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Atlantic City Restaurants

It's not the finest dining place in AC, but it is nice; and to some it won't compete with the nicest of the nicest in the casinos, but I would recommend the Knife and Fork.

Apr 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey
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Seeking Irish Pub near Hackensack

I haven't been to Harley's in a few years and last time I was there it was just for a quick drink to meet a friend and then go someplace else. I would say Harley's is closer to a "shot and beer" kind of place, more of a drinking crowd, a "real bar" kind of place. Yes, they serve food, but I've never eaten there.

I haven't been to Lazy Lanigan's in several years and can't really say anything about it. Poitin Still is "newer" -- a bit more of a pub-grub, hanging out, kind of place. I would say it's a good step up and "nicer" than Harley's.

I've been to Blarney Station, and I don't know how fast you drive, but in my opinion it's much closer to 15 minutes than a few minutes away. Actually, I don't think I can make it in 15 minutes.

If I had to pick one -- I'd pick Poitin Still. More to offer, nicer place. You can check out Lazy Lanigan's though because it's right down the street.

Apr 11, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Seeking Irish Pub near Hackensack

Right in Hackensack -- you've got Harley's, Lazy Lanigan's, and Poitin Still.

Apr 11, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Shake Shack opening

I've been to the Paramus location several times in the past 3 months. It's near my office.

Each time I've gone -- for my likes, tastes, etc. -- the fries have been very good. IMO, better than most others elsewhere. I don't get over-done, soggy, etc. -- they've been very good each and every time.

Apr 10, 2014
ELA in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

RIP, Steven Shaw (eGullet founder)

I did not know Steve personally. I know he was a founder of the egullet site and was very involved not only in that site, but of the web/food world as a whole.

I was a member and posted at egullet early on. This is a tragedy. A young man has died. He's left behind friends, family, and a wife and young son. My condolences and best wishes go out to everyone, specifically his wife and young son.

We should all send our best wishes and hope for the best for his wife and young son -- and keep them in our prayers.

This loss is about them.

Apr 10, 2014
ELA in Food Media & News

Sticky's Hillsdale

Thanks...I realized that the day after I I typed it. Yes, that's true...they kept just a few items...another one bites the dust.

Pearl River has had a few new places in the recent past.

Apr 01, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Sticky's Hillsdale

I hear you yogi70. I gave the review on Mighty Quinn's (if that's the one you are referring to) and I was very disappointed. If it weren't for Fink's, I'd be left with Bailey's and Johnny's for my likes, tastes, etc.

Now, aside from Fink's, which I think is excellent -- we have Bobby Q's. Fink's is closer to my office and Bobby Q's is closer to my home -- so I am happy about that. LOL. I am a big fan of Fink's.

Mar 31, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Sticky's Hillsdale

Sorry to hear...yes, tough. I haven't read any other reviews (as mentioned, on yelp), but there's a difference between working our some bugs and kinks, and putting a poor or bad foot forward. In certain respects, with certain places, restaurants, etc. -- more often with nicer, more upscale places -- you never get to un-ring the bell of a poor opening, poor opening review, etc.

I don't think that's the case here, but we will soon see.

I hope they work it out.

Mar 31, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Callahan's

Thanks...I had been to the Little Ferry location several times -- and the other location they had for a short time, in Hasbrouck Heights, a few times.

In my opinion, the Little Ferry dogs didn't taste the same. I am not a chef or in the business, but in some respects, they couldn't taste the same, even if everything they used was the same. JMO.

I remember seeing the trailer outside in the parking lot in Little Ferry. I had never seen them at a fair or flea market, but that doesn't mean anything. I don't know if they offered their dogs either, having never seen the trailer anywhere (other than the parking lot).

Mar 30, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Callahan's

Looking forward to it...Callahan's...an all-time classic hot dog place...I hope they can do it the same...

Mar 30, 2014
ELA in New Jersey
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Where are the Northern Jerseyans?

I post at Mouthfuls...not as much activity in the NJ room, but I do what I can, LOL. So do a few others.

Mar 27, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Where are the Northern Jerseyans?

Heard a few good things about Berta's...any first-hand reports? Thanks in advance.

Mar 27, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Where are the Northern Jerseyans?

Agreed...top notch BBQ/smoke place...what Fink and Bobby do they do exceptionally well...

Mar 27, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Where are the Northern Jerseyans?

