Restaurant Review: Outback Steakhouse (Middletown, NJ)

I rarely write about chain restaurants on this blog unless the experience is ultra positive (or negative). I had been sitting on a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse for the last six months and finally used it a couple of weeks ago. It must have been my first time there since I was a…

Takeout Joints Vol. 7: Pizza/Italian Part 4

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 own as breadsticks….

Photo of the Day: August 18, 2018

I recently assisted with a Wilderness Survival Camp run out of Brookdale. On our third day, we went on a five mile hike that walked a fine line between exhilarating and excruciating. All survived and lived to tell the tale.

Photo of the Day: July 10, 2018

When was the last time you saw a Pu Pu Platter with sterno? Not since the glory days of Ruby Palace have I been served one in a Chinese restaurant. And yes, it makes a difference when giving the ribs and beef on a stick a little extra char. This one is from House of…

Restaurant Review: House of Chong (Middletown, NJ)

My friend Roy read my review of Temple from last week and called me up saying I needed some good Chinese food in me. I obliged, and my mom and I joined him and his wife Joanne and daughter Katie the other day. They are ardent fans of House of Chong, which has been in…

Photo of the Day: May 11, 2018

Panini perfection at the New Monmouth Diner: turkey, bacon, avocado, and chipotle sauce…with more sauce on the side!

Restaurant Review: MJ’s Restaurant (Middletown)

What we ordered could not have been anymore American: a pizza, a burger, wings, and beer. Somehow, MJ’s has eluded me in the 23 years or so that I have lived in this area. I was riding around with my friend Jason. We were originally going to head into Red Bank, but were pressed for…

Photo of the Day: March 22, 2018

What is this monstrosity, you may be wondering? Why, a Monte Cristo, of course! My friend and I had watched a food show glorifying the classic yet oft-forgotten sandwich, and there I was the next day, ordering one at the New Monmouth Diner. French toast topped with ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese. Don’t forget the…

Restaurant Review: Little Szechuan (Little Silver, NJ)

There is a fine line between nostalgic and dated. Any restaurant that can manage to walk that line and succeed is okay in my book. I’ve written numerous times about restaurants such as Little Szechuan—places that are stuck in the time they were built. When it comes to actual sit-down Chinese restaurants, there are few…