Travel PA 2019 Part 1: Finally Exploring Lancaster City

With a couple of restaurant reviews from this recent trip already up, I wanted to tackle Lancaster City. As I have said, I’ve spent my entire life visiting Lancaster (since I was in the womb). When I went with my parents, we always stayed in the country and hardly ever ventured into the city. I…

Restaurant Review: Himalayan Curry and Grill (Lancaster, PA)

I once read somewhere that New Jersey is second only to India and its surrounding area in terms of where you can actually get quality Indian food. After a few experiences I have had in Pennsylvania, I started to believe that was true…until now. Justin and I wanted to explore Lancaster City. Even though I…

Restaurant Review: Revere Tavern (Paradise, PA)

I’ve been to the historic Revere Tavern many times over the years dating back to when I was a child. However, I had been there only once since I started food blogging, and my review of it was based on a holiday buffet a few years ago. While the food was excellent, such a review…

Restaurants We Miss: Zinn’s Diner (Denver, PA)

This morning, I was looking through some old Lancaster County travel brochures I collected as a child. I’ll be leaving for a three-day trip there tomorrow. Most of them were from the early 2000’s. I then discovered I had a brochure from Zinn’s Diner, marked 2002. This place closed the next year after a 53…

Takeout Joints Vol. 10: Chinese/Asian Part 4

We wanted to make an attempt to celebrate Chinese New Year this week, and what better way to ring it in than with Americanized, MSG-laced takeout? My normal go-to, especially since I moved, has been Number One Chinese in Hazlet. However, our last order there encountered a small problem: there was a piece of metal…

This is What’s Going on at Hazlet’s Former Park Tap and Grill

While it will forever be known as the location occupied by Park East, a lively bar and grill overshadowed by rowdy crowds and numerous police incidents, Hazlet has seen a slew of restaurants come and go at the intersection of Keyport-Holmdel Road and Route 35. Having lived literally up the street for 23 years, I…

Lidl IS Worth It

I cannot think of a more perfect business to have been built in the ashes of that dreadful Red Oak Diner. Despite months of protests and multiple appearances from a gigantic inflatable rat, consumers pour into Lidl, Hazlet’s new supermarket, in droves. As a mild fan of Aldi and regular disgruntled shopper at Shop Rite,…

Gabriella’s Italian Steakhouse Coming to Middletown

Spring is a time for renewal, and the same can be said about restaurants. This cold winter, we have already seen the coming and going of several. Some are chains, others are small businesses. This spring, there appears to be a wave of even more new restaurants arriving to our area of Monmouth County. The…

Hazlet Bids Farewell to Tim Horton’s

As reported today by The Journal, the Hazlet Tim Horton’s location has gone out of business. This comes without any warning or announcements. After a very brief three-year run, it seems the Canadian-based chain could not compete with the myriad Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and more full-service Wawa’s and Quick Chek’s in the area. Since there…

No Better Bang for Your Buck than The Sitting Duck & Pour House

The Sitting Duck in Long Branch and Pour House in Tinton Falls are sister dining establishments. They boast similar if not identical menus. While I have not yet been to the latter, the first place mentioned has become one of my recent favorites. The deal was sealed this summer, when I ordered a soft shell…

Restaurant Review: China Palace (Middletown, NJ)

Harmony Lanes has been around forever. I moved to this area in 1995 and remember going there with my parents at a young age. They have a Chinese restaurant attached to it called China Palace. When I say attached, I mean the restaurant is part of the building. You can access the alley through there,…

Takeout Joints Vol. 9: Pizza/Italian Part 5

Villa Pizza (Middletown) Still searching for pizzeria food that is better than just average, we landed on Villa in Middletown. This being different from the copious amounts of Villas in the area. Last year they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The inside bears some remnants of the times. The menu board is vintage. There is an…