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Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

Where Schanck Road crosses Route 34 - it's some sort of office complex now. I'm guessing it closed in the early 90's or thereabout. It was the go to place when I was growing up - where everyone would meet when home on college breaks, after football games - had a huge flattop that was seasoned perfectly and the burgers were to die for...

May 04, 2015
newfie29 in New Jersey

Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

Ralph's Tavern on Route 34 in Holmdel - a total dive, but the best cheeseburgers ever... Ah, the memories.

May 04, 2015
newfie29 in New Jersey

Popcorn - Tiny but Mighty - NYT

I actually bought it after reading the article - 17.95 for two one-pound bags, no S&H. Made my first batch last night - it was very tasty and, true to their promise, doesn't have nearly the amount of hulls as regular popcorn - nothing really gets stuck in your teeth. I would buy it again for sure.

Oct 09, 2014
newfie29 in Food Media & News

Moose's Tavern Tinton Falls (Old Charlie Browns)

OMG my mouth is watering with the memories. My husband (then boyfriend) used to coach a Pop Warner team in Tinton Falls and on Sundays, after a day out in the cold, we'd inevitably end up at Gertrude Brown's for chicken pot pie or their out-of-this-world cream of turkey soup. Loved that place - peanut shells on the floor, cold beer, life was good...

Aug 20, 2014
newfie29 in New Jersey

Oysters in Monmouth/Ocean?

Okay, it's a bit further but heck, it's your birthday! Go to Docks Oyster House in AC - they have an extensive oyster selection, and they are shucked perfectly (liquor intact) and reasonably priced for AC (2$/oyster).

Jul 22, 2014
newfie29 in New Jersey

Empanadas in Toms River!

I had a feeling I could count on you to check it out - please post your findings.... I work in TR but it's hard to get out that way on a short lunch hour. She's only been open a couple of weeks, but has had favorable feedback on social media.

Jul 08, 2014
newfie29 in New Jersey

Empanadas in Toms River!

There's a new empanada place, Caneda's,located at 793 Fischer Boulevard - the pictures on instagram look great - a variety of both breakfast and lunch empanadas and sides. The actual website isn't quite up yet. My "local" friend has tried to go for breakfast twice, but, over the holiday weekend, the hours were kind of hit or miss. Has anyone tried the empanadas yet?

Jul 08, 2014
newfie29 in New Jersey

B. Smith diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's

I'm a big fan of CBS Sunday Morning, and found this segment to be of their usual high quality. Very touching and informative.

Jun 16, 2014
newfie29 in Food Media & News

Toms River area - chopped chicken livers?

Can anyone recommend a place in the Toms River/Seaside area that sells good chopped chicken livers? Having a get together this weekend and I'd love to serve some without having to make them myself. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

May 28, 2014
newfie29 in New Jersey

Atlantic City Restaurants

+1 for Dock's Oyster House.

Apr 17, 2014
newfie29 in New Jersey
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AC Restos

+1 for Dock's - you just can't go wrong with their oyster bar, the outstanding food, or the great service. Okay, it's a bit cramped, but somehow that goes with the vibe...

Mar 26, 2014
newfie29 in New Jersey

No Waffle House in NJ

Love love love Waffle House! The best hash browns which you can get many different ways (with onions, chili, cheese, etc., or any combination thereof). They also have grits, which can be dolled up as well. The food preparation is always in plain sight, and the ordering lingo is part of the schtick - their bread/toast selection isn't great, but I'd rather fill up on the other stuff anyway...

Feb 16, 2014
newfie29 in Chains
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RedHeads Dead?

Bogarts is officially dead as well - had a dentist appointment in that same complex last week - Bogarts is dark and has a "For Rent" sign in the window...

Feb 15, 2014
newfie29 in New Jersey

Ocean County area

Villa Amalfi in TR (Route 166) does a nice job and the food is quite good.

Dec 01, 2013
newfie29 in New Jersey

Galloway New Jersey

Go to the Oyster Creek Inn in Leeds Point on a weekend afternoon for crabs and lobsters - check to see if the Crab Room is still open though - they usually close at the end of October.
For good Mexican food and Mojitos, go to La Hacienda on Route 9 - don't be put off by the all encompassing menu - their food is quite good and the mojitos are the best around.

Oct 06, 2013
newfie29 in New Jersey

Vietnamese in Atlantic City.

We've been going to Little Saigon regularly since we stumbled upon it about 5 years ago - the food is always top notch, and the menu so extensive that it'll be another 5 years of trying new things each time before we ever have to repeat...

