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Which NJ restaurants are in former Howard Johnson buildings?

Outback Steakhouse on Rt. 35 in Middletown. Food was better when it was Hojo's.

May 16, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Red's Lobster Pot, Pt. Pleasant - not worth it

Looks pretty tight, that does explain it for sure.

May 12, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

New restaurant celebrates legendary Jersey foods

I wish them luck, but they are wrong about one thing in the article. The owner Al says,"Once you cross over the Driscoll Bridge, nobody does the Italian hot dog right," You might think so, but you obviously haven't tried Jersey Joe's in the Port Monmouth Section of Middletown. Unfortunately Jersey Joe's has been closed since Hurricane Sandy, but they do have sign up stating that they will reopen soon. IMHO (i love writing that cuz i know so many 'hounds hate it) Eye-Talian Hot Dogs at Jersey Joe's are every bit as good as any north of Da Bridge. Bada-Bing Bada-Bam, BTW you should try the Sauseeege too. (when they reopen)

May 11, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Red's Lobster Pot, Pt. Pleasant - not worth it

Not putting two four tops together for 6 people is just simple math. Why put 6 people where you are going to put 8? You waited an hour for a table anyway. I'm pretty sure Red's is a seasonal place, so I guess they try to maximize when they can. Not saying that this is fair, just pointing it out.

May 11, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Top 20 Burgers at the Shore

I have yet to read it. I'm sure Barnacle Bill's is on there. Yawn. I miss Boom.

Apr 01, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Italian Easter Breads - Monmouth County

La Dolce on Rt. 9 in Old Bridge should have what your looking for.

Mar 31, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Woody's (of Sea Bright) opening a location in Tinton Falls

Anyone know where Chef Ed is now? Also is it the same Chef Ed who once owned Chef Ed's Seaside Grill in Belmar?

Mar 18, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

What really sucks is that the owner recently passed away. RIP Traci. Hopefully you don't have to put up with insensitive posters in the after.
I always liked Ragin Cajun.

Mar 03, 2015
Herm in New Jersey
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Food Trucks Coming To Asbury...

I'm not disputing the legality of it at all Tapas52. That goes without saying. Curlz also brought up a good example in Mogo. They basically started out with the food truck approach, and now have made an investment in the community with a storefront on Cookman. Who know, maybe other food truck vendors will do the same, and help strengthen the town. After all AP can't only be for the multimillion dollar restaurant groups right?

Feb 20, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Food Trucks Coming To Asbury...

"I'm not sure why anyone on the boardwalk should have a fit" - Two reasons, rent & taxes. I'm not trying to be confrontational, I'll be looking forward to the trucks too. I can imagine myself being the owner of, I don't know, let say any place on the boardwalk. Here I am all year including today with sub zero weather, snow on the ground, and a staff to pay along with all of my business expenses, with not a whole lot of people around. Fast forward to July, lots of people walking around, eating Vietnamese street food from a truck that just appeared when the weather got nice. I could see where a restauranteur could get annoyed.

Feb 20, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

A couple of changes here at the northshore

David Burke hasn't been around Fromagerie for a while now. I don't believe that it's a secret either.
http://pagesix.com/2014/05/15/celeb-c...

Feb 11, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Lite food and music ?

I had to laugh at that response! I was surprised to see that there was a reply at all! I was here to post the question,'Looking for small organic raw milk cheese plates with marching band music in Belmar'.

Feb 03, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Tapeo: modern portuguese/Spanish in hazlet

Not at all. They are in the hotel on rt. 35 (Holiday Inn?) It's in the space that was the Bayshore Bar & Grill.

Jan 23, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

Didn't this used to be the Mid-Atlantic Board as well?

Jan 23, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

Latin Market

When all else fails, there is always Amazon. Looks kind of pricey, unless you'd like to buy 4 gallons.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

Jan 20, 2015
Herm in New Jersey

NY day brunch?

Pascal & Sabine in Asbury Park is offering only brunch all day. I believe they are offering it late into the evening as well.

Dec 31, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Christmas Day Brunch in NJ

Hopefully no place is offering Christmas Brunch. Let restaurant workers at least enjoy Christmas morning with their families. I'm sure some greedy restaurant owner somewhere will force his workers to do brunch.

Dec 20, 2014
Herm in New Jersey
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Need good recs for Chinese take-out in Hazlet

I was going to recommend, Crown Palace, but if they are too pricy you are unfortunately doomed to only eating at the takeout only shops that have popped up all over. I've thought Great Wall was one of the better ones. There is also the one on Poole Ave & rt. 36. (forgot the name)

Dec 09, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

New Microbrewery to open in Atlantic Highlands

Apparently Gaslight opens tonight, anyone going? I don't think I'm going to able to get there until next week, I'd love a preview.

Dec 03, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Good food/ Wedding rehersal dinner venue near Belmar for 30

Have you tried the Poached Pear in Point Pleasant. I know that the chef/owner was the chef at Whisper's for the past 10 years or so.
http://poachedpearbistro.com

Nov 22, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Carton Brewery Atlantic Highlands

Can't be a restaurant serving beer, if it's owned by a brewery. Brewpubs need liquor licenses, and owners of breweries can't own liquor licenses - or something like that.

Nov 10, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

BRAVO!!!

I look forward to trying your restaurant. Hopefully you cook as passionately as you post. If that is the case your restaurant will be wonderful. All the best to you.

Sep 01, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

That's awesome that she catered a couple of parties for you. Did you perhaps miss the part of my post where I wrote 'AS MOST CHEFS ARE' in regards to self promotion? This quote is funny though, as it's taken from an article linked below by zidecar :

“I had the wrong perception of what it takes to open a restaurant,” Lynn said, standing in the brightly painted, 44-seat BYOB-er. She calls the interim “a great learning experience and a personal journey.”

Which makes me wonder about this excerpt from the article:

'Almost immediately, Lynn said, bigger catering jobs starting coming in, helping her replenish her funds.'

My question would be, if you don't know what it takes to open a restaurant, in terms of permits & inspections, where do you do your cooking for your catering company? Is it done in an unlicensed facility, perhaps a home? Sounds sketchy to me.

Aug 24, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Inkanto Peruvian Cuisine in Hazlet

...and advertising anything at all on chowhound isn't allowed.

Aug 13, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Seafood Birthday DInner

Yes the Chuckling Oyster was where Neil was. Last read Neil West is now the chef at Pascal & Sabine.

Aug 06, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Jing Chuan- A New Schezwan Star in Hazlet!!

You know sockster, I wish I could retract my last statement. In fairness, I only had ordered take out, never ate in house. Honestly, it did seem like the food wasn't as good. At least, although different, we still have Shanghai Bun.

Aug 02, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Jing Chuan- A New Schezwan Star in Hazlet!!

I think part of their problem was that their 'great food' started to become less great almost as quick as it became great.

Aug 02, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

New Microbrewery to open in Atlantic Highlands

Nope, not saying that at all. I have no insider knowledge at all. I will point out however, that the calendar doesn't lie. It is already August, and it doesn't look to me like they will be open in the next 30 days.

Aug 01, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

mccloones rum runner was just leveled

This thread is pretty hard to follow. I'm not sure jrv, but I'm pretty sure sockster is referring to AMA, as he always says they have the best bread, and the chef recently left.

Jul 30, 2014
Herm in New Jersey

Krakowiak Restaurant - Polish in South River NJ

Meant to write that I'm NOT going back.

Jul 23, 2014
Herm in New Jersey