Chef Ryan knows what kind of customer service lacking knucklehead he hired).

So finally Chef Ryan appears again and the rudeboy says "uh how much longer for .." and Ryan cuts him off and looks at me and says its coming right out..

5 minutes later he appears with the Seafood Nest and apologizes quite a few times and says he put in extra seafood since I waited so long. He also said to give regards to my mom and family (that was nice..) but... STILL!

So by the time I got back to Lakewood around 6:25.. of course the original food I ordered was no longer hot.. Usually the food does stay hot all the way to Lakewood.. but this time only the Seafood nest was hot. :( We made due with the soggyish spring rolls (which usually are amazingly crisp!), the lukewarm pad thai, the cold satay.. and everyone overall enjoyed the food.

It was just such a HUGE disappointment.. I understand for the most part Chef Ryan is running the place on his own.. but I don't know. I hate to say it, but I think it may be a very long while til I return.

If you're thinking of trying this place and haven't yet.. I say GO FOR IT! I've been here maybe 15 or more times since December and never had a problem.. Every visit has been super pleasant... (and delicious!!) I think they were just having an off day.. and really I don't blame any of it on Chef Ryan as its obvious why he hired extra hands.. Anyway.. yeah. That's all. Sorry so long.. just needed to vent my frustration and disappointment. :-(

May 10, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Wang Sushi Toms River anyone?

HAHA! So funny! I stopped in Friday afternoon with my father. It's been at least 2 months since I've last been there.. and Chef Ryan totally recognized me! (Even though I had glasses on).

I went in and intended to get the Basil Chicken since I've been craving it so much.. but went with dishes I never had instead. I ordered the Shrimp Pastry appetizer --- DELICIOUS!! There's a restaraunt in the city called SPICE that has a dish like this.. but its called Martini Shrimp.. and they put the shrimps in a martini glass. SO GLAD to find a place close to home that has this!! Even has the same kind of sauce (menu said it was called plum sauce?). Anyway - definitely tasty. I also ordered Chicken Pad Thai.. I feel like I may have ordered this before from here. but I'm not sure. Anyway - this time around it hit the spot perfectly. I had enough for dinner that night too!! I'm not a fan of spice. but this had just enough kick to where it didn't bother me. Mmmm so good! Since it was Good Friday my father had to opt for no meat.. He got his fave from last time.. the Indian Pancake (minus the chicken) and the vegetable dumplings.. which were very tasty!! He loved both dishes. We also (per Chef Ryan's suggestion) went for the Mango Bubble Tea. For some reason I was expecting it to be more like the consistency of a milkshake.. I was actually glad it wasn't though!! It was super refreshing... I only wished the glasses were a little bigger, haha.

Later that day my friend who has a new job in the area tried Wang Sushi (I had no idea she was finally going to try it after me constantly telling her it can be her one stop asian food spot!). She wasn't as impressed, unfortunatly. She said her Chicken Satay was raw inside .. and she had to send it back. Granted.. shes an extremely picky eater and will eat a bloody steak.. so I don't know. She also ordered Beef Teriyaki and when I asked she just said "it was ok..".

But whatever.. I'm a huge fan and am never staying away from Wang Sushi for more than 3 weeks again!! Thanks again (and again and again) Tapas for recommending!!

Apr 13, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Wing Wah, Hamilton, NJ

No but I'm loving the name!

Apr 10, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Fruit Smoothies in Ocean County?

Hmm.. I'm not too familiar with that area myself.. sorry. I do know there's a Jamba Juice in Port Authority and one somewhere in the Times Square area .. which I think both are sort of near the Javits Center.

Also.. I believe there's a Dallas BBQs near there as well.. They give you HUGE portions for super cheap.. and their Texas Sized Margartias are great too! http://bbqnyc.com

Good luck! If you do try Jamba.. let me know what you think!

Apr 09, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Fruit Smoothies in Ocean County?

