Restaurant Review: Hailey’s Harp and Pub (Metuchen, NJ)

Metuchen is a great food town. There are cafes, pizzerias, a fantastic ice cream shop, restaurants of every nationality you can think of, and then there’s Hailey’s Harp and Pub. Of course the food has to be good, but when it comes to pubs, the first thing I’m looking for is actually the atmosphere. Does…

Restaurant Review: Clinton Station Diner (Clinton, NJ)

The service here was so nice that they could have given me dog food on a plate and I would still have given the Clinton Station Diner a favorable review. I mean, how often do I start off with mentioning the service? Usually, I try to offer a clever remark, give some back-story, or tantalize…

Travel Guide TX: Hoffbrau Steaks (Dallas)

Apologies for the quality of the photos. It was dark in there and I didn’t want to use my flash. We wanted to save a steakhouse for our last night in Dallas. I was looking forward to it for so long. If you’ve read my reviews of restaurants in Dallas during the trip, you will find…

Travel Guide TX: Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse BBQ (Dallas)

Have I lived up to my promise of eating my way across Dallas? Next stop, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse BBQ, where I wanted to try their brisket. I didn’t care what else was on the menu or what would get my attention, I was there for brisket. There were several different kinds of large-quantity plates to…

Happy Thanksgiving 2016: What’s Cooking?

Ah, the day has finally come. The one holiday anyone can celebrate. What is more American than a day devoted entirely to eating? Not much else. Below is what is one the menu in my house today. My mom takes care of most of it, but there are a few things I will be handling…

Travel Guide PA: Joni’s 340 Diner (Smoketown)

I’ve discovered that every vacation, no matter how good or bad, will contain one restaurant dud. Well, actually, Joni’s 340 Diner would probably classify more as a bomb. We should have taken the warning sign that there was not a soul in the place that perhaps we should have moved on to greener pastures. Instead,…

Travel Guide PA: General Sutter Inn (Lititz)

Chicken and Leek Pie. While at the Lititz Historical Association, we had inquired about the General Sutter Inn to the tour guide we were chatting with. He said that along with the British pub connected to it are owned by the same person, a man who was from Liverpool, and that the food was authentic. This…

Travel Guide PA: Huckleberry’s Tavern (Lancaster)

Chicken Romano. A surprising A+ dish. You may be well aware of my intense loathing for eating at hotel restaurants. I begrudgingly went along in Connecticut because all my previous experiences had been sub-par. I’ve been staying at the Fulton Steamboat Inn for as long as I can remember (more on that in a few days)….

Travel Guide PA: Dienner’s Country Restaurant (Ronks)

Pennsylvania Dutch buffets in Lancaster are a dime a dozen. Some are plentiful and fresh while others have seen better days. I’ve been coming to Dienner’s since I was a little kid. Over the years, the visits have been numerous but always for breakfast. We finally decided to try the lunch buffet. We had just spent two…

Admit it, You go to Ikea Just to Eat

They have the furniture everyone loves to hate. Looks beautiful in the showroom. You get excited. You bring the box home to build it only to find that simple-looking bookcase has eight million components and a single page of directions by way of a picture and a bunch of arrows pointing at labeled screws. You…