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Westfield area Chinese

I just remembered I posted this so long ago and wanted to update. We have been ordering from Main Star in Scotch Plains, across the street from the town hall. Everything is fantastic and flavorful!!! The chow mei fun is very light and tasty, I ask to have it made with shrimp and beef. Also really enjoy the chicken with cashews- well, even my husband thinks it's all so tasty. Not just grease! WOOHOO!!! Give it a shot!

Dec 27, 2007
foodchick in New Jersey

Where to eat cheap in St John USVI?

The barbeque stand by the ferry, which you look at and wonder how it is still standing, has AWESOME food and is very cheap- the barbequed chicken is absolutely incredible, and I can't wait to go next month and pick some up on my way to the beach!
Zozo's is good and bad- the osso buco is fabulous, the pasta with shrimp is awful- I hate saying that, because it IS so pretty there. So go with the osso buco, even though it doesn't feel like you're in the Carribbean when you're enjoying it! It is very pricey there, though, probably our most expensive meal between there, ten tables and tapas. Hope we're going to Taj this time, that sounds great. Also the sushi/martini bar on top of the grocery store is great- sorry I've forgotten the name!

Westfield area Chinese

Hi Pondering- thanks for so many suggestions. I have tried all of these restaurants, too, with the usual starts out ok, eventually becomes greasy and bland, so we moved on from them. However, I have not tried the things you are recommending, and I love veggies, so I'll give them a shot next time! For a while I was ordering steamed chicken and veggies with the ginger or scallion sauce on the side, but I actually think it might have been from China Fun No. 1, although I'm not sure. Thank-you!

Jan 09, 2007
foodchick in New Jersey

Westfield area Chinese

I agree with you about Cathay 22, it is excellent, but not convenient for everyday take out unfortunately. What do you like at Rice Inn?

Jan 09, 2007
foodchick in New Jersey

Westfield area Chinese

Hi Sivyaleah!

Funny, the two places we usually go to are the same as yours! We were taking out from Hung's for a while, then we had a couple of flavorless meals in a row, so we switched to Hong Kong Garden (in the Gennaro's plaza,very close to home), but then that was AWFUL so we tried Rice Inn and THAT was better. Then I had family over over the holidays, and I was sick so I didn't have the usual cook-up-a-storm ability I usually do, we just got take out and we all thought it was the most flavorless food ever! I almost called the next day to ask who was cooking that night, but never got to it. But I actually forgot about that shrimp with black pepper- someone else had mentioned it to me, and we loved it, so I'll have to try again!
China Moon- we haven't been in years, ever since there was a grub or worm cooked with my broccoli and they just laughed at me when I called to complain!!
I'll also have to try the dishes you reccommended at Hungs, and you're right, they do have wonderful wonton soup!!

I have been living in SP for 12 1/2 years, my house is on a side street next to Brookside Park, which I can see through my window through the woods right now. 2 of my kids go to McGinn. How about you?

Jan 09, 2007
foodchick in New Jersey

Books by Foodlovers

I have to say that I truly, passionately love Anthony Bourdain's books, specifically the ones where he travels- A Cook's Tour and The Nasty Bits. He makes the food culture in the places he visits come alive, and he makes me belly-laugh-out-loud in public places because he does it with such wit and humor! Right now I'm reading "How I Learned to Cook" which is similar to "Don't Try This at Home", both are collections of stories from chefs around the world- enjoy them as well! Looks like you've got alot of reading to do from all your responses! Have fun!

Jan 09, 2007
foodchick in Food Media & News

Westfield area Chinese

Hi! I'm just wondering where people in Scotch Plains/Westfield/Fanwood go for good chinese. And what do you order?
I feel like we have tried everything, and there is nowhere that's consistent- a good meal one time becomes grease without seasoning the next! Thank-you!

Jan 08, 2007
foodchick in New Jersey

Central Jersey Brunch?

I have friends who swear the brunch at the Short Hills Hilton is the most wonderful one they've ever been to- I have it on my "to do" list.

Jan 08, 2007
foodchick in Mid-Atlantic

David Drake Tasting

I hope they were just having an off night! Was the food just overseasoned when you went?

Jan 07, 2007
foodchick in Mid-Atlantic

David Drake Tasting

Hi neighbor! I just read your very detailed review- now I am even more excited to go to dinner! Thank-you for all the great advice...I'm not sure if we'll do the tasting or just the 3 course dinner (and we would get the cheese, too. I LOVE that, and always did it at the Stage House when he was chef), but I'll be sure to post about it afterwards.

Jan 07, 2007
foodchick in Mid-Atlantic

David Drake Tasting

Hi there! I've just made a reservation for next Saturday for my belated birthday dinner at David Drake's. We live in Scotch Plains, so are familiar with his skills from the Stage House Inn and are so excited for dinner! Has anyone done the tasting menu with wine? What did you think? Thank-you!

Jan 06, 2007
foodchick in Mid-Atlantic