Aug 10, 2013
newfie29 in New Jersey

Best places in/around Atlantic City

Head north to Smithville, make a right at the light, and go to the Oyster Creek Inn - right on the water - sit outside in Bill's Crab Room for fresh clue claw crabs and lobsters, served on plastic cafeteria trays - can't go wrong with a wooden mallet and a cold beer. Another good find is the Hacienda, located on Route 9 in Galloway - don't be turned off by the menu - it's a little bit of everything (Mexican, Italian, American) but everything is great - their fish tacos are out of this world, and the portion is so large (includes soup/salad, refried beans and rice, and 3 overstuffed fish tacos) that you won't be able to finish it. They also serve the best mojito I've ever had...

Jun 30, 2013
newfie29 in New Jersey

Lillian, AL for two weeks

Thanks so much for your response, chloebell - this is exactly what I was looking for - I checked out a few of your recommendations online and they look great. How's the Tin Top Oyster House in Bon Secour? My husband (who's originally from Birmingham) was intrigued by the AYCE mullet night with the collard greends and gouda grits (two things he NEVER gets in NJ) but I thought it might be one of those quantity over quality places - would it be worth the trip one night?

Apr 18, 2013
newfie29 in Central South

Lillian, AL for two weeks

We are traveling from NJ to Lillian and will be staying at the KOA for two weeks. Any suggestions on great places to eat? We're adventurous eaters, and prefer to sample local fare rather than stuff we could get at home. Any great seafood/oyster places? BBQ? We are willing to travel for good food - thanks so much for any suggestions.

Apr 14, 2013
newfie29 in Central South

A.C. Restos

+1 for Dock's - you can't go wrong, especially if you're an oyster lover...

Mar 04, 2013
newfie29 in New Jersey

Whitehouse Subs - Trump Taj Mahal

DEFINITELY forget about the Taj and go to the original - the ambience is part of the experience, reading all of the autographed pics, etc.

Feb 25, 2013
newfie29 in New Jersey

Atlantic City Restaurant Week

You can never go wrong with Dock's Oyster House - we went last year during restaurant week - the selection was great, and I've yet to find a better key lime pie anywhere (even in the Keys...).

Feb 19, 2013
newfie29 in New Jersey

Buckaroo Burrito opening in Bayville, prev. site of BK on Rt 9

My office is in Toms River, and we've ordered several times from the Route 37 location - the food is quite good - it's fresh, and the menu is very flexible, i.e. substitutions/build your own...

Dec 04, 2012
newfie29 in New Jersey

let's talk stuffed lobsters!

I know this is a moot point as Doris & Ed's is now unfortunately closed, but they used to serve a "stuffed" lobster that was sliced along the top and filled with chunks of king crab - no breadcrumbs, no fillers of any kind - just succulent crab - it was to die for....

Sep 24, 2012
newfie29 in New Jersey

Wegmans / Sams Club in Ocean County ?

There's a Costco on Route 72 in Manahawkin...

Aug 14, 2012
newfie29 in New Jersey

Cherry Tomato Recipes?

Try roasting them with minced rosemary too...

Aug 13, 2012
newfie29 in Home Cooking

If you could eat any food/meal and it have no effect on your health, what would it be.

Cheese fondue - any and all kinds, with amazing crusty bread for dipping (hard pretzels will do the trick in a pinch) and copious amounts of cabernet with which to wash it down.

Jul 24, 2012
newfie29 in General Topics

Real Summer Tomatoes

Well, if my Ocean County garden is any indication, I picked my first yellow pear tomatoes this past weekend, along with several uber sweet black cherry tomatoes - my heirlooms are still green but slowly turning - I anticipate they'll be ready to eat by this weekend...

Jul 16, 2012
newfie29 in New Jersey

Appetizers for a Memorial Day BBQ for a crowd

If you're not averse to turning on your oven that day, I'd suggest a large pan of clams - they always are the first to disappear at my parties. Buy one of those extra large foil roasting pans with a lid, add white wine, garlic, lemon and parsley, a ton of clams (personally I prefer the littlenecks as they're so sweet) and pop them in the oven for 20 minutes or so - serve with Italian bread - you can do garlic bread if you're so inclined, but if you don't want to be bothered just cut the loaves into pieces for dipping into the clam broth.

May 16, 2012
newfie29 in Home Cooking

FINALLY! Good sushi can be had in Southern Ocean County!

Ironically, the barbecue place mentioned in this article is already long defunct...

May 07, 2012
newfie29 in New Jersey