Travel Guide NY: Peach Lake Market & BBQ (North Salem)

I don’t know where the hell we were. I still don’t know how we found it. We had crossed the border into New York and were driving around the countryside for a while. Not a restaurant or business in sight. We were both hungry and decided we would stop at the first place we saw….

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…

Dining Establishments Coming and Going in Atlantic Highlands

Volunteering at the Strauss Mansion Museum over the last few years has caused me to fall in love with Atlantic Highlands. It’s a beautiful small town that I could easily see myself living in one day. But considering its square mileage, there is no shortage of restaurants. There’s two pizzerias, two diners, two Chinese takeout joints,…

Restaurant Review: Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits (Keyport, NJ)

Yes, the name of this restaurant has a plus-sign in the title. I guess the word “and” was not hipster enough. Anyway, as you read this review of Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits, you might get the feeling that I did not like the place. Actually, that was not the case. Will and I both enjoyed…

Travel Guide MD: Main Street Enchanted Tea Room (Berlin)

This was not so much a dining experience as it was a learning experience. Sometimes being in a restaurant on a slow day can be a good thing. It was a Friday afternoon and the town of Berlin was deserted. I had made a reservation for us at the Main Street Enchanted Tea Room anyway….

Takeout Joints: Chinese/Asian Volume 1

“You can’t swing a dead cat” without hitting a Chinese takeout place near my hometown of Hazlet. Like pizzerias (reviews of which to come at a later date), they are everywhere. But for every gem there are three or four that are just average, and a couple more bordering on abominable. Many seem similar on…

Travel Guide TX: Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse BBQ (Dallas)

Have I lived up to my promise of eating my way across Dallas? Next stop, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse BBQ, where I wanted to try their brisket. I didn’t care what else was on the menu or what would get my attention, I was there for brisket. There were several different kinds of large-quantity plates to…

Travel Guide TX: Eating Well in Dallas

With temperatures plummeting in my home state of New Jersey, it’s time to add some older posts from a warmer climate into the Travel Guide. We’re talking about Dallas, Texas. I visited there last year with Will who was on a business trip. The history guy in me absolutely loved the opportunity to see Dealey…

Travel Guide PA: Bongo Road House (Lake Ariel)

I must say, this is probably the most eccentric restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. I mean that in a good way—a very good way. It’s located in the middle of nowhere in the Pocono Mountains. There seems to be nothing but trees for miles, and then all of a sudden, the Bongo Road House pops up….

Travel Guide CT: Black Eyed Sally’s (Hartford)

The pickle chips and okra appetizer combo. Only $5.95 and so big we couldn’t finish. I walked out of Black Eyed Sally’s very sad—sad that we didn’t find this place sooner. I’ve been to Texas twice in my travels, to Dallas and San Antonio. Add up all the meals I had in those two cities,…

Travel Guide CT: Hartford was a Shockingly Good Food City

What the hell am I going to do in Hartford for four days? That’s the question I asked myself when Will had a business conference there and asked me to come along this past March. I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I’d be going to a Hartford Wolfpack game (big Rangers’ fan here)…