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Ada's Latin Flavor ~ Long Branch

It was nice to meet you Mark. The beef ribs were great. It's my favorite so far.

Feb 05, 2011
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Ada's Latin Flavor ~ Long Branch

yes, Papagallos

I stopped by Ada's today but they are closed on Sunday's :(

I've been grabbing take-out at a few of the Brazilian pezaos in LB. It's like a fast home cooked meal.

Nov 14, 2010
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Trader Joe's to open in Monmouth Co

With all the vacant commercial real estate in Monmouth Cty you would think they wouldnt have to move stores around and do so much construction to create a suitable place.

Nov 13, 2010
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Stewarts Drive-Ins

But they serve liquor!

Dec 06, 2009
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High Tiide Seafood ~ Long Branch

Sorry, no. It is too close to Jr's and, well, my feet automatically are drawn to those hamburgers.

Dec 06, 2009
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TASTE - Red Bank

Can you describe the interior, please? Small tables close together, hard benches (like old 2Senza) or booths? Dark inside? Loudish music? Thanks.

Dec 06, 2009
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LUNCH OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN LONG BRANCH,N.J.

I think Rooney's is OK for a casual meal and drink. Not sure if I'd call it "great" but not bad for lunch. Location is good, though. Walk right onto the "boardwalk." Lots of free parking.

Sep 13, 2009
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Craving Cupcakes in Monmouth County

Do all of Sickle's bakery items come from Petite Cafe? I like their cupcakes too.

Sep 13, 2009
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Craving Cupcakes in Monmouth County

I've had several of Pie Shoppe's cupcakes but they were sitting for a while. Stale. You have to ask if they are baked that day.
I do like their bars and squares. And their cookies are good. Especially the cheese stars. The prices are lower in the winter.

Sep 13, 2009
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New Caribbean joints in Long Branch

Was the restaurant on Broadway called Dominican? I pass it but never stopped in.
Actually, I hardly ever see anyone in any of these restaurants. Do Brazilians and Portuguese eat very late or mostly take-out?
Or are they a cover for something else?

Sep 13, 2009
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Portugese BBQ joint in Long Branch

Been there done that. The pezao in the same plaza isnt bad either.

I've tried several pezaos in Long branch and have never been disappointed. Just remember the cuts of meat may be different than that is served in an American restaurant.

Sep 13, 2009
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Bobby's Burger Palace

High profile location. Could he have chosen a better place?

He is familiar with the area and maybe the Monmouth Mall ticked all his boxes.

Jan 29, 2009
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Tre Amici ~ Long Branch

Places change so fast. Every month something closes and reopens as something else. If it doesnt cater to MU students or fast food-ish takeout then they dont last.

Jan 29, 2009
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Andrea Clurfeld [moved from Mid-Atlantic board]

So what does a restaurant critic do? Not say anything bad for fear the public avoids the place and it closes? Or always give a positive review and lose all credibility?

Jan 27, 2009
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Tre Amici ~ Long Branch

The Jewish residents from Deal, West Long Branch and Elberon have been visiting West End for some time now. Many live in the condos and townhouses in town. The restaurant across the street from Tre Amici is kosher. Even the Lebanese restaurant (before it burned down) changed to kosher. There's a few more restaurants and delis but I forgot their names at the moment. The Foodtown has a large kosher inventory with a Rabbi available.
As for the Windmill, no their hotdogs (Sabrett) still contain pork.

Jan 25, 2009
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Andrea Clurfeld [moved from Mid-Atlantic board]

I believe there has been a lot of shuffling (and possible lay-offs) at the Asbury Park Press and Gannett. The last I heard she was reassigned to another dept at the Press but I did not confirm this.
A casual search at the Times and even Google turned up nothing.

Jan 25, 2009
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Tre Amici ~ Long Branch

Sorry to dredge old news. When did this place open? What happened to Picolo Forno? And more importantly why am I the last to know of these things? Although, I was one of the first to witness old Ranoosh burning down ... sad.
Has anyone mustered the courage to enter this place and try the food? Not sure how well they will do ... a non-kosher restaurant in an orthodox Jewish area.

