Restaurant Review: Americana Diner (Shrewsbury, NJ)

This is another one of those Jersey Diners that has taken on mythical proportions. A place that a diner should be: classy, vintage interior with friendly service cranking out big portions of quality food at fair prices. That’s what I am looking for in this glorious Garden State we live in. While so many places…

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: April 1, 2018

The market on the other side of the Sahara 34 restaurant has a nice selection of Halal meats and breads. On this particular day, I picked up some lamb, King’s Lebanese style pita bread, and a container of white sauce. See the results in tomorrow’s POTD.

Photo of the Day: March 27, 2018

Smothered Chicken. I tried to mimic the dish I used to get at the old Poet’s Inn in Matawan. Grilled chicken covered with onions, mushrooms, provolone cheese, and thrown under the broiler.

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…

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!