Photo of the Day: September 27, 2017

Hailey’s Harp in Metuchen is my favorite pub. It’s not just a watering hole, but a place that churns out quality eats. I’ve been there a bunch of times since my initial review and I have yet to have a bad meal. Featured here is the massive Sullivan’s Sampler which is a tour of Irish…

Photo of the Day: September 16, 2017

I was never a fan of IHOP—I always thought Perkins was better. But you cannot go wrong with what is pictured above. A late-night stop after work helped to slightly sway my opinion of the pancake house chain.

Restaurant Review: Lenora’s Cafe (Keyport, NJ)

Lenora’s is basically a diner with a Mexican spin. I do not mean that in a derogatory way. It’s actually quite refreshing to be able to get chips and salsa instead of French Fries with a sandwich. I opened up the menu when I first sat down and was impressed. There were a lot of…

Restaurant Review: The National Hotel (Frenchtown, NJ)

As I walked in, it reminded me of the hotel from the 1967 Richard Burton movie The Comedians. On the outside, some paint was peeling off the siding. Had it seen better days? I did not know what to expect. The front doors were open, while the antique ceiling fans circulated the air through the…

Photo of the Day: July 30, 2017

Homemade pierogies topped with cubes of slab Polish bacon. These were made by both myself and my friend Marta’s mother this past winter when she was visiting from the homeland. She taught me well, though I will never be as quick and efficient as her.

Photo of the Day: July 25, 2017

Why is this simple BLT being featured today, you may wonder? This was actually my lunch one day at Brookdale College a couple of weeks ago. I usually get salads every day, but on Fridays after a busy camp week, I will sometimes treat myself. This was a decent sandwich—better than I’ve had at some…

Restaurant Review: McDonagh’s Pub (Keyport, NJ)

Will and I have been tearing through Keyport in the last two weeks. I literally live right down the street in Hazlet, but Keyport, for the most part, has been foreign territory. I’ll come for the antique shops every once in a while, but I’ve never really taken the time to eat there. That all…

Travel Guide CT: Maggie McFly’s (Glastonbury)

When you walk in, you are immediately met with a dessert-making station. Cakes and ice cream are sourced from local bakeries and dairy producers. As you wait, you stare at the display case. We grabbed a menu to browse. We knew very shortly after that we were skipping over an appetizer to save room for…

Hunter’s Casual Crusades: Cheeburger Cheeburger (Holmdel, NJ)

There aren’t many things in life more pure than witnessing your alma mater’s sports team competing against local enemies. You get lost in a wave of fellow students that bond together in an adrenaline rush. Even those who would never bother participating in something as simple as gym class are losing their voice in an…

Restaurant Review: Hailey’s Harp and Pub (Metuchen, NJ)

Metuchen is a great food town. There are cafes, pizzerias, a fantastic ice cream shop, restaurants of every nationality you can think of, and then there’s Hailey’s Harp and Pub. Of course the food has to be good, but when it comes to pubs, the first thing I’m looking for is actually the atmosphere. Does…

Restaurant Review: Sissy’s at the Harbor (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)

If I had to describe Sissy’s, I would say waterfront dining with diner prices. I cannot think of a more fitting and succinct way of telling you what they are about. Home-cooking, large portions, cheap prices, all with an excellent view of the Atlantic Highlands harbor and Sandy Hook, with New York City off in…

Five Mini Reviews of Restaurants Visited Before this Blog

I started Eating New Jersey last September. I was food blogging on my personal website for a few months prior to that. Around that time and slightly before it, I visited a few restaurants which I did not review on my blog. I either forgot about them or felt I could not write enough for…