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.

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…

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…

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…

Hunter’s Casual Crusades: Red Oak Grill (Hazlet, NJ)

All good things unfortunately must come to a close. We have lived in the high moments with our favorite sports legends and movie stars wondering, “How could this ever end?” Then, in the blink of an eye, they are shedding one final tear for the fans that stuck with them until the end; being welcomed into the…

Travel Guide PA: California Pizza Kitchen (Plymouth Meeting)

I don’t usually review chains, but because this is for the Travel Guide, I will make an exception. The other “big mall” in the King of Prussia vicinity is located in Plymouth Meeting (the town we stayed in). It’s much smaller, but gives you additional dining options in terms of well-known chain restaurants. We gave…

Takeout Joints: Pizza/Italian Volume 1

Like the previous Takeout Joints column which focused on Asian food, these restaurants are graded on slightly a different scale (4 stars = great). Unlike the others, though, the following Italian restaurants do have dining rooms. But they are still known for their takeout (Villa is the only one I’ve actually eaten in).

Restaurants We Miss: Eurasian Eatery (Red Bank, NJ)

I was never old enough to fully appreciate the Eurasian Eatery, which was located on Monmouth Street in Red Bank. I feel like I ate there a lot as a child with my parents. They closed when I was in my late teens. It was a small, cozy restaurant which was ahead of its time…

Travel Guide PA: Fireside Tavern (Strasburg)

The brie and crab bake appetizer. Admit it: whenever Robert Irvine chews someone out for not using enough seasoning on Restaurant: Impossible, you laugh. You think to yourself it’s not a big deal and there is no way it can affect the food that badly. Now, store that in the back of your mind for…

Restaurant Review: Trattoria Rustica (Matawan, NJ)

Chicken Ravello I worked here when I was in high school and have been eating here since well before that. Trattoria Rustica is one of those rare places that provides you with both quality and quantity. Meals are enormous, and come served with a slab of home-baked foccacia bread. Most entrees are also served with…

Restaurant Review: Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy, NJ)

New Jersey is the diner capital of the world. This is both a good thing and bad. It takes a lot for a diner to actually stand out as being one of the best. New ones are opening up all the time with average food and bloated prices. Some of the older, vintage ones have…