Being from North Jersey, like many, I tend to look for those threads. A lot, a little, etc., it's all relative. I post on another food BB as well, but here I don't think it goes more than a day or so without some thread pertaining to North Jersey.

There's a lot of good restaurants mentioned here. I think a thread like this can be revived with visits, more comments, etc. -- so thanks.

Mar 27, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Jersey barbecue freaks prepare yourselves - Mighty Quinn's to open in Clifton

Aside from the Mighty Quinn's discussion -- and you'll see my comments on my experience there below -- the topic of smoked/BBQ is often a debated one. First, I see people (not here on this thread) get caught up in the semantics -- it's not really BBQ, they don't use a smoker, etc. -- and that's all well and good. If you want to call that a discussion of authenticity that's fine. It's like the person who picks out the word "authentic" on an Italian restaurant's website or menu and then picks apart that it's not authentic. Or that there is no such thing as Southern Italian cuisine or Northern Italian for that matter. Or that you wouldn't find any of those items on a menu in Italy! Good for you! LOL. The food and label police have nothing better to do. I don't view it as a discussion of semantics, bait and switch, false advertising -- as much as I view it as a discussion of WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKE THE FOOD. LOL. That said, that's not the case here -- and thank you for that.

Second, BBQ, like pizza, steak, and so many other foods is very personal. Some people like chocolate and some vanilla, and some neither, and so on. I don't think there is a great # of smoked/BBQ places in NJ -- but I don't think there is none either. Personally, I find Fink's to be the real deal and overall excellent. Just my opinion. I am looking forward to trying Stickey's (in Hillsdale, and which is being portrayed as "Texas style"). I haven't been to the Blind Boar in a long time, but I went a couple of times when they first opened, and the last time I was there, I wasn't impressed. I will go back soon, but based upon last time, I'd rather go to Bailey's or Johnny's which isn't that far away. I haven't been impressed with any of the other places around Northern NJ. I've heard there are a few "good" ones around other parts of NJ, the shore, etc., and I hope to try them soon. I look forward to trying Local Smoke, and a few of the others.

Currently, my only go to, top notch place is Fink's. If a friend wants to go to Bailey's or Johnny's because it's convenient, I'll go. I haven't been to Johnny's in a long time, and only once after Fink left, but it was "OK" so I'd have no problem going back.

Mar 26, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

AC Restos

I believe they are.

Mar 26, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

AC Restos

I've only been to Knife and Fork...and it is excellent.

Mar 25, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Easter Brunch?

I just added to the question as I thought it was a good question.

Amanda's is wonderful, I agree. Thanks.

Mar 25, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Easter Brunch?

Sure, Bergen, but I wasn't being specific -- I figured everyone could benefit...Bergen, Essex, Passaic, etc. Thanks again.

Mar 25, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Fink's BBQ Smokehouse (Dumont) - GREAT ribs

Was this Mad For Chicken? Related to the one in Fort Lee? Thanks in advance.

Mar 25, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Fink's BBQ Smokehouse (Dumont) - GREAT ribs

Glad you enjoyed it...and on the "just discovered this place" aspect -- as I mentioned above, the place is still "gaining" notoriety. More and more people are "just hearing about the place" and so on. Look the guy has a long history and a great reputation -- but we are not talking about Mario Batali or Bobby Flay here. LOL. He's known in certain circles, and among a following.

But, they are getting more exposure, more notoriety, etc. I think the opening of Bobby Q's will add to that as well, and the new place is where the old Ireland's was -- in Suffern, very close to the border of Bergen County (Mahwah), etc., so it draws on a different geographical market.

I am really wanting to get over there again -- very soon! LOL.

Anyone been to Bobby Q's yet?

Mar 25, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Easter Brunch?

Not familiar with the place -- thanks...

Any others? Northern NJ (or should I say more north)?

Do most places who do a Sunday/buffet brunch just do a "jazzed up" version of their normal brunch? Thanks in advance.

Mar 25, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Jersey barbecue freaks prepare yourselves - Mighty Quinn's to open in Clifton

Just passing along my experience. I hope -- for their sake -- that is not the norm. If it is, they will not last long.

Give it a shot -- maybe it was an isolated, one off, weird thing, and maybe you will like it. Me, I will stick with Fink's -- my top choice for smoke/BBQ/etc.

