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Sichuan Ace.......Somerset opinons?

I've been there twice and it's been excellent twice.

1 day ago
chuck98 in New Jersey

Stage Left, New Brunswick - Terrible

A little off topic, but I never, ever complain to the manager, no matter how bad the food or service is. I just don't want to deal with confrontation. I guess most people would say something?

Jul 06, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

new chengdu?

While on Rt 22 in Green Brook, I noticed that the place formerly known as Dynasty has a new sign up, reading "Chengdu 1". I assume they're expanding. I also saw "Golden Cantonese and Dim Sum" down the road a bit. There's plenty of Sichuan and Cantonese closer to me, but I guess it beats having another Chili's.

Jun 30, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

New Sichuan in Highland Park

On a related note, I just had lunch at "China Dumplings and Noodle" on Old Post Road in Edison. The lady handling my order indicated that they were from Harbin, which is in the far northeast and I think part of Dongbei (Heilongjiang province). I had the "stew pork sour mustard", which was quite good. Slightly fatty pork, pickled mustard greens, cubes of tofu or gluten and flat glass noodles in a thin broth. I'd prefer the pork to be fattier and more falling apart; It seemed to be more loin than belly. Still good, and the dumplings too. Along with King's Village and Dragon Bistro, they're a nice northeastern trifecta.

Jun 26, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey
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Rte. 27 (Edison-Highland Park-Franklin Park-Kendall Park) Indian food route

I usually go to Hoysala (Somerset, not far from rt 27) and Gongura (south Edison, 27). They're both southern Indian (Andhra etc.), spicy, and a little different than the usual buffet places. Gongura switched from buffet to plate but both are good. Hoysala has fiery chicken and, if I'm lucky, that okra dish. Gongura has whatever the guy puts on the plate, but you can let him know "extra spicy".

Jun 17, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

french or warehouse?

Thanks. Po boys are on the list, but really I'm looking for food I can't get (or can't get as good/authentic) as in NO. It doesn't have to be cheap, I just don't want to pay $50 for Emeril's Crawfish Poppers or the closest TGIF. I'll spend $50 on a good, authentic creole dish, or $5 on a hole in the wall cajun joint that country folk would go to.

Jun 02, 2014
chuck98 in New Orleans

french or warehouse?

I'll be in town for a week or so and my options are to stay in the French Quarter or the Warehouse/Arts district. I'm mostly concerned with access to cheap local food (street or peasant style preferred) and general safety, including getting to the convention center and back. I'm guessing French Quarter is better, can someone confirm? Thanks in advance.

May 29, 2014
chuck98 in New Orleans

Edison Noodle House...Edison, New Jersey

Glad to hear that. Whoever's planning this mall out (HMart?) has a nice lineup going.

I'm a little curious why a taiwanese noodle shop would close and another would open in the same location. That suggests the location does enough business.

May 16, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Edison Noodle House...Edison, New Jersey

What did Little Sheep bump out of the mall? The korean fried chicken place, the tofu stew place or someone else?

May 15, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Noodlicious Is Gone

That was the name of the Korean place on Old Post that was replaced by China Dumpling and Noodle.

May 06, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Forget the Archives, let's talk Plainfield!

I don't go there much, but when I do it's for soul food and central american. Everything else I can find closer, but that's the only place for Guatemalan or Ecuadorian.

Apr 11, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Brunch/lunch spots around Menlo Park or Edison NJ?

Rafferty's in NB has a pretty good weekend brunch.

Apr 11, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Brunch/lunch spots around Menlo Park or Edison NJ?

What kind of weekend specials do they have?

Apr 09, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Best Indian in Edison or thereabouts

My usual place is now Hoysala in Somerset. Good quality, pleasantly hot. Gongura in Edison was my favorite but they don't seem to have buffet any more, just a plate they make for you.

Mar 29, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Lamb BBQ In Edison

Not too spicy, sort of like chili powder. They put about the right amount on for me; I tasted mostly lamb with just a hint of the powder. If I went there a lot I'd probably agree with you. They gave 4 types of banchan when I was there.

