Photo of the Day: May 12, 2018

Any restaurant that has a tater tot menu is okay in my book. These are the Chicken Picatta tots at JJ Bitting’s in Woodbridge.

Photo of the Day: April 17, 2018

When you can never get your homemade pizza to come out round, so you make them rectangle and call them flatbread to spare the hit to your ego.

Takeout Joints Vol. 5: Italian and Asian

The first installments of this column have been broken down separately into pizza/Italian and Chinese/Asian. Because I’ve slowed down a little bit on the takeout lately, I am going to combine the two for Volume 3. Below we have one of each, and my, how vastly different they were in quality!

Photo of the Day: March 3, 2018

I call these “hybrid” meatballs. The recipe called for a blend of 90% lean ground beef, mushrooms, and zucchini. Honestly, they tasted more meaty than if they were just beef.

Restaurant Review: Bayroot (Shrewsbury, NJ)

Bayroot is very similar to the previously reviewed Galata. Instead of Turkish food, we have Lebanese. While I never had this kind of cuisine before, the menu was very similar to Galata’s and other middle eastern restaurants I have been to. Bayroot is a play on the word Beirut, which is the capital city of…

Restaurant Review: Quaker Steak and Lube (Edison, NJ)

Eating at a gas station-themed restaurant was admittedly never high on my list of priorities. Quaker Steak and Lube is a Pennsylvania restaurant chain where “back in the day” you could get a steak while waiting for an oil change or maintenance done on your car. While there is no longer a garage or mechanics,…

Photo of the Day: December 3, 2017

Isn’t this a beautiful scene here? A sandwich from Taliercio’s with imported prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and balsamic vinegar on crusty Italian bread with a glass of Federalist Cabernet.

Photo of the Day: August 11, 2017

A simple chicken parm from my second visit to Nonna’s in Englishtown, New Jersey in the spring of this year. It’s one of the best I’ve ever had. You will note how little sauce there is. Some might take issue with that, but for me, it’s perfect. Less sauce = crispier chicken, and boy was…

Photo of the Day: June 12, 2017

A classic Italian Calabrese at Piero’s in Union Beach, New Jersey. Mozzarella, tomato, prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives, and pepperoncini. January 2017.