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: 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.

Restaurant Review: Ichiban 18 (East Brunswick, NJ)

We stopped at Ichiban for some late night drinks and snacks with friends a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time I had been in the place since it was Shogun years earlier. It looked exactly the same. The sushi bar and tables in the front, a circular bar, and hibachi grills in…

Travel Guide PA: Antiques and Ice Cream in Columbia

I bought tickets for Will and I to go to the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia. Then I went on Trip Advisor to see what people had to say. Yeah, I messed up. I did it out of order. As someone who has a readership on there of 90,000 (so my account tells me), I…

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…

Restaurant Review: Thai Thai Cuisine (Old Bridge, NJ)

With two friends who own Thai restaurants in New Jersey, I know good Thai food when I see it, err, taste it. I had eaten at this establishment years ago when it was Pooket. Since it changed to Thai Thai, I had driven past many times without giving it much thought. Then last week, Will and…

Travel Guide PA: Hank’s Place (Chadds Ford)

This place was more than just a diner. It’s a neighborhood eatery that’s been there forever where everyone seems to be a regular local. There is a sign outside that reads, “Where hungry people eat and friendly people eat”. With Hank’s swamped with customers and the servers appearing to be working tables by committee, I…

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 TX: RJ’s Mexican Cuisine (Dallas)

It was actually when we were sitting in Gator’s for dinner next door did we stumble upon a review site for this restaurant on Will’s phone. He showed me the pictures someone took of dessert, and instantly, we asked, “Where is this place?!” Our jaws dropped when we realized it was literally adjoined to the…

Travel Guide PA: Manor Buffet (Lancaster)

Photo courtesy of Lancaster Online. Well Greg, we already ate pizza out in Amish Country, so why not Chinese food too? Yes, I was scared. A Chinese and Sushi buffet in Pennsylvania? Even in my home state I am sometimes skeptical, and we’re a lot closer to the ocean than Lancaster. Once again, I took…

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…