I'll give Stickey's a shot, as I would any new local smoke/BBQ place...but I expect Fink's to remain in the top spot for me.

Mar 24, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Jersey barbecue freaks prepare yourselves - Mighty Quinn's to open in Clifton

Went to Mighty Quinn's over the weekend...no offense, but it was terrible.

I was very much looking forward to Mighty Quinn's -- after hearing the buzz, hearing from other people, etc. I've never been to the NYC location, but I know a few people who have.

The place looks nice on the inside. If you park anywhere near the place, you are immediately met with the smoke, BBQ, etc. aroma -- so your expectations are already set. Unfortunately for me -- I was in for a major disappointment. Walk up to the counter, order your food cafeteria-style and move down the line. First, my friend ordered the half-chicken -- and I will say it looked incredible! It really did. All around -- color, plump, meaty, you name it, it looked excellent. The guy cut it very well into four nice pieces and added some of their "house" BBQ sauce. I ordered the sausage -- and they also looked very good. They looked flavorful -- very good color. He did the same with the sausage, adding the house BBQ sauce. We then moved down the line, ordered a couple of orders of fries, along with the edamame and sweet pea salad.

So -- here's the deal -- the chicken was horrible. It was like a piece of boiled chicken, with skin on it, and BBQ sauce on top of that. The chicken had no flavor whatsoever. I kid you not. It was terrible. I doused a piece of chicken in BBQ sauce I got from the counter, and regardless, the chicken itself had zero flavor. I was tempted to return it. This cannot be the norm or else they will never sell chicken to anyone more than once. I just can't imagine a piece of chicken looking so good -- and tasting so bad. Boiled chicken I tell you. Side note -- it was also not cooked through and through. The sausage was not good either, fair at best. While it had good color and looked like it was going to be flavorful -- it was not. Plain, simple sausage, very little flavor, no real nuances, etc. The BBQ sauce was more flavorful the the sausage and in the end it gave off more taste/flavor. The fries were good -- good flavor, texture, seasoning -- but they were all small pieces, like it was the end of the batch or something. Both are fries were this way, so as much they tasted good -- they weren't easy or good to eat. The edamame and sweet pea salad was excellent. Aside from being the highlight of the meal -- it truly was excellent -- good flavor, taste, fresh, etc.

I saw a neighboring table also seem to be very dissatisfied with their food as well.

Unfortunately -- I will not go back. I wasn't looking to replace Fink's or the new Bobby Q's, or Bailey's, but I am always looking for a good smoked/BBQ place...and unfortunately, this was not it. I don't know if this was a very one-off or out of the ordinary poor experience, or what, but if this was even close to what they are putting out regularly -- this was poor in my opinion.

Sorry folks.

Mar 24, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Does anyone remember an Italian restaurant in Elmwood Park?

Trovato's was good. I never felt the Oakland location was anywhere near as good as Elmwood Park. I don't know the history but I think most people here filled in the blanks.

What as the name of Giorgio Chinaglia's restaurant? Wasn't that in Elmwood Park also? Thanks.

Mar 24, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Foodie Spots in Orlando

Third for Ravenous Pig...

Mar 19, 2014
ELA in Florida
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Belgian pearl sugar in bergen county

Glad you found it...I had never heard of this until I read this thread...and coincidentally, I saw it at A&P in Pompton Lakes, so perhaps other A&P's have it as well.

They were the individual packs...2 for $4...so after reading this thread I bought a few...pretty good. Thanks.

Mar 19, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

AC "Romantic" Recs?

The Knife and Fork Inn can be romantic. I like the section on the first floor, at the end of the bar, with just a few tables. It's nice, quiet (unless the bar is very crowded, but even then, it's still nice), right by the windows, etc.

I had dinner there on my last visit (sorry, I didn't post about it, but it was excellent, just like my previous visit) and we had a nice table in that section. It was nice, quiet and yes, I would call it romantic. It was dimly lit, soft music, etc. kind of romantic -- but for my tastes, it was nice.

Mar 16, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Taka versus Kanji: Which is better?

What area are you talking about? How far are you willing to go? Thanks.

Mar 12, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

favorite restaurant in nj

Want to add Tommy's (Elizabeth)...just had an Italian Hot Dog recently...and the potatoes were excellent. Good "pizza" bread, and overall an excellent Italian Hot Dog...of course I had to get some sausage too. LOL.

Mar 12, 2014
ELA in New Jersey