Takeout Joints Vol. 3: 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.

Photo of the Day: June 7, 2017

Chicken Ravello. A simple dish consisting of thinly-sliced chicken breasts covered in Mozzarella and Marsala wine sauce. Garnished with roasted red peppers and asparagus. The ingredients manage to represent the tri colore of the Italian flag. Trattoria Rustica, Matawan, New Jersey.

Photo of the Day: June 1, 2017

Another one from the Menlo Park Diner in Edison, New Jersey. The French Canadians have nothing on us with this Jersey Diner Classic: “Disco Fries”. This one features both American cheese and Mozzarella, in addition to a heaping ladle of gravy. This is as beautifully done as you will see anywhere. Hey, you don’t go…

Restaurant Review: Sissy’s at the Harbor (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)

If I had to describe Sissy’s, I would say waterfront dining with diner prices. I cannot think of a more fitting and succinct way of telling you what they are about. Home-cooking, large portions, cheap prices, all with an excellent view of the Atlantic Highlands harbor and Sandy Hook, with New York City off in…