Mar 27, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Lamb BBQ In Edison

Interesting bbq powder they put on the meat, and just the right amount in my opinion. Nice proportion of fat to meat. Too expensive for chinese but about right for korean. I also ordered the traditional lamb soup, which showed up with lamb broth, meat, liver, tripe and ear. I was ok with all of it except the liver.

Mar 20, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

chinese new year restaurants nj

King's Village in Edison is having a dumpling special until the end of the month. All the boiled dumplings you can eat - pumpkin/shrimp, lamb, pork/chives, etc. - for $16 or so. I wonder if they'd pan-fry them on request.

Feb 07, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

mei garden/kaifeng fu

It was closed today (noon on a friday). Had a "renovations" sign taped up. I'd like one more shot, as "braised noodles with lamb" turned out to be the same as "zhengzhou hui". Hope it doesn't end up as a Subway.

Jan 18, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Muskrat Love

yeah, definitely report back.

Jan 14, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

Chowdown at Four Seasons Thai in Piscataway

For future reference, the Pad Mi Ga Ti is really good - coconut noodles.

Jan 12, 2014
chuck98 in New Jersey

New Sichuan in Highland Park

Too bad, considering there are already several Sichuan places in the area and now zero Shanghai places.

Dec 31, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

mei garden/kaifeng fu

There's a new authentic chinese place in Highland Park worth checking out while they're still in business. It used to be Mei Garden, and is now apparently Kaifeng Fu, but the sign has both names on it, so I guess "Mei Garden Kaifeng Fu"?

Anyway, I stopped in to check it out and they're in the early stages of figuring out how to run a restaurant. No pot of tea, the guy just brought me a glass of tea when I asked and didn't know to refill. The menu is a photocopy with a bunch of pretty good looking dishes on it, so I ordered fried tofu and it was good. On the menu was "Zhengzhou Hui Noodles", which sounds intriguing, and made me suspect they're from Henan province.

The second trip I was determined to try those noodles, so I stopped back in to find out the menu was now a different photocopy with no Zhengzhou Hui. There were two chinese guys working there, neither of whom spoke English, and who were sitting down at their lunch. I pointed to their lunch and eventually got them to agree to bring me the same thing. Excellent noodles with beef and green beans, a glass of tea - no pot - a surprise bowl of egg drop soup, all for $5, and it was delicious.

I hope they're around long enough for me to try a bunch of things.

Dec 18, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

Destination Dogs

The only issue I had was the size of the dogs. It was hard to get a single bite with dog, bun and topping in the right amounts - it ate more like a small sub. A minor problem, considering how good they are otherwise.

Nov 05, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

Mimino ~ East Brunswick

Which reminds me, there's also "Mr. Pizza and Georgian Food", in the Loehmann's plaza.

Oct 21, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

Mimino ~ East Brunswick

It's in the same strip mall as Makkoli, the Japanese buffet place. There's a Russian food store there that I think is the same owner - Mimino is the 3rd or 4th iteration of their sit-down restaurant there. It was "Russian Restaurant", then Caliente, then maybe something else. I haven't eaten there yet.

Oct 19, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

Kono Pizza (pizza in a cone) - Edison

Dang, had scheduled a visit to that one for the homemade noodles. How was the replacement's food?

Oct 18, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

HOWELL BBQ opening soon. on Rt9...

Any update on this?

Sep 16, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

sonoran hot dog

Finally got around to making this, turned out pretty good.

pizza bread
4/1 beef dog
pancetta
sour cream
mustard
ketchup
jalapenos
shredded cheese
tomato
corn
pinto beans
red onion
avocado

Aug 15, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

Authentic Mexican within 15 miles of Scotch Plains?

I was going to say almost any place in Bound Brook, New Brunswick or Plainfield. My usual is Crazy Burrito, but picking a random place in one of the above towns usually pays off. It's also worthwhile going Central American instead of Mexican. There are a handful of Honduran/Dominican/Guatemalan/etc places.

Double-tortilla tacos are the only example I can think of where authentic isn't as good as Americanized.

Aug 07, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey

Weird Foods

They're located on Old Post Road in Edison, on the northbound side of Rt 1. Search for "Chung Sol Bat", the korean place next door, aka "Chung Sol Garden".

Jul 31, 2013
chuck98 in New Jersey