Photo of the Day: August 16, 2017

In June, I went to my first Somerset Patriots game in about five years (it’s so much fun—I’ve been to a few since). I used to go to about seven or eight games a year with my dad, but kind of fizzled out for no particular reason. It was great getting back there. Hockey is…

Photo of the Day: August 14, 2017

I cannot help but long for Ocean City, Maryland in the middle of this August. With so many restaurants on the strip, it’s Dumser’s Drive-In that comes to mind today. A classic beach-town eatery specializing in burgers, shakes, and fries. Good prices and good eats. Just don’t go there on a diet. March 2017.

Photo of the Day: August 8, 2017

It doesn’t get much better than relaxing by the bay with a basket of clam strips and some killer (though minuscule) coleslaw. Why does fried food have to be so enjoyable? Summer is upon us, so scenes like this will thankfully be more frequent. Sissy’s at the Harbor, Atlantic Highlands. August 2016.

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: Broad Street Diner (Keyport, NJ)

If you look online for lists naming the best diners in New Jersey, the diner capital of America, chances are you may spot the Broad Street Diner in Keyport. A sign on their front door boasts of NJ.com naming them the best diner in the entire state. When you walk in, you certainly get that…

Travel Guide CT: Sea View Snack Bar (Mystic)

Before your mind begins to wonder, no, this ain’t no “snack bar”. In fact, such a misnomer is dangerous. What the Sea View Snack Bar actually is, is a 40-year-old roadside seafood joint that sits about 50 feet from Mystic River. As we approached it, I knew this would be a place we would like….

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…

Photo of the Day: June 1, 2017

Another one from the Menlo Park Diner in Edison, New Jersey. The French Canadians have nothing on us with this Jersey Diner Classic: “Disco Fries”. This one features both American cheese and Mozzarella, in addition to a heaping ladle of gravy. This is as beautifully done as you will see anywhere. Hey, you don’t go…

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…

Photo of the Day: May 29, 2017

A beautiful Portobello mushroom with tomato, roasted red peppers, and smothered in Mozzarella. No better place to have such a sandwich than in the Mushroom Capital of the World. Hank’s Place. Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. January 2017.

Photo of the Day: May 25, 2017

A Dijon chicken panini at the Mystic Diner in Connecticut. An unremarkable sandwich—I just love how this picture came out. They say you eat with your eyes first, but nevertheless, it’s our mouths and stomachs which count the most. March 2016.

Quick Hits: Hats Off to Chili’s

I took a page out of Hunter’s book and went on a Casual Crusade of my own. It’s funny that whenever I eat at a chain, I find myself comparing it to that unforgivable slop known as Applebee’s. With Will and I not wanting to drive far to eat after a long day in Lancaster last…