Thanks!! They have a site for the Hoboken one http://rejuiceanation.com

And here's a menu for the Manasquan one: http://www.jerseymenus.com/menus.php?...

I'm definitely going to be checking it out this weekend.. I like that they use sherbert instead of yogurt intheir smoothies. Thanks again!

Apr 09, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Fruit Smoothies in Ocean County?

Thanks.. I saw that earlier but it's still 55 mins from me. I might as well go the extra 25 minutes and go all the way to the city and get the other things I've been craving from there.. (like an arepa from Caracas!! lol)

Apr 09, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Fruit Smoothies in Ocean County?

OH! And definitely try Jamba when you're there. My favorite is the Caribbean Passion. Soooo good!! They're almost everywhere in the city.. I'm sure where you're going there'll be one near by!

Apr 09, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Fruit Smoothies in Ocean County?

Could you more specific on where Fins is?? I'm super close to Rt 88 in Brick and am willing to take a ride there this very instant if I could.. haha. Maybe I'll google..

Apr 09, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Fruit Smoothies in Ocean County?

Oh this sounds great!! I'm definitely going to try it soon.. maybe this weekend!!

Thanks!

Apr 09, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Fruit Smoothies in Ocean County?

I am addicted to Jamba Juice (http://jambajuice.com) in the city - but alas, I can't make it to the city as much as I would like.

Does anyone know of a place in Ocean or maybe even Monmouth County that makes smoothies with fresh fruit that are up to par with Jamba Juice?

Apr 09, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Anyone Tried The Scone Shoppe Point Pleasant NJ

Do they have a website?

Apr 05, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Arepas in Trenton?

Hey! I recently asked a very similar question http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/586644

I tried El Familiar in Toms River and the arepas were nothing like what I had at Caracas in NYC.. but lots of folks here on the board like em.. maybe you will too!

And please let us know if you find a good place! :)

Feb 28, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Juanitos and Juanitos II

Hello all!

We'll be in the Red Bank area tonight (near Count Basie theater) and because we're a fan of Juanitos II in Howell.. figured we'd give the original Juanitos a shot.

My question is how does the food compare at the two? I was looking on her for reviews and seeing that alot of people are saying that Juanitos' food is pretty bland.. Anyone have experiences with that?

Thanks!

Feb 12, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in Mid-Atlantic

Wang Sushi New Years Day OK!

Tapas - I've been going at least once a week. I am officially hooked on the Taiwan Basil Fried Chicken.. My brother and I went last weekend before a movie and just about every table was full! He had ordered the Kung Po Chicken and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

Jan 27, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Where to get (good) arepas in Ocean/Monmouth County?

Hey.. I'm a woman! And I'm half latina.. maybe I'll look up a killer recipe and give it a go. This could turn into a disaster though.. hahahaha

Jan 17, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Where to get (good) arepas in Ocean/Monmouth County?

I must admit I was just a tad disappointed with my arepa from El Familiar in Toms River. I suppose I was just expecting it to be just like Caracas.. where the arepa is cut in half and the goodies are inside. Instead.. for example my mom got the chorizo con arepa.. and the arepa was no bigger than maybe 2 1/2 inches in diameter and just on a plain plate next to the chorizo. I've been hyping up arepas since I had them for the first time at Caracas.. so my mom was kind of like "That's it??"

The ones at Caracas were also light and crisp.. the ones here seemed a little too doughy and overcooked... But like I said.. (and I must stress this..) I am an absolute arepa rookie so maybe this is how they're supposed to be!

I also ordered the Shrimp Quesadilla (adventurous, I know haha) which was great - could've used a bit more shrimp though. But it was very tasty. My mom ordered the flautas and decided she will definitely be dining there again.

So thanks everyone for your suggestions! But I'm still on the hunt for a Caracas-ish clone!

Jan 16, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Monmouth County Restaurant Inspections

Was just discussing something like this the other day with my mother after watching Gordon Ramsey's show. (You know the one, where he goes into restaraunts and finds like week old salmon, horrible careless chefs, etc.)

