Takeout Joints Vol. 9: Pizza/Italian Part 5

Restaurant Review #230: Villa Pizza (Middletown) Still searching for pizzeria food that is better than just average, we landed on Villa in Middletown. This being different from the copious amounts of Villas in the area. Last year they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The inside bears some remnants of the times. The menu board is vintage. There…

Restaurant Review #212: River Cat Cafe (New Hope, PA)

It is with joy that I can type this review of New Hope’s newest restaurant and not have to note it was overpriced and aimed toward trendy hipsters. Instead, we finally have a place where you can grab an affordable breakfast or lunch in a town where trying to get a meal for two people…

Restaurant Review #184: Water Witch Coffee (Highlands, NJ)

It was really the perfect day when I think about it. I worked out on Sandy Hook with an awesome group of fourth graders on a beautiful morning, and then ended the day grabbing lunch at this nifty little spot. I had driven past the Water Witch Coffee and Tea Company numerous times. I’ve known…

Restaurant Review #180: Fran’s Pub (New Hope, PA)

This was the first dining experience I deemed so terrible that I would not even put the pics of what my friend and I ate on my food-based Instagram. I didn’t want anyone to know that in a town full of decent and exciting restaurants, we happened upon the resounding dud known as Fran’s Pub. If…

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!

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!

Restaurant Review #156: Kings Arms II Diner (Belford, NJ)

I have a lot of fond memories of this place, going back to when it was the Marina Diner. When I coached in Atlantic Highlands, many a dinners with friends, coaches, and players were eaten here following hockey games and practices. It seemed almost as soon as I became a regular, the business switched over…

Restaurant Review #136: Lenora’s Cafe (Keyport, NJ)

Lenora’s is basically a diner with a Mexican spin. I do not mean that in a derogatory way. It’s actually quite refreshing to be able to get chips and salsa instead of French Fries with a sandwich. I opened up the menu when I first sat down and was impressed. There were a lot of…

Photo of the Day: May 25, 2017

A Dijon chicken panini at the Mystic Diner in Connecticut. An unremarkable sandwich—I just love how this picture came out. They say you eat with your eyes first, but nevertheless, it’s our mouths and stomachs which count the most. March 2016.

Restaurant Review #101: New Monmouth Diner (Middletown, NJ)

Reading Hunter’s review of the New Monmouth Diner got me thinking about just how much I love the place. I could say many of the same things as he did, but instead, will begin with a story. It was my first or second visit there a few years ago, and I ordered the Calvert Panini….