Jan 24, 2009
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Bobby's Burger Palace

After reading all this, I think I'll stick to Jr's in West End. My usual is the bacon cheeseburger medium rare with kayzer fries.

Jan 24, 2009
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Best Italian Food in Monmouth County

I think the problem with Italian restaurants nowadays is their need to cut costs. And thus the need to cut quality. Realistically, how much is the average diner willing to pay for a pasta dish? Can the restaurant afford to have available several kinds of fresh homemade pasta every day? Do they even own a pasta maker? And what about all the sauce varieties made daily? Where will they get high quality tomatoes off season and at what cost? Do they resort to canned tomatoes? Have they stopped making their own sausage? Butcher their own beef?
So, I dont entirely blame restaurants for the condition they are in. It's a combination of economics, laziness, change in tastes and eating habits, growth of Olive Garden and our own apathy.
However, I would add Anjelica's, Mike & Nellie's and Tavolo to the list of better-ish Italian in Monmouth County.

Sep 10, 2008
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New Farmers Market - Long Branch - Thursdays

Thanks. I'll look for ducky today. It will sure beat going to Edison for high quality loose black tea.

Jul 17, 2008
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New Farmers Market - Long Branch - Thursdays

How did I miss this? A farm market in LB?

Guess where I'll be this Thursday.

Does anyone know more about the tea vendor?

Thanks, Val, for posting this.

Jul 14, 2008
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Cerrato's in Bradley Beach, quick review

The place had a very recent write up in the Press. Open for 58 years I believe.

I was there recently and thought mediocre. Food came to the table cold. Pasta was cooked al dente but didnt see it mentioned on the menu. I am not particularly fond of hard pasta.

Although, we did have an attentive waiter and busboy and the place filled up. Prices are reasonable. It is a bit of a drive for us so I probably wouldnt return.

May 04, 2008
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Hands Down- Best BYOB in Central Jersey?

My driving range is short so I havent tried most places mentioned. There are places you cant get to from Long Branch. But I do like:
Angelica's
Thyme Square
Mike & Nellie's

May 04, 2008
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dinner in long branch?

The place looks very nice on the outside. Like it belongs at the shore.

I wonder if the seating is better now. The old place had seats so close you couldnt move around the room. I hate that. No private conversations.

May 04, 2008
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McLoone's - Pier Village (Long Branch)

I agree. The sweets from Rocky Mountain are the best thing esp the champagne truffles.

Turning Point is a close second.

Apr 15, 2008
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Sulfite free wines

I believe it's easier for people to blame their headaches on sulfites because its an ingredient on the bottle.

After much research along with allergist visits and lab tests many people (myself included) still dont know the cause of their headaches and are advised to "experiment" by trying dozens of bottles from around the world or avoid completely.

I agree people are sulfite ignorant, however, the end result is wine does cause great discomfort for a sizable number of the population with no known cause.

Mar 06, 2008
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Sabor Brasil - Long Branch

I just ask what things are and try to grasp what they are saying. Sometimes I have to ask a few times. When you walked in did everyone stop and stare at you? I will say the Pezao on Brighton has english speaking workers and all very nice. Next time you go to Jacks walk across the street and stop in.
Actually I was there tonight. While waiting for my Jr's burgers I went in and bought 2 cups of passionfruit mousse and a piece of choc cake. I also grabbed about 10 breaded shrimp at the buffet. The shrimp cost $1.65. Then I had to go next door to the Brazilian Market to buy pineapple soda and mango nectar.
Now I know this isnt Nicholas, Drake or Per Se but it is good home-made down-to-earth food at a low price.

Feb 25, 2008
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Houlihans Eatontown

I would think anything with a bar would be open late.

Feb 25, 2008
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Lost in the Wineshop: is this common?

Small retailers dont join some sort of cooperative to receive bulk discounts?

Feb 25, 2008
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Houlihans Eatontown

I think the Holmdel location is better .. more experienced cooks.
I only order the ribs, though.

Feb 25, 2008
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