Does anyone know by law how often a year a restaraunt is actually inspected? Inquiring minds would like to know. :) THANKS!

Jan 16, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in Mid-Atlantic

Where to get (good) arepas in Ocean/Monmouth County?

Tapas - You were right on about Wang Sushi.. El Familiar (Toms River) is now next on my list.

THANKS EVERYBODY!!

Jan 10, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Where to get (good) arepas in Ocean/Monmouth County?

My friend in NYC has been raving about this place called Caracas (http://www.caracasarepabar.com/) in the city and their arepas. Apparently, Bobby Flay even went there for a throw down with the ladies who own the place! Finally over the summer I made it into the city and had one - and I was immediatly hooked.

It's been hard for me to trek up to the city the past few months but have been dying for an arepa.. Does anyone know of any comparable places to Caracas in our area?

I did a search and saw El Familiar in Freehold has them but there's mix reviews.. Any other insights would be greatly appreciated!

THANKS!

Jan 09, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Wang Sushi New Years Day OK!

Had an appointment on Rt 37 today so I couldn't resist calling in a quick lunch order to Wang Sushi.

I ordered the Taiwain Basil Chicken (again!! I'm officially addicted!) and Vietanmese Summer Rolls. Two dishes I have before but as of now are probably my favorite on the appetizer menu.

Theyre so friendly there! I just wish it were closer to Lakewood!

Jan 05, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

Wang Sushi New Years Day OK!

Tapas I have to thank you again.

I went to Wang Sushi again last night.. It's my third time in a little over a week since reading your original review! Ryan calls me "Lakewood" now since he knows thats where I come from just for his grub.. haha.

I always aim to try something new, but last night couldn't resist getting the Basil Taiwan Chicken again (sooo sooo sooo good). My father ordered the Chicken Satay, Indian Pancake and the Dumplings.. Oh man, the dumplings were to die for! The Chicken Satay was pretty tasty but I wasn't feeling the Indian Pancake too much. My father absolutely loved it though.

To go I got the Hong Kong Pan Fried Noodles with chicken (eating it now for lunch.. yummmy!!) and I ordered the General Tso's chicken for my mom. She liked it but said it was a bit too much on the spicy side.

I'm itching to try their Bubble Tea.. I never had tapioca (gasp! I know.. I know.. I've lived a sheltered life though!) so I'm not sure if I'd like it or not. Can you describe the taste and consistency? Is it more of like a milkshake?

Jan 03, 2009
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey

New Years Eve Dinner in Ocean/Monmouth County?

Wanted to go out to eat on New Years Eve with a few friends this year. I know it's super short notice and all.. but does anyone know of any specials going on in the Ocean/Monmouth County?

We're pretty much open to any kind of food. I was thinking of doing Sawa in Eatantown but I don't think they have any specials going on.

Anyway - any insight would be welcomed and considered!!

Thanks!

Dec 29, 2008
nachoswithcocoa in Mid-Atlantic

Wang Sushi Toms River anyone?

Went here tonight for takeout after reading Tapas review.

IT WAS EXCELLENT!! I can't wait to go back and try more. We had the Basil Chicken that everyone seems to be recommending. Loved it! So unique and tasty. We also had the Vietnamese Spring Roll.. best spring roll I've probably ever had. So light and crispy and the sauce that came with it was great. For entrees we had the Famous Pad Thai with shrimp.. DELICIOUS!!! Big juicy shrimp and the pad thai was just right. Best Pad Thai I've had in the area!! (Including Siam Garden in Red Bank!). We also had the Salt & Pepper Shrimp... they give you ALOT of shrimp.. it was great.

Everything was great and the owner was so friendly and nice. He couldn't believe I came all the from Lakewood for takeout.. but it was so worth it! Thanks Tapas! We'll definitely be returning.

Dec 27, 2008
nachoswithcocoa in New Jersey