Restaurant Review: Off the Hook (Highlands, NJ)

Long before Guy Fieri was blathering the phrase “Off the hook!”, there was the restaurant Off the Hook which is, in self-explanatory fashion, located just feet from Sandy Hook and the Gateway National Recreation Area. Admittedly, I had driven past this restaurant hundreds of times over the years. Each time, I would glance up at…

Restaurant Review: MJ’s Restaurant (Middletown)

What we ordered could not have been anymore American: a pizza, a burger, wings, and beer. Somehow, MJ’s has eluded me in the 23 years or so that I have lived in this area. I was riding around with my friend Jason. We were originally going to head into Red Bank, but were pressed for…

Restaurant Review: J.J. Bitting Brewing Company (Woodbridge, NJ)

Where do you go when you have a craving for quesadillas? Why, the J.J.¬†Bitting Brewing Company, of course! All kidding aside, this was the first time I had eaten here in over two years. When I worked in Perth Amboy once upon a time ago, coworkers and I were here at least once a month….

Restaurant Review: Bahama Breeze (Woodbridge, NJ)

Bahama Breeze is not just one of my favorite chain restaurants, it’s one of my favorite places to eat. Period. I never write about major chains here on Eating New Jersey. That’s Hunter’s job. But for nearly two years since I first started eating there, I’ve been hard-pressed to find something wrong with it. Everything…

Restaurant Review: Shannon Rose (Clifton, NJ)

Snow had been falling for several hours when my friend Dave and I headed into the Shannon Rose. It seemed the perfect combination: freezing cold and some hearty Irish pub fare. We had just seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi on opening day, and wanted to skip our usual haunt when I’m in town, the…

Photo of the Day: November 13, 2017

The exterior of the Rumspringa Brewery in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Winery on the bottom, brewery, small-scale restaurant, and tasting room upstairs. Hard to believe that in a lifetime visiting the Lancaster area, this past summer was the first time I ever ventured inside. It was an awesome experience.

So, How About Pumpkin Spice?

It’s that time of the year again. The air is getting crisp. The leaves are changing. Halloween is right around the corner. Oh, who am I kidding? Pumpkin Spice coffee was out at the end of August during a heat wave. People are divided on the subject. There are few who just like or tolerate…

Photo of the Day: September 23, 2017

A half-pitcher of Blue Moon at Brothers’ Pizza in Red Bank. I’ve always loved the color and delicate sweetness of this Belgian-style brew. It goes great with pizza…especially when said pizza is covered with hot peppers.

One Year of “Eating New Jersey”

Well, our one year anniversary is here. Eating New Jersey started on a whim. I had been Instagramming my food for years and started writing about restaurants on my personal blog. But because that site is such a mish-mosh of topics, I wanted to have a blog devoted entirely to food. I’d say we had…

Photo of the Day: September 13, 2017

No joke, that’s the hottest curry I’ve ever had in my life. This was also a picture from my first ever restaurant review, back when I was doing them on my personal blog.¬†Dublin House, Red Bank, New Jersey. June 2015,