Hazlet’s Inkanto the Latest Restaurant to Close

When they opened, I gave them a year. By my estimates, they lasted almost five. My prediction was made not out of spite, but considering what type of food would actually be successful in this area. Actually, I was quite excited when Inkanto Latin American Fusion (leaning Peruvian) arrived in Hazlet. It was a touch…

This is What’s Going on at Hazlet’s Former Park Tap and Grill

While it will forever be known as the location occupied by Park East, a lively bar and grill overshadowed by rowdy crowds and numerous police incidents, Hazlet has seen a slew of restaurants come and go at the intersection of Keyport-Holmdel Road and Route 35. Having lived literally up the street for 23 years, I…

Hazlet Bids Farewell to Tim Horton’s

As reported today by The Journal, the Hazlet Tim Horton’s location has gone out of business. This comes without any warning or announcements. After a very brief three-year run, it seems the Canadian-based chain could not compete with the myriad Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and more full-service Wawa’s and Quick Chek’s in the area. Since there…

Takeout Joints Vol. 7: Pizza/Italian Part 4

Restaurant Review #209: Salerno’s Pizza (Hazlet) Nothing outstanding here, but in a sea of mediocrity they do stand out a cut above. Their buffalo chicken pan pizza was absolutely perfect. Too much chicken for its own good, but did not fall apart. The crust off their pan pizza is good enough to eat on its…

Photo of the Day: August 2, 2018

What would a summer in New York or New Jersey be without at least one visit to Ralph’s? This here was Strawberry Margarita and Root Beer.

Photo of the Day: June 3, 2018

Back-to-Back spicy shrimp dishes featured in the Photo of the Day column. This is named (simply enough) “Hot and Spicy” Shrimp, from UJ’s Asian Bistro. It had wonderful flavor, but despite the sinister look with all those chili flakes, really failed to deliver on the heat.

Photo of the Day: May 13, 2018

This might be the best soup I’ve ever had in my life. Thinly sliced roast pork, bok choy, udon noodles, and a fried egg in a broth that becomes reddish and sweet thanks to the pork. UJ’s Asian Bistro, Hazlet.

Photo of the Day: May 5, 2018

An Egyptian market (finally some culture!) has opened up in Hazlet’s Airport Plaza. But how long will they survive? Will the masses headed to stuff their face at Perkins take a detour?