Two of the Best French Bakeries Around

When you think about it, Red Bank, NJ and New Hope, PA are very similar. Both are located near a river, both offer posh specialty shops, both have pricey restaurants (ranging from the well-executed to the pretentious). While New Hope may have a bit more history, one thing is for sure, the similarities include fantastic…

Restaurant Review: Max’s Restaurant (Jersey City, NJ)

“A white guy walked into a Filipino restaurant” is how this review should begin. Actually, Will and I are both white by appearance, but since he is half Filipino, I was the only Haoli in the restaurant at this particular time. I say all of this in humor, but as is the case with each…

Photo of the Day: June 9, 2017

I’ve already professed my love for Ikea—I would go there just to eat. But they have much more than their famous meatballs. There’s also an array of snacks and desserts. You can’t swing a dead cat without running into advertising for their remarkable dollar cinnamon buns. When you make your way downstairs to the item…

Photo of the Day: May 28, 2017

You have to commend a restaurant for going through such presentation lengths for a $6 scoop of fried ice cream. Thai Thai, Old Bridge, New Jersey. March 2017.

Travel Guide PA: Cafe Chocolate (Lititz)

With a name like Cafe Chocolate, you would not expect much else. That and we were told to go here for the fondue. I had no idea they actually had a menu with real food on it. And an eclectic menu at that: you could get Indian Mulligatawny soup, vegetable curry, or a grilled chicken…

Portuguese Manor’s Lethal Spanish Coffee

I never thought I would make a post about a dessert coffee, but this is well-deserved. Perth Amboy’s Portuguese Manor is without a doubt my favorite restaurant. You can see why here. Since the initial review, I have posted a couple of updates, including this one on their awesomely spicy Zarzuela seafood stew. I rarely…

Travel Guide MD: Rayne’s Reef Luncheonette (Berlin)

Walking around the many antique stores in Berlin made us hungry. The shopkeepers at all locations were incredibly friendly. With conversation comes restaurant recommendations. Three different people pointed us in the direction of Rayne’s Reef for lunch. We were told how the burgers were the best in town, made fresh every day. Well, I am…

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….

Greg’s Turn to Review the New Monmouth Diner

This just happens to be my 100th restaurant review.  Reading Hunter’s review of the New Monmouth Diner got me thinking about just how much I love the place. I could say many of the same things as he did, but instead, will begin with a story. It was my first or second visit there a…

Travel Guide TX: El Fenix (Dallas)

Billed as the oldest Mexican restaurant in Dallas, opening in 1918, many reviewers and locals also say it is the best. Now, claiming either Mexican food or BBQ is the “best” in Texas is like a restaurant saying they have the best pizza in New York City. They’re all the best in the eye of the beholder….

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….

Restaurants We Miss: Steak & Ale (Middletown, NJ)

A recent shot of Middletown NJ’s defunct Steak & Ale. (From The Middletown Patch) They served up a steak that was to die for—literally and metaphorically. It was a garlic butter sirloin. I was only a teenager, but I had reached that point in my life where a slab of bloody meat on a plate…