Restaurant Review: Los Corrales (Keyport, NJ)

“A white guy walked into a Mexican restaurant.” Oh boy. Can I get away with that? I mean it in the nicest way possible. Los Corrales is an authentic Mexican restaurant. Sure, they have quesadillas and nachos, but if you order either of these two items, there should be legal justification to hang you by…

Photo of the Day: March 6, 2018

This is the scene when I’m in my element. Mis en place for chicken which would be stuffed with cheddar cheese and asparagus. On the side are rolls and my homemade garlic butter, stuffed peppers, and mashed sweet potatoes. And a vodka and cranberry, of course, to help get in the zone.

Photo of the Day: March 3, 2018

I call these “hybrid” meatballs. The recipe called for a blend of 90% lean ground beef, mushrooms, and zucchini. Honestly, they tasted more meaty than if they were just beef.

Restaurant Review: Bayroot (Shrewsbury, NJ)

Bayroot is very similar to the previously reviewed Galata. Instead of Turkish food, we have Lebanese. While I never had this kind of cuisine before, the menu was very similar to Galata’s and other middle eastern restaurants I have been to. Bayroot is a play on the word Beirut, which is the capital city of…

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….

Photo of the Day: February 6, 2018

The filling for some snow day empanadas last month ended up being a damn good hash on their own. Diced potatoes, onions, banana peppers, a few splashes of hot sauce, and cheddar cheese.

“Liver…AND ONIONS!” (Part 2)

 “We talk, drink wine, have the first course, talk, drink wine, second course, talk, drink wine, main course, drink wine, talk, dessert, and more wine. Did I mention wine?”- Walter on dinners he hosts for his friends. If you survived the first installment and have come back for more, we shall proceed. We began the…

Photo of the Day: January 24, 2018

What a bang for your buck at Old Time Bagels in Hazlet. What seemed like a half pound of turkey and muenster with chips, a pickle, and macaroni salad. All for $8.

Restaurant Review: Quaker Steak and Lube (Edison, NJ)

Eating at a gas station-themed restaurant was admittedly never high on my list of priorities. Quaker Steak and Lube is a Pennsylvania restaurant chain where “back in the day” you could get a steak while waiting for an oil change or maintenance done on your car. While there is no longer a garage or mechanics,…

Photo of the Day: January 10, 2018

Sometimes we go to the diner before we play hockey. Maybe not the brightest idea, but it depends on what you’re eating. This served as a nice power breakfast before running around blasting slapshots. Fried egg and cheese on a roll with a side of burnt homefries. Just how I like ’em.